Sports have been a huge part of my life. From a young age I was playing just about any sport you can think of: Softball, bowling, competitive dance, basketball, soccer and competitive Figure Skating. What I learned through the years was so valuable. As I got older, I started to watch sports on TV or in person more. I found this just as beneficial!
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We have learned so much these past few weeks while watching:
1. Learning how to lose. After Germany losing in the what first round, we realized losing happens even to some of the best players out there. I only have little one’s around but we still struggles with the concept of losing. Losing gracefully is not always taught it can be a learned behavior. By watching our favorite teams lose they can learn how to handle losses later on down the road. I have been looking for teachable moments in these soccer games and this was a great lesson. He knows to always congratulate the other players after a game but sometimes when you lose you may not do it with a 100% positivity Instead of teaching resentment I want them to learn from his mistakes!
2. Doing your best as a team. Winning may NOT be everything but how can we teach that? When Mexico sweeps a win, I can’t help but cheer. Winning is not always guaranteed and working with one another is not always easy. Teamwork is something that is worked for and takes time. We all know how easy it is to have players on our team that are not our favorite person. As the Season goes on we find ourselves changing our minds and getting closer to them. To work together is how we win after all. Teaching this can be so hard because sometimes kids only focus on winning or someone’s faults.
3. Build Memories together. The last thing I have found during our time watching the World Cup has been probably the most beneficial to us as a family. While watching sports games I find us bonding more and more. The kids talk about it amoungst themselves but also to s adults. Even when we are not watching a game I find us talking about out favorite players.
4. Not everyone is equal in talent. I hear so many times on and off the field/ice that kids feel indicate. They look at others talent and think they can;t measure up! I could never think of how to approach this because it is an insecurity we all face at one point in our lives. By attending sporting events in person I have been able to show this point. While yes so excel at one things others have that weakness. Through watching the sport in person you can see how a team works together by utilizing everyone’s strength and weaknesses!
What are some benefits do you see when watching sports??
What team are you following in the Soccer World Cup??