Afterschool Activities: Striking the Right Balance
Parents may wonder how much afterschool activity is right for their child. Developing interests outside of school such as arts, music, and sports can help a child learn and grow. Organized activities can help build a child's skills, self-esteem, and ability to get along with others. Studies show that they can also enhance brain development and physical well-being. However, having some free time is also important because it can allow time for kids to play, use their imagination, and relax. Research also demonstrates that play, in particular, helps children learn how to solve problems, identify interests, and work with others.