5 Reasons Why Active Kids Rock
We all love our kids. But then there are those moments when we just want to Velcro their little buns to the couch and have 10 minutes of peace and quiet. And while that feeling is probably not going to completely resolve, we can neutralize it somewhat by keeping in mind just why our active kids are so awesome. Here are my top five:
- We can live vicariously through them. While there may be a few of us out there who still can land a round off back handspring back tuck combo, it’s probably few and far between. But when your child does it, you get to relive the rush all over again.
- They give us outlets. There are few bonds stronger than that of team parents. We spend hours on the bench with one another, cheering for the same thing. We travel to distant cities and cross state lines, share hotels, and work together to get our kids where they need to go. The only thing about team sports that’s better than cheering for your child and seeing them succeed is the relationships you form with the other parents! Many life-long friendships can evolve from actively participating in your child’s activities.
- They’re pure joy. Watching your child’s face light up when they score for their team or nail a stunt they’ve been working on is akin to finally seeing Santa and his little elves in real life. Pure, simple joy!
- What if they weren’t involved in an activity? Active kids are healthy kids. They tend to do better in sports, live healthier lives (even after their youth sports days are done) and have incredible social skills. Yes, they can be a little “off-the-wall” with excess energy some days – but imagine the opposite. There are plenty of children, particularly in their later years, who are happy to be a “couch potato” and watch TV or play video games all day. Kids are supposed to have energy and stay active – it’s what they’re meant to do!
- They’re ours. While their incessant energy at all hours can drive us batty, at the end of the day, they’re our little people. We’ll still kiss every bruise, be there for snuggles and hugs, and cheer them on during whatever activity they choose to participate in. We love them and share pride in their accomplishments – because they’re ours, and no one else can say that.