It is often said that it is very important for your child to do lots of extra curricular activities. These things are aid to build confidence and to help them to make friends more easily.
In primary school it is important to get a good balance. Although after school clubs can be a lot of fun for the children, it is important to make sure that they do not take on too much, especially when they are young. School can be very tiring, children are expected to take on a lot of new information and doing extra curricular activities after school can be very tiring. It is important to make sure that your child is not overdoing things as it could mean that they will be tired in class and not be able to learn everything that they need to.
As they get older then they are better able to cope without of school activities. It can be a good idea to do some in school clubs and some out of school. This will allow them to mix with lost of different children and should help them to feel more confident when mixing with anyone.
When they get to secondary school, it can be important to start making sure that their extra-curricular activities do not take over and use up homework time. However, it is important that they have a break from school work and an opportunity to have fun with their friends as well as building that much needed confidence. Getting a balance between school work and fun is very important and it can be done but your child may need some guidance.
Towards later teenage years, it is important to consider exams and whether extra curricular activities need to be limited for a while. It is also important to think about the future and whether it is best to do extra curricular activities which will look good on a CV as they will help towards getting a job. It is worth remembering that you can do fun things once you have a job but with no job, you will not be able to afford to pursue your hobbies.