September 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Higher grades. Improved social skills. Increased self-confidence.
These are all benefits your child can gain from being enrolled in the right sport or activity outside of school. That’s why so many parents make this a high priority for their children.
But a parent’s involvement in a child’s extracurricular activity (i.e., any activity outside of the regular school day) shouldn’t end with the enrollment process. In fact, the more that a parent is involved, the better for the child’s achievement.
Did you know…?
School age children spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school. That’s why one of the greatest predictors of a child’s academic success and social adjustment is her involvement in extracurricular activities.
Now, before you rush out and sign up your child for a bunch of activities, consider these tips:
Don’t overdo it
We’ve all known those parents who essentially act as a continual shuttle service for their kids, rushing from one sport or dance lesson to the next. It’s exhausting – for both the parents and the children. And the children aren’t likely to get the greatest benefit from any of the activities they’re participating in. A safe bet is to stick with a maximum of two activities per child, lest you risk the potential for rapid burnout and loss of motivation.
Consider which extracurricular activity would offer the greatest opportunity for your child to grow and achieve positive results, but also take into consideration her personality and interests. If you force your child to do something she doesn’t like doing, she’s only going to be miserable. And then you’ll be miserable too.
How you can help
At Schafer’s ATA, we’re committed to working closely with our students and their parents to help them on a successful path, both on and off the mats. But we also need you to do your part.
It may sound obvious, but the first step to success really is to simply make sure your child shows up, on time and ready to learn. Attend class regularly. Participate in special workshops and events. Make the commitment, and it will pay off.
Focus on goals
A major aspect of martial arts is to set measurable goals and focus on achieving them, which helps students gain a sense of accomplishment. Of course this value applies to all areas of life. Make sure you’re aware of what goals your child is working towards and work with her to see that she achieves those goals.
Talk to your child. Talk to her instructor or teacher. Ask questions. Offer your own observations. The best way to achieve a positive outcome in any activity is with good old-fashioned communication. And it must go both ways.
There will be those not-so-good days when a challenge seems too overwhelming. Or when your child might get frustrated and want to give up. Nothing great is achieved overnight – and your child might need a little reminder from you now and then.
You are the most important influence on your child’s growth and development. Your level of involvement can determine how much your child will benefit from any extracurricular activity, whether it’s martial arts or something else.
Want to know more about how you can enroll your child or get more involved with Schafer’s ATA Martial Arts? Contact us today!