It’s important that we, as parents, try to enrich our child’s lives as much as possible so that they grow up to be kind, successful, respectable members of society. Generally speaking, extra-curricular activities are fantastic for this overall growth and development of children for many reasons. I have teamed up with a private day school in Oxfordshire to explore further.
Firstly, extra-curricular activities teach children a range of key skills.
Of course, this depends on the type of activity, but each has its own set of advantages. For instance, music lessons will teach your child the importance of practise, patience, and determination. It will take a while before they become proficient in their instrument, so they will need to learn how to dedicate themselves to their hobby. Being part of a sports team, on the other hand, is a far more sociable activity and will help your child with their communication skills. Being able to work well as part of a team is a great skill that will serve them well throughout their academic journey and well into adulthood.
If your child takes part in an extra-curricular club, no matter what it is, they will have to learn how to juggle a busy schedule and multiple commitments. Excellent time management skills is another benefit of extra-curricular activities. It’s great for children to find a productive way to express themselves and also use up some of their energy. Without an outlet like this, you may notice that your child becomes restless and bored easily and may even have behavioural problems because they are unable to express themselves in any other way.
When the time comes for your child to start applying to universities and jobs, being able to say that they have spent years as part of a drama club or a hockey team will look great on their application. Universities and employers will look favourably on candidates who are able to demonstrate the key skills discussed above.