boxing-days-failure-feelings-Favim.com-2806630Sausage is getting to an age now where after school clubs seem like more of a priority and Husband and I have been doing a lot of research to find things which we think are suitable for her. She loves a bit of rough and tumble and has been asking about trying a martial art for some time. Her hero at the moment is Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, the undefeated female champion of the UFC, who  also happens to be an enormous Pokemon nerd, just like Sausage! Rousey’s beginnings were in Judo, in fact both she and her mother are medal-winning Olympians in the sport and Husband and I both think that Judo would be a great sport for Sausage as it’s not about punching and kicking, but throwing and pinning.

A new infographic from World Rugby has been put together to show how parents are actually unfazed by potential injury when it comes to sports because they feel that the benefit of being active FAR outweighs the risks. Here’s the info:

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Of the parents polled for the infographic, parents chose weight management, social skills and teamwork, amongst other reasons for encouraging their kids to play a sport. I also think that it’s really important to encourage a competitive spirit. There’s been a real shift towards inclusiveness which can be SO positive in so many ways but I also think that lowering standards to ensure that ‘everyone can take part’ really discourages competitiveness and can stop talented kids from excelling. I’d never advocate nastiness, but I think learning that edge can be really beneficial for kids in later life. Life IS competitive.

How do you feel about contact sports? Are you too protective to let your kids do something where they might get hurt or do you encourage rough and tumble play? Are you passionate about competition or do you think life is competitive enough once they reach adulthood and feel that kids should be insulated from it? I’d love to hear your opinions on this subject!