How Kids Benefit From Time With Extended Family

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As aware soccer parents, we've all heard about quality family time, but what time with extended family. Soccer Shots LLC found this article on how kids benefit from time with extended family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older cousins all seem to love spending time with their younger relatives and the children benefit in many ways from getting together with extended family members.

According to Southuniversity.edu the benefits of family time include the following:

  • Stronger emotional bonds between parents and children.
  • Improved communications between family members.
  • Much better learning in school
  • More likely to be better behaved
  • Without the stress of direct parenting duties, there's room for exploration and increase in self-esteem and confidence. Gains in confidence and self-esteem are two of the benefits that kids get with soccer too. Time that kids spend with mentor, coaches, and teachers has proven to be very valuable to a child's development.

    Children who spend time participating in activities-like kicking the soccer ball around-with grandparents develop a positive sense of self worth. When kids feel valued by their extended family, as well as their immediate family, they feel better about themselves.

    Grandparent and childKids benefit from time with extended family.

    You don't have to take elaborate trips or go to expensive venues. Just being together is the most important thing. Just kicking a few balls into a soccer net or playing a game of soccer ball keep away works fine.

    another benefit for kids with extended family time

    Who we become as adults is shaped when we are kids. When we come from a nurturing, caring family and extended family it gives us a sense of belonging. That sense of belonging can stay with you through your entire life. That increased sense of belonging leads to happiness in childhood and carries over to adult like too.

    Here's the full article on spending time with extended family at WorkingMother.com

    Remember to keep soccer positive and fun.

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    Coach Bruce Lovelace started playing soccer in 1974 when, as a young boy, he constructed his own makeshift soccer goal. He played in high school, then intramurally in college and beyond. He started to coach his own children in the early 1990s and then ran a Soccer Shots franchise for 12 years. Now, Coach Bruce writes for the soccer-for-kids.com website.


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