The strength and endurance that your children develop as individuals depends largely on the time they spend on the Internet, or playing sports. It’s up to you!
If educating a child or adolescent consisted of just providing a wearable device, surely this world would be flooded with more conscious and active youth and children. If the Internet could supply the skills that only a good physical activity can provide, surely there would not be the high rate of young people with drug addiction, alcoholism, smoking, obesity problems, which currently exist and detract from our society.
Certainly, being a father these days is more difficult than it was before. Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to face the dazzling technological advances and not fall into the endless facilities that they give you. The problem is that these advances are a song of sirens when it comes to fulfilling the work of educating your children. For example, maybe letting your six-year-old play a video game is much more practical, speaking of time, effort and money, than taking him to train for a sport.
And it is not that it is absolutely wrong to let children and young people interact with all these cyber tools. In certain circumstances, relying on them can be favorable for both you and your child. However, before using them, ask yourself the following: On what kind of foundations do I want my child’s character to be built? Would I prefer you to exercise the principles and values that I teach you at home behind a screen or inside a sports field? Thinking about it, I share three quotes from Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all time, that can help you answer these simple, but fundamental questions.
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“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
It is essential that your child learn to work as a team, so that he can achieve the objectives and goals that he sets for himself. Understanding that working together makes life easier and magnifies its achievements is a truth that man has not fully understood and, therefore, has forgotten to teach the new generations.
The facility that the Internet provides to children and young people of this time when studying, working, learning and having fun individually or with cybernetic friends, often seems a harmless fact. However, it has been proven that these “facilities” notably affect the ability of children and young people to interact in a face-to-face way with the people who truly surround them. In the same way, this factor has determined, to a great extent, that our youth have a low development of essential skills for a good performance of study and work.
On the other hand, training in any sport will help your child to interact in a better way, but will be able to function with more energy and optimism in his family, school, personal and future, work circle. It will be precisely through these “true interrelations” that she reflects and exercises the teachings learned at home.
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“My attitude is such that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness and turn it into a strength.”
Any man and woman who exercises, disciplines and subjects their body to the effort both to achieve their goals and to overcome weaknesses, will strengthen their character and achieve what they want. The practice of a sport will provide your child with a real and own strength, which he will hardly find in the handling of electronic devices.
“I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
In effect, the sport of life is reduced to that, trying and failing, trying again and failing again, trying hundreds of more times and deciding whether in any of them we succeed or not. Certainly, the key to your children’s success lies in mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical endurance. These are not obtained after having sat for two or three hours in front of the computer, but quite the opposite: they are acquired after having been in movement, running, sweating, failing and trying again every second of each sports training.
Don’t let the practicality that technology gives us take away the possibility of giving your children the best of you and the best of them. Don’t let the ephemerality of electronic media determine their decisions and break their desire to get up when things don’t go well.
Finally, don’t forget that it is precisely now that they and you, as a father or mother, have the power to exercise and shape all areas of their life so that in the future they will be the good men and women that this world needs.