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2016 Feb

Cheering Together

As a young girl, I wasn’t very sporty. The only sport I cared for was running. My family lived in Northern Virginia during my middle school years, and I participated on the track team. I’ll never forget how fun it was to go to a meet and compete against girls from other schools.

Many years later, I became involved in sports again when our sons decided to play soccer. Throughout the years they were involved in soccer, the boys learned important values. They learned to be responsible, to work as a team, and to become disciplined, just to name a few. These lessons have remained long after their interest in soccer waned. Today they are better able to deal with failure and to learn from their mistakes, thanks to the years they played sports.

As parents, Peter and I devoted a lot of time to driving our kids to and from practices. We often brought our beach chairs and relaxed in the warm sunshine, leaving behind work and chores for a little while. We made friends with other parents and cheered together for the team. We never begrudged the time we gave to these sports events. It was fun for us, too.

These days getting kids away from electronics and outside in the fresh air is even more important. Sports offer an avenue for your child to stay fit and learn lessons that will stay with him or her for a lifetime. If you’re the parent of a toddler, start thinking about what kind of sports your child might enjoy.

Some kids like to be more independent, so gymnastics, tennis, or track might be a good choice.  Other kids thrive when they are in the middle of a group, so team sports like soccer and baseball would suit them better.

Our March issue of Tidewater Family features lots of information to help you and your child make informed decisions about sports and fitness. We hope you find these articles and resource guides useful. If you do, send us a note and let us know. Even better, call or visit our advertisers and let them know you appreciate their support. Without loyal advertisers, we would by unable to bring you such good information every month.

We know you want to be the best parents you can be. We are proud to help you raise happy and healthy children.

Love, Peggy

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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