Every parent believes their child is special and want them to increase their potential for extra curricular activities. If they show an interest different subjects or activities why not encourage it?
All children are talented in their own unique way, it’s finding the right after school club or activity that encourages that talent. It also has to be fun in order for them to want to carry and importantly enjoy it.
Start by asking what THEY want to do, don’t go down the route of a pushy parent, listen to what it is they have an interest in. Ask what is it they want to do to with their free time after school, it could be something they want to do with a friend, this is great as it builds their confidence if they are particularly a shy child.
Create a shortlist of activities together try not to assume what you think they would enjoy, children are full of surprises and may pick something unsuspected.
Joining a choir is a great way for your child to work in a group, this stimulates their social skills from an early age. If they are particularly gifted this is a great place to help them learn to sing. After school singing lessons are great to teach methods to help them develop to solos during choir practice whilst boosting them to reaching their highest potential naturally.
Make certain that the child is very aware of the commitment into choosing an after school class or program. It sounds a little too serious, but the last thing you want to do is pay up for them to change their mind.
Take into consideration the age and it the program they want to do is appropriate for their age. Especially if it has a lot of older children as this can make younger children self-conscious. Most classes are broken into age segments to cater to the child’s age group. If classes go on for ages the excitement fades quickly. So do research and make sure it provides a good time frame for them to remain entertained and enjoying the class.
Encourage learning by working together. Learning a new hobby with your child creates a bond as well as a new craft. If your child is too young or too shy to work with others just yet then this is perfect. Building their confidence whilst together sets them up to embrace their talent and boosts self-esteem.
The list of activities for children to is endless, be sure to narrow down what will benefit them not just now but in the future. Whatever you choose for your child to participate in, it’s great for their development, not just education but confidence too. By getting them to participate with other children, it sets them up to be able to meet new people.
Start signing up children whilst young, preteen years are also the best time before self-confidence and self-conscious issues set in.