Team sports are an excellent way for your kids to get exercise, make new friends, overcome obstacles, and learn how to work as a team. But they also require your child to devote lots of time on the field both during games and in daily practices. Your child is also required to complete assignments for school. So how can you help them manage it all?
Using a calendar to mark down all sporting events from practices to games plus all due dates for assignments will help your child see the bigger picture and plan accordingly.
Manage time effectively
Your child is going to have to learn how to be a master of time management in the working world, so balancing sports and school now is a great way to build the habit of time management. Audio books can be a godsend for those times they spend traveling to games and have reading assignments for class. Have your child make use of their free time to get studies done, but don’t forget to budget in some fun too.
Don’t forget the weekend
Weekends should include time to prepare for deadlines ahead. A stitch in time saves nine and if your child can spend 20 minutes preparing an assignment in advance, it will be that much easier to have it ready on time.
Don’t put things off
Teach your child the art of getting on task at once. It is an imperative skill in the working world. We should never put off until tomorrow what we can do today. This is an amazing gift to give your child. In this way, he or she can always be one step ahead.
Use free periods and study halls wisely
When your child has blocks of free time at school in the form of free periods or study halls, teach them to use that time to their advantage. A quiet environment where they can work for an hour can cut down on their studies at home.
Get a tutor if necessary
Schools often have mentoring and tutoring programs for free. If your son or daughter is having difficulty in a certain subject, reach out to the school to help connect them with a tutor. It’s a great way to get the help your child needs while giving the tutoring student a chance to work their skills too.
In the beginning, your child might feel spread too thin, but by helping them hone in on these tips, it will make balancing school work and athletics that much easier. When they are grown and in the working world, this experience will shape them into a better person for the road ahead.
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