Life's a Team Sport
Teamwork is important both on and off the field or court. Because much like football or basketball, life is a team sport and we all do better when we work together. That’s why one of the best life skills you can have is being a good team player. As people, we’re all playing for the same team. So, if you want to be a better teammate in the sport of life, here are some ways you can do that.
Is your sibling having trouble with his or her homework? Does your friend have chores to do before they can go play? Is your mom tired after a long day at work? Being a good teammate means people can rely on you. So, help your brother or sister out with their homework, team up with your friend to help them take care of their chores, and ask your mom if there’s anything you can do to make her day easier. Take it upon yourself to offer help, because teamwork is about contributing without having to be asked.
You can’t have a team with just one person and no one likes feeling alone, that’s why it’s important to be inclusive. Teamwork isn’t teamwork if only certain people are involved and appreciated. If you see someone by themselves at recess or lunch, invite them to join you and make them feel included. In life, there’s no limit to how many people we can have on our team, so keep growing yours!
The most important thing that great teammates can do is be kind. Of course, being kind often means being inclusive and helpful, but it can mean so much more-- like looking out for other people and standing up for what’s right. If you notice a friend or teammate misses a shot, let them know it’s okay to miss and that you know they can accomplish their goals with more practice. Compliment classmates and encourage them to also work hard and be kind, because that makes the whole team better. And remember, there is no “I” in “team;” everyone matters.