The rush among the parents to enroll their kids to all top cream activities in the market is common these days be it Guitar Classes, Personality Development, Mental ability classes like Kumon, Abacus or Vedic Maths or Dance Classes. Hold On! We need to ensure that we are not over-scheduling our kid and we are choosing the right activity depending on his interest, schedule and his age group.
So, we need to know how much is too much. Essentially what should be on your kid’s schedule, Is an important yet wise decision to make.
Consider the following factors while opting for the activity for your child:
# Kids Interest
A kid’s activity should reflect his or her interest in it. It’s meaningful to devote your time and energy to an activity that truly inspires a child. On other hand, a kid’s schedule which is full of activities of marginal interest doesn’t allow time for a child to find his or her passion. Also, while it can be convenient to have two kids in the same activity, be sure they both are interested and will benefit from it.
# Frequency of Classes
Once a week is the typical time frame for kids’ activities, choosing classes that are every other week or monthly more difficult to remember. Activities that are scheduled more than once per week will have a greater impact on the family. The number of classes per week may vary in case of Sports and performance-oriented activities.
# Child’s Age & Personality
It is wise to analyze the activity considering your child age group. A child of 4 years going for advanced Abacus course will not be a good idea. Do discuss with the trainer regarding the age group involved and your child’s personality to understand how well it suits your kid.
# Course Fees
The cost of kid’s activity is not negligible and should be considered to match your pocket. Be sure you add up all related costs including registration fees, materials, accessories, instruments/sports items and transportation.
# Commuting Time
Time to commute to the activity center should be factored into the equation from the start. A one-hour activity that is approx. half hour from your home count up to two-hour activity. Check if your child’s school offers an activity as an after-school program or search for activities near your home before committing to a far-flung activity.
Extra- Curricular activities are important for a child but it should be planned and opted after understanding your child preference and compatibility with the respective activity.