Do you ever wonder whether all these kids camps and kids clubs and kids before and after school activities really necessary… are they really beneficial? It’s fine if Ben doesn’t have the perfect tennis serve, right?
Yes, that is right…
BUT, what is way more important (at least to us) than Ben’s tennis skills, is that there are many other less obvious skills that he is learning.
In the last blog we explored the decision-making process and how even before we start the activity, there is some sort of internal dialogue that has taken place, a ‘self-awareness’.
And then there is the building of confidence and self-esteem. Giving your children the opportunity to engage in something that interests them enables the discovery of their own unique talent. As they try new things and learn how they are uniquely gifted, they are able to start to develop a healthy self-esteem. Participating in an after school activity that they really enjoy will increase their confidence and give them direction and purpose.
And, as adults, we all know how important and grounding these elements are as we move through life. If they are able to build confidence in an area where they feel safe and comfortable, then this will naturally seep out into the rest of their worlds, and they will become more confident in their personal abilities outside of these situations. All, hopefully, leading to the ability to navigate the challenges of life with more grounding, confidence, ease and positivity.
And it can be any sort of activity… these same learnings will apply to nearly any kids camp, programme or holiday activity; it’s all to do with how they feel about themselves when they engage in the activity.
So yes, we do believe that we need to dedicate some hours behind the wheel for these vital learnings!