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Mother of three, your eldest child begins nagging you about sports. You were never athletic, more of the geek type, and your husband is crazy to think he has time to coach a soccer team. Sam just started kindergarten at the beginning of this month, and as if that wasn't enough for you, he is dying to try karate. And you are "dying" to know who put that crazy idea into his head. You conclude it must have been his rambunctious friend, Tyler who had serious disciplinary problems in pre-school but managed to sort them out doing karate. This gets you thinking. Karate might not be so bad after all.

Extracurricular sports help children develop team building skills

You and your husband often lay awake at night thinking about the future of your children. You both really wish your parents had gotten you into something extracurricular at a young age, but instead, you were left fending for yourself as awkward teenagers. I guess that's why you were so attracted to each other. Lets not let that happened to our kids. Instead, you're going to do it differently then you're parents. You're going to start them off young and do things right.

Dance Lessons.

By providing an extracurricular activity that advocates discipline, your child will learn the importance of dedication. Dance is an art form that can really help children understand and appreciate their bodies, and how they move. This can help kids be more conscientious of staying healthy. It is also a great tool for expression, allowing children to communicate through body language. Dancing could end up being an activity in college, or even a career choice. [dance schools] [dance camps]

Reading.

Children can learn the benefit of reading through your example. Reading a book together as a family not only provides time together as a unit, but also prepares your child for the challenges of school. If they learn the importance and love for books at an early age, getting your child to do their homework won't be a problem. Reading stimulating books will improve your child's vocabulary, help their writing skills, and eventually, make a drastic improvement on their testing skills. The habits you develop at a young age will help determine your child's future.

Sports.

What better for a child to socialize then through sports? This gives children a constructive activity that boosts self-confidence and ultimately, keeps them out of trouble. It is the perfect way to support your community, make new friends, and develop lasting skills that will help your child for life. Teamwork is an important tool in helping your child get along with classmates and will eventually effect how he does in the workplace. If your child sticks with it, sports can be an effective way of getting a scholarship to university or college. [Sports Schools] [Sports Camps]

Speech and Debate.

Many schools offer speech classes to children to help them develop self-confidence and public speaking skills. Enrolling your children in these kinds of classes enables them to face fears that will be more difficult to overcome at a later age. Public speaking is a fear that grips many people. By tackling this problem at a young age, your child will excel in anything he does. It is extremely rewarding for your child to see the results of his hard work after writing a speech and delivering it to a crowd. Speech and debate teaches them the importance of being focused, a quality that will help them throughout their life. [Schools with debate] [Debate camps]

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