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Soccer League is Full? 5 Other Great Summer Sports for Kids

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Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Bart is late for sign-up day and the only ‘sport’ left open is ballet? I have a feeling a lot of Canadian parents will be feeling that way next summer. Interest in sports always peaks after a big event, and that’s sure to happen with soccer after the biggest World Cup ever (baseball saw a similar bump when the BlueJays had a winning streak last year.)

So, what’s left for your kids once the soccer leagues are full? A lot, it turns out. These sports are just as healthy and affordable as soccer — whether they’re as fun or as cool as soccer comes down to attitude.

1. Tennis

Why It’s Great for Kids:

  • Safe, no-contact sport
  • Easy to learn
  • Kids of all ages can play together

Pick up a racquet and go! Any town that is big enough for a soccer pitch is bound to have at least one tennis court as well. Tennis leagues for kids are harder to come by, but they sport is great for developing fitness and motor skills. Playing tennis even builds transferrable skills that benefit your child’s soccer game, like footwork, anticipation and cardio (from the Farley blog at http://www.thefarleygroup.com/)

2. Swimming

Why It’s Great for Kids:

  • Low-impact
  • Lots of exercise
  • Builds a life-saving skill

Every child should know how to swim. Period. Whether for fun or competition, swimming is an excellent sport for kids of all ages. Although it is low-impact, kids tend to swim more frequently and spend more time active during a single session compared to other sports, which equals more exercise overall.

3. Volleyball

Why It’s Great for Kids:

  • Boosts hand-eye coordination
  • No-contact team-building
  • You can play anywhere

Everyone on a volleyball team has a role to play. This sport is a great way for kids to build interpersonal teamworking skills in a no-contact setting. Once they’ve learned the game, they can easily join in on a volleyball game almost anywhere: at the beach, at a part, at school, or even across a fence.

4. Indoor Rock Climbing

Why It’s Great for Kids:

  • Builds confidence
  • Great workout
  • Burns tons of energy

If your kid can’t sit still for a half-second, they’d probably be a great rock climber. Lots of climbing gyms have summer camps for kids, where children can push the limits and have a blast in a supervised environment. Few sports build full-body strength as much as climbing, and the sport is accessible and welcoming to kids of all ages and genders.

5. Lacrosse

Why It’s Great for Kids:

  • Mental discipline
  • Boosts Coordination
  • Teamwork

Lacrosse isn’t as popular as hockey, but it is Canada’s national sport. It also builds valuable hand-eye coordination skills and offer an opportunity to practice teamwork in a setting that’s physical, but not rough.

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Lessons I’ve Learned Through My Jobs

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I knew I wanted to be successful since I was a child.  It was pretty much guaranteed that I would study hard in school, go to a top school in my country, graduate, then get a high paying job.  My parents taught me that hard work pays off, and I’ve always tried to live up to that saying.

kidI got my first job when I was 12 babysitting for the neighbourhood’s young children.  On weekends and sometimes after school, I would go to their house and watch their kids.  Through babysitting, I learned tolerance, patience, and observation.  You would be surprised at the amount of parents who can’t ‘parent’ properly.  I once had parents run out of the door as soon as I got in without telling me much except that they would be home late.  Later during the night, one of their children started getting hives and started freaking out.  Thank goodness they were wearing an allergy bracelet because the parents didn’t say anything about any allergies or illnesses.  I had to learn how to tolerate these negligent parents for many years.  Their children turned out fine thanks to my great babysitting skills.

My third job was at a high ranking law firm.  I was an intern, the lowest you can be at a law firm, and my job was to basically photo copy and type out notes.  I quickly moved my way up by networking with the right people and not giving up.  I realized that most people loved when you asked for their advice because it makes them feel wise and secure in their careers, like you’re looking up at them.  I found myself moving through the ranks faster than all of the other interns, primarily because I just talked with the senior associates more and had more personal relationships with them.

You’ll learn quickly that you’ll have to adapt and change throughout life if you want to succeed.  Our world is constantly changing, and most likely, you’ll have to work for many different types of people.  From the parents who hoped that just medical bracelets would save their kids life to the senior associates at the law firm, I had to adapt to both types of people quickly.  I learned to observe, which is how I knew the kid had an allergic reaction, and network, which is how I worked my way up in the law firm.  There are many skills that you can learn by yourself and just make sure to put them to good use.  Trust me, one day these skills will help you live a better life.

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