In this age of video games, DVDs, and the Internet, the ways kids spend their school day afternoons have drastically changed. More kids choose to stay indoors and play computer games. Gone are the days when they would rather head out and play patintero with their friends. But while there's a time and place for technology-based entertainment, you should also encourage your children to take up interests that are relaxing and fun at the same time.

In the past, after-school activities like sports or music were deemed distracting. In reality, these activities give school-aged children a chance to learn new skills. Here are seven reasons why after-school activities are actually good for your kids.

For more ideas on activities for kids, check out these FN articles:

(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family Section as "Between Dismissal and Dinner" in May 2008; adapted for use in Female Network)
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