Keeping your kids out of trouble and focused on healthy activities in today’s world can be a daunting task for any parent. However, by encouraging your kids’ interests, you will increase the likelihood they will stay involved with healthy, positive activities and out of harm. If your child is involved in extracurricular activities, you will be able to rest assured that he is having fun while in a supervised setting.
Sports. Sports can introduce your child, even at a young age, to the joy of physical activity. Children can learn new skills that increase hand and eye coordination and improve endurance levels. However, in addition to the physical benefits, your children will learn discipline and hard work and become introduced to another group of kids who have those similar interests. It will teach them the value of teamwork and help them to focus on something outside themselves, all while in a safe, supervised environment.
Volunteering. Volunteering is also a way to help your child focus on positive activities outside of himself, keeping him out of trouble. Taking your child’s interests into consideration, find a volunteer project that he can get involved in, whether it be visiting patients at a local hospital, volunteering at a food pantry, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, or getting involved with the local animal shelter. If you encourage your kids to find a volunteering activity that is relevant to their interests, they will be more likely to remain involved in that activity and avoid unhealthy habits.
Religious activities. Churches, synagogues and mosques all offer youth programs and activities to keep kids involved and focused. While spiritually based, these programs offer fun outlets for your children to get spend time with youths their own age in a learning environment. Religious institutions also offer summer programs for children to keep them busy during long summer vacations. In addition to providing activities, religious organizations help to teach your children the values that you would like instilled in them according to your beliefs.
Pinellas County is full of sports leagues, volunteering opportunities, and religious institutions. Talk to your kids about what they might be most interested in to help spur some excitement and then get them involved. LiveFree! is a community-focused organization that is dedicated to educating people about and ending substance abuse. We work every day to make our community a better place to live and grow up.
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