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Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Children Involved in Extracurricular Activities

Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Children Involved in Extracurricular Activities

There are many benefits of children being involved in activities beyond the classroom. We homeschool but our cherubs are very involved in extracurricular activities and there is no doubt in my mind that these experiences are crucial to their development and growth.

Top 5 Reasons

  1. Time Management and Prioritizing. When our cherubs have to finish their work in order to do an activity they enjoy it is amazing how efficient they become. They learn to do the things that are most important first and as a side effect become time management and prioritizing mavens. This is a life lessons that will transcend into adulthood and serve them well.
  2. Exploring Diverse Interests and Making A Contribution. These activities provide exposure to experiences they may not otherwise get in the classroom. Learning a martial art for example can allow for cherubs to develop leadership skills and hone the fitness of their physical form. They may get to perform their skills at local parades and exhibitions as well as travel for competition. Joining a botany club will open doors to knowledge of local flora and will likely allow for a greater appreciation for the life force of our planet as our main oxygen producers. Cherubs can make a contribution in many ways doing extracurricular activities. A prime example of this is through volunteering and charitable service through girl scouts or boy scouts or a Kiwanis group.
  3. Building Self Esteem. Learning a new skill and improving upon it naturally builds self esteem. Cherubs have a great sense of accomplishment when they get to grow in this way. Being able to give a speech through the Junior Toastmasters and practicing speaking in public builds incredible self esteem. Girls on the Run is an potent self esteem builder for young girls during a time in their lives when they are very unsure of themselves.
  4. Goal Setting and Teamwork. Whether they are a part of a team or playing an instrument in the community youth orchestra, doing extracurricular activities allows cherubs to set goals to growth and development. They also get to practice teamwork by making a contribution to a whole. They learn the life lesson of the importance of making a viable contribution to a whole that benefits all the parts. This is a huge step in graduated responsibility as well that is not taught in the classroom routinely.
  5. Academics and College Applications. A child that explored their world through extracurricular activities is self aware and world aware which makes them much more interesting people. Having diverse experiences and interests makes for not only a much more attractive college applicant in these more competitive times but also a much more well rounded adult. The skills learned from extracurricular activities transcend into the classroom and cherubs that are active tend to do well in school. This phenomenon is a pleasant side effect of getting involved outside of the classroom.

Hopefully you are encouraged to try your cherubs in a extracurricular activity after reading this blog post. If you know someone who can benefit from this blog, please share it. Feel free to comment below.

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Charmaine Gregory

I am a nocturnist Emergency Physician, wife, mom to three vivacious cherubs as well as a greatness and virtual fitness coach. I help busy women like myself reclaim their fitness and wellness mojo and unleash their greatness! Watch my story and get a complimentary health assessment here: My Story If you are like me and have picky eaters in your fold, join my Facebook group, Picky Eaters Strong Mom here: Picky Eater Strong Mom Facebook Group

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