Boy lying on sofa with feet up - dog by his side

We love it when our children are committed to an activity. It shows us their passion, the willingness to do something outside of the home, the confidence to try something new and meet new people. Hobbies and interests are really important for our children to grow as they develop new skills and seek enjoyment from that interest. After school activities are brilliant and I encourage all children to take part in some.

Sometimes though that interest can wane and our children decide they don’t want to do the activity as much. Gradually it moves from a weekly activity to every other week and then once a month and then not wanting to go at all. They may have grown bored, can’t be bothered or no longer think it is for them. Should we make them continue doing it or just let them give up?

They could do neither if they took a break from that activity.

After School Activities – Taking A Break

Would that change the way they think about it? Would they miss doing it?

In many cases, I think most children would. I think they would miss the friends they made, the comraderie (if it was a team sport) and the enjoyment of doing that said thing. I believe a break from an activity can re-fuel their passion. I have seen it with my youngest child who stopped playing rugby (he has been playing for 6 years) for a couple of months and then returned. He could not believe how pleased he was to be back. His friends really missed him and it boosted his self-esteem and confidence. He realised he was an asset to the team and is back training with them all again. It was great to see.

In all areas of life it is sometimes good to take a break and then go back to something. It’s not giving up, its re-evaluating. It can refresh us, give us a new lease of life and we can enjoy getting stuck in again. I guess you miss what you had.  So, if your child needs a break form after school activities let them take one and let them know you’re willing to take them back as soon as they feel rested and ready.