In this episode our friend and school administrator Jared Wallace brings a wealth of insight and experience to the discussion of extracurricular activities. Jared has been a coach, teacher, ag sponsor, principal and has just been hired as a superintendent. He is also a husband, father, and follower of Jesus.
Here are some of the big take aways from our discussion:
- Extracurricular activities are a great tool to build character and life skills. Whether on a team or in a competition, there are so many situations that teach you about perseverance, hard-work, people skills, and dealing with failure. These are invaluable.
- We must keep the goal in perspective. We want our children to be successful, but we must also support them in the losses as well. There is something greater going on here than a record sheet.
- Make the most of your time together. Jared points out that parent support changes over time but must be made a priority. Invest in your child early and support them as they grow into organized activities.
As for some practical advice, here are a few thoughts from the episode:
- Focus in. It’s okay to encourage variety, but consider limiting to one activity at a time.
- Make best choices for your family. Evaluate what your child is ready for and what creates the best rhythm for your family
- Prioritize family and faith.
- Have fun! Enjoy this time with your children as you help them discover interests and abilities.
We also mentioned a great resource – Greg Dale’s book The Fulfilling Ride: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Athletes Have a Successful Sport Experience.
Until next time…Be Abnormal