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How should I discuss the cheerleading squad uniform policy with the coach? [on hold]

My son is 16. He's applied for cheerleading as a hobby. Me and my wife thought it was good, he's athletic and into sports. The cheer squad is not affiliated with his highschool. The issue at hand is ...
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How can I get my 12-year old physically active or into sports when he's never been?

My son is 12-years old, and he has never been into traditional competitive sports. I'm fine with this - not all kids are. He played baseball for a short period when he was 8, but he didn't really ...
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Running training and contest for a 3 year old child

I use to run during my free time, preparing for some races, and my 3 years old daughter often ask me if she could go out with me. She says that she'd like to run too and participate to contests (she ...
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Children challenging traditional role models in sports, how to help them to grow to their best?

You let children do what they love to do, what their souls want them to do. Suppose children such as boys want to learn cheerleading, ballet, music, yoga, surfing and girls want to be the next Ronda ...
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Isn't it too much having 5 times a week soccer trainings?

I am not against soccer, but my son is 9 and still doesn't know what is right for him. My husband completely supports him. But I believe so much soccer could influence the child's mentality and to ...
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Should I allow my child to participate in dangerous sports?

When should a child be allowed to take part in "dangerous" sports or activities? I'm thinking of letting my son try motocross when he's "old enough" - but when is that, when is a child old enough to ...
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Classmates choosing soccer tournament over my sons birthday party

After kindergarten class my son started first grade this fall in a new class, which was a mixup of children from the previous kindergarten classes. There are 15 boys and 10 girls in the class. 10 of ...
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How competitive or forgiving to be when playing games against my own kids

When playing games against my own kids (sports, cards, board games), I am never sure how competitive should I be. I am asking this regarding to two issues: level of play and rules observance. Level ...
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How to find fitting sports to introduce one’s kid to?

Different sports afford different body types, in team sports even a particular position may favor certain physical properties in a player. Much of this does not develop before puberty hits of course, ...
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What's a good age for a “penny skateboard”?

My two kids, ages 4 and 6, are reasonably active and coordinated. In general, what is a good age to get children started playing on a skateboard (such as a "penny board", a cheap and small skateboard)?...
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What age is it appropriate to start martial arts?

I would like to send my son to learn martial arts as soon as possible as I believe this would help him gain confidence in his early stages of life (it worked for me when I was an adult) At what age ...
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When/how is it safe to go running with baby?

My partner is an avid trail runner and before I was pregnant I didn't mind getting out too. At the very least I hope to do some brisk trail walking with bub. I'd assumed to run with a bub you had to ...
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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

My son has tried a lot of sports and activities, and he rarely likes them. We are trying to find something new for him now, but we're running low on ideas. He has tried soccer, baseball, gymnastics, ...
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My 8 year old daughter cries when she is frustrated when she is unable to execute something new

My daughter will be turning 8 in a few days, and I have been unsuccessful in trying to get her to stop crying when she becomes frustrated. Examples are: She is currently in dance & takes 8 classes ...
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Could you recommend some suitable martial arts to teach to a child for self-defense?

I've been practicing martial arts since I was a child. First I did Judo and when I was 20 I started Aiki-jutsu. Judo gave me self-confidence because I saw I was able to pull bigger children than me to ...
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Should I force my 4 year boy to play sports or activities? [duplicate]

He refused to join any activity (Karate/Gymnastics/Tennis). He doesn't even want to join church lessons for kids (Sunday school). Shall I force him or wait until he is 6?
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Is jogging an appropriate activity for a pre-adolescent child?

This question was motivated by seeing a 6 or 7 year old girl jogging with her mom today. I was in slow moving traffic so I know she ran at least 2.5 miles (the distance between the lights causing said ...
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How can I encourage 5 year old to kick the ball?

A 5/6 year old girl really doesn't like to kick the ball. Throwing is much more prefered. She would kick if a parent insists on it. But on her own volition she would always throw (so that when she ...
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How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?

Crazy sports parents. How do you deal with them? I've heard of everything from parents screaming obscenities at players on the opposing team, their own team, or even their own kids, to actual fights ...
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How old or what size does a child need to be to start learning to ski?

Is there a recommended height or weight to be able to manage skis?
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What activities/sports are optimal in developing body awareness in children age 4-5?

I believe any physical activity a child age 1-3 finds interesting is great for developing body awareness. Tag, throwing balls, running around the house, jumping, rolling around, wrestling, dancing... ...
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Is it bad if I push my daughter into playing sports?

I played sports growing up and learned many valuable lessons while on the field. I want my daughter to learn some of those same lessons. Is it wrong of me if at a young age I start to push sports on ...
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Stomach crunches in the early stages of pregnancy?

Is it safe to do sit-ups or stomach crunches in the early stages of pregnancy? When should you stop?
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Is it safe to engage in sports while pregnant?

We have a couple of birthdays coming up soon and my partner will be 30 weeks pregnant, For the birthdays there is planned Ten Pin Bowling, and Paintball. Are these sports ok to do whilst at that ...
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Are Ballet or Swimming lessons more suitable for our girl?

We are in a situation where we need to choose between ballet classes and swimming classes for our 4-year old girl. Problem is that we cannot afford both of them. We need to choose one. On the other ...
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How do you tell your child they are terrible at something?

My daughter is playing soccer. She's not bad but she won't practice as hard as she needs to because she has a completely skewed perception of her abilities. She thinks she is really good but she is ...
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What age-appropriate sports allow the whole family to participate?

For a few years now I've been going to the gym three or four times a week, but since I've become a father if had to cut back my visits to the gym. Since this cutback already shows on the scale, I ...