Extra-curricular activities are an essential part of a child’s development and education. These activities help children to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and time management. When high school students involve themselves in extra-curricular activities, they get a chance to explore and develop their talents while also becoming well-rounded individuals. However, it is common for teenagers to lose interest in extra-curricular activities and decide to quit midway. As parents, should we let our kids quit their extra-curricular activity?
1. Overwhelming Schedules and Pressure
Most high schoolers have jam-packed schedules that can be exhausting to manage. The pressure to excel academically can also make some students feel overwhelmed and unmotivated to continue with their extra-curricular activities. As parents and educators, we must recognize when a student is feeling overwhelmed and help in easing their schedules. We can also encourage them to balance their activities and prioritize their commitments. Let them understand that it is okay to take a step back if they are feeling burnt out.
2. Lack of Passion and Interest
Sometimes, students start an activity because a friend convinced them to, or they think it will look good on their resume. However, when their lack of interests in the activity becomes apparent, it can lead to them quitting. As adults in their lives, we must encourage students to find activities that they are passionate about. Encourage them to explore many extra-curricular activities, find out their interest, and help them join the club or team that they will look forward to attending each day.
3. Feeling Disconnected
Some teenagers may feel lonely or unsupported within their clubs or teams, leading to them quitting. It is essential as parents and teachers to provide an environment where students can feel connected and supported. Parents can volunteer to assist with school activities or attend their games and shows to show them support. Teachers can plan team-building exercises or social events where students can interact outside of school hours.
4. Poor Time Management
Some students' schedules may change over time, leading to difficulty in managing schoolwork and extra-curricular activities. It is essential to teach students time-management strategies so they can balance their activities and schoolwork efficiently. Educators should provide time-management tips like creating a schedule, sticking to the schedule, and not procrastinating.
5. No Sense of Progress or Growth
Some students may drop out of their extra-curricular activities if they feel like they are not progressing or growing. As a teacher or parent, it is essential to provide them with feedback and encouragement on their progress. Celebrate their achievements regardless of how small, and help them set goals to keep them motivated and challenged.
Extra-curricular activities are crucial for a student's personal and social growth. By encouraging teens to remain active in their extra-curricular activities, we can help students gain new skills and valuable experiences. By listening to students' needs, supporting their goals, and creating a positive and supportive environment, we can prevent them from dropping out of those activities. As parents and educators, it is our responsibility to encourage students to stick to their chosen activities and not let them give up on them quickly. Teens with too much free time on their hands can fall into bad habits so make sure that your teen has a schedule that is not overwhelming, but that is well balanced.