Magazine article Working Mother

Good Sports

Magazine article Working Mother

Good Sports

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Active Competitor

the young out-there kid will likely enjoy team sports that utilize coordination and motor development. basketball, soccer and lacrosse all require full-body movements, jogging, running, catching and throwing. the skills used in these sports are transferable to other athletic pursuits, making these activities especially good for younger children who may have the potential and desire to become all-around athletes.

Shyer Sort

if your kid is reserved or slow to warm, she may actually benefit from recreational competition in a team setting, which could help bring her out of her shell. if she enjoys traditional team sports like soccer, look for leagues that focus more on skill development and teamwork than on competition. Also consider swimming, gymnastics or track. with the less competitive child, the focus should be on fun and skill building.

Not-So-Sporty

Some children simply aren't interested in sports or competition. Parents need to focus on helping these kids accumulate daily, fun physical activity-think lessons and classes. Swap sports teams for swimming or skating lessons, rock climbing sessions, dance or tumbling classes. …

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