Eps 63: Dr. Joanne Foster and I Explore the Ups and Downs of Extra Curricular Activities

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Today’s guest is Joanne Foster, an educational consultant and author of several parenting and educational books. Her work focuses on supporting and encouraging children’s well-being, intelligence, creativity, self-confidence, and productivity. As a mother of two and grandmother of three, she has over 30 years’ experience working with gifted children. She recently wrote an article about the lure of extracurricular activities. It’s a topic that every family has to face and deal with in their own way. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Why extracurricular activities should complement what they’re learning in school
  • Opportunities and demand
  • How much choice should you give your children?
  • The perceived pressure that parents feel regarding extracurricular activities
  • Too much vs. too little
  • Should you ever let a child QUIT an activity?
  • Helping a child pick and choose activities
  • Examples of extracurricular options that DON’T have to be stressful
  • Advice for parents about setting boundaries
  • Why kids need help in developing accountability for decisions

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Resources:

www.beyondintelligence.net.
Being Smart about Gifted Education by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster
Beyond Intelligence by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster
Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Kids Overcome Procrastination by Joanne Foster

And an article that Joanne was inspired to write after our interview:
Too Invested in Your Child's Activities and Performance

Where to find Joanne:

Her website
Facebook

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