Your Teen And Extra Curricular Activities

September 17, 2015

Exploring extracurricular activities: The benefits for your child

extra curricular activities - tips for parents

Extracurricular activities can boost children’s confidence. They can improve a child’s discipline, health, and fitness, as well as assist with attention issues and help to develop a more rounded personality – all of which result in a happier child.  Extracurricular activities can teach your child the importance of hard work and team work, a sense of belonging, achievement and, above all, fun.


Choosing the ‘right’ activities

Matching your child’s personality to a suitable extracurricular activity will help to ensure the right fit. In addition, consider the activities that complement your family in terms of talents, location, work timetables, and the extracurricular activities you are happy to support.

Most importantly, consider what your child wants. Is your child musical or do they prefer more physical team sports?  What have they expressed an interest in? 


Consider your budget

There is no point in selecting an extracurricular activity until you have considered time and money. For example, it’s not wise to have your child develop a passion for equestrian sports if you don’t have the budget to follow through on this. 

Similarly, if your child embarks on an extracurricular activity like swimming and this becomes a regular pursuit, you need to be prepared to drive your child to early morning training sessions.

Look at what their friends are doing

Any decision you make should not be ruled by this but it is a good idea to look at what your child’s friends are doing. If they are participating in similar extracurricular activities, you can share driving duties and parents can work a rota. 

Performing extracurricular activities alongside friends is also a good way for children to bond further with each other.

Everything in moderation

It’s great for children to experiment and try to find their talents but it is very important for teenagers not to completely overload their schedules.

If all of a child’s time is taken up with activities then it is unlikely they will really thrive or enjoy any of them; they will begin to consider them a chore.


Activity as a stress-buster

Perhaps most importantly of all, extracurricular activities should be seen as a stress-buster for your child. They should be used as an opportunity for them to make new friends, meet like-minded people, learn valuable new skills, and participate in activities that they are interested in. 

As mentioned, extracurricular activities should not become an added stress. In fact, extra-curricular activities should be the ultimate stress buster for your child and show them the way to a more balanced lifestyle.


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