Playing Fair and Square
Summer vacations mean kids being out of school and going into different activities. Whether it’s participating in a soccer clinic or a theater workshop, introducing your three-year old to Kindermusik or driving your tween to dance class with her best friends, it’s important to keep in mind that the kids need to keep up with their good manners, especially because they’re interacting with more people and making new friends.
Being a good sport is one lesson that your children will bring with them to their older years, and it’s never too early to give them some guidelines that will make them pleasant playmates, fun friends and kids who are easy to get along with..
Give the guidelines.
Talk to your kids about the rules and make sure they understand them. Letting them know how being tardy, for example, can dampen team morale; or how shaking hands after a game, whether you win or lose, can keep everyone friendly no matter what happens in a game or in class.
Teach them respect.
While kids are often managed by an
adult—a teacher, referee, or yaya—they sometimes need reminding about how they need to show the elders their due respect. Summer classes will introduce your tots to even more personalities and they need to know that even if they can have fun with their coach or camp counselor, they still need to show the right amount of respect to those around them.
Show them there is no "I" in team.
Exposing your kids to new personalities will help teach them to be considerate of others—but when your child does show some signs of being insensitive to the concept of “team spirit,” remember that a little talking-to about cooperation is in order.
Be proud, but not boastful.
If your kid’s team wins his basketball match, don’t hold back and be the proud parent you are! Show your child that you appreciate his win, but watch out for any trash talking that may occur among opposing teams. Demonstrate how winners can be “gracious” instead of gloating—by shaking the hands after a competition, or complementing someone on the opposite side about something good they did during the game.
Take the bad with the good.
Help keep your child’s chin up when he loses a game, slips up her lines during a play, or misses a couple of notes at a piano recital. Don’t focus on what went wrong but help your kid work on what can be improved. Remind your kids to congratulate their peers who are successful in their activities—that’s what a good sport does, after all!
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