PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Why

• Parents/guardians bear the ultimate responsibility for helping their children achieve physical literacy. They often control which activities children participate in, especially after school hours, on weekends, and during the summer months. If parents/guardians demonstrate an understanding of PL activities and vocabulary, they can act as positive role models for children to reciprocate and develop skills of their own.

Ideas

• Integrate PL concepts into your child’s daily activities, and help them to develop PL outside of traditional sport environments.
• Champion PL and physical education in your child’s school, and speak up when programs and environments don’t promote the development of PL movement skills (or kids just aren’t moving much at all because the leader prioritizes lectures and line drills).
• Promote unstructured play.
• Limit the amount of time that you carry or push young children in strollers so that they can be active in everyday settings and develop movement skills in a variety of environments.
• Emphasize the importance of engaging in a wide variety of sports or activities to prevent early specialization and associated stress.

Barriers/Competing Interests

Time and Resources

• Parents/guardians are often working and may lack the time to support the physical activity or PL needs of their child. This is particularly true for single parents/guardians or parents/guardians who have multiple children.
• Families may lack transportation to get their children to after-school programs or parks/facilities.
• Some parents/guardians from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may not be able to afford equipment.
• Parents/guardians may not have access to good information about what quality participation opportunities look like.