It’s important for your kids to get involved in extracurricular activities to help them become well rounded socially and to hopefully learn new skills and explore talents in which they excel. Be careful, though, not to let your children bite off more than they can chew when it comes to joining clubs, playing sports and discovering their inner dancer or musician.
A nice rule of thumb is “quality over quantity” when it comes to extracurricular activities for kids, especially when they’re younger. Rather than letting your kids join every single thing that sounds fun or that a friend is doing, be sure they’re focusing on a few things they enjoy and teach them to give those things their full attention and commitment. It’s important that kids learn they can’t quit every activity they don’t like once they’ve committed to be on a sports team or in a cast of a play, for example. Make sure your child understands before they join that people will be counting on them to see the commitment through. Unless there is a serious issue, encourage your kids to see a commitment through to its completion and then they won’t have to do that activity again if they don’t want to. Most importantly, make sure that whatever activities your kids are involved in leave proper time for school work and rest.