My name is Ben, and I am the loving husband of my wife Yosmar and the proud father of our two beautiful kids, my 7-year-old son Ben Jr. and his 5-year-old little sister Leyla.
Each day, I continue to be amazed by how fast my children are growing! I mean, it seems like only yesterday we were welcoming them into the world, and now they are running around the house, sometimes coming up with the most creative ways to get into trouble (ha!) and always making us unbelievably proud.
All my wife and I want is to do everything in our power to enjoy every single moment we share with them.
Being proud hands-on parents, Yosmar and I are always figuring out fun and healthy ways to have fun with our kids. So one day we were talking about hobbies we could all do together, not just a hobby for now but something that we could return to for years and years to come.
After a brainstorming session, we ended up going with our first (and my favorite) idea: tennis! Well, it is no secret that I have a soft spot for tennis (having played the sport for over three decades), so let’s be honest, I did not try too hard to come up with other ideas. My wife, however, would only agree to tennis after doing all kinds of research about tennis and children (she is a teacher, after all). I’m glad she did.
When she told me about her findings, even I was surprised to learn about all the benefits of tennis for children and families. Of course we knew tennis is an excellent cardio exercise, but there are other major benefits that I didn’t know about or that I hadn’t considered. For instance, I was fascinated to hear that when kids learn to play tennis, they acquire skills that stay with them as they move into adulthood even if they stop playing the sport.
My wife also read testimonials from parents who praised tennis for strengthening the bond between siblings who love playing together and for being a sport that everyone can watch as a family. More importantly, outside of the court, tennis has been credited with fostering and/or improving children’s discipline, concentration, problem-solving skills, self-esteem, and hand-to-eye coordination, just to mention a few of its many benefits.
We are not tennis experts. All we want is to create memories and experiences that foster and strengthen the loving bond the four of us—my wife, my son, my daughter, and myself—already share. For us, there is no time like the present to do just that.
So we invite you to join us in this journey to discover new and fun activities to teach the kids to play tennis and, most of all, to enjoy being together as a family!