How To Keep Your Child Motivated With Their Afterschooling Activities Plan
Most parents agree that just attending school is not stimulating enough for children.
Routines are established, consistency is somewhat in place, but how do you prevent your child’s passions from turning into a battle?
My kids participate in sports, have music classes and therapy.
Fitting all these afterschooling activities is complicated with so many kids, but keeping the kids moving is the hard part.
Let me share my tips for making sure your child continues to love the afterschooling activities you have chosen together.
An effective Afterschooling Activities Plan is a great Start to achieve success.
Consistency is Key
Attending regularly is essential for most programs, but it also helps to make sure your child stays motivated.
When children attend afterschooling activities consistently, they become more skilled and are able to excel in the program they are participating in.
This will keep them motivated.
It is difficult to enjoy an activity if you always feel you are unprepared.
Practice in Between Classes
Whether it is soccer, music class or art, taking the time to practice your activity at home will help your children improve their skills.
Practicing skills consistantly ensures your children become more motivated to show their leaders what they have learned this week.
For example, you know Tuesday is Tae Kwon Do day.
Make sure dinner is ready when it needs to be, uniforms are clean and easy to access and all their equipment is ready to go.
If you know me, you know that I strongly encourage independence in my children.
With this in mind, preparation will make an afterschooling activities plan easier to participate in and help you child be more independent.
I know my children love to be as independent as possible which makes this afterschooling activities plan a more positive experience.
Involve Your Children in Choice
If you know that you want your children to play an instrument and play a sport, involving them in the process of choosing which will definitely help with their ‘buy in’.
This will also help with motivation. Also keep you mind open to their desire to make changes.
Obviously changing their minds weekly will not work.
But if your child is struggling with one sport and wants to try another one in January, give it some consideration.
What makes a Good Afterschooling Activities Plan?
A report written by Columbia University psychologists Jodie Roth, PhD, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, summarized that Good afterschool activities plan;
“are best characterized by their approach to youth as resources to be developed rather than as problems to be managed.”
According to the report, “What Do Adolescents Need for Healthy Development? Implications for Youth Policy,” good programs should:
- Help young people develop strong, positive relationships with adults.
- Build on the young person’s strengths rather than focus on his or her weaknesses.
- Provide an environment that helps young people develop positive relationships with peers.
- Give youth challenges they can rise to.
- Provide enriching, creative activities they can participate in.
- Give youth opportunities to develop leadership and decision-making skills.
- Focus on the developmental needs of young people by nurturing teens’ autonomy at the same time the programs lend them guidance.
- Provide all of these opportunities over the long term.
Stay focused on Afterschooling Activities Success and your children will definitely benefit from consistent subject matter review to ensure they are on track for success!
What do you think of these Tips for Afterschooling Success?
What techniques do you use to make it a success?
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