In This Issue:
  • Why Sports are Important
  • Choosing a Sport 
  • Questions To Ask Your Child
  • Exercise and Children







March 2018


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 Sports Are Important For Children

Sports can be a fun way for your child to get physical activity and develop skills. Being involved in a sport can help your child get:
  • Regular exercise
  • Develop motor skills
  • Have fun
  • Build self confidence
  • Develop social skills
  • Learn teamwork and sportsmanship
  • Challenge themselves
  • Learn discipline
  • Learn how to follow directions
  • Learn how to follow rules
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  Helping Your Child Choose a Sport
 
Choosing a sport for your child is an important decision for any parent. The best sport for a child is one that the child finds fun and interesting. To encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, you might casually expose your child to a variety of physical activities and let the child's desires and abilities act as a guide to further commitment.

How can you help your child pick a sport that will best serve his/her needs and interests?  Consider the following:

SKILL/ABILITY
Does your child love to run and have great stamina; consider a sport like lacrosse or track and field. Is your child flexible;consider gymnastics. If your child has weak hand-eye coordination; think about dance or martial arts instead of softball or tennis. 

PERSONAL INTEREST 
Play with your child and find out what excites him/her. Is your child drawn to a particular sport? Does he or she like to watch local games or follow the sport on TV? Curiosity and enthusiasm are good motivators.

TEMPERAMENT 

Consider how social your child is. Some kids are drawn to team sports (ie. football, soccer, or baseball), others prefer to focus on individual goals. These kids might prefer swimming, tennis, or fencing. 

TIME COMMITMENT 
Certain sports have intense schedules for practices and games. Will your child have problems juggling homework and time with friends and family? Think about how practices and games will affect your family's plans. Don't overextend your child.
 
COST 
Understand that the cost of equipment, uniforms, fees, and other expenses (travel costs, private coaching) can be high for some sports.

  WHO'S IN CHARGE 
Do you and your child like the coach? Does his or her experience and attitude match your values?

KNOW WHEN TO STOP
It is important to know whether your child hates being active, doesn't like that sport in particular, or if there are social problems on the team that may be causing the issue.
There is a fine line between supporting them in a sport and forcing them to do something that they are not enjoying. Consider all these factors and decide if it is best to keep going or move on to something else.

EXPLORE
Allow your child the freedom to try different sports. Your child's interests and abilities will change as they grow. Do not lock your child into one sport at an early age. Specializing too early or doing the same activity several days of each week is not shown to be beneficial in terms of long-term athletic development. Studies have also shown that overuse sports injuries (stress fractures, tendinitis, etc.) are more common in children who specialize at a young age.   
   
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12 Questions to Ask Your Child 
other than "How was Your Day?" 


To get a sense of your child's life at school, ask questions that are specific but open-ended. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation starters:  
  1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
  2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  3. Tell me about what you read in class.
  4. Who did you play with today and what did you play?
  5. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  6. What did you do at recess?
  7. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  8. Who made you smile today?
  9. What new fact did you learn today?
  10. What challenged you today?
  11. How would you rate your day on a scale of 1-10? 
  12. What rule was the hardest to follow today?


Last month, Pediatric Potentials' Julie Adelman, PT, DPT led the discussion on  Connecting the Motor System with Academic Development in Elementary Students 
to the  Montclair Kimberly Academy community. 
 Here is an excerpt from her talk.  
    

Benefits of Exercise

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Studies have  shown that ch ildren with  higher aerobic fitness demonstrate more accuracy and sometimes faster reaction times with cognitive tasks that require concentration and attention. 

Exercise and movement are indeed good for your child's developing brain in addition to their bodies. 

Here are some benefits of how playing outdoors in a playground can carryover to the classroom:

*Provide grip, arm and shoulder strength for handwriting

*Postural muscle strength and endurance

*Confidence

*Motor planning and problem solving- STEAM concepts

*Body awareness

*Help them prepare their bodies to attend for learning. 

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RECOMMENDED RECIPE

MEATLESS MEATBALLS

A Way to Get Kids to Eat their Veggies!
  • 2 cups roughly chopped soft-cooked broccoli 
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs or panko
  • salt and pepper to taste                 
    Preheat oven to 350 
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    Place on a lined cookie          sheet      
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