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