Extracurricular activities can have a profoundly positive impact on a child’s well being. For instance, children involved in sports tend to be healthier due to their increased activity and have an increased sense of self worth. And children involved in music activities develop the ability to think creatively and have an increased emotional understanding. With so many benefits, the following questions arise; how can we encourage our children to participate and which activity should your child participate in?
As a soccer lover, I have seen countless children following in their parents shoes. As parents are more often than not a child’s biggest role mode, seeing the enjoyment of playing every week has made a number of children want to do as their parents do. Parents have the ability to pass on positive attitudes about an activity through giving encouragement and feedback, in turn giving their children the motivation to participate in the activity. Therefore, being an active participant or being involved is a great source of encouragement for your children.
If you aren’t heavily involved in an activity, creating an environment which supports a range of activities will be a fantastic support for your children. Providing sports or musical related items around the home will give your children something else to do aside from watching TV or playing games online. As well as providing equipment or instruments, I have found that having an appealing outdoor living space to be beneficial in creating a supportive environment. Installing something like exterior folding doors is a great way to blend the indoor living space with the outdoor, allowing maximum sunlight and fresh air to come into your home. With the outdoors being so accessible, children have little reason not to enjoy the outdoors.
If your child has the motivation, the time now comes to decide on which or what activities they should be involved in. The simple answer would be to ask them what they want to do after school. A good idea is to compile a shortlist of activities with your child after considering whether they will be brave enough to do something by themselves after school or with a friend and what their strengths are. While you are trying to decide with your child, you should be very clear about the commitment of choosing a program as you do not want them to change their mind after all payments have been made.
Of course choosing an activity will be heavily dependent on your child, however, you should also consider the costs involved. Some activities have uniform requirements or a lot of equipment, whereas others require a number of supplies or an instrument. At the very least, most choices will have a joining fee and potential regular payments. It is worthwhile to enquire and see if your child can sit in on a few classes or sessions so your child will be able to have a better understanding of whether they enjoy it or not.