The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Kids

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As a parent, you may not have considered extracurricular activities to be particularly important for your children, or something that should be focussed on. However, they actually come with an abundance of benefits, both in terms of academia and on a personal level. Extracurricular activities are usually available to students of both public and independent schools but fall out of the scope of the regular curriculum. They range from music lessons to being part of a sports team.

Going above and beyond

By being involved with one or more extracurricular club, a child is going above and beyond their required school commitments. This says a lot about them as a person and what they can handle or are willing to achieve, which will help them when it comes to applying to universities and future jobs. It requires the ability to manage one’s time effectively, while showing initiative and dedication. What’s more, extracurricular activities can help a child with their confidence. It’s an opportunity for them to try something new, up-skill and meet people outside of their typical social circle; all of which will contribute to improving their self-esteem.

Boosting academic performance

Parents often worry that extracurricular activities are distracting for children and may, therefore, have a negative impact on their studies. However, studies suggest that this is not usually the case. In fact, extracurricular activities help increase brain function, allow a child de-stress and wind down and even improve their concentration and time management skills, all contributing to better academic performance. It’s very important for children to take productive breaks from their studies to focus on their passions and learn some other essential life skills.

Finding their own passions

Most schools actually encourage young people to join extracurricular clubs, to help them on a personal level. Mill Hill School, an independent school in London, for instance, offered a range of 400 different clubs and activities in just one year. With this in mind, you should be able to easily find something appropriate for your child to take part in, either at their school or within the local area. However, try and let your child choose their own route and explore their personal interests and passions; don’t force them into a club that they’re not passionate about just because it’s something you like or did as a child. This will be more harmful to them than beneficial as it will lead to frustration, boredom and possibly even resentment. 

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