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Mommy Zone September 6, 2018

Tips on parenting a child who aspires to be a footballer

Football is undoubtedly one of the most popular spectator sports in the world. Many people who watch it dream of being part of it, or wish their children to be part of it. Considering the number of football clubs that are springing up, and the amount of money and time spent on the sport at large, it’s not too far-fetched to think that your child can someday be a football player to reckon with.

Here are some tips for parents who wish to encourage their football-crazy kids:

1. Diet:

What children eat during their growing years will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Athletes need to be in peak physical condition and that can happen only if they follow a proper diet when young. So consult a nutritionist to create a diet plan for your child. Avoid sugary drinks and junk food like the plague – they are the surest way for your child to acquire a sluggish metabolism and a fat body. Moreover, they tend to weaken the bones and reduce bone density; both of which can prevent one from achieving their football dreams.

2. Coaching:

A good coach/coaching centre can spell the difference between success and defeat for someone aspiring to be a sportsperson. This is doubly so for sports where the competition is strong and many people participate, such as football. Spare no effort or money to get your child the best coaching you can afford. The coach will be instrumental in establishing your child’s budding career. Choose a coaching academy that is selective, strict in their routine, focused on the sport (and not on pampering parents for their cash) and has excellent infrastructure.

3. Motivation:

A child may wish to be anything, but when faced with the hard work and determination that is required, they can get intimidated and lose interest. As a parent, you must always be aware of this and be there for your child if you see them getting overwhelmed. Soothe their anxiety and make them understand that practice (and many hours of it) is the way forward. They cannot lose heart and they cannot feel intimidated. Children react to positive reinforcement very well.

4. Health:

In subtropical countries, the outdoors can be unhealthy, considering the number of harmful insects out there. None is more harmful to a budding athlete than the mosquito. This tiny insect transmits diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, and Chikungunya, which can lay one low for more than two weeks. This would be devastating for your kid’s practice as well as for their health. So use Goodknight Fabric Roll on their clothes to keep mosquitoes at bay. As few as four drops on an item of clothing will be enough to protect your child against mosquitoes outdoors.

Keeping these things in mind will surely help your kid achieve his or her dream of becoming a professional footballer when they grow up. Go for it!

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