You hold in your hands a powerful little guide.
What you are about to read will quite literally put you in the top percentage of parents when it comes to finding the best activities that are just right for your child.
By the time you finish reading this guide, you will possess information and a few little known “secrets” with which you’ll forever make educated, informed decisions about your family’s after school activities.
So I’m very glad you are here. My name is Jesse Elder and as a San Antonio parent, life skills educator, consultant and author I'm extremely appreciative of the opportunity to share with you some potent information and a few controversial secrets that I’ve learned over the past two decades that will help you find the perfect after school activity for your child.
This Parent’s Consumer Guide is where you’ll discover 4 of the most common misconceptions about after school activities so that you can make an informed, intelligent decision about what’s best for your family.
But you know what’s really great? By the time you finish reading this report, you will know more than 99% of the parents out there and will be able to share your expertise with your friends! Over the years parents have asked me literally thousands of questions on the subject of childhood development through after school activities. And you know what we’ve found? Well, one thing we discovered through all of these conversations is that there are just so many misconceptions about after school activities that what happens is most parents just sort of give up and go with the crowd instead of taking a few minutes to educate themselves about some of the long term risks involved when a parent makes a snap decision about the type of experiences that their child is exposed to... but don’t worry about this happening to you, because this report will show you how to reap the lasting benefits that come from choosing the absolute best activities.
You Should Leave The Choice OfAfter School Activity Up To Your Child.
Well, let’s think this through. Most responsible parents wouldn’t dream of allowing their child to make other important decisions like what kinds of food to eat, what shows to watch on TV or how much TV they should absorb - whether or not they feel like going to school or church, or any other important decision.
The truth is that everything your child experiences between the ages of 4-12 years old will play an important factor in their behavior, in their values and their outlook on life well into their teenage years and even into adulthood.
Many parents mistakenly ask their children what they want to do for an activity because of the false belief that letting their children choose for themselves will empower them. Actually, there is a lot of benefit to having children choose as long as you follow one simple secret... YOU decide what choices they will pick from.
Here’s an example - When I was a kid my father sat me down at the kitchen table where he’d put a selection of books. He then said, “Jesse, you can read ANYTHING you want to.” I remember feeling so excited that I had a choice - it wasn’t until I was an adult and began studying child psychology that I realized how smart my dad’s approach was - by deciding in advance what choices I would be exposed to, he ensured that no matter what choice I made, it would be one that my parents approved of. As a result, I learned to love reading and so I spent a lot of time reading as a kid - a habit that I enjoy to this day. So you can see how important it is that a parent is in control of the choices that a child has since those decisions can have a long lasting effect. And that’s Misconception #1 - that choosing an after school activity should be entirely up to your child. Instead, you should take a few minutes to research all of your options and present to your child only the ones that you feel will be best for your child both short term and with positive effects in the future.
Read on for the 2nd Misconception - I’m probably going to offend a few people with this one, but I’m going to call it like I see it...
After School Activities Are“Just Not For Everyone”.
I’ve heard from a few parents who felt this way for a while until they realized how costly the alternative might be (imagine this scenario)... It’s a weekday afternoon, your child is home - their homework is done and there’s nothing planned. You’ve got plenty to do with errands, household tasks and maybe things from your own job that require your attention. My question is, what will a child do with their time in this situation?
These days, I’ll bet that it will involve sitting in front of a screen of some sort... and that usually means that they are playing a video game, watching a TV show, or watching a movie. Now I’m all for a good movie but I’ve seen studies recently that show the average elementary age child spends 7 hours a DAY being digitally entertained... if your child is not involved in something scheduled then the chances are that they, too will end up plopped down on the couch...
In front of the digital babysitter.
Of course, as a parent you definitely deserve some peace and quiet of your own... I’m simply saying that there’s a cost to letting your child spend too much time in front of the TV or computer.
I know that I’m going to offend a few people here, but I’ve seen the mental and emotional damage that can come from letting the media, Hollywood and advertisers get too much influence in a child’s life.
Children who spend excessive time being digitally entertained are actually at risk for several hidden dangers... in order to capture their attention, advertisers and TV producers are forced to rely on graphic images, fast moving pictures and loud music while at the same time portraying an image of so-called real life that causes harm in two very damaging ways...
First, this digital environment is a form of modern addiction - it can become very difficult to find anything else as interesting as the artificial imagery that kids see on TV - and trying to concentrate on homework, or home life can be very hard for kids who spend a lot of time in front of the TV or computer.
The Second danger is the negative behavior that children see demonstrated on TV, in movies and in games. The characters portrayed on screen are generally not something you’d want your child identifying as role models... but kids can’t help but compare themselves to what they see and copy the language and actions they find so appealing to watch. So if you want to avoid or reduce the negative impact that excessive viewing can have, you’d do well to schedule a consistent activity that your child knows is coming and can be prepared for. Without this structure, it becomes too easy for even the most dedicated parent to monitor the TV habit.
So that’s Misconception #2 - “After School activities are not for everyone” To the contrary, find something - ANYTHING - that’s not sitting in front of a screen all afternoon.
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