Del Mar Parenting Consortium speaker addresses effects of sports on kids

Dr. Douglas Barba, lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Performance Psychology, in the Department of Psychology, at National University, visited Del Mar Hills Academy April 13 as the most recent speaker in the Del Mar Parenting Consortium.

The consortium includes Del Mar Hills Academy PTA, Del Mar Heights PTA, and the Del Mar Foundation, which work together to bring speakers of interest to parents in the Del Mar community.

Barba addressed the emotional impact of athletics on elementary school children. He discussed the benefits of athletics as a confidence booster, a means of improving the body physically, and a way to socialize children to prepare them for future endeavors. He also reminded the audience that athletics for kids in elementary school should be fun, above all else, and that it is often the adults who try to “organize” sports who often end up negating many of the important benefits of athletics for children.