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How To Teach Kids A New Hobby And Sports

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Guest post by Jordan Fuller

So your kid wants to learn something new! Figuring out your role in how to teach kids a new hobby and sports can be tricky. 

Most kids will learn best from a coach who specialises in their chosen sport or hobby. But some kids (especially the shy ones) may want to learn at home before they are placed in a group learning situation. 

Or maybe they’ll choose arts and crafts instead, which means they’ll most likely be learning from home. 

Whatever your child’s temperament or chosen activity, your role is important. They value your opinion, your input, and your praise, so how you get involved can make or break your child’s success. 

Here’s our advice! 

Ask Their Opinion 

Just because you were a champion baseball player in your youth, it doesn’t mean your kid is going to have the same skill or passion. 

Your first step should be to find out what they want to do! Maybe their friend plays tennis and they like the look of it. Perhaps they love kicking the soccer ball around the backyard. Or maybe they’re a little shy and would prefer an individual sport like running. 

It’s essential to make sure that you don’t accidentally push your child into a sport that you love, or used to love as a kid. Ask their opinion and find out what they would really like to do. They’ll be much happier for it! 

Do It With Them 

Once your child has decided what sport or hobby they want to do, the best way you can show support is to do it with them! Obviously, we don’t mean joining them on the field or taking part in their team practice. 

But a huge part of support is to practice with your kid at home. Ask them to show you what they learned, throw or kick a ball for a bit, or work on something specific together. Remember to check that your kid wants to do it first, don’t make them feel obligated. 

Here are two ways you can get involved in your child’s sports training. 

Share Your Passion 

If your kid happens to choose the same sport as the one you love or one you did as a kid, share your excitement with them! 

Chances are they’ll feel more excited about it when they know you’re excited too, and this can be an excellent time for parent and child to bond over a mutual interest. 

If you’ve got an old bat, glove, basketball, or whatever piece of equipment you still have from your childhood, pass it on to them. 

Tell them about your favourite players and ask about theirs. Watch the sport on the television together! Sharing excitement for a sport is a great way to keep your child interested and make sure they have fun with it. 

Lead By Example 

Most kids learn by doing, not by being told what to do. You can get involved (at home, not during a team practice) by helping your kid practice. 

If they’re struggling with something specific, set aside an hour or so to work on it with them. Teach them how, but also show them the movements. Get them to copy your movement, and gently correct them where they need help. 

If they play a sport you aren’t totally familiar with, YouTube is your friend! You can watch a couple of videos online and learn how to do the thing they’re working on. From there, it’s easy to show them and work on it together. 

Have a Reward System 

It’s no secret that kids (okay, humans) are motivated by the idea of a reward. When it comes to sport, the reward is often winning a game or scoring points. In terms of hobbies, the reward is the outcome, which may be a physical thing or learning a skill. 

You can up the excitement a little by adding your own rewards system. However, make sure you’re doing this to add to the excitement your kid already has for their sport or hobby, not to try and drum up excitement where there isn’t any. If that’s the case, your kid needs to be doing something else! 

For example, you can set up your own points system where you allocate points every time your kid scores a goal/points, has an excellent catch or shot, or shows great sportsmanship. 

Set rewards for reaching a certain amount of points, and your kid will have an extra incentive to do better in the sport or hobby they love! 

Get Excited 

Go to the games! Take them to practice. Ask them about it. Get excited about your kid’s chosen sport. If they feel supported, they’ll enjoy it that much more. 

Remember to check in with them, though. Ask if they’re still enjoying it. Find out what they like most about it. Check if there’s anything they don’t like. 

Remember, this is about them, not you. Your little slugger may be a highly talented kid with a bat in their hand, but if they don’t want to be there, it’s your job to make sure they never feel forced into it. 

So get excited for what they’re excited about and show them support through your cheering, questioning, and praise. But don’t get so overly excited that they feel like they have no choice but to be doing it so you’re happy! 

Conclusion 

Remember, even though your kid is likely going to be learning sports from a coach or working with a team. But that doesn’t mean you should just stay out of it. 

Getting involved in the process to teach kids a new hobby and sports can be extremely fulfilling, and it’s also a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond over something fun and interesting. 

Above all, remember this is about the kids. While we’re advocates of support and excitement, there’s nothing more uncomfortable (for spectators and kids) than an overly “coachy” parent yelling at their kid from the sidelines! 

Give them space to do their thing. Whether it’s on the sports field or an indoor hobby, and whether they’re super talented or just another face in the crowd, allow them to have fun and learn and grow through the experience. 

About the Author

Jordan Fuller has been playing golf for decades, and he shares his passion for the game by mentoring young golfers. When he’s not on the range or the course, he can be found researching or writing for his website, Golf Influence

5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe This Year

Guest post by Hannah Boothe

Fashion, like the seasons, is always in flux. And the majority of us want to appear well, which includes periodically changing our wardrobes. With the start of Spring and the weather getting warmer, you might be inspired to do some spring cleaning. If you have now reached your closet we have some ideas that might help not only organize your clothing but also your children’s clothing. Maintaining a stylish and current style is an expensive pastime, but appearing put together and current does not have to be. From upcycling vintage clothes to injecting personality with fresh accessories. Here are some of the most effective methods to update your clothing.

1. Conduct A Closet Audit

Purge, cleanse, whatever you like to call it. Turn on the light, pry open the closet door, and remove everything one category at a time. If you cannot hire an expert, rely on your instincts, intuition, and common sense.

If the attire is out of date, out of style, the incorrect size, or even the incorrect character for your new function, remove it immediately! Perhaps the only item you grab for is your black jeans, often in the dry cleaners. If that is the case, you may need to go shopping for a few items!

2. Make An Inventory

Comfortably rehang everything for you; ensure that knitwear is kept flat and folded to avoid stretching. Consider any gaps that may have developed as well; sometimes, the addition of only a few new items may significantly improve the functionality of your existing wardrobe.

Decide what goods you need to acquire to improve your appearance. It might be as simple as a well-fitting black skirt or black pants. You may add a new pair of heels, a pristine white shirt, a well-tailored tweed jacket or sweater jacket, a piece of striking jewellery, or a new purse and two vests. It will provide you with a greater variety of options for styling your old items.

3. Neutrals are Your Best Friends

As you go through your extensive collection, consider collecting all of the neutral things in your wardrobe and storing them in one location; they’ll come in handy when freshly styling an outfit. These are the ‘foundation’ colours of your style, and they’re ideal for amplifying an all-black ensemble. Layer with that vintage red jacket you’ve been hoarding or those cowboy boots you’ve been unsure how to wear.

4. Organize A Clothing Swap

Probably the most enjoyable method on our list, a clothes exchange is an excellent way to purge the old and make room for the new. Additionally, it’s the ideal reason to spend an afternoon with your buddies. You may go bare-bones and spend an hour sifting through the communal pile, or you can make a night of it with drinks, nibbles, and a thrift-store fashion show. After everything has been claimed, you may box up any items that remain unclaimed for donation.

5. Accessorize

Often, all that is required to breathe fresh life into worn-out garments is a change in setting. With a fresh pair of flats and a light wrap in the season’s colour, that ‘little black dress’ that’s wonderful for a classy night out may look equally at home at a summer garden party.

Bags, shoes, scarves, and jewellery are essential for spicing up and broadening your outfit, even more so for individuals who already own a capsule wardrobe. With a more simple wardrobe, you won’t have to worry about whether your accessories look good or match your outfit.

This simple method helps my female personal style customers regain their enthusiasm for dressing. Choose a single standout item for each ensemble. Perhaps a beloved set of colourful earrings or a striking purse could revitalize your outfit and keep you from being tired of your unique style.

You Can Also Experiment with Consignment Shopping

While this is not a new trend, it has gained traction in recent years as consumers gravitate toward second-hand shopping. It’s economical and ecologically friendly and may inspire a wardrobe revamp.

The key to consignment shopping with a purpose is to remain focused and deliberate on what you want to purchase, rather than becoming distracted by other products just because they’re there. Constructing a capsule wardrobe is a process that prioritizes utility, comfort, and thoughtfulness.

Rather than depending on a single huge purge every year, segment your wardrobe and give it smaller, more regular refreshes. You will seem more polished as a consequence, but it will also result in better educated and sustainable clothing decisions over time.