If your worlds are anything like ours, you may well find yourself wondering how you became your kids’ personal chauffeur… constantly ferrying them from one activity to another. It seems to be endless, and the question that frequently comes to mind is… ‘is it really worth it?’
We at easypeazy have been discussing this and over the course of the next few blogs we’ll share our thoughts….
Obviously, there is the direct benefit of improving your child’s ability at the activity they are participating in, but there are many more subtle benefits that you may not be aware of when sending you child to kids activities and kids camps – be they holiday or after school.
So, let’s start with decision making skills. Whilst this may seem very insignificant, it is actually loaded with lots of processes.
Rose decides that she wants to start doing ballet. But before she even gets to the point of asking you to find her a class, she has gone through an internal process of self-reflection. This probably started with a question to herself ‘Melanie is doing ballet; do I want to do ballet?’ She has had to look inwards and make a decision.
And even if you decided that Rose was going to take up ballet and proposed this to her, there is still a process that she will go through to listen to her own internal response. This self-realisation is vital as we begin to understand our own individual preferences and start to navigate ourselves in the world around us.
“When kids are selecting which activities to participate in, they are looking inward and deciding if they are enjoying it, which creates self-awareness and a sense of knowing what they like, what they don’t and how to make decisions accordingly,” explains Dr. Sanam Hafeez, an NYC-based licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services.
It’s pretty hard to manoeuvre through life without this fundamental tool. And we haven’t even got to the ballet class yet!