With the scholastic year upon us, parents are all trying to figure out which extracurricular activities to enroll their kids in. Long gone are the days when all boys played football and all girls twirled around in a pretty tutu.
With the countless options now available to our kiddos, here are some factors to consider before committing to the weekly traffic shuttle:
1. For the kid who needs a confidence boost:
Drama Schools teach children the skills they need to express themselves and find their voice by taking on new characters. The super dedicated Drama teachers out there will coach your child to learn to enjoy being in the limelight on a stage in front of an audience – no mean feat!
2. For the kid who has a hard time controlling his/her behaviour:
Martial arts is all about self discipline and self regulation. What better way to learn those skills than through a sport that teaches the ultimate responsibility in self-defence?
3. For the Logical Thinker and Problem Solvers who aren’t keen on physical sports:
Computer programming, Coding and Robotics provide a fantastically fun and exciting space to put those thinking skills to good use!
4. The Energizer Bunny:
Athletics – let’s go go go…burn off that energy and finally have a good’s night sleep.
5. The one struggling with literacy:
A musical instrument. Learning music involves the skills required to learn literacy. Music strengthens listening and attention skills in an enjoyable and productive way.
6. The Fussy Eaters:
What better way to improve one’s relationship with food than handling and manipulating it? Cooking lessons help children feel more confident and adventurous around food.
7. For the Anxious child:
Why not try some kids yoga and mindfulness sessions? Having a quiet space to practise deep breathing and other calming strategies will empower your child to feel more in control of any negative overwhelming emotions and thoughts.
8. For the clumsy one:
Swimming isn’t only fun and relaxing; it also helps develop balance, posture and coordination.
With the endless options out there, choosing the right extra-curricular activity has never been more challenging! Remember to also schedule a healthy amount of down time at home for your children and teens – doing nothing is a great opportunity for your children to learn to entertain themselves, process the day’s events and simply be.
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