September 27, 2020

The Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities for Children

As a parent, saying you want the best for your child is probably an understatement to how you actually feel. But what does wanting the best actually mean? Generally speaking, it’s about ensuring they are happy, healthy and well-adjusted. There are so many things you can do to help your child succeed in life, both academically and personally, one of which being encouraging them to join an extra-curricular activity. A private school near Bristol explores the benefits of extra-curricular activities below. 

child swimmer wearing goggles

Firstly, extra-curricular activities teach your child important life skills.  For instance, if they learn an instrument, they begin to understand how crucial it is to stick at something and practise if you want to succeed.  Determination is such a vital skill that will help your child perform well in school and even in their relationships.  If your child plays a sport, they will learn how to be part of a team, respect their peers and listen to/follow instructions from their coach.  All the skills developed in an extra-curricular club can be transferred across various areas of a child’s life, even as they become adults and start working. What’s more, becoming more skilled at something is very fulfilling and will provide them with a sense of accomplishment. 

child playing football wearing a red kit

Extra-curricular activities are great for getting children out of the house and off their digital devices, which has become a priority for parents in recent years.  They get to meet new people and build new relationships with both adults and kids who share their interests.  Essentially, extra-curricular clubs allow children to learn and blow off some steam, while also having fun in a safe and structured environment.

Thanks to the benefits listed above, including a child’s increased skillset, their larger social circle and a broader experience of the world, someone who takes part in an extra-curricular activity is usually more confident than a child who doesn’t. Enhanced self-esteem will help your child approach exams with a positive mindset, speak up in class and take risks.  What’s more, having personal interests outside of their school commitments will look fantastic on a personal statement when the time comes to apply to university. 

No matter how you feel about school returning at the moment, I think many parents feel pulled in several directions.  Some feel sadness as schools return whilst other parents are grateful for the return to the ‘new normal’.  No matter what, outdoor activity and exercise is paramount for children to help aid their learning.  Get outdoors whenever you can, come rain for shine!

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