We all want the best for our children, and we go to great lengths to achieve this.
Unfortunately, there is a no “one-size fits all” guide to raising children so it can be arduous in determining what is right for them. Before we know it, we may be pushing too much of our expectations on our children which can be unhealthy.
Here are some pointers to help develop your child’s interest and hobbies, not just studies!
1. Understand their likes and dislikes
The world is a magical place; full of life and wonder. As adults, we may get too caught up in our day-to-day busyness to see the splendour of what the world has to offer. For kids, every day is filled with new discovery and new possibilities.
Kids are curious and excited to try new things, even if they don’t express it outwardly. For younger children, most of them prefer instant gratification. For example, remote controlled toys or watching cartoons where they get an immediate reaction from the click of a button.
Older kids however, might find activities that take longer to complete such as stamp collecting or baking more appealing. Perhaps, due to the understanding of the reward that lies ahead and the ability to have a more “rewarding” feeling after having put in all the hard work.
Regardless of the activity involved, your child would definitely find some activities more fun than the others.
As parents, we try to get our children exposed to as many extra-curricular activities as possible – swimming, ballet, music, singing, sports or even video games. However, it is crucial that we pay attention to signs of likes or dislikes because we can certainly help our kids navigate through their natural gifting.
When kids find joy in their hobbies, they will have a happier and more fulfilling childhood.
2. Gain new skills
The academic year has started and you might already be scrambling to get your kids prepared for their exams. Nonetheless, doing well in school does not necessarily mean they will do well in life, and vice versa.
Hobbies can help develop unique and highly practical skills-set at a young age.
Have you heard of Ryan ToysReviews? At barely 8 years old, Ryan makes $11 million in a year making video reviews of toys on YouTube! One of his videos (above) has a whopping 1.7 billion views! Insanity!
There are other kids who are literally changing the world by combatting climate change or inventing new gadgets to help make the world a better place. Most of these successes stem from kids’ hobbies and interests! Check out these 16 kids.
It is a bonus (no pun intended) to make money off hobbies, but more importantly, kids gain important life and practical skills that stay with them through life. Dancing or singing may help with overcoming public speaking and build confidence. Soccer can instil the importance of communication and working as a team. If you are still not convinced, the ability to play a musical instrument has been known to improve a child’s creativity.
Above all, these activities require discipline and persistence to master, traits that determine your child’s success later on in life.
3. Befriend like-minded people
As a kid, it was rather difficult for me to find people I can connect with. Even till today, I often feel the same way.
Despite that, I remember my pre-teen days when I would meet up with my fellow hobby mates to play board games over the weekends. Each game was a fierce battle of attrition that would last for days until a victor emerged!
Fast forward to 2019, these friends are still my hobby mates to this day! We have a lot of things in common – similar likes and similar dislikes. Also, we have a lot of shared memories which we bring with us through life.
Wouldn’t you want your children to have friends they can grow up with? This is the best chance for your child to befriend children outside of your usual social circle and build their dynamic personality along the way!