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Sports for Toddlers: When? What? How?

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Well, that’s what I want to know.  I have been think about the issue of sports ever since my little two and a half year old was born.  Sports are HUGE in my husband’s family and they were HUGE for my Dad.  They LOVED it and they worked HARD.  My Dad actually played in and won the Little League World Series was he was young.  He went on to play football at Clemson.  My Dad-in-Law played football at Cornell.  I liked sports but was never very good.  I always wondered if I had practiced more or started younger, could I have been better?

Are SPORTS the place where children learn discipline, teamwork, confidence?  What makes them good or should we, as parents, not worry about it?  Are we pushing in them one direction or another without knowing it and is that okay?  Are sports an “either or” – I play sports or music, but not both?

As you can see from the pictures below, sports are in our house and our toddler gets the message: This is what we do and it’s fun.  But can I control my SUPER competitive nature?  My husband has already set the tone: sports are FUN, no pressure, but you need to play something.  But what about a scholarship?  Should he stick to ONE sport?  And I can’t help wondering what if his thing is music?  Did you read “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” where her second daughter gives up violin for tennis?  That’s can’t be me, right?

Although these are all thoughts that fluttering in my head like annoying gnats, I don’t really act on them.  I DO try to watch myself so that I don’t lose myself – find myself running out onto the football field to have a word with coach!  I have it in me.  Right now (at 2 1/2 years old), B is not playing any organized sports.  But believe it or not, he COULD be and probably will within the next 6 months to a year.  Did you hear about the 2 year old who received a soccer scholarship!?  Oh boy, I guess we’ll just take it one step at a time.

Super cute video of B and Daddy working out:  Sit-ups in the Park

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Author: Adrienne

Attorney and Professional labor and postpartum doula.

4 thoughts on “Sports for Toddlers: When? What? How?

  1. I am not sure how much Montessori philosophy you incorporate into your parenting but according to Dr. Montessori “exercise with a purpose” aka sports becomes important in the second plane (6-12years). My son (4 yo) has taken soccer lessons but we will not put him on a team until 1st grade. This is because I don’t think he is developmentally ready to get the benefits of a team sport and as a family we do not want to give up multiple nights/weekends to a four year old’s extracurricular activities. We play tennis and soccer as a family all the time but we just aren’t ready to formalize it. Just my perspective.

  2. We do gymnastics, swimming, ballet and taikwando with Addy. Harlan will do the same when he is a bit older. I love the respect and discipline martial arts and ballet teach

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