In this series of blogs we are delving into the numerous benefits that your little ones are gaining from participating in kids activities, kids camps and kids programmes. These life skills, that they are naturally learning, include developing self-esteem and confidence, learning how to interact with others and socialise, learning how to work as a team and think strategically. And now to explore the vital skill of balancing.
Life is a juggle, and as parents, we probably always feel like we are balancing things, sometimes not as well as others… either way, we are constantly practicing the fine act of balancing. Have you ever thought about what is actually involved in the process of balancing? What constitutes balance will be different for every person, but essentially it is something that is not static; it is the dynamic interplay between our own worlds and then the environment that we live in; determined by our relationships, our emotions, our bodies, our minds as well as many other factors.
We learn that too much of anything, generally isn’t good for us… and this is something that children need to learn too.
When they start school, children begin to grasp the art of trying to manage different commitments – schoolwork, home life, friends, family, etc., and they try to figure out how much time and commitment to put towards each part of their lives.
And then, when they then begin to take on extra curricular activities, be it sports, learning to play an instrument or joining the debating team, they further develop this ability. They will begin to understand that life needs organisation and that sometimes they even need to sacrifice some things to accommodate others. They will find that they have less free times on their hands and so prioritising becomes important as well as self-discipline and time management.
Through all of this, they will subtly begin to pick up what combination and amount of these different commitments make them feel harmonious… of course this will be different for each individual, but they will move closer to understanding their unique sense of balance.
We at easypeazy think it’s amazing at how much our children are actually learning through these seemingly simple commitments. We started to talk about balancing skills here, and ended up with organisation, prioritisation, sacrifice, self-discipline and time management all thrown in as well! Pretty good learning!
Kids activities require balancing and it’s not just the parent that needs to balance this one!