All parents want their child to develop comprehensively, with the same and, of course, highly successful in all aspects of their activities.
However, we all understand that when choosing between the profile optional disciplines (music school, sports section) and general education institution, it is reasonable to give preference to the second option. If you want your child to grow up not only a successful hockey player, but also finished school with a gold medal, you need to balance the sports and scientific development of your child.
In education, alternative forms of education are becoming more and more popular. Correspondence and family education are optimal for children athletes.
But the absentee education system has a significant disadvantage: a child is in the contingent of the school and must obey its rules. For example, to attend rulers or to attend consultations on strictly defined dates. Family education gives more freedom, so let’s consider this way of combining professional sport and study in details.
When parents are worried about how to combine school and hockey for their child, they often conclude that success in school and out-of-school activities is unlikely. Teaching children on their own is difficult. Not everyone has the time and patience. Only an enthusiast of family education will be able to immerse themselves in state educational standards, study programs, choose methods, give up personal time and leisure that could have been spent in a luxurious place, and regularly engage with the child so that they do not have to choose between sports and study.
There should be time for games, walks and hobbies in children’s daily routine. After all, it is first of all a child, and then an athlete and student. To go to the goal without disruptions, you should regularly restore physical strength and “reboot” the brain.
Structure the time
Simply put, make a schedule. Like school, as well as hockey classes are held at certain hours. Choose the days for sports so that the child will have the least amount of activity at school. And it is desirable that there is a small amount of work the day after hockey. This way the child will not be forced to be tired after exhausting training, to sit at homework.
Do not postpone the tasks from school for later
When you raise a small hockey player, this item becomes particularly important. Quite often, children who are not properly supervised by their parents wait until the last day to do their homework. And if your child has training on this very “last day”, you understand that something will be sacrificed.
Young athletes usually have no problems with discipline. But sometimes fatigue and adolescent laziness take over.
You should not forbid training because of bad grades. Such punishment can kill the craving for knowledge. On the contrary, try to warm up a child’s motivation – praise him/her even for minor success in studies.
When a child starts to forget about the lessons, and it begins to seem that sports interfere with learning, the stories of famous athletes work well.
Do not force your child to go to training on especially busy days and vice versa, do not force your tired child to sit down after sports. But do not skip, and transfer the classes to another day. This will teach your child responsibility and will not affect the level of hockey training.
And in conclusion, pay attention to the real workload. If your child is in the 5th-7th grade, do not forget that this time is a rather busy period, in which the teachers set serious tasks for the children and require meticulous approach. You can either talk to the teachers about your child’s workload and try to find a compromise, or you can reduce the number of trainings, but in no case you can throw them away for good.