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What do I do if my tween or teen doesn't want to play sport anymore?

If your child announces he doesn’t want to play sport anymore, it will be helpful to know why he has reached this decision. Your child’s reasons for dropping out might be easily resolved, or could give you ideas for other options. It’s a good idea to talk about it together and see if he wants to try another sport.
 
Some common reasons children drop out of sport include:
  • Feeling they aren’t as good at it as they would like to be
  • Having other things they want to do with their time
  • Not having enough fun
  • Not liking the pressure
  • Being bored
  • Not liking the coach or other team members
  • Feeling they don’t fit in with the team
  • Finding the training too hard
  • Losing often.
If your child wants to drop out of sport, there are lots of fun exercise alternatives for you to consider together:
  • Walking with parents or friends
  • Classes with friends or family – for example, spin, boxing, martial arts or zumba
  • Yoga or Tai Chi – these offer a more passive and mindful approach to physical activity
  • Pilates – this provides strength and stability training
  • Bike-riding
  • Dancing
  • Surfing.

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Parents nowadays have such busy lives so it can be hard to ensure that your tween is being active when you feel like collapsing on the couch for the evening.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for our bodies; it’s also good for the brain.
If your child announces he doesn’t want to play sport anymore, it will be helpful to know why he has reached this decision.
There are many benefits a child can gain by playing sport including a healthy mind, body, life skills and friendships.
As we all know, exercise is a central part of weight maintenance and many kids don’t get enough of it. 
The best way to encourage your child to be active is to be active yourself.
Some children don’t have the basic physical skills for some sports. Being unable to master a particular skill or activity can make a child feel like a failure. 
There are lots of popular sports for children to choose from.
If your child wears contact lenses then there are some general guidelines you should ensure they follow while playing sport.

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