Raising a teenager can be a tough job. One tactic that many parents have had success with is involving their teen in sports. Both team and individual sports take time for practice and time to actually compete. This time spent in sports programs accomplishes two things. It keeps the child busy and it can develop good character traits. These activities can shape a young person to be productive and self sufficient later in life. We have many teens studying through online degree programs, but still parents should not neglect and keep them away from sports and make them study all time of the day.
A key factor in teens that get into trouble in school or have brushes with the law or use drugs boils down to free time. If a child has a lot of time with no scheduled activities, unscheduled activities are likely to happen. There is nothing wrong with unscheduled activities on their own but trouble happens when a young person is unsupervised and the wrong type of activity fills the gap. That could be associating with kids who are a bad influence or just trying things that are dangerous with existing friends. Having sports in the life of a young person reduces the amount of free time on their hands. Being involved in sports involves practice for individual and team skills and competition. The competition also may involve travel to compete against other schools or regions. This adds up to less time that a child has to find trouble.
The second benefit of getting your teen involved in sports is the development of character. This term means different things to different people. A general definition of character that can be built through sports is a sense of following the rules, working with others and caring about others. Another trait that can be developed is the quest for success or winning. Organized team sports have rules that must be learned and followed to participate. This can be good practice for a young adult that must follow rules when they have left school and the guidance that it can provide.
Keeping a young adult busy is no easy task. Finding a sport that they enjoy and encouraging their involvement can pay big dividends.