Motivating kids

Our blogger has years of engagement with club sports for juniors. Kristine Moody has helped kids' participation in sports ranging from rugby to kayaking and skiing through all the age groups. With her Scandinavian-British background she's familiar with Nordic freestyle sports coaching, where the terrain sets the tasks, and the structured, institutional training which is favoured in the UK.

  1. Team sports and social skills

    Team sports and social skills
    Sure, team sports are great for fitness, skills, competitiveness and new experiences. But they also offer kids an awesome workshop for social skills. To show why playing in a team with your peer greep is so valuable, first of all let’s check out the main social bonds which kids have. Peers v adults Relationships between adults and kids are asymmetrical...
  2. Vegan diets for kids and teens

    Vegan diets for kids and teens
    It takes elite resolve to cut animal products from your diet. If you’ve already taken this step, you have my admiration. Of course, eliminating meat doesn’t mean you are automatically healthy. You can stuff yourself with takeaways, French fries and Coke, working hard towards iron deficiency, bone abnormalities and poor sports performance.* Animal proteins are a great source of protein...
  3. Tokyo 2020 - sport is a bet that always pays off

    Tokyo 2020 - sport is a bet that always pays off
    The 2020 Olympics - these super humans have endured the hardest training sessions, made the ultimate sacrifices, and gone through dizzying highs and lows.  A lot more people will place 10th or 20th than on the podium. Some had to pull out weeks before because of injury. How do you know if this huge career or lifestyle gamble will pay...
  4. Posture, text neck and sport

    Posture, text neck and sport
    Posture is how you “hold up” your body when doing any activity, even sleeping. It doesn’t have a specific definition: you can somehow imagine it as the equivalent of your mental attitude, but on the outside. You can have a “proud” sitting posture, with your ribcage projected towards your laptop/book, or a slouched, “sad” curved posture. It is really easy...
  5. Sports gifts for teenagers on a budget

    Sports gifts for teenagers on a budget
    It’s goodbye to half the fun this winter as contact is not allowed in most sports. No live spectators, no fixtures, and gym restrictions... Now is the time to find that inner determination you need in the last minutes of any sports competition, and apply it to solo fitness training instead. I’ve drawn up three home gym shopping lists for...
  6. Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts

    Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts
    Sailing and paddle-sports instructors often focus on making the dinghy, canoe or kayak a happy environment by throwing balls around. Kids familiarise themselves with the roll of the vessel and the movement of currents through simple games. Learn on land If your child has had a go at any other sports where balance is key, then they’re already well equipped...
  7. Siblings and skills gaps

    Siblings and skills gaps
    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the amenities of the hotel, the size of the rental car or the amount of sunshine. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. If your sports nut older son is stuck with a somewhat clumsier younger brother for two weeks, it can get tense. How to minimise squabbling?  Laidback summer sports include frisbee...
  8. Gateway to water sports: Wakeboarding for kids

    Gateway to water sports: Wakeboarding for kids
    – Kids do so well at cable wakeboarding because they harbour no anxieties about looking stupid or hurting themselves, Callum Mark tells us. Mark is Activities Manager at Foxlake Adventures – a cable wakeboard park outside Edinburgh in Scotland. As sports go this is “extremely progressive” – novices learn the ropes in no time. – Quite a few people have...
  9. Sports injure, sofas kill

    Sports injure, sofas kill
    I raised my first two children in Norway, where kids are widely trusted with everything from knives to boats. My third child was born in the UK. The biggest shock for me, navigating British kindergartens and primary schools, have been the physical restrictions on kids. There's a level of protectiveness which costs a lot of effort for the parents, limits...
  10. Beginner snowsports do's & don'ts

    Beginner snowsports do's & don'ts
    Customers keep telling me that it’s important to get the kids skiing first, only introducing them to snowboarding once they’re competent with their slaloming. Personally I don’t think techniques get in the way of each other, so this wouldn’t be a bugbear of mine. I would rather build on the kids’ enthusiasm, because enthusiasm saves a lot of whining! However...
  11. Independence in boats for kids

    Independence in boats for kids
    When to let kids off on their own in boats? I’m going to bring this back to some basic advice on passing on skills. Your best guideline to parenting in general is not to look. Every child does far better without adults peering over their shoulders, and the example I always use is the heavy jug of water at the...
  12. Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop
    Successful coaches are tough. All the big names in coaching are infamous for brutal discipline and hard selection processes. For our own kids starting out in sports, we want the instructors to show generosity and tolerance. The dilemma is: we all like watching our kids win. We want sport to offer our children that sense of pride and achievement. Maybe...
  13. Hesitant joiners and early quitters

    Hesitant joiners and early quitters
    Got the kit, now keep the interest! Typical: your child won’t tell you that she hates rugby until she has the new boots and the head guard – she might even wait until you’ve had her three-figure mouthguard fitted at the dentist’s. Even parents who weren’t the keenest joiners during their own school days love to see their offspring engaging...

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