Guest Post: Tips for Helping Your Kids Balance School and Sport

Are you looking for a way to get your child off of the couch and active? If so, getting them to sign up and stick to playing team sports can be extremely beneficial.
Studies show that children who participate in team sports are less likely to try drugs and alcohol at an early age. Once your child has found a physical activity they enjoy, you will have to help them create a balance between school and the sport they love. While this may sound like a relatively easy task, it can be anything but.
The following are some of the things you need to consider when attempting to help your child balance school and sports:
Teaching Your Child About Time Management is Vital
When trying to help your child create the right balance between school and sports, you need to let them know about time management. If your child does not learn about time management, it is only a matter of time before disaster strikes.
Implementing the use of a calendar can help you and your child keep up with their busy schedule. If your child has a cell phone, then they probably have a calendar app on it. Sharing this app and the information on the calendar will allow you to avoid missing important games or school assignments.
Don’t Forget to Reward Your Child
Often times, parents of athletes get so overwhelmed by their hectic schedules that they forget to reward them for a job well done. If your child has a great game or does well on a test, showing them you recognize their hard work is important.
This reward can be something a simple as a new outfit or some of their favorite candy. If you are confused about what type of candy to get your child, you can’t go wrong with Ghirardelli’s. In case you didn’t know, Ghirardelli is one of the world's finest chocolates and is quite affordable.
By rewarding your child, you can keep them motivated and on task.

Talk With Your Child About Family Priorities
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as the parent of an athlete is letting them lose sight of the importance of family. While sports should be one of your child’s priorities, it should not rule their life. Having conversations with your child about the importance of family time and relationships can help them keep a level head.

Scheduling family outings on a regular basis can be both fun and grounding for your child. These outings can be something as simple as going out for a nice dinner or going bowling. Failing to put an emphasis on family will lead to your child not having a firm foundation to stand on.

Learn How to Let Some Things Slide
If your child is burning the candle at both ends with sports and school, you will have to learn how to let some things go. When your child leaves a dirty dish in their room or sleeps late on a weekend, you need to realize this is par for the course. Rather than punishing your child for these run of the mill mistakes, simply let them know that you would appreciate their help cleaning up.
Speaking to your child in a calm and collected manner will allow you to avoid conflict and can minimize the stress your child has to deal with. You need to realize that juggling schoolwork and sports is stressful enough, which is why developing a lax attitude towards these mistakes is important.

Prepare For the Long Haul!
While developing a balance between sports and school will take some time, it is well worth the effort. Putting too much pressure on your child will reduce the amount of fun and enjoyment they derive from sports. This is why you will need to listen to their needs and try to help them figure out how to address the problems they encounter.

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Wendy Dessler, Outreach Manager
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