Physical Literacy is a concept that has been around in the world of sports and athlete development for a while, but is quickly gaining ground with parents of the latest generation. It is a key component to getting and keeping kids active while increasing wellness and, not surprisingly, self-esteem. At the TLC, it is a part of every camp or program we plan, and present all day throughout our whole facility.
“The reality is that kids today are exactly like we were. They like to do the things they are good at. The difference is that some of us became experts at outdoor games like “kick the can”, “cops and robbers”, and “scrub baseball”, while kids today tend to become masters of things like Facebook and video games such as Minecraft”, says Richard Monette, Editor-In-Chief of activeforlife.com.
Building self-esteem is an important part of growing up, and sports and physical activity are a great way to develop it through both the recognition we receive from family and friends and the social relationships that develop as a result of our involvement in sport and physical activity.
As parents, we need to take a more active role in introducing these skills to our kids. Whether it is kicking around a soccer ball, playing basketball, swimming, skating, or just playing tag or spinning around until you fall down, physical skills are going to help your child be active in the long run, and will even function to increase their self-esteem and feelings of being satisfied with their world. The TLC offers guided camps and children’s programs planned by the experts in physical literacy, as well as a whole host of opportunities for kids and families to get active and build some of the skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.