1. How do you decide which sports to get your kids involved in?
Oldest (son) got started in recreational (as opposed to competative) gymnastics because a local gym passed out fliers to his kindergarten class. He continued through 8th grade. We always used to joke that he was so limber he ought to be in it. Our daughters also participated for a while but had other interests. One daughter swims. She does club swimming and just did all four years of high school. Another has tried kickboxing and other such sports. All have played soccer at some time or another.
*2. Is expense a factor? *
It has been at times. Sometimes we’ve struggled to pay for the gymnastics and swimming. Soccer was relatively inexpensive.)
*3. Is your own personal interest in the sport a factor? *
Not especially. But I’ve enjoyed watching every sport they’ve participated in.
4. Do you take your child’s sex, physique, and temperament into consideration?
Very much so. That’s why our kids participate(d) in sports different from each other. I’ve heard some parents express amazement that we didn’t have all our kids in the same sports. But in my opinion those parents were looking out for themselves, not the child.
5. Do you prefer singles sports (golf, tennis, swimming etc.) or team sports (soccer, basketball, baseball, football, etc.) for your children? Why?
I liked both. They all did soccer. I thought it important to do something as a team. I think that’s especially important for boys. It’s one of the ways boys socialize. But I also like individual sports for the personal best struggle. The child has to love the sport. It teaches the value of always striving for improvement and will hopefully be a lifelong way to stay in shape.
6. How important is the possibility of a college sports scholarship?
It would have been nice but none of mine have been good enough so far. When my youngest daughter was in gymnastics there was another mother who was already planning how her three year old daughter would pay for her college this way. I think that was a bit ridiculous. Now if this was a sixteen year old I might have thought differently.
7. How important is the possibility of a professional career in the sport?
I guess it would be okay if the child could make a living at it. In the case of my kids that would mean coaching rather than playing.
8. If you choose NOT to get your child involved in sports, why or why not?
9. Would you ever consider getting your child(ren) involved in figure skating? Why or why not?
Probably not at this point. I might have when they were younger but it would have been an issue since there is no skating rink in my town so we’d have to drive. It probably would only have worked if all of my children liked the same sport or if enough nearby families were also participating so we could carpool.
10. Finally–and this is my “ulterior motive” for starting this thread–do you know what the sport “synchronized skating” is and would you ever get your kids involved with it? Why or why not?
I don’t really know what it is. I imagine it involves two or more skaters? If my child pushed for it I might have considered it. But I wouldn’t push it on them, except perhaps for a trial period.