6 Reasons why your Kids need Extracurricular Activities in School

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Does the mention of skating, football or guitar during school hours unnerve you a little as a parent? Well, you are not alone. With the ever increasing academic pressure on children and the importance of marks and grades, parents want their children to be well placed within the current educational system and so they land up encouraging children to study more and stay away from other activities that would consume their precious time.

But, does concentrating on academics alone guarantee success for the children? May be not! Overall exposure and development goes a long way in shaping up a personality. Here are at least 6 reasons why your kids should indulge in extracurricular activities:

1. Overall Development- When children step out in the world at large, they need to be geared up to handle all kinds of pressures that are not necessarily academic. A well-rounded, cheerful personality is more preferred than a bespectacled nerdy person who is immersed in papers and books all the time. Learning of various skills helps in stimulating the brain overall, making children healthier and happier.

2. Relieving Stress- Even machines tend to shut down when they need to cool their system. Our children are only human. They need to relax and rejuvenate their internal set up too and more often than realised. An extracurricular in the form of a sport, playing a musical instrument or pursuing any other hobby like painting, craft, dance, can refresh and calm their minds,preparing them for the next set of challenges.

3. Building Social Skills- Unlike in academics where children are pitched against each other and encouraged to perform individually, learning a new skill or a sport teaches children the importance of team work, compassion and co existing. Healthy communication and confidence follow too. Watch them acquire the skill effortlessly as they take part in various events and activities the school comes up with.

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4. Time Management- Inclusion of an additional activity alongside the school schedule nudges children to plan out their day in advance and helps them to be more organised and punctual.

5. Recognition of Talents- We would never have had a Sachin Tendulkar or an A.R Rehmaan if their parents would have asked them to concentrate only on their studies. Letting children explore a couple of skills &hobbies actually helps them identify their strengths and learn to focus.These hobbies may take them much ahead in their lives than their degrees sometimes.

6. Raising Self Esteem- Not all children feel accomplished with what they do and learn in school and so pursuing an alternative source of satisfaction in the form of an extracurricular activity helps in increasing their self-worth and self-esteem and most psychologists would agree that a sound self-esteem is the most solid foundation on which a future can be built. However, it would be great if schools also consider arranging for as many extra-curricular activities as possible for kids since at times, sending children for various extra-curricular activities to unknown places can make parents a little hesitant too as they may doubt how safe a child will be there.

As the saying goes…“All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. So parents, let your child have a go at things other than academics. However, a word of caution there to not overdo as the children need to sleep as well.