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Happier, Healthier, and Smarter Kids

9 Reasons to Get Your Children Involved in After-School Activities

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1. Time Management and Prioritizing
Extracurricular activities teach children how to manage their time and prioritize various tasks and commitments.

2. Exploring Diverse Interests
The school band, drama club, or any sport may be an activity your children are interested in joining. By allowing your children the opportunity to explore diverse interests, you give them the opportunity to discover what they are passionate about. Once your children find an activity that they enjoy, succeeding in the activity could ultimately build their confidence and self-esteem.

3. Making a Contribution
Extracurricular activities allow your children to make a contribution to their school or community, which is an important step in preparing them for life outside of academics.

4. Building Self-Esteem
Mastering new skills can help build confidence in children. By participating in after-school activities, they can build their self-esteem in a relaxed setting as their activities provide the opportunity to be successful in something that they are passionate about.

5. College Applications
Another benefit of after-school activities is that they look great on college applications. In addition to academic performance, many colleges look at what activities students are involved in outside of school as a way to fully understand each student.

6. Setting Goals
After-school activities present opportunities for your children to develop their goal-setting skills. Most extracurricular activities involve reaching or achieving a goal, whether it be the lead actor in the school play, winning the state championship or coming in first place in the science fair. As a result, these activities help encourage students to work toward achieving those goals, while having fun at the same time.

7. Teamwork
Sports teams, clubs and activities, like dancing and music, all require children to work together toward a common goal. By participating in these activities, your children develop the skills they need in order to successfully work with others. In addition, extracurricular activities let children to build relationships and socialize with peers who share their interests.

8. Academics
As mentioned previously, recent studies show a correlation between improved grades, behavior and work habits as a result of students’ involvement in after-school activities.

9. AFTER School Programs Keep Your Child Safe

According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC), nine out of ten Americans think all youth should have access to after-school programs, but two-thirds of parents say they have trouble finding programs locally. The bad news is that the situation may be getting worse.

After-school hours are the peak time for juvenile crimes and risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. NYVPRC found that children who do not spend any time in after-school activities are 49 percent more likely to have used drugs and 37 percent more likely to become a teen parent. Kids are also at the highest risk of becoming a victim of violence after school, particularly between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The highest amount of juvenile crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour after most children are dismissed from school.

Share some additional benefits your children have experienced as a result of their involvement in extracurricular activities.

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Studies Show Smart Kids Play Tennis

Tennis is a unique catalyst for educational advantage.

Tennis players spent more time doing homework, and were more likely to report receiving “A” grades. A full 48% of students in the report have an “A” average and 81% say they will attend college.

Tennis players had significantly lower rates of suspension from school and other disciplinary measures than participants in other sports and non-athletes.

In fact, 73% have never been sent to the principal’s office.

Educational advantages among tennis players occurred across all socioeconomic levels.

Adolescent tennis players are well-rounded.

Participation rates within extracurricular activities and community involvement were higher among adolescent tennis players. Indeed, 82% volunteer in their communities.

Tennis contributes to adolescent health.
Tennis players reported lower rates of unhealthy behavior such as drinking and smoking, and are less likely to be overweight or become obese.

Tennis Keeps Your Kids Strong

Playing tennis has many health benefits including:

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  • increasing aerobic capacities.
  • lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure.
  • improving metabolic function.
  • increasing bone density.
  • lowering body fat.
  • improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility.
  • increasing reaction times.

Those virtues include, writes Dr. Jack L. Groppel on the USTA website:

People who participate in tennis three hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause.

Tennis players score higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem, and lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and nonathletes.

Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves and the brain.

Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.

And, competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating or cycling.

Summary:

Of course I am a little bias when it comes to our program and the benefits of tennis on a kid’s. But the studies above are real. It only makes sense that an active mind and healthy body are going to have a very positive impact on a person no matter what age they are.

I hope you enjoyed today’s article and encourage you to share this article with people you care about.

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