How to Balance School & Sport

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There’s no doubt that any type of sport can not only be  time consuming, but it also requires a serious commitment. It also requires you to balance other daily life commitments such as school, homework, house chores and time with family and friends. While time with friends is never a problem, homework time is pushed to later or children’s time is also consumed by sports during the weekend. Quitting the sport is not always the right solution, so something needs to be done to address that delicate balance of beloved sport and school.

Here are a few suggestions how to help your child to keep up with her/his schoolwork and the sport activities:

  1. Create a weekly schedule for your child or children to promote better time management – it will allow them to clearly their schedule of activities and the best way they should manage their time. Include travel time as well and suggest where they can set aside time to complete their homework. (1)

  2. Help your child or children plan her/his homework schedule –you and your child or children should write down when tests or assignments are due.  

  3. As a parent, it’s important to  stay on top of your child’s assignments and grades, you should be the first to notice changes in their behaviour or habits. (1)

  4. Prioritize extracurricular activities –maybe your child doesn’t really need to participate in karate, soccer practice, violin and art classes. It is a good idea to not be over-committed to too many extracurricular activities. (2)

  5. Don’t overwhelm your child or children. If they enjoy all the activities their involved in try to provide them with a choice of what they want to participate in. It is easy to start feeling burned out.

  6. Watch for the warning signs of burnout:

  • Drop in grades (2)

  • Mood swings and attitude changes

  • Lost interest in favourite sports activities (2)

  • Physical illness when it’s time to go for practice (2)

  • Attention problems

  • Often late night “study sessions”

7. Ask for advice or help from your child’s teachers or coaches to solve the problem if it presents, or take preventative measures above the moment your child joins any sport.

The importance of physical activity for children is well known and widely discussed, it should be apart of their daily lives. Education is important as well,  thus the proper balance of both needs to be achieved for the sake of children’s general well being.