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The Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities*

 


There are many opportunities for youngsters to engage in extra-curricular activities and pursue their interests throughout their childhood, which will keep them mentally engaged and potentially physically active. For instance, they may join a football or netball club, or learn how to play guitar or piano. As well as keeping them busy and encouraging them to get out and about, there are a range of other benefits to extra-curricular activities. I have teamed up with a prep school in East Sussex to explore these benefits in further detail.

Boosts Self-Esteem

When children pursue their interests and become more proficient in a certain skill, they start to become increasingly more confident. Essentially, they are able to learn what they are truly capable of when they put their mind to it. Increased confidence will serve them well in various areas of life, from classroom discussions to social situations.

Provides a Welcome Break

Children deserve to take a break from their studies and other stressors of daily life by pursuing something they feel genuinely passionate about. Extra-curricular activities are a great opportunity for them to wind down and blow off some steam, in a productive manner, rather than just staring at a screen for hours on end.

Motivates Children to Exercise

Of course, not all extra-curricular activities are physically demanding, but many are. For example, dance, martial arts, and team sports, to name but a few. These types of activities are a great way to motivate children to exercise, which can help combat things like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as low bone density and obesity.

Encourages Determination

Hobbies teach children the important of determination. It takes a lot of time and effort for them to become proficient at their chosen hobby, which requires a certain level of willpower. For instance, if they are struggling to master a piece of music on violin, giving up is not the answer. Determination is an important trait that will benefit your child throughout their lifetime.

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