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As the school year begins, you might be struggling with how much to load on your child’s plate when it comes to sports, scholarly activities and community engagement.

Encouraging your child to participate in extra-curricular activities is a wise choice. They can develop meaningful relationships, people skills, responsibility and commitment.

Here is a closer look at these benefits:

1. Helps develop diversified interests. Kids should explore new things. This is how they discover what they like and what they don’t. And who knows, they might stumble on something that will parlay into a career path later on.

2. Teaches time management and responsibility. As adults, we are used to juggling commitments and prioritizing our time, but we didn’t get here overnight. Kids need practice at this if they are going to be successful at managing their time later in life. Being active also helps them understand they’ve made a commitment and must see it through.

3. Raises self-esteem. Being part of a group can be very motivating and uplifting. There are people counting on you, and it always feels good to be needed. Trying out different activities encourages children to find what they excel at, allowing them to really shine.

4. Cultivates people skills. Joining any group or activity encourages kids and teens to work on their communication skills. These situations teach kids how to behave in social settings — not to mention it’s a great way to make new friends.

5. Jump-starts a “personal resume.” Extra-curricular activities also look great on college applications. Even if your child isn’t in high-school yet, it’s never too early to build a solid foundation. Colleges want to see students who not only excel in school but can enjoy other aspects of life. They want to see clear hobbies and interests. And don’t forget, they also know extra-curricular activities indicate strong people skills, responsibility and work ethic.

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