Disadvantage of Children in Sports

For children, sports can have a very positive influence. It provides the necessary exercise while developing their social skills. Working as a team towards a common goal, they will learn about sportsmanship, cooperation, competition and goal-setting. These skills will enable them to become highly-functioning adults in the future. Some child athletes can even develop their skills to the fullest and make a living by playing a specific sport. However like with every activity, youth sports can have disadvantages. Oftentimes this can be largely attributed to the adults, but here are some things that you need to know if your child engages in sports as a hobby.

Sports Injuries

Being in a physically-demanding activity, children can easily suffer from sports-related activities. They can easily sustain muscle strains and sprains. For children, injuries are a big deal and will associate a negative emotion with sports or games in the future. This will lead them to avoid playing that sport or heighten their fear that if they play the sport for a long time they will be more susceptible to injuries. For children who play contact sports like soccer, they are more at risk of suffering from injuries and being traumatized. The risks for long-term injuries are also present in contact sports. If children are not properly trained or supervised, they could fracture bones and could affect how they perform daily tasks in the future.

Burnout

A “burnout” occurs when a person starts a hobby or task passionately, but slowly loses that enthusiasm until they reach the point when that hobby or task is considered troublesome and is stopped. For children playing sports, a burnout is very possible and very real. At first, children are interested in learning about a sport, developing their skills, and meeting other children their age. However when coaches or parents push them to go to practice or do drills when they don’t want to, children start seeing the sport as a chore rather than being fun. Instead of associating sports as fun or promoting camaraderie, children will instead build resentment for that activity and grow up loathing it.

Too Much Competition

A little competition is healthy for children, since this will motivate them and will also teach them values like cooperation, friendship, and sportsmanship. However when they are exposed to competition for a long time, the lines between sports and their personal life begins to blur. At first, they will think that their self-worth will depend on their successes if they win. During the moments when they fail at something either at school or in sports, they will feel very bad and lose confidence. This can affect their social lives as well as their development. They will blame their team mates if their team doesn’t win, and it also puts a lot of pressure on the child before sporting events.

Poor Grades

When sports practices become more important than their schoolwork, good grades will not be a priority and be eventually forgotten. For children who really love sports or for the athletes, they will simply study just enough for them to be able to get an average grade. Once they pass (just barely) their school subject, they focus all of their remaining time and energy on sports. It’s a good thing if schools support sports and extracurricular activities. However, sports should never be prioritized more than education for children.

Risky Behavior

For children who engage in sports at an early age, they have a lesser chance to develop risky behavior like smoking or drinking. They were taught at an early age to value their bodies and exercise regularly, so these habits will be easily ingrained into their daily life. Sure, they may be curious about smoking and drinking, but they have a higher chance to resist developing these unhealthy habits compared to other people who weren’t as involved in sports at an early age.

One problem that this poses however is that these children are more likely to develop other risky behaviors like fighting or binge drinking. Since they are made to believe that they are better than everyone else (competitively) and that their bodies are in good condition, they wouldn’t mind these riskier habits. Of course, not every child athlete is a binge drinker; however their chances of being one are high.

Negative Examples

Parents always want to support their children, and sports are no exception. Parents always take time to bring children to sports practice, and cheer them at their games. However when parents become too involved in the success of their children’s team, it can set a negative example to their children. Parents who are too affected by a game will start barking orders or corrections at children, coaches, and even the game officials. They can demand that their child be put back in the game, while taking another child out. This can lead to parents fighting with other parents. For children who witness all these even if it’s not their own parents, it will leave a negative impression on sports and they won’t want to play the game anymore.

Loss of Time

Children and young adults can generally juggle their time for family, school, friends, and extracurricular activities just fine. But since youth sports have evolved into a more complicated event, it takes a huge chunk out of the children’s time. Rigorous training programs that are for a whole year or school leagues that keep children playing sports for many months will make time management difficult or impossible. Children will have difficulty making time for their own hobbies or interests, or even spend time with their family and friends.

Financial Constraints

If children decide to invest their time and effort in a particular sport, this can mean additional expenses for the parents. Children need uniforms, sports-specific equipment, and sometimes a registration fee even. Every time children will enter a league or competition, they need uniforms for each league. Regarding equipment, some sports equipment can be expensive to buy, and depending on the children’s use, it can get worn out pretty quick. During games, families and friends might need to pay every time they want to see a game.

Pressure

The pressure in playing sports can be too much for some children to handle. They feel that they need to impress their parents and they should not let the team down as well. This leads to unhealthy behaviors for coping with pressure like anger, passing the blame, and inability to focus. In many situations, children place undue pressure on themselves and try to compare themselves with their team mates. Children should be taught that everyone is unique. If children need help regarding stress management and coping skills, then they should be brought to a professional immediately.

Getting children involved in sports are a good thing. There are lots of benefits to be reaped if children are exposed to sports at an early age. However, parents should also be aware and be prepared for the disadvantages in youth sports. These dangers are very real and should be properly addressed to ensure that children enjoy playing the sport and they are able to develop well.

Tips for Traveling on a Tight Budget

Traveling is always perceived as an expensive hobby or endeavor. Aside from the expenses you incur during your trips, you are also away from work, meaning you’re not earning during that time. If you’re on a paid leave, then it’s okay. However for those that are not on a paid leave, they have to use their own money, and want to do a lot; then it can really be a problem. Splurging your money will result in you not enjoying your trip or worse, having to cut it prematurely. To avoid that terrible situation, here’s what you can do to save money while still enjoying yourself in your travels.

Way Advanced Research

Looking up your travel destination long before your trip can help you plan everything smoothly. You’ll be able to find out if there are any cheap tourist spots or places where you can find inexpensive good food. If you’re up to it, you can even contact people who have traveled to, or live in that area so that you’ll find good deals that will appeal to travelers. Following the crowd isn’t always a recommended option when it comes to saving.

Another area where research is important is transportation. This is where a lot of travelers get ripped off and spend too much money. When you’re in unfamiliar territory, getting lost is inevitable. In this scenario, it’s easy to take a taxi or public transportation which might cost a lot. Learn the travel routes beforehand and if needed, write them down. This can help you in getting directions or when you walk by yourself in the streets.

Stay in Hostels

Thinking of hostels, you might immediately think of students or young backpackers. It can be embarrassing to think that you’ll be the oldest person there and you’ll stick out like a prune in a bowl of fresh grapes. However, hostels aren’t only for the young. A lot of older adults book hostels because of the rising accommodation costs. In addition, booking a bed in a hostel isn’t that expensive and there are always plenty around.

A common misconception about hostels or capsule hotels is that they are cramped, facilities are dirty, and it’s an overall uncomfortable experience. But since hostels have been gaining popularity and are the accommodation of choice for many travelers, hostel operators have improved their facilities and services tremendously. Currently, some hostels have private suits, trendy decorations, and even cleaning services.

Lastly, staying in a hostel will allow you to socialize with fellow travelers. They might be going in the same direction or they might have already gone to your next destination. Whatever their bearings are, it’s fun to swap stories and tips from other travelers. You might learn of a good tourist spot or a good deal through these conversations.

Take Long Walks

Traveling can be dangerous, especially when you’re in a country that doesn’t use your native language. Apart from the unfamiliarity of the place, it can be difficult to ask for directions or help when you need it. However, taking walks can be a very good way to enjoy the place without spending money. You get to enjoy the sights and sounds, and you might even find a place that you like which isn’t shown on the guidebook.

Scrutinize Ridiculously Incredible Deals

There are also a lot of packages being offered by travel agencies that seem too good to be true. When something is too good to be true, chances are they aren’t good for you. In the case of cruises, it can be very cheap and might seem like a steal. However, you should check the minor details which aren’t shown in the catalogue. For example, you can check the airplane ticket to the port if it’s within your budget, the condition of the hotels which you will be staying in, and the destinations as well if it’s worth going there. Once you’ve added these factors up, it will give you a better picture. It will also give you a good idea if it’s really worth the price or not.

Have a Daily Budget

If you don’t have a daily budget, it’s easy to spend all your money in one or two weeks. You need to estimate how much you are allowed to spend every day during your the entire trip. For example, if you allot only $20 for a single day, you don’t need to spend it all that day. Just spend on what you want, like food or admission fees, then save the rest for the next day. If you still have $5 left from the previous day, then you can add it to your current day’s budget. Just remember that you don’t have to spend it all no matter how tempting those souvenirs look.

Regarding budget, a good method to avoid being short on cash is to overestimate costs. Even if you know that the costs for transportation and food will be around $40, you can allot $50-60 instead. This will give you breathing room in case you find yourself in a pinch.

Don’t Be Too Cheap

Yes, you’re on a daily budget and your overall money is limited. You might miss out on some expensive tours or spots, but you should also be critical in judging if it’s worth your time and money or not. For example, if you’re in an exotic place and you know that it’s a popular tourist destination, one you’re interested in. Even if it might cost you your whole day’s budget, it will make the trip worthwhile and you won’t go home with regrets. Again, this is where good research comes in handy. If you know about a spot’s admission fee beforehand, you can include that in your budget planning.

Be Flexible

Even if you really want to go skiing in a specific country, you should still keep your dates open. After all, if your budget doesn’t allow it, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to enjoy your trip. You’ll end up with disappointment and wasting your money in the process. Check your destination’s off-peak season and see if you can fit it in your schedule. Traveling during the off-peak season means that you won’t have to go with the holiday crowd and you’ll have cheaper rates as well.

If the dates don’t really work out in your favor no matter how hard you adjust your schedule, then it’s time to look somewhere else. Try to look for another country or destination with similar weather or travel arrangements as your first choice. It might be entirely different, but using your budget to the maximum will allow you to have fun rather than end up with disappointment.

Traveling doesn’t always have to be for the rich. Also, it doesn’t have to break your bank. There are a lot of ways to save money while traveling. You just need to have an open mind, be prepared, and always adjust to the situation. After all, one of the reasons why you traveled is for experiencing a new culture, not to stay in a fancy hotel or eat the most expensive foods.

Saving on Family Vacations

Family vacations don’t have good reputations. This is because the costs are too high, finding the right time is almost impossible, and organizing where to go is a nightmare itself. Because of these reasons, a lot of families don’t go to vacations anymore and they simply go to places near their house or in a relative’s house for the weekend – that’s it.

However, family vacations are a good way for the family to bond together and create good memories together. It helps open up the children’s mind and they will also learn to appreciate the diversity in culture at an early age. For those parents that are planning to go to a family vacation, but are not sure what to do, here are some tips for you.

Start Locally

Before you introduce your children to international traveling, a cheaper and better way for them to learn more about the world is through local travel. It may be in the neighboring city or town, but it will still provide your family with a lot of new experiences and new things to learn. This trip will not be very expensive since you’ll be traveling only by car and sleeping over in small hotels for a day or two.

If possible, you can even go to places your children know from school. This will help reinforce that information while stimulating their urge to learn. Once they are familiar about the concept of traveling and about the difference in cultures, they’ll be able to appreciate (and behave better) during international travels.

Off-Season Perks

Visiting a tropical country during winter season seems like normal for everyone. That’s why airlines and hotels take advantage of this and jack up the prices way too high. During peak season you’ll find plane tickets and hotel room rates twice the normal amount. If you do manage to pay for these, you’ll have to put up with countless tourists littering the beach and competing with you in tourist spots. It won’t be much of a vacation as many families have experienced before.

To get around this situation, plan your family trip during off-season. We know it doesn’t make much sense to visit tropical country when it’s still summer in your country as well, but you can adjust it. For example, you can visit it during autumn or before the typhoon season in tropical countries. Plane ticket prices are very low, and hotel rates are a bargain as well. In addition, there won’t be many people going there so it would seem like the place is secluded. Tourist spots or tours will also be at a cheaper price, so you and your kids can enjoy to your heart’s content without you worrying too much about the expenses.

Early Bird Bookings

This method works when you already have a specific date in mind and everyone’s schedule is synchronized. Once you have dates in mind, you can then look at plane fares and hotel room rates. If you book way advance like months before, you’ll be able to spot some good deals. A lot of airlines do this to fill up their flights in advance. In a similar fashion, hotels also offer huge discounts to ensure rooms will be fully booked.

If you’re not too keen about surfing or spending a lot of time browsing through different travel sites, you can just opt for a travel agency instead. It might sound a bit expensive to use their services (though just a bit), but you’ll still be able to get early bird discounts for your vacation trip.

Swap Houses

It might sound something from a movie, but swapping houses is being done in real life. If you have a friend who lives in another state or even country you can swap with their family’s house. Just make sure that your travel dates will coincide of course. You won’t have to spend a lot for a two week vacation in another country, just the plane fare, food, and tours – that’s it. We all know that one of the downsides for traveling with your family is paying for that “family” sized room for 2 weeks. House swapping will give you a sense of security for your accommodations without going overboard for your budget.

Go Camping

Camping is definitely one of the most inexpensive family vacations out there. Instead of staying in a fancy hotel for around $150 a night, you can go camping under that stars for about $20 in entrance fees. You only need gas, provisions and equipment, and then you’re all set to go. Provisions can be bought in the grocery store so it doesn’t need to be expensive. Depending on the length of your stay, you don’t need to bring a lot.

If staying in a tent isn’t comfortable for your family (especially the kids) then you can opt for a cabin. A lot of parks have cabins for rent. It only has basic amenities, but it’s a good way to stay close to nature without sacrificing comfort. In addition, it’s not that expensive.

Camping also provides a lot of opportunities for families to bond together. Activities like cooking over a campfire, gathering firewood, lounging around in camp, or just talking over the campfire. A lot of parents actually prefer these activities over going to a foreign country and relaxing like royalty on a resort. This teaches children a lot of lessons about life and about work. All of that for a very low price you pay.

Further Tips to Save Money

During your vacation trips, expenses for tours and food can rack up before you even know it. Here are some tips for you to save money while you are on your family vacation.

  • If possible, try to rent a place that allows you to cook or prepare foods yourself. This will save a lot for your food expenses. You’ll buy local ingredients, so you’ll still get that exotic, new taste. It’s still a good idea to try the local cuisine, though not just for every meal.
  • Look for accommodations that offer discounts for kids or even let them stay for free. Your budget for your room can go towards a better or bigger room without you having to spend a lot.
  • There are also some hotels that offer complimentary buffet for guests. Use these amenities so that you can save money before you head out for tours or exploring. If your child sees something that looks delicious, a tantrum could ensue. Heading out with a full stomach will prevent this situation (and other similar ones).
  • Don’t forget to bring you and your children’s identification card. Students, senior citizens, and some membership cards will net you good discounts. For example, at theme parks and museums, you can get discounts for children as long as they have their IDs with them.

There are a lot of ways for you to save on family vacations. After all, you call the shots, not the children. Yes, expensive theme parks and exotic countries seem the best places to take your children to. However what you’re after in a vacation, is to spend quality time with each other, not to spend a lot of money for post card moments.