my 8 years old son doesn't play sports

Joy - posted on 11/04/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is spoiled with video games and he doesn't like sports. What should do?

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Joy - posted on 11/05/2013

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Thanks for advice. He plays sports on video games but next summer I put my son into sports because he drive nuts with the video games.

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Is he participating in any organized sports? Like on a team that competes?

Perhaps having a goal would help inspire him. In a video game, you are playing to win, which keeps him motivated. If he is just playing the occasional game of basketball or tag with his friends, there is no motivation to play, so he probably thinks "why bother?" If you put him into an organized league and let him compete, he will be inspired to practice and play because he will want his team to win not only the current game, but the championships as well. Plus, it will give him a sense of importance because his teammates will depend on him being there.

I would put him in an organized basketball league.

Joy - posted on 11/04/2013

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aHe plays basket ball sometimes with his older cousins. He love swimming and bowling but he is more into video games like his father. His dad spoiled him for doing good in school. But I know my son he is not into sports and at the park he network with other children run around and play tag.

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What do you mean? What does he do when you take him to the practices, games or competitions?

My son is the same age, well, he just turned 9 this week. Usually, even if he doesn't want to go to practice, once he gets there, he has a good time and becomes happy. Often it is difficult for them to stop doing something they enjoy to go do something else, even if they enjoy the second activity.

What sports do you have him participating in? Is it possible that he would prefer a different sport?
My son tried several before he found one he liked. He loved taekwondo from the very start, so we lucked out in individual sports, but team sports were more difficult. We learned through trial and error that he hates soccer, hockey and lacrosse, but he loves baseball. Maybe let him try several different sports until he finds something he likes.

If video games are too much of a distraction, I would just get rid of them. I had to do that with my son this week, actually. I donated our Wii and Playstations, along with the games, to the Children's Hospital last week because I felt they were interfering with his ability to fulfill his responsibilities at home, and to keep his temper in check. Our life has run much more smoothly without the games in the picture, so that is something to try as well. I've never been a fan of video games anyway--my son always seems more temperamental when he has been playing them.

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