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How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

Today’s kids are busier than ever learning how to balance school and extracurricular activities.  Homework alone can make for a full day.  When you add  extra-curricular activities, time becomes even more limited.  Learning how to balance school and extra curricular activities is key to productivity.

Being involved in activities is important for kids to learn about teamwork, socialization, making friends, and developing interests, but it can be overwhelming. Of course, this doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t get involved extracurricular activities.  However, its important to explore interests outside of school in a balanced way.    Here are a few tips that will help you learn how to balance school and extracurricular activities.

  • Limit the Number of Activities

Many kids today are doing several different activities which keeps them busy.  Experiencing all of the different opportunities is great, but you may need to limit the extracurricular activities to one or two each semester, or even throughout the entire school year.   Putting a limit on the number of extracurricular activities will also keep your child’s grades from slipping.

Teach your child how to put some thought into each activity. They should pick one thing that they really love, or perhaps something they’ve been very interested in trying. Then, once that activity ends, they can move onto something new. Being involved in only one activity at a time doesn’t require so much of their time, or your time, taking the pressure off. This leaves time to get things done outside of the activity, such as school work and family chores, but equally as important, time to relax.

  • Create a Schedule

Sit down to create a schedule. Start by blocking out the non-negotiable items, such as school, homework, and household chores and responsibilities. Once you and your child sees how much time is left in a day, pencil in the extracurricular activity time commitments.

Seeing their schedule will show them how much time is spent on activities outside of school.  Having a schedule will help them determine if they want to take on another activity.  Scheduling activities teaches your child the cost to them in time and effort, and helps to keep them focused.

Extracurricular activities are good things for kids and teens.  Parental support is important to their involvement.  However,  learning how to balance school and extracurricular activities is important for your child and you.  Your child’s busy schedule is just as demanding on you! Teach your child how to manage their time so they can enjoy a comfortable balance between school and extracurricular activities.

All the Best,

Tania Sims

Smart and Snazzy Kids/Motivated Kids.Rocks