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Sports is an important factor in the life of growing boys. This chapter discusses how parents should make sure that their sons do not neglect this aspect as they are lured by the lethargic world of computer games.

The importance of sports in a boy's life goes well beyond his physical development. It also provides him good social and emotional well being and a good training ground for a successful adult life.

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help! my kids are not into sports and I don't want to make them feel that I'm pushing too hard- should I continue to push ? thank you

May 20, 2013 / 07:09 pm

@Oct 11, 2011 Guest - Thanks for your comment.

Oct 11, 2011 / 03:29 pm

I never thought I would find such an everyday topic so enthrallnig!

Oct 11, 2011 / 01:21 pm

@Mar 22, 2011 Guest - That is true. And since practice makes perfect, our role is to cheer them and encourage them and maybe even "nag" them just to make sure they don't give up that easily.

Mar 23, 2011 / 12:18 am

In our experience with our kids, we sometimes had to force them to continue with the sport that they started even if they seem to lose interest and start complaining. Most of the time they start to enjoy it again as they get better in that sport.

Mar 22, 2011 / 01:02 am

@May 20, 2013 Guest - Kids not interested in sports is getting common these days. It's because technology has become the alternative. But sports is very crucial in the development of our children. This is where they will learn to cooperate, be a team player, and learn how to lose graciously. My husband's style has always been to show the fun side of it and to expose our sons to various types of sports for them to find at least one that they would enjoy. He was never the pushy type. He would play with them and when they were younger, he would play with his right hand (he's a leftie) to give them the chance to win. He just enjoys the game with them. Make things available. I recall the time when our musical instruments were close to the dining room, the boys would pick them up before and after dinner. Then when we started eating at the terrazza where we have a table tennis, they would have a game before and after dinner. So maybe one technique you can try is to make sports easily accessible. You may also arrange some play sessions with your children's friends, but choose the ones with the same skill levels. If you pick only the good basketball players in the neighborhood your kids might be intimidated to join the game. But don't limit their exposure to those of the same calibre as theirs, expose them also to great athletes who are good role models. If your kids love to play that 2K video basketball game, allow them to enjoy it. Don't nag but encourage them to play it out also in the real basketball court. My youngest son swears his 2K games make him play better in the court. It's true, because it always starts with the mind! I read an article wherein some of the great CEOs were actually great sports persons in their younger years. So that might entice them to dabble in sports while they're young.

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