How to Choose Extracurricular Activities
A well rounded child is a blessing to others and this background will always help them to succeed in life. Becoming well-rounded is simple when you open your mind to lots of different possibilities. The more variety in your everyday existence, the more happiness you will add to your life.
Helping your kids choose activities is an important step. They are usually sure that some things are ‘lame’ or stupid before they even begin to try them. They are sure others are not what the ‘popular kids’ do and want to be part of the ‘pack.’This instinct to belong is normal but, can become so overwhelming kids never explore new worlds or add any kind of diversity to their routine. A bored kid can be a troubled child. Smart kids need challenging and challenged youth needs some guidance in order to not miss opportunities life presents to them. If your child is having a hard time fitting in, give them other places to find their niche. Individuals are still important to growth of our nation and world.
Discuss and get ideas
Discuss with kids what they like or are interested in. Get ideas for several areas such as sports, artistic pursuits, scholarly avenues, religious possibilities and charitable works.
Focus on sports
Focus on one area at a time, for example sports. Find a club, team or other lessons where your child can learn about the sport and then compete in it.
Artistic hobbies may be next
Moving on to artistic pursuits, do the same thing. Check with community classes in your area to find whether a quilting class, watercolor seminar, or photography club exists. Sign up your child for one of these once a targeted art field is decided upon.
Some children love additonal learning
Scholarly avenues should be in an area of interest so it does not just seem like more school. The debate team or the school newspaper could be one idea, but also an adult class for learning a language or a new marketing skill might be just the ticket for someone with definite career choices.
Religious avenues should be explored
Joining a church or getting more active in the one you already attend, could be another extracurricular activity for your child. Youth groups do lots of activities as well as learn more about their faith. This gives your teen a whole different set of friends with values that are often better than school peers.
Caring for others may be key
Charitable activities should be part of every child’s life in many peoples’ opinions. It is good to take them out of themselves and learn to focus on helping others instead of being as self-centered as are many kids today. Donating time to work at a pet shelter or nursing home or just helping a neighbor who needs help is an excellent start.
Getting them involved in your world may be helpful
Add to this some adult activities that you want to share with your son or daughter. Maybe you belong to a political organization or a book club. Find out if your child would like to accompany you.
Explore the cultural side of your city
Every parent must try to enhance the cultural experience of their children by attending art shows, or museums, concerts for something other than what their child usually listens to or maybe a day trip or sightseeing venue.
Ethnicicity could be an additional avenue
To expose your child to other ethnic groups will promote understanding and awareness of their world. This is a valuable insight when they are growing to see different perspectives.
Don’t force or choose for them
Whatever you do as a parent; do not force your child to do anything that is not a requirement. Extracurricular things should be just that- extra. You can introduce, explain, present, promote, but never force. They need choices and opportunities, not more requirements or rules. It needs to be their decision how they spend their free time.