Children and Extracurricular Activities

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 18th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/10j3zg-8/
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Parents must decide how to balance their child's education with extracurricular and outside activities.

Finding the Right Balance

Now that school is in session, parents have to make some major decisions as it relates to their children and extracurricular activities. It can sometimes be overwhelming. Parents must use extreme care in finding the right balance between their child's school work and involvement in extra activities. While these various activities offer new and different experiences, too many will lead to failing grades.

Time Committment

If your child is spending more time on outside activities than on school work, that might pose a problem in the long run.

Involvement in extracurricular activities can often create time challenges for the child as well as the parent.

Aspirations

Your child's aspirations may not necessarily be the same as yours. Give them guidance but don't force them into something that is your dream and not theirs. For example, don't automatically assume that because you were a football player that your son will want to go down that same path. If he believes it's being forced upon him, he is less likely to enjoy it.

Costs Add Up

Whether playing on a sports team or playing an instrument in the band or orchestra there are often costs involved for uniforms, instruments, field trips and other miscellaneous items. Will this be costly to your household budget? It can be if not thoroughly thought out.

Grades

It might be wise to let your child know that if their grades begin to fall, extracurricular activities will have to be cut back or eliminated until there is improvement shown.

Education First

While extracurricular activities can enhance one's academic and social life, they can also be a hindrance if too much time is spent on them. Remember their education comes first. Anything else is a bonus.

They are the leaders of tomorrow. And because of that they need to be the best that they can be.


Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons

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Activities, Activities For Children, Aspirations, Bad Grades, Budget, Children, Costs, Education, Extracurricular Activities, Household Budget, Keeping Grades Up, Parents, Playing An Instrument, Playing Sports, School, School Children, Sports, Time, Time Committment

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Lee, great article. Sometimes I think that too many extracurricular activities are too much for the children. At first it seems like a good idea but then with the time commitment it gets to be too much for lots of families. The children come home from school tired and hungry and dinner has to be made and then they are off and running. Sometimes quiet time is a very good thing.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. I agree with you. Too much of a good thing can prove to be problematic.

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

More wise and timely advice. Yes, education first! Thanks for this, Lee. Great photos, as always :)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan.Education was something my father always drilled in my siblings and I.

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author avatar vickylass
20th Aug 2014 (#)

I agree with many of your points. I´ve been an English teacher that earned its income, teaching extra curriculum classes and I found that just a minority of my students were really interested in English. Others would have rather been outside kicking on a ball until they were collected to supper. In many ways, I felt as a childminder rather than a teacher of English.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Vickylass. I can definitely see your point. In some ways its unfortunate because they miss out on a good education.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Outstanding article thanks Lee...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Appreciate you D.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
21st Aug 2014 (#)

So true that too many kids have too many activities. I give this article a big star!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Bill. Too many activities can often lead to boredom.

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