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    Yes it is important but it is not end all and be all of life. It certain not as important and math/english/science etc..
    I won't ever force my kids to extra co curricular sports. They are active kids and we have huge yard so I don't see it as a big deal.

    I once had a huge fight with the sports teacher at school over dd. She had Ross river, glandular and bama Forrest fevers all in 3 months, She was recovering for 6 months. She was hardly eating so I made the decision that she wasn't to do any sports for the rest of that year on the advice of her dr's. The sports teacher thought that it was a cope out as she was able to stand and walk around etc...
    I simply told her that if she had to miss sports so that she can attend the rest of school than so be it. She still didn't agree so i just pulled the I am mother so get over it card.
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    DS is 8 and we have tried him in a variety of sports. He LOVES sports carnival at school and is a great runner. He is brilliant at soccer but we have found that he doesnt do well with Team sports. Its not that he doesnt get along with others....he is very caring and happy to share etc. .....but he seems to enjoy solo sports better. His main one is motorbike riding. He is an excellent rider and seems to have a knack for it. We are going to enroll him in a motorbike club next year so he can ride at better tracks and get involved with a community of people who also enjoy motorbikes.

    I think physical activity is important. Trial your child out in a whole bunch of things and support whatever they enjoy. DS really really wants to do dancing aswell, but we are having a really hard time finding somewhere that has a boys class. DS doesnt mind dancing in a class full of girls but I would love to find a group that can focus on boys movement, as boy and girl dancing varies.

    I also think learning about winning and losing is important. I dont see how its fair to give everyone an award for trying at a sports event, but then only award kids merit certificates for their good work in class. Seems kind of unfair. IMO, kids should be rewarded when they excel at something and it is up to the parents to teach the kids who didnt win that it is ok to not win and there is no shame in it.

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    I think interests and hobbies are important but it doesn't necessarily have to be competitive sport. I would be just as happy if they were really into art and just got outside and rode their bikes for fun. I always encourage my kids to do activities but they don't have to pick sport... I do still encourage them to be active though.

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    DD hates sport with a passion. She does do dancing so that's a sport but anything else from netball to soccer she refuses to do.
    She hates sport at school and got a D for it.
    Mostly the D came from the fact that when they force her to do something she just stands there and complains that it's hot, cold, sunny etc.
    DD also hates swimming but I did manage to get her to learn how not to drown.
    I have put her in swimming 4 times now and Everytime I have been on the verge of a breakdown getting her to go in the water.
    She hates water and the last teacher said "look she knows how not to drown that's about as far as she will go".
    So I agree that physical activity is important but not always sport.
    All comes down to the kid. I'm just not going to force her anymore I wanted her to learn to swim but it isn't going to happen.
    DS is only 2 but already loves soccer and kicking a ball around with older kids.

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    I think activity is important, and that kids can gain a lot from sport - including things like team work, team spirit, gracious winning and losing, work ethic/ working toward a goal, respect for your body, and competitiveness.

    DD seems to love everything physical so far. She does swimming and gymnastics so far, but nothing else. She's only 2 but has been asking to do ballet (I think Angelina + Dora might have something to do with that), and I'm happy to give her the opportunity to try anything that she might like to do.

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    Yes sport is important. For the Physical activity, to learn how to win and lose graciously, to socialise, to be part of a team if its a team sport.. our son aged 4 does swimming and multisports. His dad, uncles and cousins play footy and basketball with him every day. Dp and I both play sport. It's not about being the best. It's about giving it your best shot. In my opinion, sports are important.

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    Not all kids, physical activity is important (says she who has gained 15kg recently) but competitive sport is not important to all. I will continue to fight for govt grants for kids who do need it but find it inaccessible, but not all kids need or thrive on competition. My own child is sporty, but not competitive. Swimming and gymnastics are what we love, and looking into something like karate or tae kwan do for next year. Dancing is too competitive for her, and she is not suited to team sports. I'm a swimmer (state level) and a gymnastics coach myself but think dd will love karate or something. I believe self defence classes are important so looking into that too.

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    I don't think sport as such is important, as PPs have said other interests and hobbies are beneficial in similar ways. I think every kid needs a passion or two.

    My grandparents were Olympic athletes, my dad played hockey for his country, my brother is tipped to compete in the next Olympics, I played representative level netball (but my passion was theatre) and DH played basketball for his country and is now a fighter.

    So I think my kids will probably be sporty, they may be genetically blessed with a lot of talent.

    But if their passions aren't in sports (like mine weren't) then I think I will still encourage a sport (as I enjoyed mine), but nurture their passion as a priority.

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    I think being active is important. As far as particular sports I plan to just introduce DD to some when she's here (not yet a mummy) and see what she likes and doesn't like. Ill support her and help her play whatever sport she chooses.

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    Sport is absolutely important for kids. It teaches team work, socialization with kids not necessarily from their school group. I notice a huge difference between me who played netball from the time I was 7 or 8 and my brother who never played sports. I socialize much less awkwardly than him. I have a bigger variety of friends (some of whom I met thru sport). We are both pretty shy and quiet but I think my experience with sport growing up has not only made a difference physically but socially.


 

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