Friday, 18 November 2011

Impact of Sports on Children

Sports have dominated the society in several ways. Children spend majority of their time while watching sports on TV or playing sports related video games which is developing dangers of obesity in them so playing sports is a good option for these kids to remain active and grow properly.  But there are some kids who are fond of playing sports and later on they want to involve themselves in organized sports. Sports have both positive and negative effects on children’s life.

Positive Effects:

Develops confidence

It has been found through research that children who participate in sports have more confidence and self esteem than other children who do not participate in sports. Sports will contribute a positive effect on their emotional and behavioral well being. Success and support from their family members and friends counts a lot in building their confidence. Once they developed confidence in their early ages, they will carry it lifelong. A child will start believing in efforts because efforts will leads to success and success will lead to confidence and confidence will lead to more success.

Develops team play

Sports also contribute a team work attitude in the kid. This will help the kid that reaching success is not in one’s hands, it is a combined effort of team and he will learn the habit of sharing his success with his team mates. They will also learn to work together towards a common goal. Sports will also teach them how to play fair and also tell them winning and losing comes hand in hand. When one team wins other teams loses it automatically and thus they can handle the win and lose with grace.

Encourage physical fitness

Today’s society has a lifestyle in which children are suffering from obesity, diabetes and many other serious health hazards. Sports are the best activity that can help children to get rid from serious health issues and keep them physically fit. Children getting aware of physical fitness in their young age will carry this habit to their adulthood and hence there will less obesity.

Develop personal goals

Different sports have different requirements, For instance if a child’s favorite sport is basket ball and he knew that tall people get selected for this sports but he has short height. In this case, he will set a personal goal to increase his height and get selected in the team. Therefore sports help him to set his goal and pay proper attention to achieve his goal.

Develop social skills

By playing sports kids will learn communicating skills and other social values.

Negative Effects:

Developing unrealistic goals

Sometimes children set unrealistic goals which are difficult to match because they are in their developing stages of physical and mental skills. This will result in loss of esteem and confidence in children. Parents have to guide their children to set realistic goals which can easily be achieved. 

Occurrence of injuries

Risk of injuries is very common in children playing sports. It is always recommended that children should be accompanied with proper guide or coach while doing practice or participating in any sport event to avoid serious injuries.

Inadequacy of nutrition:

Children who participate in sports need extra energy and nutrition. So parents should take proper care of their children by giving them the required amount of nutrition to recover from injuries.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Character Building Activities for Children

Character is built of different qualities and how we demonstrate those qualities in different circumstances. Character building is an important phase in any body’s life to gain success. A person may have money, power or position but unless he don’t have good character he will not considered as truly successful. It is very important to build in good character traits in young age. Although character development is a long process and it comes with experience but children can be involve in character building through activities and direct learning from adults.

1. Trustworthiness: This means you are reliable and dependable. Children must be taught about that everybody needs a person in their life with whom they can share their secrets, who can be trustworthy and will not reveal your secrets to anybody, who is loyal and honest.

2. Respect: Extending respect will result in gaining respect. This character can be developed by introducing any group sport to the children. Basketball need tall children but the team has one short heighted kid. You can find that if the children are not insulting the short heighted kid that means they respect him as a player. Respect can be witness if they agree with each other opinions, if they do not talk about their opposite team behind their backs, if winning team is sensitive towards losing team.

3. Responsibility: This is the quality which every parent want their children to adapt. You can ask the kid to write a good deed each time they perform and tape all their responsible performances together to form a long chain. Whenever they will see this chain they will be motivated to add some more good responsible acts. In this way they will become habitual to perform responsible acts and will gain responsibility in their character.

4. Fairness: Justice and fairness counts a lot in raising the child. Parents having two or more children should give fair love to each child. When children will see the fairness and justice practically they will get more inclined to adapt this characteristic.

5. Caring: Caring means being loving, charitable and kind. It is important that children should be taught how to take care of their family members, environment and community. Teach children that accepting help in need is also as important as offering help to the needful. Children can be asked to create greeting cards for people living in old age homes to show that they have love and care for these people who have been avoided by their own family members. Children should be send personally to old age homes to deliver these cards because when they will see the love , appreciation and affection  in these people’s  eyes they realize that taking care of somebody is such a feeling that they will cherish throughout their life.

6. Citizenship: Children should be taught the meaning of citizenship so that they can connect it with their lives. 

Teaching Children to be Responsible

Every parent wants that their children should acquire important habits which provide them respect from the society. Parents should take proper steps regarding making their children behave responsibly. It is always good to train your child in young age, rather than teaching him to change his bad habits when he is already habitual to his wrong doings.

There are various fun loving suggestions offered by parents to make their children responsible in their daily lives. It is important that child should acquire the habits and traits that will help him throughout his life. It has been promoted that children always try to copy their adults or parents so it is important for the parents to behave properly in a respectful manner. Fun activities will add pleasure in teaching children about respect.

  1. Teaching them the importance of manners: You should not assume that your children knew the basic mannerism. Instead you must always tell them to thanks people who have brought gifts for them. This training will inculcate thought process in them and they will appreciate other’s efforts, time and money that went in choosing and purchasing the gift.

  1. Teaching them the importance of respecting each other belongings: Usually children are possessive for their belongings and does not bother about other properties but it should be timely corrected. You can take two pencils of any two children and ask them to break or damage their own pencils. By doing this activity children will understand the feeling of losing their items and hence they will develop a feeling of respecting each other’s property.

  1. Teaching them the importance of extending respect: You can teach your children the gaining respect is as easy as extending respect. You should always tell your child to offer respect to every individual irrespective of his age, cast, religion and relation. This training will help him in developing respectful feelings for every individual. You should always encourage him by complimenting him each time he shows respect to any individual.

  1. Teaching him the consequences of choosing disrespectful act: Children can never differentiate between respectful and disrespectful act unless they have been told the difference. You can teach them the difference between respect and disrespect by giving him a task. For instance ask your child to complete the homework and suppose he has completed it in a wrong way then show him the consequences of his act. Ask the child to compare the consequences, he himself will judge the results and will learn how to get through with these consequences without being disrespectful to authority figures.

  1. Teaching them the concept of uniqueness: You should always encourage your child if he has some unique qualities. First of all make them clear about the word unique by drawing a unique person on the board. Teach them the importance of unique qualities and why a person with unique qualities gains respect.

Once children have learn the concept of gaining and giving respect they will become good individuals and will behave rationally no matter what unpleasant situations or bad influences they come across.