It is a great idea to encourage your child to be active and participate in some sports from a very young age, according to most people. However, there are always those who feel that encouraging sports too early will negatively affect a young child. This is where parenting takes precedence. If you have a very active toddler or one that seems to be very much into the idea of a certain sport, you should help them to do it. The key is that if you have a toddler who wants to play ball, you let them play, but avoid making it the only thing that they do. Meaning, congratulate and praise all of their endeavors, not just the ones that revolve around sports. This will keep them well-rounded and they will still feel important without the ball in their hand. If your child wants to play sports, here are what most parents think is the best sports for young kids.
Many parents feel that gymnastics and karate type sports are the best for young children. Both sports require your child to focus and remain dedicated to the sport. As an added bonus, they both also help your child to gain muscle and strength.
Judo or karate reward children by allowing them to gain a different belt when they are able to do what they are supposed to. This is a positive reward for most kids and it does encourage them to work hard to reach their goals.
Most kids love tumbling which is why many say gymnastics is a great idea for young kids. However, it does have other positives to it as well. The best is that kids will learn to be flexible and very strong. Kids also gain more control of their body’s balance, their timing, and spatial awareness. All of these things combine to give your young child the ability to excel in not only gymnastics, but any other sport that they may choose to become a part of in the future. They will also have an increased amount of focus and self-discipline. Your toddler may even learn patience and persistence in reaching their goal.
If your child is interested in either of these sports and they try it for a while and do not enjoy it, allow them to move on and try other things. There are many sports available for young kids and your child needs to decide what they enjoy the most.