After School Article Archive

  • Slow Down School NightsTips to balance homework, activities, and downtime.
  • After-School Options for Fun and LearningMany communities offer interesting and cost-effective alternatives for filling a child's after-school hours with opportunities for fun and learning. Have you checked out what your community has to offer? You might be surprised.
  • 5 Meaningful Community Service Ideas for StudentsCommunity service for teens is becoming a graduation requirement in most high schools. Here’s how to make that volunteer time really mean something to your child.
  • Should Kids Be Forced To Finish Activities They've Started?It’s a familiar story: Your child begs to sign up for an activity, then weeks later refuses to go and begs you to let him quit. Our experts offer help in handling this frustrating scenario, as well as tips for preventing it in the future.
  • 15 Tips for Managing the After-School Activities JuggleKeeping kids busy after school is a good thing, but participating in many activities without advance planning is inviting miscommunication, forgotten homework, and cranky families. Instead, enlist your kids’ efforts each week in planning their time.
  • 12 Ways To Help Your Child Love the LibraryHave you and your child been to your local library lately? In addition to wonderful books, today’s libraries offer multimedia options, community events, fun activities, and more—and all for free.
  • Concussions in Youth Sports: When in Doubt, Sit It OutThe incidence of concussion among student athletes is on the rise, as is knowledge about trauma the brain sustains during and after a concussion. Many states have passed legislation requiring school concussion management plans, but awareness of concussion symptoms begins with parents—and student athletes themselves.
  • Geocaching 101: Family Fun for All, in Every SeasonHow about taking the whole family on a scavenger hunt, except one that’s held outdoors and uses high-tech navigation? Learn about this latest outdoor craze that even little ones can enjoy.
  • Outdoor Winter Activities To Enjoy With Your KidsIt may be snowy and chilly in most parts of the country during wintertime, but that’s no reason for you and your child to remain indoors.
  • After-School EnergizersFun ideas for healthy snacks kids will actually eat.
  • Get Your Kids To ExerciseRegular activity helps children do better in school. Use these creative ideas to add some physical movement to their day.
  • Choosing After-School ActivitiesHow to make smart choices, judge how much is too much, and deal with lack of commitment once an activity is chosen.
  • Finding Balance for Busy FamiliesKids have lots of options for activities these days, but an overscheduled child can go from busy to burned out in no time.

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