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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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my son is 19 years now. is it too late for him to start his sport career? [on hold]

my son is 19 now. He is very interested in sports(especially tennis) but haven't learnt any sport in specific. He wanted to make his career in sports . Is it too late for him to start now?
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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?