Should You Always Take Advantage Of Extra-Curricular Opportunities For Your Children?


At this time of the year, kids come home with flyers or letters about sporting clubs, music groups, camps and other extra-curricular activities. Sometimes it’s easy to see the benefits of participating in them, and at other times you wonder what on earth they were thinking! At this age, it really is important to have a wide range of experiences. So what can you do to help?




The problem with anything extra-curricular is the extra costs involved. Ideally, there will be a big pot labeled education fund that you can endlessly draw from. Unfortunately, in real life, it isn’t that easy or that simple. Still, during the holidays or on the weekends, you know that there will be extra costs coming up. Saving in advance helps you make informed decisions about what you can realistically afford.


Setting a budget for this type of thing is handy. But you might also want to consider where you’re willing to put that cash. Chances are you’re not so keen on throwing a lot of it into the video game week-long camp experience. You might, however, be happy to pay for a math camp, extra science museum visits, or other academic opportunities.



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Still, a wide variety of experiences supports your aim for a well-rounded child. Music, art, and sport need to feature there somewhere. When you’re planning your budget, it might help to use a pie chart to help you allocate different amounts to different priorities. If your child isn’t doing well in physical education classes, perhaps you might be keen to put a little cash away for something sporty.


Then, of course, comes that amazing opportunity you could not have foreseen. The trip to the city to represent the county! Or maybe it’s a chance to have a masterclass at the local college? If these things all outside of your allocated funds, what will you do? Getting cash funds quickly with a cash advance might help if you haven’t got that sum set aside. It would be a shame for your child to miss out. Other options might include crowd funding or a sponsored event.


Child Development


If your child excels in one or two areas, it makes sense to seek related extra-curricular opportunities. Of course, if your child hasn’t developed well in other areas, then these too should be part of your focus. These opportunities are all about helping your child improve and develop. And they should offer enjoyable experiences that will turn into treasured memories too. If it’s not fun, you’re not going to get your child to continue with it.




So should you choose a balanced program that includes a little bit of everything? That is certainly one way to approach the activities you’re keen for your kids to access. Not everyone can quite stretch the time or the budget that far though. Instead, listen to your child. What does he seem keen to do? See if you can marry up any of those activities with the ones that will help him progress physically and academically the best.


Social Life


Of course, many of these extra-curricular activities involve meeting with and working with new people. They can be the source of life long friends or the source of pure horror for a shy child. If this is an area you feel your child should develop, then there are a couple of approaches to try. Select an activity you know they love and choose a group that isn’t too large. Check with the coach or teacher how children are paired or grouped. Are there plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and feel more comfortable first?




The second option is to pick masterclasses, where there is a lot of one-on-one or pair work involved. This is a more intimate setting with fewer people in the room. The push toward socialization is limited but available should your child choose to participate this way. Again, the budget might limit your options here.




As a mom, you are the master of knowing what your child needs and wants. Ultimately, you could choose to provide all of the extra-curricular support they need within the home. Of course, time and budget will affect you again here, especially if you normally go to work. Home-schoolers do a marvelous job of launching their child’s adult life. They are able to provide a well-rounded education full of experiences and opportunities. Why not join a forum and ask some questions?


You don’t have to take advantage of every activity or opportunity that comes along. For some parents, though, there is a built-in need to provide as much experience for their kids as possible. Where you source those experiences is up to you and your children. Enjoy the school break!


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#Giveaway – New School Year = New Sheets – Ends 9/31

One of the things so many of us love about the back-to-school and back-to-homeschooling time is the new start, a clean slate! One of the many things parents and students find themselves doing during this time is organizing, making new habits, and making their spaces work for them better. It is a great time to focus on the importance of sleep too. One of the things I do is make sure all the air purifiers in the house have clean filter as clean air means better sleep, better sleep means sharper little minds. I make sure the house is cool enough at night to help kids sleep too. Bedding is also important, not just to kids but adults too. Back-To-School is a great time to get new sheets. Often you can find sales even as companies market to new college students who are trying to set up shop in dorm rooms and away from home for the first time. Those kids need everything from new sheets to forks!

Check out this giveaway and coupons for sheets and be ready for a great nights rest!



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 I was given the chance to review these sheets as a gift: Grey Charcoal (Gray) Hotel Luxury 4-Piece Bed Set, Extra Deep Pocket Special Super Fit Fitted Sheet, Best Quality Microfiber Linen Soft & Durable Design. You see, like a few of my darling children, I have a few sensory issues. Or rather like me, my kids have a few sensory issues. One of them for me is what textures touch my skin. An example is the texture of crumbs…. -shiver- You think people jump out of bed or off a sofa fast when they see a spider, that is how I am with crumbs. To say I am picky over bedding is an understatement. I can’t say the idea of “microfiber” appealed to me at first. I thought these sheets would end up with my far less picky teenager on her bed. However I learned something quickly, I love these sheets. They are so smooth and soft and do not catch on  skin. They are not on the “warm” side either and do not make you sweat at night. They are all I could want in sheets actually! The color is very true to the image as well, a dark earthtone gray. They are extra deep and they do on easily enough! These are fantastic sheets! These would make a great gift too! Specially to get the person that has everything. They might not know they need new sheets till they sleep on these and then they will be very thankful I think! 

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Caring About Education: Why Finding The Right School Matters

Master Sgt. Jeff Villemarette helps a boy with cerebral palsy color during a special education class April 27, 2010, at the Nadjeshda Children's Center in Kyrgyzstan. Nadjeshda is home for 60 children and teenagers who are disabled in different ways. Sergeant Villemarette is assigned to the Transit Center at Manas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carolyn Viss)

    Article 24 of the 2006 Rights of People with Disabilities states that every child deserves the right to an appropriate education. However, some mainstream schools are still neglecting the proper care for children with disabilities.   Our children need to be included in every facet of the school system, from having the right […]

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How to never have bored children again!


One of the things parents seem to truly loath hearing are the words “I am bored” coming from their offspring. I am not sure if it is because we ourselves are so busy that the idea of being bored sounds like a luxury we wish we had, or if it feels like a bit of […]

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Keep Your Dog Comfortable On Their First Family Camping Trip


As a valuable member of your family; you’ll want to include your pet dog in as many activities as possible. There’s nothing quite like a family camping trip; to allow your dog to enjoy the great outdoors with their favorite people. You’ll want to ensure that your pet pooch is as happy and as comfortable […]

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What Your Dog Should Be Eating: Knowing Your Furry Friend’s Nutritional Needs


You are what you eat and that’s as true for animals as it is for humans. Just as we as a species have a tendency to compromise our health with fast food, sugary or salty snacks, heavily processed meats and a general aversion to vegetables, so too can animals face ill health if they’re not […]

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure: How To Keep Your Family Healthy


As a parent, you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to make sure that everyone is happy, but you have to organize your family pretty much every day. From getting the kids up and ready for school to helping with homework, making meals, and generally running the household, it’s a […]

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7 Tips to get kids out the door on time!

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  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to worry less about being late because getting out the door is a smooth process? That is certainly the goal with our large family. One thing I know, kids make us late! Or rather not being organized and ready for the things that come up make us late! Of course […]

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Earn While They Learn: Making The Most Of School


  Being a mother is a full-time job for a good few years. While your child is too young for school, they are under your care all the time. A young child will need entertainment, food, and, of course, a lot of cleaning. But, this time will fly by, and they’ll soon be at school. […]

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Are you ready for the Solar Eclipse?

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Chances are if you are in America you have heard about the Solar Eclipse that will go from one side of the USA to the other and how very rare this actually is for us. The last time you could see an eclipse like this was in 1979, over 37 years ago! The last time we […]

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