Balancing School and Sports
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Everyone agrees that having a healthy and well-rounded life is necessary for our children. This means making time for school, social activities, and sports. Each of these areas is important to nurture your child. But, how can you find the time for all of these things?
Looking for leaks
There are a lot of things in your life and the lives of your children that drain our precious time. As the parent, you have to take a hard look into the future.
Start with looking into the month ahead:
- What is planned?
- What activity is taking away time and giving little in return?
For example, maybe you have unintentionally made it a habit to stop for ice cream every Friday on your way home. It may be fun, but is it useful?
Maybe stopping for ice cream only takes 45 minutes. But, if you skipped that little event, your child would have 45 minutes every Friday night to get their weekend homework done and get ready for their week. Use this opportunity to introduce them to some retro candy. That will still make the Friday night a treat!
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Look for other activities that drain on your child’s time with no real reward and see if you can put that time to better use.
It is very important that you teach your child to prioritize. This is a life skill that we all must master.
When your child is facing football or softball practice, they have a test to study for, and their friend wants to come for a visit; which should he do?
All of these things are important. By looking at the day, you can determine what time they should study and what time they will be at practice.
If they can manage those two things, you can work with the guest.
Work With His Teacher
This is a very important way to help your child.
Have a meeting with his teacher. Explain that he has practice on certain evenings. Ask them if he could be given his assignments the day before practice or if he can do them the day after.
Work together and create a method that works. Teachers are people too. They have probably raised kids and faced the same issues that you are facing. Work with them, and they may even have some tips to help you.
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How much time is spent in your home looking for school clothes, shoes, pencils, and homework? (How much time is spent looking for car keys, cell phones, and laptops?) This is all wasted energy.
Make it a rule that everyone in the house keeps their things organized and ready for the next day. School clothes, shoes, and supplies should be gathered before bed each night. The time management monster can be tamed and trained.
Be Flexible and Recognize
No matter what your child is doing, he needs to know that you are with him. Show interest in his school work and progress in his sport of choice. Make sure they can confide in you. This is especially important if any injuries occur. You do not want your kid hiding those from you, as they need to be treated as soon as your kid starts experiencing pain. If they share a pain in the foot (common for little soccer lovers), make sure to book an appointment with a respectable podiatrist. You can do so quickly with zocdoc.com.
Remember, your child is just a kid. It may try a dozen activities until it finds the right one for him.
What you are doing is training your child to take control and take care of business. You are showing him that he can do anything he wants to, if he applies himself to it and works it into his schedule.
You are giving him permission to be the person he wants to be, and that is a wonderful thing.