It is amazing to consider what a child learns, or is capable of learning, in the first 5 years of life. Though much learning for kids simply comes naturally as they physically grow, as parents we have a great deal of influence over what is included, and sadly not included, as a core part of the learning experience. Those choices must be intentional and are a great opportunity, or even responsibility, to positively frame actions and thoughts that impact our children well into adulthood.
Many believe that encouraging your child to specialize in one sport is the best way to develop them into successful athletes. But, scientific research now suggests that “sport specialization” can actually be detrimental to both the mental and physical health of children. Instead, experts are encouraging parents to include their children in multi-sport participation to best help develop physical and athletic ability.