Like many families, our children were involved in a variety of extracurricular activities while they were growing up. We felt these activities played an important role in their personal development and provided opportunities for building confidence and maybe even finding something they were passionate about.
For our kids the activities were baseball, soccer, brownies, figure skating, basketball, ballet, softball, and the list goes on! We have two children, in addition to the activities already mentioned they also both played the very expensive game of hockey. One at a provincial AAA level which involved a huge registration fee and top of the line equipment, not to mention overnight travel on many if not most winter week-ends.
Did all of these extracurricular activities add up to a huge expenditure on our part? The answer to that question is a resounding YES! Did all of these activities help our children build confidence, self-esteem and provide numerous teaching opportunities? Again, the answer is a resounding YES!
Instead of spending this money on these activities should we have been investing it all in our children’s post secondary education? In hindsight, possibly. Then we may not have struggled to help them financially during their university and college years; they may not have had the need for student loans. But, if they had not participated in these activities, what would have been the impact on their personal growth and development?
What are you to do when your children are keen to participate in activities they love? There needs to be some sort of balance between the high cost of extracurriculars versus the very high cost of a post secondary education.
We are Canadian, we love hockey, but extracurricular activities should not come at the price of investing in your child’s education. With that in mind, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST) is launching #Beyond the Blue Line. This is a new community education initiative inviting teams and/or associations to tell them what they are doing to encourage community involvement and academic success.
Show them what you’ve got for the opportunity to win $10,000.00 for your association or team program!
They are inviting hockey communities in the form of teams and/or associations to show them:
- That education and their local community are important to them; and
- How the money will be used to help hockey parents offset the cost of hockey so they can save for their children’s post-secondary education.
Submissions can be in the form of a video or picture with an essay (no longer than 1,000 characters).
HURRY – Entries must be received by December 31, 2013!
Want to learn more? Visit the CST website
Are you on Twitter? Join the TwitterChat!
Discussion: The cost of Hockey vs. Education and RESPs.
When: December 17th at 9pm EST
Who to follow: @CSTConsultants, @beyondtheblueline and @THNKenCampbell
Hashtag to follow: #hockeyvseducation
Prizes: CST will be giving away 5 – $50 VISA gift cards.
How do you balance saving for education and paying these activities?
What extracurricular activities do your kids participate in?
“Disclosure: I am part of the C.S.T. Consultants Inc. – Beyond the blue line blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”