Is it fair?Watch out for unreasonable or humiliating behaviour from teachers, warns Stuart Biddle, professor in exercise and sport at Loughborough University. 'It isn't fair to make a child run three times round the gym or field because he's come last.
Ask whether there are non-competitive activities. These can help your child set his own personal goals instead of worrying how well classmates are doing.'
Do they get enough?Kids can also flag if there isn't enough sport in the curriculum to get them hooked, says Professor Craig Mahoney, professor of sport at Wolverhampton University. 'The average schoolchild at primary and secondary level only gets 20 minutes a week of PE. If this is the case with your child, write to the board of governors.'
Get fit yourself!Try not to let your own experiences put off your kids. 'You'll do them a favour if you can get them interested in sport,' adds Professor Biddle. 'If you get excited about snowboarding, squash or jogging, your enthusiasm might well rub off.'
My kids hate PE, should I write them sick notes?Professor Craig Mahoney, professor of sport at the University of Wolverhampton, says: 'No, I don't think writing sick notes is right, even if you mean well. That's just deferring the problem rather than facing it. Set them a good example instead.
Research shows that the more active a parent is (and especially the mother) the more her children will enjoy sport. I know it's difficult but try taking them out for a bike ride at the weekend, or go down to the park for tennis. You'll be actively demonstrating to them that sport can be very good fun.
Try talking to the PE teacher and find out what she does. Some teachers tend to concentrate their efforts on star pupils who are in teams or likely to win awards. This can mean that less able pupils are ignored. Explain that you'd like your children to be more interested and ask the PE teacher what can be done about it.'
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