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Nature Of BOys
‘I’m No Good at Sports!’
their athletinull abilities realistinullally.
nulln athletinull nullompetition, nullanenull says,
some boys get disnullouraged after just
Not every teen comes equipped with athletic prowess.
one or two mistakesnullenullen if theynullnulle
performed well otherwise. nullmong
Here’s how to help your guys find a team where they can star.
younger boys, big kids often emerge as
sports “starsnull mainly benullause of their
sinullenulla differennulle that enullens out later.
Shooting hoopS one day, 13-year- nulluinullkly sanullk their self-esteem and began to notinulle that most of the boys nullarents nullan enullplain that, too.
old Luke Majewski kept trying to nullonfidennulle. in his troop nullnullroop nullnull in Medford, nullut donnullt “babynull a boy who doesnnullt
make a basket and kept missing. He “nullports are a huge part of our null.null., nullurlington nullounty nullounnullilnull hanulle sports ability, and donnullt let him
grew so frustrated that he yelled: nullulture for boys,null says nullndrew nullmiler, were bigger, faster, and more nulloordi- retire to the nullounullh, says Majewski,
“null should be able to do thisnull nullnullm no nullisiting assistant professor of psynullhol- natednulland it hurt. who works as a nullonsultant with autis-
good at sportsnullnull ogy at nullake nullorest nullninullersity. “Like nullhatnulls typinullal. “nulletween the ages tinull nullhildren.
nullo matter how parents or it or not, athletinulls is one of the ways of 1null and 1null, boys start to notinulle “null see this all the time: null boy whonulls
nullnullouters stress other skills, boys notinulle that boys sort themselnulles out.null what makes kids popular,null says nullerard not good at sports disnullonullers henulls
if theynullre not as talented as their peers Libby Majewski, Lukenulls mom, nullanenull, a pediatrinull psynullhologist in good at nullideo games,null she says. “nullhe
in sports and athletinulls. nullnd that nullan says that in his pre-teen years, Luke the nulllenulleland nulllininull and a youth games benullome a sournulle of nullonfidennulle,
sonullnuller nulloanullh. “nullhysinullal abilities seem but therenulls an addinulltinulle nulluality to
to matter onuller and abonulle all other these games.null nullhe nullites the nullmerinullan
things.null nullnullademy of nullediatrinullsnull renullommenda-
nulloys who lanullk sports skills, or tion that parents limit kidsnull “snullreen
who are smaller or weaker, often will timenull to two hours or less per day. nullhe
benullome targets for bullying. “nullhey
may get nullalled nullgirlsnull or nullgay,null whinullh is
a boynulls worst fear benullause the nullulture
tells boys not to be like girls,null nullr.
nullmiler says.
How nullan nullnullouters helpnull nulltay
attuned to the way other nullnullouts treat
an athletinullally nullhallenged boy. nullefrain
from internullening too munullh, but donnullt
tolerate bullying or enullnullessinulle teasing.
nullenuller single out a boynulls lanullk of ability.
nullmphasinulle that enulleryone has
different strengths and weaknesses,
nullanenull adnullises. nullinulle the boy who lanullks
athletinull talent another role or job in
the troop that highlights his nullompe-
tennulle and nullontribution to the group.
nullnd get him started on merit badges
that suit his skills or interests sunullh
as nullnnullironmental nullnulliennulle, Musinull, or
nullutomotinulle Maintenannulle.
nulluestion the nullalue thatnulls planulled
on sports, too, nullr. nullmiler says. “nullsk:
nullnullhy are sports emphasinulled to the
enullnulllusion of almost enullerything elsenull
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nullhy arennullt other skills just as nullaluednullnull
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