Roller skating is a fun activity for your child that builds their stamina and fitness. It is also a fun social activity for them to get involved in. By five, the child has the sense of balance and the body coordination required to learn skating.
Let us look at some of the positives of skating:
It promotes confidence: To begin the first step with trepidation and then subsequently master the art of fluidity, can do wonders to your child’s confidence. Being on the rink with others and making small advancements like just letting go support can be a huge boost for your child’s self-esteem.
It improves balance, agility and coordination: The skating posture builds your child’s abdominal and lower-back muscles. It fosters coordination in leg movement and a sense of balance.
It is a good physical exercise: If you were concerned about getting your child some exercise skating is the way to go. Your child will enjoy it. It is a good way to burn some calories and keep fit.
It gets them off the tech tools: Your child lives in a world of tech toys. It is difficult to get them off the Ipads, smartphones and tabs. It is tough to get them involved in any social activity. Skating provides them with a platform that gives them the requisite physical and social exposure.
Here are some dos and don’ts for you where the skating class in concerned:
Do talk to the instructor about the kind of skates you need to buy for your child. The instructor will also give you a list of safety accessories like helmet, knee and elbow pads etc that your child will need.
Do help your child get familiar with the instructor. Your five year old may not be comfortable learning from a stranger.
Do teach them sportsmanship. Tell them that falling is a part of learning and not be discouraged by it.
Do not feed unreal expectations to your child to retain their interest. Telling them they would be able to fly like the skateboarders on television might result in your child injuring themselves.
Do tell them that they have nothing to prove and that they are under no pressure to continue the lessons if they are not interested.
What begins as a simple hobby can be a source of energy, fitness and stress buster later on in life. So do let them into the pleasures of gliding and enjoy the freedom of flying on the ground!