Children sometimes have a change of heart, just as adults do. When they say…”I don’t want to play sports anymore.” Is your reaction due to the fact that they want to quit sports, or is it your own issues? Keep that in mind because there is nothing wrong with a child who has suddenly decided that right now, sports are not for them…Gasp! I know that can be quite a blow, especially to fathers, but think about how it feels when someone forces you to do something you don’t want to do and keeps telling you, “it’s fun…you can’t quit.”
If your child comes to you and says they are unhappy with an activity in their life, such as sports, why would we shut them down? What we should be doing is helping them explore the root of the issue. It isn’t our decision what they should or shouldn’t like. Try asking them question like, “Why don’t you like it anymore? Is there something we can change to make it more enjoyable? What would you like to try instead?”
If your child would rather take art classes or learn how to become a computer programmer, let them. When we let our children quit something that truly makes them unhappy, we empower them to listen to their intuition and pursue a path that will bring them joy. They will carry that lesson throughout their entire lives.
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