A few years ago, extracurricular activities invaded children's lives and today they have become almost mandatory for many families with children.
Due to the great demand that exists, extracurricular activities multiplied and became a big business for many companies in the sector. Targeting children in activities outside of school hours is a good alternative, but be careful so that children's time is not overloaded.
Undeniably, music, sports, crafts, languages, the Kumon method and dance are activities that contribute to social, school and academic development, as well as the growth of children. They stimulate your sensitivity, commitment, concentration and fun. They also enrich your self-esteem and self-discipline.
But we cannot ignore that these activities, apart from school, also require a great deal of effort on the part of the little ones. For this reason, they should not represent an excessive or boring burden for them. Children should choose what they like best, according to their own criteria.
Although parents wish to offer their children the most complete training, they must not forget that if they overload their children's time, the consequences can be worrying. The extracurricular activities are endless, but time is limited.
And although we all want to offer our children the most complete training, if we overload their schedules, the consequences can be very bad. It can lead to stress, physical exhaustion, depression, or even school failure for children.
In any case, if you are going to enroll your child in an extracurricular activity, you should follow some tips:
1- Try to target him in at most two activities and that one of them is a sport.
2- Choose an activity that the child can do after school homework. This will prevent the child from starting to do homework, tired and fatigued. Homework, first.
3- Do not demand or impose an activity on your child. The child must participate and have an opinion when choosing the activity. Your interest and needs must be considered. At the end of the day, he will be the one who will carry out the activity.
4- It is convenient to consider that although the child does an activity, that the little one also has time to play with his friends and be with his family.
Unquestionably, extracurricular activities can stimulate physical exercise in children or to complement their studies. They offer many benefits for children such as:
- Helps them to socialize with other children.
- It helps them to practice values such as tolerance, sharing, kindness, respect, collaboration.
- It helps them to better manage their free time.
- It helps them fill gaps in languages or another subject.
- Helps them improve their physical strength.
However, there are extracurricular activities that cost families nothing, and that in addition to having the same benefits as those offered by a school, are equally beneficial for children. They are the extracurricular activities promoted by the parents:
- Walking, jumping, running ... (in the park, on the beach, in the field ...)
- Drawing and coloring
- Collaborate with household chores
- Visit the grandparents
- Read and write
- Listen to music and dance
- Play with mom, dad, siblings, cousins and friends
- Do crafts or experiments at home
- Do nothing. Just get bored
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