Many children today are introduced to a variety of sports before they even learn to read.

Let's face it, we live in a 'device age' where two year olds know how to locate pictures on your iPhone and your 5 year old is easily navigating their way through Youtube. It's no doubt that children have a curiosity to learn, explore, run, jump, discover.

I recently spent sometime with my energetic Nephew and Niece whom I adore completely. I was amazed at their ability to go from 0 to 60 in under 2 seconds flat – It got me thinking. Their insatiable energy and zest for life should be getting fed through a sport. This will not only teach them about teamwork, hard work, and about their own capabilities, but also about discipline and perseverance. 

Children are like sponges. Their self confidence, self worth, and outlook is constantly evolving in this critical time in their life. Sports help build their personalities, keep them healthy, and most importantly engaged in something that doesn't involve a screen or a touch pad. 

It's up to you parents! Try asking your little ones if any sports interest them and go from there. Many communities offer a lot of activities and classes for children 2-5. Below are some tips to help your child fully enjoy the gift of sports.

  1. Don't Overdo It

  2. Give Him a Say

  3. Explain the Real Commitment

  4. Do Your Homework

  5. See the Big Picture, Not Just the Score

  6. Don't Compare!