We either love them or hate them but they play a huge piece in our children's lives outside of school, extracurriculars. Personally, I am always in awe as my children grow into who they are and finding delight in their new interests. Some of these interests will come and go while others will continue to grow with them.
Extracurriculars are actually quite important in helping develop social skills and respect for authority figures. It is important to remember though that too many activities can cause stress amongst them as well as on us when we are trying to travel from activity to the next. So try to let them find new interests but not putting too much on their plate at a young age.
I am actually quite fond of after school activities and watching them grow and develop their skills. Actually, watching them in their activities helped me discover a bond with them in being able to help them harness and grow these skills. Although, not necessary, I chose to learn from their teachers so I was able to help them at home. It is a great feeling in being able to help them and help them grow in areas in which they are having a little difficulty.
One day, I know they won't need my help but for the time being while they are young, I will be here to help them because I know there is a time where they won't want me.