Kwaddle is dedicated to helping parents find the best camps and activities for their kids. Our goal is to make signing your children up as easy as possible. Whether its dance, soccer, karate, or music lessons, our children are doing it all, but why? Why do we pay that money and why do we sign those forms? This article is the first of a five part series all about the value of extracurricular activities and explore some of the various activity domains. Keep reading and learn exactly why extracurricular activities are good for your kids.
Extracurricular Activities Cause Physical Activity and Brain Activity
In a world full of video games and computers, it can be hard to keep our kids active. Many extracurricular activities allow and encourage the opportunity for children to be physically active. Not only is exercise good for the overall health of the child, but sports and other activities are also good for exercising the brain. Increased brain and body activity can help prevent obesity and fosters positive child development.
Extracurricular Activities Build Relationships
Relationships are vital in our adult lives and children are no different. Building quality relationships helps children understand boundaries and directives. It helps them understand what is socially acceptable and what isn't. Building friendships with peers is so important and in my opinion, there is no better avenue to meet others than on the soccer field or while learning a new routine in dance class.
Extracurricular Activities Build Self-Esteem
Activities and team sports are a great way for children to learn new skills and when they do, it fosters a positive self-esteem. When I was little, I loved to bake. I will never forget the first time I entered my homemade brownies in the county fair. My family and I thought they were very tasty. Imagine my delight when I saw that big blue ribbon next to my brownies. I had won first place. Not only did baking teach me valuable lessons about math and what ingredients do this or that, but I learned that I was a capable young girl who, when I applied myself, could do great things.
I think of the look on my own son's face when he scored his first goal and the way my daughter grinned from ear to ear when she mastered a song on the piano and successfully played it in front of a crowd. Children thrive off of success and the attention that comes with it. Complimenting our children and giving them earned praise is a phenomenal way to build up their self-esteem.
Extracurricular Activities Foster Discipline
Being involved in activities and sports is a wonderful avenue to teach our children discipline. "Practice makes perfect." I don't know about you, but that was one thing my mother often said to me when I was learning to play the clarinet as a young girl. There are very few activities that don't require some kind of practice. If you want to get good grades, you have to study and f you'd like to be the leading scorer, then you have to master your shot. If you want to be successful, you need to work at it. Discipline is something that I don't believe we parents can stress enough to our children. It is discipline that is going to make our little people valuable members of society.
Extracurricular Activities are fun!
While healthy development, sweet relationships, and high level discipline are all great reasons to involve your child in activities, I believe that the most important reason they should be involved is to have fun. If the activity your child is involved in is taking more out of them than it is putting in, then it's time to re-evaluate. Kids are supposed to have fun! Childhood is all about getting dirty, making mistakes, and dancing in the rain. It's about trying and trying and trying again and it's about giggling at each other's silly faces. Make sure to find something that your child will enjoy and when you do, let them run with it. They are only young once.