Is It Ever OK to Quit?

Steve Brown

Do you have instruments, sports gear, or art supplies that are collecting dust? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of kids join teams or clubs every year. But many wind up quitting those activities —and starting new ones.

Some people say it’s OK to quit an activity that makes you unhappy. They argue that the whole point of these activities is to have fun. But others think kids should learn the value of sticking with something, even if it is hard. 

Here’s what two of our readers think.

Let’s face it, some activities aren’t for everyone. I say it’s OK to quit activities if they don’t satisfy you or if they take too much time. You need time for schoolwork, reading, and relaxing! Let’s say you’re on a soccer team, but you have a passion for dancing. The schedule can get complicated. Sometimes you must choose between activities so you have energy for the one you love the most.

I always promise myself to stick with new things, even if it’s difficult. It helps me learn how to overcome challenges. You never know what you’re missing out on if you quit.

Last summer, my mom enrolled me in a camp. I had a hard time getting to know the other kids. After the first few days, I didn’t want to go back. But I wound up making new friends and having a great time!

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