How much do sports and social activities influence our children? Should we encourage them to compete in organized athletics or allow them to naturally gravitate towards their interests?
I think it is a combination of both. We observe the things at which they are naturally and then encourage them in those directions.
I am a sports mom! I love sports! My kids…well..not so much. They weren't very interested in organized athletic activities in early childhood. Of course, I encouraged them to try various sports so they could decide by high school which one they liked. Athletics can teach teamwork, hard work, training toward a common goal, and how to react to success and failure. These are great life lessons that they will face in adulthood.
I recently read an article about how sports can influence girls to be leaders and innovators as adults. I believe it! Lessons learned on the court, field, track, dance floor, etc are invaluable. Some parents take this to the extreme and trump church attendance with sports activities. This is not the message we should be sending to our kids.
At Little Leaders, we believe that a Biblical foundation, personal relationship with God, and regular church attendance will help equip your child to be a true Leader in whatever God has planned for their future.