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Starting your Children on Hobbies - Introduction

By Andrew Loh

All of us have one or more hobbies in our life. Men have their own hobbies. Even women have their preferred hobbies. In fact, women have more hobbies than men. Likewise, children also have hobbies. Having some hobbies or developing some of them has their own benefits and advantages. Men or women, without any hobbies, are just like sail ships without rudders or sails. Hobbies can guide and mentor us throughout life.

Hobbies are very important for personal growth and progression. Hobbies are extremely important for children as well. Children who grow with productive hobbies can perform well in their life, both personal and professional. It is always better to introduce good hobbies in our children right from the time, when they develop their brain. It is also pays us, if we have children who can show or display some talents in form of some good hobbies. Hobbies can have a number of multiple effects that have a series of cascading results. Hobbies can help children to develop social, academic and moral skills. Hobbies in children act like catalysts that can fuel mental and physical growth.

Children on good hobbies can work like magic to develop their personality as a whole. Academic experts believe that developing hobbies can help you children with a series of benefits like:

  • Developing the value of patience.

  • Learning how to manage life, both personal and professional.

  • Develop the quality of will power, dedication, concentration and determination.

  • Accomplishment or achievement of different feats

What is a Hobby?

According to most dictionaries, the term hobby has many meanings. However, in a general sense, a hobby is something that you do or perform in addition to what you are doing now. A hobby provides an opportunity for you to acquire a number of rare and special skills and knowledge. By learning a hobby, you will be acquiring an ability to display your talent or skill by performing a series of activities that are special to that particular hobby.

Hobbies can be numerous. Learning different languages could be a hobby. Learning how to paint or draw can be another hobby. Crafts and arts are two of the most common hobbies. Sewing and tailoring can be two important hobbies. You can perform hobbies during your leisure time or along with other subjects. Reading a book can be a common hobby. For women, cooking and gardening can be important hobbies. For children, some of the most common hobbies could be clay modeling, painting, drawing, sketching, and origami. Philately and coin collection could be important hobbies for older children. Different sports and games could be favorite hobbies for many children. Playing musical instruments or singing could also be very important hobbies.

Most children tend to display an inclination to learn some hobbies when they are still young. It is only that they loose their interest or momentum at some point in their life that eventually results in the discontinuation of those hobbies. Many of our children spend unusually long time playing video games or watching TV shows. It is not that they should not watch TV or play video games, but it is dangerous that an over indulgence in such activities may make children lethargic and lazy.

Parents may need to help their children develop or learn some hobbies when they are still young in their life. Yes, it takes lot of time and effort to teach hobbies to your children. However, with concerted efforts, you can make your children develop some hobbies that can enable them to develop their personality. Hobbies can keep your children active and engaged. If your children do not learn and develop some hobbies, they can develop boredom and lethargy, which can act as obstacles to their development.

The Critical Importance of Hobbies

Hobbies can act as facilitators of life time passion and engagement. Hobbies offer your children a number of advantages like:

a) Help your children develop immense levels of confidence: Hobbies can provide something productive to do when your children are idle. Hobbies can also provide an opportunity to accomplish something other than academics. Hobbies can help your children develop self esteem, self image, will power and strength. If your children realize that they have been able to achieve something, they will also develop very high levels of confidence.

Example: Children wining top prizes in painting or drawing competition or children learning how to ride a skateboard in their spare time.

b) Help your children develop reading habits: Hobbies form the main gateway to learning and understanding. Reading and writing hobbies can help bring children, who spend too much time watching TV or play games, to engage themselves in reading good books. Reading is good hobby that assists your children develop the noble qualities of patience and tolerance.

Example: Children can read easily readable books that contain fable and folk stories, fantasies and interactive fiction. For example, an immortal story like “Alice in Wonderland” can provide an opportunity for your children to develop imagination and guessing.

c) Learn goal setting: With good hobbies, your children can learn how to set goals and achieve them. Goal setting is very important life skills that can anyone to realize his or her dreams.

Example: Hobbies like biking, snowboarding and skateboarding cab help children dream of greater professional achievements in the future. This attitude can help them to develop and learn goal setting.

It is up to you to find out what your children are interested in and encourage them in developing those hobbies. The main key is to motivate them to learn and develop those hobbies. With right kind of hobbies, your children can perform extremely well in their life. Continue to read Starting your Children on Hobbies - Simple Methods and Techniques


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