Strategy #5: Listen to your child.June 15, 2013
overlooked areas in child development as it relates to physical activity. As parents we always
feel we know what’s best for our child. But please know that a child’s self-esteem and
confidence as it relates to their physical competence can be very fragile.
Take the time and really listen to what types of activities your child is interested in and then
encourage them to participate in them. Your child is eager to please you, so be certain that you
are not forcing them into an activity they are not enjoying. Remember, their interest in a sport
or fitness activity may not always match up with their physical abilities. This is where it is crucial
that you as the parent match them up with a program that is sensitive to their physical
The bottom line is that your child discovers some type of physical activity that makes them
happy. The only way you’re going to know this is by asking them.