With an online culture that bombards them with images of perfection, young people today can often feel under pressure. Coping with these unrealistic expectations can be challenging for them to handle and, sadly, this can sometimes lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression – so it’s important that children and young people have the skills to handle these pressures as they make their way into adulthood.
One of the ways that that can help build a young persons resilience and self-esteem is through co-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities are those that support and complement core curricular subjects. These activities take place after school or at lunchtime and can include anything from sports and music to chess and debating.
Benefits of Extracurricular Activities
Depending on whether the program you’re considering for your child is physical, intellectual, or creative in nature, specific extracurricular activities can build skills in different developmental areas. However, research has shown that extracurricular activities in general can
- Build teamwork and problem-solving skills
- Cultivate self-esteem and confidence
- Develop a strong work ethic
- Encourage superior academic performance
- Enhance a high schooler’s college application portfolio
- Help children develop emotional regulation that carries over to the classroom
- Offer kids the opportunity to develop closer friends than they might make in school, due to shared interests
Here are some activities ideas that teach life skills
Winter can be a good time for your teen to learn life skills. Challenge your teen to try activities that will prepare them for life after high school.
Here are some fun winter activities that can be great learning experiences for kids:
- Build a website
- Plan a digital detox
- Practice budgeting skills
- Job shadow a professional
- Start filling out scholarship applications
- Start a small business
- Take an online class
- Visit a college
- Volunteer at your community food pantry, soup kitchen, or church
- Volunteer to read to younger children at the library
Activities to do inside
When it’s below zero, pitch dark, or blizzard-like conditions, your teen will need some indoor activity ideas. And while there’s nothing wrong with surfing the internet, watching TV, or playing video games for a reasonable amount of time, make sure you try and set clear limits on your teen’s screen time.
Here are some fun indoor activities for teens:
- Attend yoga classes
- Clean out clothes and household goods that are no longer wanted and donate them to charity or sell them online
- Cook a meal with each family member in charge of a different course
- Go ice skating
- Join a book club (or start one)
- Join a gym
- Learn a new craft
- Learn card tricks (or magic tricks)
- Plan a family holiday
- Read one book every week
- Swim at an indoor pool
- Take an art class
- Take turns picking online workout videos to do together as a family
- Visit a museum
- Watch a play
Winter Activities to Do Outside
Fresh air, sunlight, and physical activity are important for your child’s physical and mental health. So encourage them to go outside and get moving.
While your teen might be concerned about looking good when they go outside, make sure they dress appropriately for the weather. Frostbite and hypothermia pose serious risks to children in the winter.
Here are some fun winter activities your teen can do right now in the wonderful U.K. weather!
- Build a snowman or snow fort
- Go on a winter photo scavenger hunt
- Have a snowball fight
- Shovel snow for someone in need
- Take a winter hike
- Walk around the block
For volunteering opportunities check back on the website and see what new opportunities are coming up.