Besides the obvious physical benefits of skateboarding, there are mental benefits as well. The complex movements involved in skateboarding illustrate important physical concepts to a skateboarder. Believe it or not, in skateboarding there are important rules that need to be learned and followed. Some of these rules are unvarying (physical laws with real consequences if broken), and rules that relate to ones own safety as well as the safety of others. Because skateboarding is so attractive to developing children, and it is an activity that they have chosen on their own, the lessons learned may be more effectively retained.