Hannah Comeaux, M.A, LPC, LMFT
So, you’ve decided your little athlete isn’t going to be the next sports superstar! Is it worth all the after-school practice sessions, weekend game time and extra strain on the budget to keep your kids in sports or other team-related extracurricular activities?
The answer is a definitive yes! These activities do more for children than just keep them busy and help burn off excess energy from sitting in the classroom all day. Team activities allow for quality family time and are a lifetime investment in making them healthier, happier and more successful adults!
- Sports build character, personal values and resilience. Throughout life we face obstacles and failures. Responding to challenges will cultivate self-discipline, personal responsibility and perseverance through disappointments without giving up easily.
- Teamwork builds social skills. It provides children with the opportunity to overcome shyness, make friends and learn camaraderie while also learning conflict-resolution skills with friends and enemies alike. Children become team-focused instead of self-focused. They may learn leadership but also how to follow, sacrifice and accept the decisions of others for the greater good of the team. Most importantly they gain respect for rules, peers, coaches and officials.
- Sports teach organizational skills like goal setting, cooperation, and time management for prioritizing and balancing recreation with schoolwork and other responsibilities. Children learn an appreciation for differing skills and abilities of others and how to utilize these differences to create winning teams whether in a game or in life!
Hannah Comeaux is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion is working with couples and families to restore and cultivate more meaningful relationships.