As a child, my parents put me in every extracurricular activity you could possibly think of.
Although I am eternally grateful and fortunate to have parents who wanted me to try everything (and had the financial means to allow me to experience so many activities), I know it also came with a big price. As a child, I felt incredibly overwhelmed and constantly stressed.
The Extracurricular Activity That Really Mattered
This went on until I was about 13 when my parents could no longer afford extracurricular activities, but they kept me in Abacus anyway. I know they did it because they understood that out of all the activities they had me in, which ranged from two-hour private swim lessons to 10 hours of ski team, they knew that Abacus was a skill that I would keep for life.
That’s why they kept me in Abacus. Abacus was something that I wouldn’t have to re-learn. Yes, if I wanted to be the best, of course I would have to train for competition, but not to the extent that I would have to train for a swim meet.
How Abacus Helps Me Every Day
Abacus is a skill where once you know it, you know it for life. I’m 24 now and in grad school; I still use Abacus every single day in class. Abacus has helped me in every part of my academic and professional career.
I didn’t just learn how to use the Abacus; I also learned time management, self-discipline, and a good work ethic. These are all skills that you need your entire life to be successful and happy.
It’s All About The Foundation
Abacus helped me far more in all of my exams, even my standardized college entry exams. SAT or ACT prep teaches you how to take those tests and how to get through your freshman year of college. Abacus lays a foundation that allows you to figure out far more on your own by teaching you time management, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic.
Also, many universities are not requiring SAT or ACT scores for college entry, so why focus your energy on getting your child to learn how to be a good test-taker when what they’re really going to need for all the real tests in their life are time management, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic?