I remember when I was in seventh grade. I think that's called junior high school. Up until the end of seventh grade, I neglected my school work in favor of games and entertainment. The first time I asked a teacher a question, the teacher nearly fell over in his chair, because I had never asked him a question before. It was the dawning of a new phase in my life. A phase wherein I wanted to find something I was good at.
So when I got into eight grade, I decided that I would be good at school work. I had to be good at something and I was not good at sports. So I studied between three and four hours a night then spent the rest of the night watching TV.
My mom became worried about me. She thought I was spending way too much time inside. I heard her say this to my dad. So she started encouraging me to go out and play with my friends for a while each night.
I did not understand. For all my life, they wanted me to do good in school. They would punish me when I got poor grades. Finally I was trying very hard to get good grades and they changed their mind?
I did not cut my time studying. I just moved some of that study time to week ends. I still made second honors in the second semester of eight grade. Funny part about it was that I thought my grades were falling. I was not looking forward to getting my report card. Instead my grades had actually risen.
Of course. my parents did not change their mind. They realized that physical activity and socialization was very important for any growing child.
Based on my personal experience, I think parents not only have to encourage their children to go out and play. Parents also have to help children schedule their activities whether it be school work, video games, movies or outside activity. They have to make sure their children understand that school work should not take last place in favor of all other activities.