How to Help Your Child Successully Combine School and Sports

Are you wondering if your child can be involved in sports and still maintain good grades? It is possible! It will take your support, as well as good communication and some guidance. With your help, school and sports can coexist peacefully -- and benefit your child.

Help your child create a master schedule.
For easy reference, you may want to consider investing in a poster-size laminated calendar, available at office supply stores. A traditional wall calendar will work, too. Create a color key, assigning each activity its own color, such as red for soccer, blue for softball or purple for school. Fill in important dates, such as practices, games, tests, school events and other activities. Help your child keep the calendar updated by adding events as you hear about them, especially after receiving newsletters or telephone calls about activities that your child will need to attend. Encourage your child to look a week in advance and be aware of events coming up in the near future.

Be clear that school is the first priority.
Allot at least 45 minutes each day for studying and homework. There may be some days where your child needs more or less than that, but you can adjust the schedule accordingly.

Be flexible.
If your child's schoolwork shows signs of suffering, you may need to decrease the amount of time spent on outside activities until the grades improve. It may be helpful to form a study group of classmates who can help each other stay on top of the work.

Sports provide an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to budget time, which will help prepare your child for a successful future.

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