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The Importance of Letting Your Kids Participate in After School Activities

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Your child may or may not have come to you yet with a permission form for an academic team, sports team, school play, or another after school activity. If they have not, however, you may want to encourage them to do something they are interested in. The reason for this is that there are several benefits to letting your kids participate in extracurricular activities.

It Teaches Time Management

When your child participates in an extracurricular activity, they must still make time for homework, studying, their friends, and recreation. To do this, they need time management skills. Once they have learned how much time is needed to make the commitment to their activity, they also have to fit things around their schedule. This is a necessary skill that will be very useful in the work world once they have their first job.

Building Self-Esteem

When you let your kid choose an activity that they are passionate about, it can help them build self-esteem. The reason for this is that it allows them to master new skills. This is especially true because children are more likely to participate in something they feel dedicated enough to that they will be able to master it in the future.

Increases Diversity

Kids may not know what they are interested in right away. They may have to try a few sports or go out for a spot in the band before they realize what their passion is. Allowing them to try different after school activities increases their diversity. It also allows them the chance to find out what they are passionate about in life.

Contributing to a Larger Group

Extracurricular activities require that your child works with others. This is true whether they are participating in the band, academics, sports, or another activity. When children learn from a young age that it is important to contribute to a group, it is more likely to help instill the ideals that will allow them to contribute to society in the future. This is an important skill in the work world, as well as in life in general.

Improving Goal-Setting Abilities

Setting goals is very important when it comes to striving for achievement in any area. When your child pursues an after school activity that they are passionate about, they may be more likely to strive for something else. This can include a leading role in the band or school play, trying to get into the state finals in their sport, or another goal. When they set goals in these areas, the skills they learn transfer over into later in life.

Improving Chance of College Acceptance

Many colleges look at the number of extracurricular activities that a student has completed before accepting them. This is because it allows a deeper opportunity to understand each student. Additionally, it shows that a student has been exposed to skills such as time management, contributing to society, and others that are important to success in college.

Improved Performance in Several Areas

There have been numerous studies that show a correlation between a student’s performance in academics, their work habits, and their behavior and participation in extracurricular activities. When students participate in after school activities, they have higher grades, better behavior, and better work ethic. These are all things that will benefit them later in life.

For the reasons on this list and more, it is extremely important to encourage your child to participate in after school activities. So go and get them a medical checkup (if it is required) at your local urgent care facility, like Night-Lite Pediatrics and sign the forms, Letting your kid have a chance to participate in some activity, regardless of what they choose, will teach them skills that will have a positive impact on their present and future.

Lautaro Martinez is a family man and freelance writer who contributes articles and insights into raising healthy children. If you would like to learn more about Lautaro, check out his Google+ profile.

 

5 money making ideas for students

When you are a student you don’t earn a lot of money working in hospitality or in a shop, and the hours that you spend they’re working for very little for someone else you could be spending at home making money for yourself. Why not find something to do that will make you money and be fun? Working for yourself will mean that you maximize your time efficiency and can choose what you want to do to make a bit of cash while you study. Here are 5 money-making ideas for students.

Phone Cases

Your friends will probably be some of your biggest customers with this great money-making idea. Creating personalized iphone covers is a great way to earn a buck if you are studying and it will give you something fun to do while you aren’t studying. Let your creative flair take a hold as you brainstorm what cool designs you could make in iPhone covers simply by using bits and pieces of craft material that you collect through your day. All you need is a bit of know how, some craft bits and bobs, clear iPhone cases and some resin and you will soon become the coolest entrepreneur in your school.

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Laundry and Ironing Service

There’s one thing that everyone hates doing, and that is laundry and ironing. Why not make a few bucks for yourself by starting your own laundry and ironing service. It’s a great way to make some money fast and will mean that you can do it in the privacy of your own home. Put up a sign on the local community board, or advertise in a bulletin or newspaper in your town and before you know it you’ll have heaps of regular customers.

Fresh Produce and Herbs

While you are studying you need to be mindful of taking time out to breathe in the fresh air. So why not combine the time off with doing something to make an extra buck for yourself. If you have a bit of garden space, planting some herbs and fresh produce is easy and has many rewards. When it’s ready for harvest you could sell it to the local organic supermarket, as they are always looking for home-grown fresh produce. You will get some fresh air and recharge your batteries while working for yourself.

T-shirts

Designing your own t-shirt designs and getting them printed onto t-shirts is a great way to make a bit of extra money, you will get to showcase some of your awesome designs and will get a kick out seeing people at school wearing your label. Many of the world’s top designers started out in just this way, small design ventures such as this, and now look how far they have gone and how much money they are making!

Greeting Cards

When it’s someone’s birthday, or if we just want to say ‘thankyou’, or let them know we are thinking of them, a great idea is to send a card. Often the cards that we find in the shops are boring and we could search and search and still not find something that is really unique and interesting. If you are craft minded why not get some cardboard and create some funky greeting card designs to be sold at the local gift shop. You could buy blank envelopes pretty easily to go with them.

A plan for the future: Going to school again for the 3rd Time

I have been bombarded with great news and opportunities online. As a working wife, I want to enrich further my skills and knowledge the internet has to offer. I am fascinated with a lot of things are that going on now. I want to study web development and other platforms of computer as well as the World Wide Web.

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I was searching for schools for any short courses available and ultimately I found one. But the sad part is June 29, 2012 is the last enrollment and I don’t have money now for that purpose. On the positive note, maybe I could enroll next semester if I have the money. In the meantime, I could scout for another school and be able to ask about the course.

What do school do you think offered superb short-term course when it come to IT or Information Technology?