There’s no arguing the role their children play in sports.

Whether a youngster decides he’s a walk-on or an elite player, sports can be a great way to get your two kids emotionally involved with sport, as well as an excellent way to socialize with them.

However, even without kids, parents can still benefit from what sports have to offer: whatever the level, every sport is important to kids. They might say that a bigger goal is to get their child more excited about playing the sport than not playing, but that can be as futile as not playing.

But because it can be a lifestyle, even a sport that each child excels at, there’s also a great deal of merit to staying interested until the end of high school. Even when a child of that age isn’t racking up high school victories or qualifying for the state tournament, there’s still a chance to play on college team (hopefully) and maybe even to earn a good college scholarship.

While that’s not an entirely desirable goal for parents, if they want their kid to have a future in sports, they’re very capable of doing so. And, without even needing to have a child in the sport that a parent enjoys, it’s totally possible to have your kids do something they love and become lifelong sports fans.

But the best part of keeping interested your kids until they’re in high school? You don’t have to fix their interest any more than you have to fix your kids’ anger when they see their friends criticize. Instead, consider having kids participate in the sport they enjoy, but being understanding about if that’s in their best interest. (Sound advice to moms, dads, grandparents, etc.)

Also, having a lifelong passion for any sport has its upside: grow, develop, and become a better person. Why should all three of these goals be impossible for your children?