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Posted on 28/06/2013 by Room to GrowRoom to Grow
Hobbies are an important part of any child’s life and introducing them to a range of different hobbies can provide significant benefit as they grow and mature into adults. They can provide a wide range of interests that will keep children occupied for extended lengths of time. With a careful choice you can even introduce them to hobbies that will keep them amused when the weather just isn’t good enough to venture outdoors. As long as they are capable of opening a box of building bricks they never need be bored again. As well as helping to keep them occupied hobbies also provide benefits when they reach adulthood
Making a Living from a Hobby
Without a doubt there are many careers that start out life as a hobby. People involved in the creative industries often first experience what eventually becomes a way of earning a living, when they are a child. Successful artists almost always discover a talent and passion for art when they are children. Musicians and actors often gain their first experiences as children by joining a club or group of likeminded individuals so hobbies can lead to earning a good living as an adult.
Finding an Outlet for Creativity
For children and adults living a routine life, a creative hobby can provide a perfect balance. A hobby can provide a great distraction from subjects and activities that otherwise do not motivate although as parents we do need to be careful when children show a complete disinterest in school. A hobby can be a perfect escape but we need to understand what is causing the lack of interest.
Sticking with a Hobby
If your child takes up a hobby and sticks with it, keeping their involvement going over a protracted period it demonstrates that they have commitment and the ability to focus on things for a longer period. This can be important when you are looking to secure a place for your child at the best school or college and can also be of use on a job application form.
Success Makes for Better Self Esteem
All children like to be successful. Initially, when they are younger they enjoy the praise and attention that success causes but as they grow older the success itself becomes important. Encouraging your child to take up a hobby where they are successful will mean that they are exposed to positive influences which improve their self esteem, something that is important as they approach teenage years.
Hobbies and Independent Learning
Understanding the value of learning is very important and is what helps to make children successful when they enter a career. A good hobby will expose children to learning without adult supervision. They will be motivated to become experts in the field of their hobby so will want to research and find out as much as they possibly can. In the age of the internet, understanding how to find knowledge and use it is an important skill that can be learned via a favourite hobby.
Keeping Yourself Organised
Understanding the benefits of being organised is important for a child as they wish to remain in control of lives that become ever more complex. Growing up means learning how to manage the demands on their time that Mums and Dads normally shield them from. Hobbies can be a very good way of introducing children to diaries and establishing priorities which are important life skills for them to gain.
Children are naturally interested in a variety of subjects and chopping and changing is part of experiencing what life has to offer. It is also important that children be encouraged to try something new and to learn to let the enjoyment develop as they become more and more expert in a hobby.
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