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Teen Sports - How Should Parents Be Involved

Why Join Teen Sports ? Being involved in your teen’s activities is important – especially if it’s teen sports. Teen sports do wonders for the body, mind and spirit. Your teen will learn about good sportsmanship, develop a healthy respect for others, learn to think as part of a team without losing their individualism and feel the thrill of winning and learn to deal with the agony of defeat.
Being part of team, win or lose, can contribute in a variety of other ways in your teen’s social and mental development. They develop an individual sense of worth as a contributing member of the team and a sense of achievement when the team wins. They all win!  If the team loses, they strive to make their team better, with the anticipation of winning the next round. They learn to take one on the chin and move past it.  Being involved in teen sports keeps your teen stimulated and interested in achieving something other than academics, preparing them to enter them real world where competition can be brutal. The bonus: it keeps them away from ... Read more

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