It’s a cornerstone event in any school year. A day that many teachers and children look forward to. Everyone is talking about it. Well… almost everyone. Some poor things absolutely dread Sports Day. And what do you do when your child hates sports day?

Well, here’s my tale …

fairy story to encourage children that don't enjoy sports day

Just look what they’re saying about us, my sweet …

Want to know a Fairy Secret? Sports Day makes me really sad.

As a child I absolutely dreaded it. To the point that I made myself ill every time it came around.

I felt that I wasn’t terribly good at sports. In truth, what was on offer just didn’t tick my boxes the way other classroom activities did. But the constant disappointment that built inside me from coming last all the time, rubbed my tender young heart until it was sore.

In fact, I grew to hate Sports Day so much as a child that, years later, I couldn’t watch my own children participate in theirs

When my children’s sports day came round, all those old feelings flooded back. To the point where I found myself almost unable to attend and support them.

So, as I created this magical adventure for our Secret Fairy Circle, I found myself with something of a dilemma: How could I encourage others to enjoy Sports Day, when I feared it so much myself?

how to encourage a child that hates sports day

However, I’ve learned from fun with our Fairy Door that if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

And it got me to thinking: What would a Fairyland Sports Day look like? What different spin would they put on the day? And how would they reward the competitors?

Lo and behold, as I created this magical adventure to delight my little girls, I found my old anxieties started to fall away.

help for children that hate sports day

Because I imagined a Sports Day having fun was far more important than winning.

In fact, there was an actual RULE that said: If you’re laughing, you’re winning.

So first, best or fastest was the very last thing on the minds of the competitors. And the result was that “Sport” then became “games”. And of course, games are simply about fun.

Before long, me and my daughters could all picture the tiny Fair Folk excitedly giggling. Stretching their wings and hopping up and down on the spot to warm up. We could see them dropping their eggs for the egg and spoon race, before they even got to the starting line. We could imagine them running round and round, and tangled up in sack-race sacks, and more interested in the refreshment stall than the podium.

advice for helping kids who hate sports day

When your child hates Sports Day, only a Fairy Friend can really make it better

You see? A little help from the Fairies can go an awful long way. Already we’re smiling and giggling together about a different kind of Sports Day.

But stepping back into reality, your little one might still feel a little anxious. So, let me gift you a FREE COPY of my Fairy Story “The Tale of The Fairy that didn’t like Sports”. You can share it with them, and make them laugh a little. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll follow the Fairy’s lead and find the fun in Sports Day.

the tale of the fairy who didn't like sports day

Featured Fairy Doors: Miss Berry and Miss Blush dusky pink Fairy Doors from the Merry Meadows collection.

All Fairy Doors and miniatures featured are available here on the website. Find the miniature Sports Day Posters in our Secret Fairy Circle (your membership is a complimentary gift with your Fairy Door).