Why don’t my kids participate in extracurricular activities?  All the other kids are busy everyday after school yet, all my 3 and 6 year old want to do is stay home.  We have tried a few things, but they always want to quit after a few lessons, so consequently I don’t know what my children excel at.

As a studio owner and a theatre director,  I am constantly counseling parents on the need for them to teach their children the value of commitment and finishing what they start.  Ironic, however, that is easier said than done when you have one child that would love to sit in front of a computer all day and another that is clingy to her mother and won’t leave my side.

I think it is important to teach our children to finish something they have begun. It gives them a sense of accomplishment.  Which it turn, I beleive will boost self confidence which will lead them to try new things.  I beleive setting small gioals is the key to keeping a child involved in an activity.

Maybe they say an activity is to hard and they do not want to go any longer.  But, what if you set a small goal of say, let’s just try two more lessons.  If you still don’t like it when this session is up, then you won’t have to go any longer.  Therefore, they have had the opportunity to not just quit on impulse and perhaps will even find renewed interest and inspiration. 

Also, show them the results of what they can accomplish if they can stick with it.  erhaps it is seeing older girls dance en pointe if  your child is reluctant to take ballet class, or see a level 5 gymnast if he is reluctant to go to gymnastics.  Giving them something to aspire to is a big motivating factor I think.

In today’s society where more and more children are affected by childhood obesity and lack of activity, we are obligated to light a fire under our children and help stop this epidemic starting with us at home.  Here is to Happy arenting and Good Health!

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