Staying Active Fosters Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Staying active can help your child gain positive self-confidence and self-esteem. In psychology, self-esteem is defined as “an individual’s subjective evaluation of self.” In simple terms, self-esteem is what we think of ourselves and no matter our age, we all want to feel good about ourselves. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can help your child develop positive self-confidence and self-esteem that are as easy as encouraging playtime and taking them to the nearest playground!

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.”
– Nathaniel Branden

Playground equipment like climbers, slides and overhead hanging accessories present kids with physical challenges, and playtime encourages them to take risks and try new things. When kids take those risks and achieve the tasks at hand, they develop a sense of accomplishment that leads to higher self-esteem. Staying active with playtime also helps children develop skills that build self-confidence, such as conflict resolution and imaginative play. Social development with other children and the ability to play on their own are also important factors in building self-confidence.

What the Studies Have Shown…

A number of studies offer support to the claim that sports and other physical activities contribute to the development of positive self-esteem. Two studies from Canadian scientists found that sixth grade students who were more physically active had considerably higher levels of self-esteem and also highlighted the potentially harmful role that obesity plays in the equation.

Another study in Switzerland found that adolescents who participated in sports were more socially well-adjusted, less anxious, and generally happier with their lives. Research from around the globe shows that staying active gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills.

Being active, learning through experiences, and feeling confident all go together. Call Recreation Unlimited at (317) 773-3545 or visit our Noblesville showroom and let us help you find the perfect addition for your backyard that will keep your family active for years to come!

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