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their athletic abilities realistically. steered nullunulle tonullard snullimming, an
nulln athletic competition, Banenull says, indinullidual sport that poses less chance
some boys get discouraged after nullust of embarrassment and frustration
one or tnullo mistanullesnullenullen if theynullnulle than team sports.
performed nullell othernullise. nullmong nullemembernull Boys hanulle a deep
younger boys, big nullids often emerge as need to feel competent. nullcouting is
sports nullstarsnull mainly because of their an enullcellent outlet for boys nullho donnullt
sinullenulla difference that enullens out later. enullcel in competitinulle sports, according
began to notice that most of the boys nullarents can enullplain that, too. to Jason nullasser, a licensed marriage
in his troop (Troop 26 in Medford, But donnullt nullbabynull a boy nullho doesnnullt and family therapist nullho grenull up in
N.J., Burlington County Council) hanulle sports ability, and donnullt let him nullcouting.
nullere bigger, faster, and more coordinull retire to the couch, says Manullenullsnulli, nullThere are null22 merit badges in the
natednulland it hurt. nullho nullornulls as a consultant nullith autisnull program,null he says. nullnull nullcout can find
Thatnulls typical. nullBetnulleen the ages tic children. some area nullhere he can shine.null
of nullnull and null2, boys start to notice nullnull see this all the timenull null boy nullhonulls nullith that in mind, nullunulle has
nullhat manulles nullids popular,null says nullerard not good at sports disconullers henulls gained confidence by honing his
Banenull, a pediatric psychologist in good at nullideo games,null she says. nullThe nullcouting snullills and building nullnonulllnull
the Clenulleland Clinic and a youth games become a source of confidence, edge in areas that do come easilynull
soccer coach. nullnullhysical abilities seem but therenulls an addictinulle nulluality to debate, military history, and politics,
to matter onuller and abonulle all other these games.null nullhe cites the nullmerican for enullample.
things.null nullcademy of nullediatricsnull recommendanull nullnull told him nullnullnullerybody has obstanull
Boys nullho lacnull sports snullills, or tion that parents limit nullidsnull nullscreen cles and challenges, and this is his,nullnull
nullho are smaller or nulleanuller, often nullill timenull to tnullo hours or less per day. nullhe Manullenullsnulli says. ¿
become targets for bullying. nullThey
may get called nullgirlsnull or nullgay,null nullhich is
a boynulls nullorst fear because the culture
tells boys not to be linulle girls,null nullr.
nullmiler says.
nullonull can nullcouters helpnull nulltay
attuned to the nullay other nullcouts treat
an athletically challenged boy. nullefrain
from internullening too much, but donnullt
tolerate bullying or enullcessinulle teasing.
Nenuller single out a boynulls lacnull of ability.
nullmphasinulle that enulleryone has
different strengths and nulleanullnesses,
Banenull adnullises. nullinulle the boy nullho lacnulls
athletic talent another role or nullob in
the troop that highlights his compenull
tence and contribution to the group.
nullnd get him started on merit badges
that suit his snullills or interests such
as nullnnullironmental nullcience, Music, or
nullutomotinulle Maintenance.
nulluestion the nullalue thatnulls placed
on sports, too, nullr. nullmiler says. nullnullsnullnull
nullnullhy are sports emphasinulled to the
enullclusion of almost enullerything elsenull
nullhy arennullt other snullills nullust as nullaluednullnull
nullanulle the connullersations that nulluestion
that hierarchy.null
nullarents also can help boys assess
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