Keeping the whole family exercising together may take some careful planning, but sometimes even the best plans don't always work. What should you do if your child isn't interested in participating? Or what if your child isn't as agile as everyone else in the group? Keep these tips in mind:
- Take small steps. A child who lacks agility in some sports may need time to develop it. Encourage them as best as you can, and reassure them that not everyone starts out as an Olympic athlete.
- Find an activity they do enjoy. Ask your children what they would like to do. You may be surprised at their answer. Maybe they would like to try hiking or walking instead of jogging or playing tennis with the rest of the family. Once someone finds an activity they enjoy, it becomes easier for everyone.
- Keep records of their accomplishments. It helps build their self-esteem.
- Take turns having each family member select a group activity. If your child isn't sure what activity to select, go to the library and check out some books on physical- fitness activities or search the Internet for information.
- Don't emphasize skills over fun. Remind your kids that it really doesn't matter if they wins or lose the ballgame, and that you are just happy to have them participate.
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