Fall is approaching and it's time to sign the kids up for skating lessons- many of them for the first time. Do you remember learning how to do something for the first time when you were younger? How nervous or excited you were to try something different? What about being unsure of yourself, and not wanting to get it wrong?
This is where the importance of confidence comes in to the learning process. We all have experienced it ourselves at one point or another in our lives where we have lacked at least some confidence when we were learning something in school or in sports, or in life in general. This nervousness or lack self confidence in one’s own abilities means that we have questioned our ability to do something properly. Having those doubts can lead to someone giving up on whatever they are trying learning in the first place and this is exactly what we want to avoid with children.
The most crucial time for confidence is especially when a young child is learning something new, whether it is in school, life lesson or a new sport like ice skating. As a parent you want to encourage your child to succeed at whatever it is they are trying to learn, encouragement is so important in terms of building up that confidence, but keeping a balance is crucial. You want them to succeed, but you have to understand they have limits as children before they get discouraged.
Sometimes you simply can’t support them in everything, when it comes to sports, such as learning how to ice skate, your child will fall and hurt themselves. They will have to get up, shake off the pain and learn that it is okay to fall and this is part of the learning curve. As the old saying goes if at first you don’t succeed try and try again. But here is the kicker, if you do fall and hurt yourself often enough, it will simply discourage you, especially when you are younger and your tolerance for pain is just not as high as when you are older.
What you need to do when this type of situation arises is to provide your child with proper protection, so when they continue to fall on the same place, the pain does not become a hindrance. Rita S. Eagle, Ph.D. who launched a Special Needs Ice Hockey program in Panorama City, California, which provides an opportunity for kids and adults with developmental disabilities to learn and play hockey believes that proper protection provides confidence. “The kids wear protective gear and padding that gives them confidence and combats fear of falling, so the desire to get the puck into the net seems to take over.” (www.Specialneeds.com) This is where products like Dynowear come in, which offers integrated protective solution for children learning how to ice skate and ski. Their cut-resistant gloves keep the hands warm and protect from cuts.The protective suit, provides safety avoids injury from falls on the hips, tailbone, hips and elbows.
You can’t overlook the importance of offering the right protection so that your child is safe out on the ice, or in any physical activity. This will affect their confidence in a positive manner and they will be more willing to try and try again until they learn how to do it right.
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