Consistency. It is a cornerstone to healthy, thriving kids. When parents with children move, temporary chaos takes over everyone’s life. The quicker we can restore consistency and some level of predictability, the quicker our children can begin to adapt and adjust to the changes that moving with their family can cause.
One great opportunity for creating consistency is getting and keeping kids involved in extracurricular activities. This is one of the four main goals of The Moving Families Initiative®.
The National Federations of State High School Associations (NFHS) is an organization that provides a great many benefits to coaches, officials, students and parents through their Learning Center (ww.nfhslearn.com). Chief among them is information supporting the critical role high school activities play in the growth and development of youth. (Click here for the full article.)
The article provides proven benefits that include:
- Better educational outcomes – Among these outcomes were overall higher grade point averages, better performance in math and science, and higher rates of college attendance.
- Enhanced school engagement and sense of belonging – This includes supporting existing positive friendships and developing new ones, positive impact on social adjustment, and engagement impacted higher academic achievement.
- Positive youth development/life skills - Life skills included leadership, teamwork, discipline, work ethic and emotional control.
- Healthier behaviors – Studies showed higher rates of exercise and healthy self-image with lower rates of emotional distress and involvement with alcohol and marijuana use.
- Positive post-high school results – One study showed a positive association with post-secondary educational attainment, voting and volunteering.
- Better citizens – In addition to voting and volunteering, feeling comfortable speaking in public settings and watching the news were positively attributed to better citizenship.
- Benefits to schools and communities – Benefits include lower rates of serious crime and suspensions occurring on school grounds.
For more information about the Moving Families Initiative®, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.
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