There’s an age on debate between parents over structured activities and sports. While some parents believe that every single waking hour of their children’s life should be scheduled down to a tee, others believe in good old fashioned free play and letting your child simply “be a kid”.
As for me…
I believe the key lies somewhere in the middle.
Not only do organized activities provide your child the chance to learn important life lessons, while bonding with other children at the same time… they are often able to hone in on tailoring (and/or mastering) skills in a way that can only be done through coaching and critique.
On the other hand, if the activities are too structured or aren’t age appropriate… it could backfire quickly. The child could become uninterested in the activity and begin to resent doing it all together.
It’s important to find a healthy balance.
We found this balance this summer when we signed Cyanne up for British Challenger Soccer Camp.
Soccer was quite the stretch, as she had never played a day in her life. She has been involved in competitive cheer for the last two years, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to be enrolled in other activities.
Despite that fact, I knew it was important for her to be able to dabble in other activities she finds interesting as well.
British Challenger Soccer Camp turned out to be perfect! Lasting only a week, the camp gave her the chance to play soccer without the need to make a long term commitment. Practices were only two hours a day (perfect for an easily distracted 6 year old), with a fun scrimmage at the end of each day.
Cy truly enjoyed herself and my Husband and I were thoroughly impressed by how much she was able to learn in such a short amount of time.
Through a well planned balance of coaching and gaming, the coaches were able to quickly implement skills and provide feedback without it being overwhelming for the children.
We personally loved the coaches and really enjoyed the camp. She looks forward to returning next year!
*Disclosure: We received a free week of British Challenger Soccer Camp, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
How do you balance structured activities and free play in your home? Comment below!