Is your child attracted to extreme sports?
Maybe he doesn’t like traditional sports, like soccer, baseball, football, or basketball. He’d rather not have the structure, rules and pressure. However, he likes to be physical and is always trying new things. How about some “extreme sports” for your young athlete?
If you’re hoping for your child to develop character through sports, traditional competition and extreme sports both provide the opportunity.
Snowboarding. Start them on the bunny slope, of course!
Inline skating. My daughter was trying this before she could ride a bike. I walked while she skated.
Martial arts. Disciplines that belong under the Martial Art banner require focus, self-belief and respect. There is the added bonus that your child will acquire better self defence skills and confidence as a result.
Quad bikes. Four wheel motor-bikes for kids who are a bit older can be a blast. Specially designed quad bikes are designed to measure up to a child’s size. Watch the thrill on their faces as they whizz around a dirt track or over grassland controlling these motorised vehicles.
Kayaking, canoeing. Children can learn basic kayaking & canoeing skills in their local swimming pools, rivers, lakes or reservoirs. And you can’t just drop your kid off at practice and forget about them for an hour. This extreme sport requires you to join them. Not such a bad idea.
Diving. It starts simply with a mask and snorkel. In the pool. Then comes the lake, the beach….
Surfing. Start tame: My kids loved it when Dad took them body-surfing. Or get a $15 boogie board.
Skateboarding. If you’re brain is screaming INJURIES!!!, ask yourself how much worse can it be than football or basketball?
Biking. Great way for a family to spend the afternoon together. It can grow up into long distance cycling, mountain biking, or bmx racing.
Climbing. Find one of those indoor rock-climbing places and let your kid conquer the climbing wall. Who knows? Conquering Mount Everest may be a part of her future!
Many of these you can do with your child, a wonderful benefit to going extreme!