I have worked in the Vancouver School Board for 6 years, and have coached kids for nearly 20 years. The biggest part of my job as an educator and role model is ensuring that your kids come out from my classes and basketball sessions a better person than when they entered. A lot of my work is building self-esteem in children since the foundation for strong self-esteem in teenagers and adults is built from ages 6-11. First off, I want to define how positive self-esteem grows. It occurs when someone individually succeeds, is praised, or experiences love from another. Otherwise, self-esteem is lowered by failure, harsh criticism, and rejection. As an educator, coach, and parent, I take self-esteem very seriously! I love sports for many reasons, and the many ways it affects a child’s self-esteem positively to grow into independent and confident teenagers and adults. I am a big fan of the 'eye-test' when it comes to these things, but I dug a little deeper and found these 3 proven positive effects that sports has on children's self-esteems.
Development of expertise in sporting skills can lead to a sense of personal effectiveness and feelings of autonomy.
The sheer act of practicing and executing a skill that couldn’t have been done previously is a monumental feeling that instills confidence in anyone. Something as simple as crossing a ball over can boost those feelings of, “I did this!”
Physical activities have a powerful role in strengthening physical self-worth.
Having access to sports and positive coaching professionals will grow a child's physical self-worth, which will also lead to a more positive perception of oneself, especially during childhood and early adolescence.
Sports teams offer social acceptance and a sense of belonging that is necessary to build a strong self-esteem for children.