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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Starting your Children on Hobbies - Simple Methods and Techniques

By Andrew Loh

Your children can benefit from developing a good hobby. Most children have some form of talent that can assist them in developing hobbies and pastime. Some of them have it without even realizing it. Some children may like reading story books, while others may love to draw pictures. On the other hand, a number of children simply love playing games or participate in sport events. Whatever the child's hobbies are, it is very critical that parents should detect and identify the type of hobby that their children show an inclination. Things become easier when parents identify the exact hobby or pastime of their children. Once they know these basic things, parents can help their children expand on their hobbies and take them to the next higher levels.

Hobbies could be very entertaining and thrilling. Hobbies can also be motivating and encouraging. Parents can help their children enjoy what they do with their hobbies. The main goal is to tap in to their pool of talent and skills to develop further expertise, so that they can turn the expertise into professional achievements. Hobbies in children form the basic building blocks of life. Helping your children choose a good hobby and develop it over time can provide a number of benefits. These benefits could be either physical or mental like:

  • Development of critical thinking and cognitive skills.

  • Development of imagination and guessing.

  • Develop creativity.

  • Use it as a tool to enjoy life.

Here are some basic tips that can help you make your children learn new hobbies or hone the hobbies that are already present with them:

Matching your children's interest and liking: There are as many hobbies as there are children. Hobbies can be numerous; at any time, you can find hundreds of hobbies around you. Hobbies can also be particular to children. What one child likes may not appeal to others. Every child will have his or her own hobbies to develop or pursue.

Ensure that you match your children's hobby with their interest levels. Let us say your child likes to cook food. If you find that your child has this inclination, then you can take her to the kitchen when you cook and show her the basics of good cooking. Let us assume that your boy child likes to paint and draw. If you find that he has this interest, then you can take him to an art teacher and help him learn painting and drawing. Make sure that you support their interests and liking with out fail. When you show your seriousness, your children will appreciate your gesture and reciprocate accordingly.

Let the exercise be different and unique: Make sure that you are creating something different. Let the hobby be interesting, interactive and cajoling. If there is a birthday coming up next month, make sure that you find out something that can be very interesting. It can be playing a musical instrument or it can be singing. Make sure that the experience is completely different. The most important thing is to help your children developing a taste for the hobby and pursue with all seriousness.

Bring it to the higher level: Hobbies can become better and fine tuned only when your children develop it to the next level. Hobbies could also be very serious depending upon the interest level. If you feel that your children are very serious about a particular hobby, them you can help them to take it to the nest level.

Example: Let us say that your children love to collect stamps from different countries of the world. Once your note down his or her interest, you can help buy authentic stamps and first day covers. Also, show your children how they can index and arrange their stamps by using an album. As an additional exercise, you can also tell them about the history of each stamp. To take it up to the next level, you can take your children to a philately exhibition and show them different exhibits. This simple exercise can help your children learn more about stamp collection.

Encourage your children to develop the hobby: Most hobbies in this world invariably involve spending some money on the required raw materials. Do not be too stingy! Be ready to spend some money to help your children expand on their hobbies. Be within your reasonable limit. Some hobbies can be very expensive. For example, snowboarding can be very expensive, while philately could drain a big hole in your pocket. Support your children as far as possible within your budgetary limits.

Encourage them to pursue the hobby until it is complete: Hobbies may never last for a long time. Many children may lose their interest in the hobbies after sometime. This could be due to many reasons and causes. Help your children to pursue their hobbies with all seriousness.

As mentioned before, hobbies could be in thousands of numbers. It could take pages to list them down here. However, there are many of them that are very common and inexpensive. The most important thing is to help your children develop some hobbies in their young age. Hobbies are a great way to learn something new. Your children can learn many things by actively experimenting with some basic exercises. With a good hobby, your children can become a wholesome and dynamic personality.


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