Children should take part in recreational activities or not ... During Exams?

@aliasad (1567)
Pakistan
April 26, 2007 1:32pm CST
I remember that while we were students of below tenth standard, our parents and specially my father had given us liberty to take part in activities like watching tv, playing indoor games etc. But it was conditional and while the time was over, we were banned for all the activities till next day. Well, how do you feel about it? Do you feel good for your children to take part in recreatinal activities even while final exam studies? Is it good or children should wait till the exams are over?
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I had a problem with my 8yr old daughter with the ISAT tests at school. A child who normally loves school but suddenly didn't want to go. The root of the problem was stress on doing good. She was so stressed out that she was making herself sick. On one of her 'sick' days, I took her to the park for some serious outdoor recreation for 5hours. After that, she had no problem with the testing. What I'm saying is, recreation is very important for kids while studying for exams just ss long as they aren't overdoing it. They need to be able to destress in order to do better in school.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
I think it's according to what the situation is. If they aren't doing any studying,i would say no.If they are,I don't see anything wrong with having a break once in awhile. too much studying with out a break isn't good for any child.They need time to relax.I hope this helped.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
29 Apr 07
Hello.aliasad,It think a good students may have finished their studies long before the examniation, if they do ,there is no problem to relax themselves before the exams,they may evenr perform better if they can relax themselvrs ratehr than having alot of pressures,there may be no need to wait till the exams are over.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
27 Apr 07
In our school district, there is lots of organized study during school hours (which is the way it should be). Of course, my kids study at home too, but it's hard enough having to live with all this stress and pressure of exams, so they deserve to have some down time just to have a little relief.
@gberlin (3836)
27 Apr 07
I think that everyone needs a break from studying. They need to exercise outside if possible to get their blood flowing which sends oxygen to the brain and helps them think more clearly.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Parents need to teach their children to discipline their time so that the most important things get done. So if they need to study or write homework or something for school, that should be the priority over recreation. However, recreation is very important, too. So they need their parents' help learning how to balance commitments with fun. Hard to do if you haven't learned it yourself! Many young parents did not get that training and now need to teach it to their children. Challenging, to say the least.
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I think they should allowed to take a break. It will refresh them otherwise they will be burned out and not do well.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I think as long as studying is completed first, activities are very good for children to participate in during that time. Moving around and getting the blood circulating helps to relieve the stress and pressures that children feel when they are taking exams. It also helps them to rest better at night so that they are refreshed the next morning.
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@Mithoo (255)
• Pakistan
26 Apr 07
I do remember that we were given much liberty by our parents. But I would also like to tell that I was not a hardworking student but I had a quality to study last day and then it just made by itself lol. I never become a Book worm and I used to play outdoor games too. So I don't think there is any problem due to other activities if balance is there!
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Aliasad, I think that we, as parents should strongly reinforce the ideals of a good educatin....however, I do not think that any benefit is gained by continual studying...we all need a "break"....there just has to be a "balance" between the two. If your child is not syudying then I could see implementing tougher rules..but in my home, I always looked at their homework and helped them study...we talked about the different dubjects that they were learning and what difficulties they were having at school. I never expected perfection from my children---I was satisfied if they could tell me that they were "honestly doing their personal best".....if that "best" did not meet with the requirements for school..then we spent extra time working on it...until it became easier for them and I tried to think of fun ways to make it more interesting for them.... I ahave read and responded to enough of your discussions to know that you will do the right thing for your children! Take care, my friend and have a blessed day!
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
27 Apr 07
Thanks for responding my discussions and giving a personal attention too. Good to learn that you had keen interest in children's studies. I also believe that if one discusses the interest of kids with them, it can be beneficial in carving out their future career too.
• United States
7 Jun 07
Thanks so much for awarding me with the best response....I appreciate it, my friend.