This week's topic:
Toddlers and Sports!
I have written about this before, sometime last year. Coming from a sporty family (my sisters and I have been in dance and swimming since a very young age and Kalvin is into baseball and football), I definitely recognize the importance of sports. Its another form of early discipline and guidance for children, as well as physical exercise. I also understand the importance of starting children early, maybe not in team sports, but at least physical activities related to sports.
For example: Even though Alan is not yet in any actual sports classes, we still are very active as a family. Alan will go swimming with us, we take him for walks and hikes, and we involve him in the sports we play as a family. He has been taught how to throw a football, kick a soccer ball, toss a frizbee and hit a baseball with a bat. On Aunt April's birthday, we all involved him in our family baseball game after dinner and he just loved it. We also take regular trips to the YMCA's Open Kids Gym so that Alan can climb, tumble, run and jump. He loves going there as well. :)
Next year, Alan will be going to preschool most likely at the YMCA. I think their preschool is the best option, as they promote healthiness and physical activity. They take their students swimming, outside to play and to the gym for different physical activities. On a weekly basis. Lon and I love this! :) And as Alan gets older, we will give him the option of several sports that he can participate in. I have often daydreamed about which sport he will choose. Will it be baseball? Or football? Will he be a soccer player like Aunt Natalie, or more into track and running like Aunt April?
Whatever he chooses, we will support him. If he ends up having ADHD like his father does, sports will be even MORE beneficial for him! All in all, sports and physical activity is very important in our family. We are and will always be active and healthy! :D
Have you put your toddler in sports yet? If not, do you participate in physical activity with them?
Next week's topic:
Favorite Toddler Craft/ Art Project