A world of choice for your lit­tle one at af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

FOR chil­dren grow­ing up in the tech heavy world we live in to­day, there are seem­ingly end­less temp­ta­tions on­line from gam­ing to so­cial me­dia.

The good news is that here in Co Wex­ford there is a world of choice away from the com­puter, tablet and smart-phone screen to get your child or teenager out of their room and into so­cial, stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ments, where they can build re­silience, con­fi­dence and skills which will last them long into their lives.

Par­ents have so many op­tions for their lit­tle ones, from ac­tiv­i­ties they can get their child to em­brace from six months old, like swim­ming, right up along as they pass each mile­stone in their lives, some of which can in­volve suc­cess in var­i­ous sports and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Gone are the days when only a hand­ful of sports were the op­tion for chil­dren so that to­day all chil­dren’s hob­bies can be de­vel­oped at ex­cel­lently run classes across the county.

From art and cre­ative classes to dance (which is also very cre­ative), gym­nas­tics and mar­tial arts there is a world of choice for your boy or girl.

Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties have been proven in test af­ter test to pro­vide long-last­ing ben­e­fits for chil­dren, away from the text book heavy school en­vi­ron­ment. They are places where your child can make a new friend, help­ing to bring qui­eter chil­dren out of their shell while do­ing an ac­tiv­ity they love.

When you drop your child off at an af­ter school ac­tiv­ity you can be as­sured of their safety. The fact that pretty much all of the ac­tiv­ity cen­tres in Co Wex­ford are long es­tab­lished goes to show the qual­ity of teach­ing that is avail­able at a rea­son­able cost for your child.

One ob­vi­ous ben­e­fit of af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties is health. Whether it’s bal­let, kick-box­ing, soc­cer, camo­gie or mu­sic they will all bring the best out of our child, stim­u­lat­ing their cre­ativ­ity, teamwork and in­tel­lect.

There is a lot of talk about men­tal health these days and rightly so, and tests show an ac­tive mind and body makes for a health­ier child. Some ac­tiv­i­ties are more cre­ativ­ity ori­ented, de­vel­op­ing your child’s abil­ity to ex­press them­selves, while more sporty ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide nu­mer­ous health op­por­tu­ni­ties in a coun­try which is bat­tling an obe­sity epi­demic.

All par­ents want is the best for their child and the avail­abil­ity of top class af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties en­sures they can see them progress and grow in an en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Boys of­ten love very phys­i­cal sports, in­clud­ing hurl­ing, foot­ball and rugby, but some are more suited to gym­nas­tics, dance, art or mu­sic. At many of these ac­tiv­i­ties they learn dis­ci­pline and how to treat other peo­ple with re­spect and dig­nity.

The first in­tro­duc­tion to af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties for girls can of­ten be gym­nas­tics or bal­let. But again many want to do a team sport which is won­der­ful, de­vel­op­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, em­pa­thy and en­cour­ag­ing them to try their best for a greater good.

The good news is that there is lit­er­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one avail­able within a rel­a­tively short drive from your home. Be­lieve me they will thank you for mak­ing the ef­fort to help them be­come the per­son they want to be.

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