In the beginning of every academic year parents and children are overwhelmed with a choice of different extracurricular activities, both practiced at the school and out of house options. Some children aren't bothered and don't want to participate in anything, while others are over-eager and want to do absolutely everything!
So how to find a balance?
For primary school it is important not to overload your child's afternoon with activities. Children need time play! Give them a limit to how many activities they are allowed to participate in, for instance two sports and two cultural activities, depending on your child's drive and temperament (and your budget).
In high school time is more constricted due to homework and projects and a student should never take on more activities than he or she can fit into their schedule. Academics always comes first, then extracurriculars
For children who don't want to do anything, encourage them to pick at least one activity that they may find interesting and fun. It doesn't have to be a group activity, it can be an individual sport or taking up a musical instrument. Doing something other than academics and playing video games is essential for a well-rounded child. Sometimes they just need a little push.
But use your own discretion. For some children pushing them will lead to more harm than good. You know your child best and if you're unsure you can always speak to his paediatrician or make an appointment with an Edu-Profilogist who can help guide you.
But which activities are best?
This is sometimes the most difficult part, since some children flourish in team sports while others should be doing individual sports. Others have the mental agility and patience for strategic games, such as chess, while others were born with na