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The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities Can Last a Lifetime

by Deborah Song

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  • Time Management. Time is finite and learning how to utilize it wisely is a critical life skill. Extracurricular activities come in handy when it comes to teaching time management because most activities have time limits. Kids very quickly understand that there are only so many minutes to make a goal, a move, or perform a routine. Moreover, many students who have a passion for extracurricular activities know they need to prioritize their schedules if they want to continue to participate in their extracurricular activities. It’s one of the reasons why kids who are involved perform better in school.

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  • The art of performance. Extracurricular activities teach kids to perform under less than optimal circumstances. Learning to persevere despite humidity or an opponents cheering crowd will also help prepare the same child to focus while taking his SATs or to give a speech while encountering technical difficulties. Many extracurricular activities also involve performing or playing in front of a large crowd, which helps kids become comfortable in front of a crowd.

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  • Teamwork. Learning to be part of a team and work cooperatively with others is maybe one of the most important lessons kids can learn early on. Being a team player means you know how to communicate, set aside individual differences for a larger goal, and also instills a sense of community and belonging.

Deborah Song is the founder of travelbyword.com, a cruelty-free company committed to creating travel accessories that help travelers journey with ease, efficiency and elegance. She loves to travel the globe in pursuit of good food, wider life perspectives and great adventure stories with her kids. Deborah is a Canadian-born, mompreneur and Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master’s in journalism from New York University. You can find her travel stories at www.blog/travelbyword.com.

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