Parenting: why you need to teach your child ball skills.
Spending time outside with your kids and a ball or two seems to be the most natural thing in the world for a parent to do. But keep reading to find out why this simple activity is so important to your child.
Regardless of your child’s gender, abilities, age, interests, race or skin colour, teaching them ball skills from an early age is one of the best things you can do with and for your child. It teaches them important things like timing, hand-eye coordination, and a variety of motor skills.
It shows them how to catch, throw, dribble, kick, hold, pass and aim. But it does so much more than you can actually see. It also gives them self-confidence about themselves, how they interact with others, their ability to relate to their peer group, and how to overcome failure.
The secret we found is to start young, teach slowly and according to their age, and to praise often. As the child is able to complete simple tasks he or she can move onto learning more difficult skills. But all the while you are teaching and encouraging as you go.
One of our favourite games was standing in the back yard with a ball and a basketball or netball ring. We had one that was height-adjustable, and so even when they were very little they could stand next to it and throw (or drop) a light ball into the hoop. As they aged and grew in height and ability, we could lift the height of the pole and the kids would take a step backwards. Each successful shot meant they had to move back one step to throw from a further distance. If they missed, they stayed where they were and someone else had a shot.
This was a great way to involve the whole family and teach some great skills to the kids. We often lost balls over the fence as they threw from the other end of the garden and missed, but it was a lot of fun and has taught them all a great deal. We are now doing the same with the grandkids and love to see generations of family members now throwing balls all over the place!
So let us encourage you this week to pick up a ball or two and spend some valuable time with your child or children. Whether it is rolling a ball to them indoors, or throwing a ball outdoors. They will love you for it, and learn a lot about themselves along the way.
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Christine and Trevor
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