Parents today are always looking for a new way to connect with their kids. In today’s day and age it seems that the best way to do that is through sports. You see, just a few short years ago, it was easy to get your kids to throw the ball around in the front yard, or kick a soccer ball around. Today, not so much.
We as a society have transformed ourselves to go from one-on-one connections to one-on-none. Meaning, many people would rather make connections with strangers over a headset rather than a family member or friend, especially when it comes to kids.
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Let’s change that, shall we?
Sports play a huge role in American culture. Our weekends are devoted to college football and NFL on Sunday, baseball on a school night, and hockey on a first date. We pride ourselves in our home and college towns and dress our kids in head to toe in either school or mascot colors. Whether you want to admit it or not, we are a sports-driven nation.
So, what does this have to do with parenting? We have all heard the disturbing statistics regarding the United States and obesity in our children. So, why do we continue to suffer this misfortune when we have one of the largest sport followings in the world? Not only that, but this generation has confined themselves to machines over men. Meaning, they would rather text, email or communicate via World of Warcraft than have an actual conversation with an actual human being. Sports brings teamwork, communication and more importantly, physical activity (health).
Buy some new gear based on what your favorite athletes wearing. I’m not saying go out and spend a fortune, but if you have a favorite athlete and you think buying their shoes will motivate you to go shoot some hoops or kick a soccer ball around, then I say go for it! Grab some new sports gear and go play outside! It’s easy to do and even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day, it’s 30 less minutes per day they are in front of a computer or TV.
Start a new family tradition or even just treat yourself when you can. It’s easy to forget that there are other ways to enjoy things or learn lessons than making them mow the lawn or take out the trash.