It is quite evident that sports today is one of the highest paying professions in the world, with young sports personalities like Kelechi Iheanacho earning $85,000 a week playing in the English Premier League. Gone are the days when parents encouraged their kids to only focus on becoming doctors, lawyers and engineers.
In a recent article, Dr. Meg Meeker an expert in pediatrics and adolescent medicine discussed an issue that a lot of parents can relate to. The issue of deciding whether or not your kid should be involved in sports.
In that article, she pointed out some of the reason according to her patients why they decided to or not to get their kids involved in sports. Some of the reasons are:
- Peer Pressure – According to experts, parents happen to respond more to peer pressure compared to their kids. If a close family friend or neighbor has kids enrolled in at least one sports program, they feel obliged to get their own kids enrolled in a sports program.
- Status and Financial Gains – Another reason why parents decide to enroll their kids into sports programs is the need to have the next football star, the need to make a lot of money off their kid’s found fame.
However, it should be noted that the best reason to get your child involved in sports should be if you perceive that the child would stand out in a particular sports and/or the child has shown some level of interest in sports. This allows for the child to stay on track with the vision of being a successful sports person in the near future. There is no guarantee that a child involved in sports as a result of peer pressure, status or financial gains will be successful.