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As a parent, it is important to provide your child with every opportunity for growth and development. Hobbies provide many benefits for your child, including:

  • Helping with effective utilization of time
  • Increasing feelings of self-esteem
  • Helping your child set goals and work to reach them
  • Providing educational information in an area your child enjoys

This article will help you learn how to successfully encourage your child’s hobby by identifying their area of interest, providing the space and equipment required, and encouraging your child in meaningful participation.

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Help Your Child Identify Their Hobby

With so many choices, it can be difficult for your child to identify an area of interest and begin a new hobby. However, if you carefully observe your child, you will gain insight into what interests they have. For example, if your child loves to play outside and is constantly bringing in new discoveries for you to see – an unusual rock, leaf, or bug, for example – perhaps the place to start is with a collection of some sort.

Include your child in family activities and observe areas where they exhibit a particular interest or ability. Alternatively, if they show interest in the hobby of a family member, they may be ready to participate in that hobby or one similar. Your child’s teachers may also be able to make some suggestions based upon their observations.

If all else fails, sit down and give them some choices:

  • Numismatics – coin collecting
  • Philately – stamp collecting
  • Origami
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Painting or drawing
  • Sports – hockey, tennis, soccer, swimming, etc.
  • Music – singing, dancing, playing an instrument (keyboard, violin, cello, drums, flute etc.),
  • Cooking
  • Scrap-booking

Provide Necessary Space and Equipment

Most hobbies require some supplies and you will need to purchase required items. Start small until your child gets involved in their new interest. Additionally, check around for classes your child can attend. Many community centres and organizations offer lessons in various crafts and activities at minimal cost.

Designate a space for your child’s new interest, to which a highsleeper bed with ample space below may be a suitable option. Many times hobbies involve multi-step processes and your child needs a place where partially completed projects can sit between hobby times.

Encourage Your Child’s Participation

Initially, your child needs a great deal of encouragement and help with their new endeavour. Spend time participating in their hobby with them. As they grow older, it will become easier for them to manage their hobby on their own. However, they may still need your encouragement to take their interest to the next level, perhaps competing in events or selling their creations. Many young people end up in careers that began as an interest or hobby.

Allocate Hobby Time

Make sure your child has sufficient time to pursue their hobby. Most indoor hobbies, such as reading and cooking, are relatively easy to do on a regular basis. If your child participates in sports, the practice and game schedule will designate participation time. However, some outdoor hobbies, such as gardening, cycling, or hiking must be planned for. Set aside a day or a time of day for regular participation.

There is no need to stress over how to successfully encourage your child’s hobbies. Help your child define an area of interest, and then provide the supplies, time, and space they need to be successful. Then encourage them by participating with them. Your child will benefit by learning more about a specific area of interest. Additionally, a hobby can improve their mental or physical growth and develop positive character traits.

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