Af­ter-school clubs can in­spire c

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter -

Ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties give kids the chance to suc­ceed at some­thing, says

ac­tiv­i­ties though. My brother and I grew up on a farm that was miles away from any­where, but as we got older our par­ents were com­mit­ted to mak­ing our in­ter­ests hap­pen ev­ery week (net­ball and soc­cer in win­ter, swim­ming in sum­mer), de­spite the long drive. Find some­thing that makes your kids happy and works for your fam­ily, not some­one else’s.

Of course, if par­ents work full-time or are strug­gling fi­nan­cially, it can be hard to make ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen. But that’s where a well­con­nected com­mu­nity can help. Keep an eye out on Neigh­bourly for af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties like Guides and Scouts. If your neigh­bour’s child is in the same rugby team as yours, ask them about po­ten­tial af­ter-school care un­til you get home from work.

If you spend your after­noons at home and have a skill to of­fer the kids in your neighbourhood like cook­ing or speak­ing French, of­fer free or af­ford­able ser­vices on your Neigh­bourly page. If your child is gen­uinely tal­ented at surfing but you can’t af­ford the gear, ap­proach a lo­cal busi­ness for spon­sor­ship.

Where there’s a will, there’s al­ways a way. And ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties are worth it.


Af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties like learn­ing the gui­tar let chil­dren dis­cover more of the world.

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