Extracurricular activities are good for children. It helps to build character, confidence and so much more. I am writing this from 17 years of experience. One thing I know for sure is that if I did not try different activities for my daughter she would not have found her true calling. My daughter was involved in Cheerleading, Music Lessons. and Girl Scouts etc.
My daughter started dance very early at the age of three, by the time she was 13 she told me that she wanted to focus solely on ballet. I thought to myself “she really knows what she wants to do”.
I thought I was just giving my daughter an outlet to stay active, but this turned out to be something that she truly enjoyed and ultimately her passion.
My daughter attended an Arts School since elementary into high school and now in the fall she will be attending the Hartt School for College, which is a private Conservatory for the Arts, and she will be majoring in Ballet. Who would’ve of thought at an early age she would find her passion through an activity.
Not everyone will find their passion in an extra-curricular activity, but what I can tell you is that ballet has shaped her, her work ethic is phenomenal. She has grown into this fantastic young lady and has me so proud.
As single moms there is no excuse for us to not help our children succeed. I’m a big believer in allowing our children to try different activities to keep them active.
Here are my top 17 after school activities:
1. Martial Arts
3. Arts and Crafts Classes
7. Ice Skating
10. Music Lessons
11. Language Classes
16. Girl Scouts
17. Boy Scouts
Do you know of an activity that is not listed? Please share!
Extra-curricular activities allows your child(ren) to be creative, improve social spirit, it will keep them active in fitness. And no matter whether your child is in solo sports activities, creative classes, dance lessons, or even training in a team you won’t be disappointed. Why not encourage that creative talent or sporting ability.
Image Credit: © 2008 Marty Sohl/American Ballet Theatre