Having your child get involved in yet another
activity is not usually in a parent’s best interest–especially
an expensive one, like cheerleading! Yet, as your child picks up their first
pom poms, it dawns on you that it might be worth the expense…
and you might
actually enjoy it sitting in the stands, as well! Youth cheerleading has a myriad of
advantages, ranging from improved interpersonal skills and memory recall to upping physical athleticism. For parents, cheerleading is more advantageous than its
initial price tag, and here are four specific reasons why.1. Cheerleading
As a young child, it’s imperative that they get frequent
interaction with other kids their own age. If they happen to be a single child,
this can prove challenging for a parent before grade school starts. Even if
your child is in preschool or kindergarten, school only takes up certain months
of the year, leaving big gaps between enrollments. Cue, cheerleading: a perfect
way for your child to interact with other kids,
and get out of the house while they're at it.
Also, working as a team through cheerleading helps build communication and
interpersonal skills that transfer over to other areas of your child’s life,
like school! Teamwork requires patience, trust, and a positive attitude as
well, which wouldn’t be the worst traits for your child to start exhibiting.2. Cheerleading is
Now, you may be thinking, “Well, any sport promotes teamwork, why pick
something costly like cheerleading?” First off, there are many inexpensive
recreational youth cheer teams that cut down the cost. Second, cheerleading is
where playing sports meets playing dress-up… and you know how much your little
one loves dressing up in stuff. Throw a uniform their way with some poms, and
they’re going to be BEGGING to go to cheerleading practice. Have you shaken a
pom pom lately?
It’s fun for adults, too!3. Cheerleading makes
your child shine.
Unlike other team sports, every participant in
cheerleading gets his or her front-row-center moment. Pop Warner cheerleaders
the sidelines for youth sports, and even get to cheer under the Friday Night
Lights with their ‘Bigs’ (high school cheerleaders) on Pop Warner Night at most
high schools! Your cheerleader stands beside their team, all in unison, getting
their spotlight equally. No more waiting on the bench for their turn, which
means no more waiting to push ‘record’ on your phone either, parents. Plus,
they look so darn cute!4. Starting at a Pop
Warner level saves you money.
Worst-case scenario: your child hates their
decision joining Pop Warner and the cost ends there. Best-case scenario: they
fall in love with the sport and continue on indefinitely as a cheerleader,
through and through. Unfortunately, that best-case scenario involves a pretty
penny on the part of the parents. Thus, starting at the lowest level of cheer
(youth cheerleading) can save you money by having them try it out sooner than
later in life. Even high school cheerleading can cost you thousands if you don’t
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All in all, Pop Warner has several hidden gems embedded into the program that parents might not realize at first glance.What are other Pop
Warner perks for parents? Let us know your experience in the comments!