Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

This National Sports Day, why not encourage your child to take up a sport? We have exclusive interviews of sports greats Sania Mirza, VVS Laxman, badminton ace PV Sindhu and cricketer Mithali Raj.

By Team ParentCircle

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Sports has many life lessons and health benefits to offer. When children take up a sport, they learn about teamwork and discipline. Not only do they become fitter, it also leads to reduced stress, better focus and sleep, and helps them maintain a healthy weight. And, did you know that playing a sport can boost your child’s immunity? 

Moreover, today, being involved in sports also leads to more and interesting career opportunities. So, as a parent, it is a good idea to support and encourage your child to take up some sport. 

Find out more about sports, eating right, and how to achieve success, by reading our exclusive and insightful interviews of various sportspersons. From trailblazing woman cricketer Mithali Raj to charismatic professional boxer Vijender Singh and gritty tennis star Sania Mirza, here are stories to inspire and admire.

1. 'Fine Line Between Encouraging and Overbearing'

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Tennis star Sania Mirza is a trendsetter and inspiration for youngsters. She and father Imran Mirza talk about the importance of positive parenting in the world of sport. Read more...

2. He Owes Everything To His Parents

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Known for his dignified demeanour and superlative batting skills, the former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman is no stranger to cricket lovers in India. How did his career come about and what role did his parents play in his success? Read more...

3. There’s A Sindhu In Every House

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Salute to the sporting spirit of P V Sindhu. With sheer grit, Sindhu made a mark for herself. The ace shuttler from Hyderabad is an inspiration for all. Read more...

4.The Queen Of Indian Cricket

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

If your daughter wants to take up a team sport like cricket, then do not discourage her thinking it will be tough on her. Team sports are a great way to learn all about team work. These also improve strength and stamina, and enhance hand-eye coordination. We talk to Mithali Raj, the torchbearer of women's cricket in India. Get ready to change your mindset. Read more...

5. How to Get Your Child Started with Boxing

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Your child is completely taken up with boxing and wants to don those gloves and get into the boxing ring. But you feel apprehensive that this is one sport that can lead to injuries and hurt your child. Well, do not fret, boxing is a well-regulated sport and has many benefits to offer. As a parent, you should encourage children to live their dream and take up the sport of their choice, stresses charismatic boxing champion, Vijender Singh. Read more...

6.Why Parents Should Encourage Their Children To Play Sports

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Is your child always on her smartphone or tablet or, hooked to watching television? Watch out! Being inactive and having a sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on her health and well-being. So, encourage her to play games — of the outdoor kind! Read more… 

7. Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

While India is generally considered to be a cricket-mad nation, there are many other sports played in the country. If your child loves cricket then, of course, then as a parent, you should encourage this interest. But if you are confused about which sport to choose for your child, you need to do some research first. Read more…

8. Academic, Emotional And Social Benefits Of Sports For Children

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Is your child keen on pursuing a sport? Then, as a parent, you should be supportive and enable your child's love for sport. Read on to know why you should encourage him and also learn about the incredible lifelong benefits sports can offer. Read more...

9. 6 Nutrition Tips For Young Athletes

Why Every Child Must Take Up A Sport

Nutrition is a fundamental component of wellness and accomplishment in athletes. Discover what constitutes a healthy diet for young athletes and the importance of eating at the right time. Read more...

Studies suggest that children who take up sport are stronger in mind and body. What's more, playing team sports can be great fun and also help your child develop great friendships. So, go on, become a supportive parent and make sports a part of your child's life. Better still, why not take up some sport of your own!

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