Here at Vuly, we do our best to encourage healthy lifestyles for all ages; it’s no wonder that we love the idea of tens of thousands of Aussie kids being active each Saturday at extra-curricular sporting events! Not only is sport fantastic for a child's individual development, but it can also be a brilliant springboard for parent-child bonding—which we've spoken at length about before.
In this post, we take a look at how you can become more involved in your child’s sporting ventures, and in doing so, build a stronger relationship with your kids.
The first and most obvious way to become more involved in your child’s extra-curricular activities is to get to know the sport that they’re playing! Do some research on the rules and watch some professional-level games. On a more personal level, become familiar with any sporting heroes whom they idolise. Sharpening up on your sporting knowledge is a surefire way to spark conversation and show them that you care.
Patting your child on the back after a game is important, but being able to actively assist them in improving their performance is much more valuable. Have a chat with their coach to arm yourself with knowledge of basic techniques; this way, you can help keep an eye out for areas of improvement. You'll also ensure that you don’t let bad habits rub off on them during at-home practise sessions.
In almost every sport, hand-eye coordination and body control are crucial. You can use your Vuly to help boost these skills! A bounce on the trampoline will feel like a break from training for your little athlete.
Try to be their go-to person when it comes to sporting practice; a session doesn’t have to take long, and it's is a great way to spend quality time with your child. You might also get some exercise and fresh air too! Once you’ve educated yourself on technique, at-home practice will take on a whole new level and become a valuable tool in your child’s sporting development.
Although it’s not a necessity to be front and centre every weekend, it is important to make an appearance at your child’s games. We all know the movie cliché of the busy parent missing from their kid's soccer game; it gets used so often because it really is disappointing for the child to have an absent parent during their special moments.
They'll get a real buzz just having you watch them; plus, it’s a great way for you to see how they interact with others—particularly if they’re involved in a team sport.
When providing feedback on your child’s sporting performances, balance positivity with constructive criticism. It’s never helpful to lie to protect your child from disappointment, but on the other hand, it’s vital not to be too negative in your criticism. After each game or practise session, start off your feedback by mentioning something that they did really well.
Before offering constructive criticism, ask them if there’s anything that they would like to improve on. You can then use that answer to fuel an idea for your next practise session together, where you might focus on a particular technique. It’s always worth reminding them of how far they’ve come, and of your pride in them.
Has sport brought you and your children closer together? How do you ensure that you stay involved in their sporting activities?