JACKSONVILLE, Fla – You want to expose your child to as many activities as possible to hone in on what they like. But what if after months and even years of effort, they say that they want to quit? That might not be such a bad thing. Kids nowadays have a lot on their plate. But quitting some activities can feel uncomfortable for both parents and children.
Dena Greenacre said, “I don’t want to teach them to quit anything. So if we make a commitment, I like for them to be able to see it through.”
In actuality, on average about 70 percent of kids quit organized sports by the age of 13. The number one reason: it just isn’t fun anymore. If your child is juggling two after school activities, quitting the least-liked activity will give them more time to spend developing what they are more passionate about. Organized activities may also halt your child’s creativity and their ability to make decisions for themselves. A study found that less structured activities let kids set goals for themselves and figure out how to reach them.
And less on a child’s plate means more time for sleep.
Kathleen Armstrong, PhD, director of pediatric psychology at the University of South Florida, said, “Adding 50 minutes of sleep improved grades and academic performance.”
A child does not have to quit something completely. Instead, they can go to fewer practices or find a class that is less demanding.