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Your Afterschool Activities Guide by Age (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 4, 2009

Middle School and High School:

Starting in the middle school years, kids can generally tolerate doing more in one day than they could in elementary school. At this age, kids can start mastering more skills and participating in activities at a higher level.

But remember, it's also fine if kids would rather not participate in afterschool activities at all. "It's ok to let your kid do something only three days a week, and it's ok if your child wants to have some nothing time as well," says Hletko. "Families often expect older kids to be busy all the time, but not only is that not in their best interest, but it's not something they can maintain long term."

Sports and Physical Activities

If your child expresses a passion for baseball, by all means support his interest by allowing him to participate at a more intense level than he did in elementary school. As long as the experience remains positive, it can be great for children to hone and perfect skills.

Volunteering

"Volunteering can help kids in a variety of ways," says Peters Mayer. "It helps those who might be feeling low self-confidence get outside of themselves and meet people in a different way."

Babysitting or part-time work. Working a part-time job can teach kids responsibility and time management. School should always be her primary focus, so if you notice your child's work starting to suffer; it may be time to re-evaluate the job.

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