Not all children are the same. Some are more academically skilled while others are more aesthetic. Education is not just about learning what is in the books – it is also about learning how to play a sport and be part of a team, how to appreciate music, dance and drama, how to interact with other people and respect others’ point of view and how to act and behave in different situations. All these different skills are better absorbed into a person’s character if they are learned at an earlier stage in life, so that they can be continuously improved as the person matures with age. Here are a few reasons why you should allow your child to find what he/she is good at;
To Realise Their Potential
Being confined to just one activity such as studying, can limit a child’s abilities as he/she becomes confined to just one filed or aspect. Help your child to expand his horizons and realise his full potential by encouraging him to explore his hand and skill at various activities. Don’t make the mistake of letting your child be defined only by his ability to pass exams. Urge your child to sign up for any clubs or associations in school which are of interest to him so that he can improve his social skills, and to take up sports that will boost his character by teaching him teamwork and coordination.
To Stop Undermining Themselves
A child can feel like he is not good enough or that he is worthless if he limits himself to just one thing and later finds it that he is not very good at it. Participating in diverse activities can give your young one the exposure she needs to find out what she is good at and what she enjoys doing. Activities such as kids’ martial arts can help your child to become more disciplined and obedient.
Most children who take up kids martial arts from younger ages learn the values of punctuality, commitment, hard work, self-control and positive thinking from an early stage in life.
To Keep Them Occupied
An extra-curricular activity such as singing, dancing or drama can bring out and polish up your child’s artistic side. She will also learn to appreciate and enjoy different styles and disciplines while feeling like she is a part of something bigger than herself. Also, it will keep her occupied and give her something to do with her free time.
To Help Them Make Better Choices
Having many different options to choose from when it comes to an extra-curricular activity to pursue can help your child make better decisions later on such as what field of study she would like to major in or even choose as a profession. Most successful individuals who developed a passion for what they do realised their talents and capabilities very early in life, so help your child to realise her passion or dream by guiding her towards the exploration of her abilities.