The Benefits of Sports

Sports, or any physical activity, are important for a child’s whole well-being. Whether playing with a club or just casually with a few friends, sports can offer many benefits for a child’s physical, social and emotional growth!

Sports, for the body

Staying active is especially important for children, because they are at a stage in life where physical development occurs quickly. Specifically, sports can help with physical growth in these ways:

Motor skills: Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills come with practice. Sports are perfect for training both.

Developing muscles and bones: Resistance from exercising stimulates the growth and strengthening of muscles and bones. Too much resistance can stunt growth though, so make sure your child gets plenty of rest between activities.

Stronger vision: Sports are usually played outside in the sun. Taking in natural light has been shown to decrease the probability of developing vision problems. But on really sunny days, a hat or glasses should still be worn to protect your child’s eyesight.

Social benefits

Almost every organized sport is played with teams. The competition, and the team dynamic itself, comes with perks and lessons for your child:

Team skills: Communication and sharing are necessary for a team’s success. The more they play, the more your child can learn these vital skills.

Friend group: Your child doesn’t have to like every person on their team, but spending time with other children can lead to strong, lasting friendships.

Confidence: Making friends is not always easy, but being part of a team can offer opportunities for your child to feel like they are a part of the group.

The mind and sports

When it comes to developing emotional maturity, childhood is an important time in anyone’s life. Organized sports can offer a foundation for emotional growth in these areas:

Self-esteem: Being a part of a team can give your child a sense of importance, and going to practice to get better can offer a sense of accomplishment as well.

Lower stress: Sports can be a physical outlet for emotional stress, and can help clear the mind.

Emotional recognition: In order to keep a clear mind and perform well for the team, children will learn that they must control and recognize their emotions.

 Choosing a Sport

Choosing a sport should be up to your child, and you should accept and support their decision. However, in the times when your child may want to quit when things get hard, it’s up to you to think about what would be best for your child in the long run.

You can go online to find local clubs for age-appropriate sports, or find out what sports your child’s school offers after class to get started. You can also observe your child during playtime and see what they like to do!

 

Sports and Activities at Cranium

At Cranium Academy, our mission is to inspire creativity, character and leadership in every student through our unique curriculum as well as our afterschool programs. We offer indoor gym space, inflatables and our playground for every child to remain active and social outside the classroom.

 

Handling Anger

Anger is a difficult emotion for children to handle, and it sometimes leads to undesirable behaviors. But anger is a natural emotional response for everyone, especially for children who are learning to recognize and control their feelings. Here are a few tips you may keep in mind when teaching your child how to manage their anger.

Anger is natural, expect it

When your child gets angry, it doesn’t mean that is one of their personality traits. Children naturally have a lot to be angry about when they are taking their first developmental steps.

A lot of what they try to do ends in failure, because these are all new experiences for your child. Not being able to reach a goal is frustrating for most people, but almost every goal has so many obstacles for children.

Parents and teachers are bigger than them as well, so when they are told to do something they don’t want to, children have no option but to do it. Their innate passion for expression and discovery oftentimes are held back because of their age. As a result, children tend to hold more anger in their younger years.

If you can accept that your child will almost always have something to be mad about, handling the situation can be easier.

Showing emotions, not actions

Every person has the right to feel however they do; emotions are an extension of our thoughts and beliefs. You should not discount how your child feels, but how your child expresses their feelings is a different story.

Acting out, especially with violence, is not a positive behavior. You would not want your child to react in such a way every time they become frustrated. Therefore, it may help to teach your child to put a name and reason behind their emotions.

Taking a pause and using their words to express their anger is a much more constructive way for children to handle emotions. This brings clarity that can be used to find a solution.

Set clear boundaries

Children should understand at a very early stage that there are consequences to acting out of anger.

Explain to your child how you expect them to behave when they are dealing with anger, both in the house and in public, and that being violent is unacceptable. Reinforce the good behaviors and treat your child with respect, but also discourage the bad behaviors.

This principle should apply to you as well. Modeling control and using words will help show your children how they should handle their anger properly. Whenever your child is upset but explains their self appropriately, make sure to truly listen to their complaint and try to find a solution.

 

How Cranium Teaches Children to Handle Anger

At Cranium Academy, our mission is to ignite an educational revolution, which prepares our students to become the best critical thinkers and leaders of their generation. We do this by teaching students to reflect on their feelings and find positive solutions.