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Three Life Skills Sports Teach Kids

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A mom wrote in to us recently for advice about her teenage son who'd developed a habit of quitting everything he began. This time, it was his high school football team. We encouraged her to keep her son on the team because involvement in sports does far more than just keep children busy; it teaches them three skills essential for success in life.

  1. Goal-Setting
    Sports give kids a safe place to set goals and experience the thrill of achieving them. Kids can strive to set personal bests and gain confidence in their abilities. That confidence helps them achieve success in school and in their personal relationships, and helps prepare them to find success as adults. 
  2. Overcoming Adversity
    Sports are a lab for life. By encouraging your child to make and keep a commitment to a sports team or other extracurricular school activity, you are teaching him how to overcome adversity, which is critical for success in life.
  3. Building Character
    Michael Jordan once said, "I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Not allowing your child to give up when he is afraid of failing or being rejected by friends, or is tired of working hard, builds character that can propel him or her into life as a successful, productive adult.


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