How to Find the Right Extracurricular for Your Child Depending on Their Personality
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What are Extracurricular Activities?

Extracurricular activities are non-academic courses or clubs that take place outside the classroom. Some examples of after-school activities include student government, academic clubs, sports teams, etc.

The types of extracurricular activities can vary depending on the school and the student’s personality type.

Extracurricular activities can also be beneficial to students who have learning issues or not enjoying the dull academic life.

These programs help students develop social skills, time management skills, and discipline, which can help them succeed in school and later in a larger community.

This can also help improve their chances of getting into a good college or career path if they decide to go on to post-secondary education.

The Pros & Cons of Extracurricular Activities

The following are some pros and cons that I found when researching extracurricular activities for students with different personality types.

Pros

The ability to meet new people, increase their social skills and practice time management skills. The chance to build a network of people who can help them in the future.

Improve self-esteem, confidence, and other life skills. Help students develop better study habits and organization skills. Provide students with a sense of purpose and achievement which can be useful in the future.

Cons

Not enough time to be able to complete all extracurricular activities due to school work.

Students may have difficulty finding the right extracurricular activities that they are interested in doing (due to too many choices).

Students may be required to miss school for their extracurricular activities which can impact their grades if they have other commitments outside of schools such as sports or family commitments.

Extracurricular activities can take up a lot of students’ time (and parents’ money) which could potentially impact how much they spend on food, entertainment, clothing, etc.

Introverts can benefit greatly from art extracurricular
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How to Find the Right Extracurricular for Your Child Depending on Their Personality

As mentioned earlier, extracurricular activities can vary depending on the student’s personality type.

The following are some tips that we found helpful when researching extracurricular activities for students with different personality types.

We found that extracurricular activities for students with more extroverted personalities were usually ones that required them to interact with other people. They are activities such as Student Government, National Honor Society, Peer Counselors, Team Sports, etc.

Students with more introverted personalities usually enjoyed doing things alone, such as Academic Clubs, Photography Clubs, Chess clubs, etc.

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Different Children’s Personalities

Extroverted: Extroverted children are very social and enjoy meeting new people. They enjoy being the center of attention and they can easily make friends with other students at school.

They usually enjoy doing things that require them to interact with other people, such as Student Government, the National Honor Society, Peer Counselors, etc.

Introverted: Introverted children are very shy and prefer to be alone in a quiet place. They don’t like to be the center of attention and usually prefer to work on their own or in small groups.

They often find it difficult to make friends with other students because they prefer spending time alone rather than interacting with others.

Extracurricular programs can expand child's social network
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Can Extroverts Join Introvert’s Activities (Or Vice Versa)?

While it’s better to tailor your children’s activities based on their personalities, sometimes it’s also more recommended letting children choose what activities they want to do.

An introverted kid can join the student government, while an extroverted child can participate in chess competitions.

Personality is fluid, so you can never be sure if your child will become more extroverted or introverted in the future. It’s also not the only thing that affects children’s decisions on what extracurricular activities to join.

You can’t judge a book by its cover, so never assume only extroverts that will enjoy outgoing extracurricular activities.

Introverted kids can enjoy extracurricular activities such as student government as well.

If you’re trying to find the right extracurricular activity for your child, it’s important to take their preferences and interests into consideration as well.

They might need some help in adapting to things out of their comfort zone, but it’s doable.

As a parent, it’s your job to make sure that your child’s personality and preferences are being respected and to make sure that they are comfortable with the activities that they choose.

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