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What are the benefits of after-school activities for my child?

After-school activities and clubs should be an important part of every child’s life. They provide an opportunity to focus on specific interests and demonstrate that learning isn’t confined to the hours spent at school. In addition, participating in intellectually stimulating hobbies and activities helps keep kids’ minds sharp by creating new brain cell connections. And if such activities become an ongoing part of your child’s routine, it could help ward off certain types of dementia down the road.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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