The Importance of Extracurricular Activities

Shantie Toolsie  | September 16, 2019

Extracurricular activities like sports or music lessons are not only fun for your kids, they’re a huge part of their development. Having your child learn a skill outside of the classroom prepares them for more options later on. Here are a few reasons why extracurricular and after-school activities are so important.

1. Social Skills

Kids learn how to interact and cooperate with each other on a daily basis in the classroom, but those skills can keep improving if they’re exposed to new people in new settings. Activities like sports encourage good team skills and patience. Having the opportunity to make new friends regularly is essential for them.

2. Future Endeavors

Finding something your child has a knack for is not only useful now, but it can also be useful later. Encourage them to learn a new skill because it’s an investment in their future. Scholarships for everything from sports to chess are awarded to college students every year, as well as admission to special universities and help to pay tuition.

3. Keeps Boredom Away

How many times a day do you hear them say “I’m bored!” Instead of letting them come home to afternoon cartoons or video games, get them involved in after school sports camps or lessons. They’ll be occupied mentally and physically!

4. You Time

Another perk of extracurricular activities is that it gives you some time to yourself. We love our kids, but it’s good to have some free time to ourselves to decompress. Additionally, if you have to work in the afternoons, after school activities help to keep them supervised until you’re ready to pick them up.

5. Lasting Friendships

One of the best benefits your child can get from after school activities are the friendships they will make. Extracurriculars help them meet other kids their age outside of their usual classroom friends. Some of the best and longest-lasting friendships can be forged through sports, music lessons and organizations like Scouts.

If you’re wondering what your child might be interested in, ask them! Give them a few options to choose from, like music lessons or karate, and don’t be discouraged if their first or even second choices don’t stick with them. They’ll still be gaining great experiences and trying new things!

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