Understand that by supporting and empowering kids to find physical activities that interest them, you’re doing more than just “keeping them active”. You’re helping lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle throughout the rest of their lives.
Understand that every child is unique and grows at his or her own pace, but the more we know about what to expect as our children grow and develop, the more we can do to be better parents.
Model the spiritual and religious beliefs that are important to you, and set a good example for your kids. Actions often speak louder than words, and your children learn a great deal by observing your actions.
Get to know other families when you wait at the bus stop with your kids for school.
Don’t expect kids to understand the rules right away. Keep repeating them. Be positive as you restate them. Be patient.
Have a sense of humor about yourself. Kids are drawn to parents who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Emphasize the fun aspects of sports and physical activity. Children are more likely to stick with an activity if they really enjoy it.
Resilience is a state anyone can achieve. Your child, however, will be more resilient in some situations than others. Help your child see where he or she is especially capable in handling tough experiences alone and in which circumstances your child should turn to others for help.