Thursday, 7 January 2016

Everything Your Kids Will Need to Nurture Their Hobbies

In a child's developmental years they are going to need to develop hobbies and interests. These are vital for shaping the people they’re going to become. Social interaction is important for children, It gives them contact with others, and helps them to enjoy interests with their peers. Everybody needs to have some kind of interest in order to nurture their skills, and get the most out of whatever it is they do. When kids are young, their interests will be changing rapidly.
However, they will start to develop some definite interests from a young age. A lot of the time this will be an interest in sports or activities. It’s vital that children nurture their hobbies so that these grow into serious interests. They might even have enough ability that these hobbies could develop into career paths somewhere down the line. This is a list of what your kids will need in order to nurture their hobbies.
Options
The best way for kids to nurture their hobbies and interests is for them to have lots of options. It’s so much easier to select or identify something you’re good at when you have a lot to choose from. When you’re left with just a few choices, it can be more difficult to develop skills at something you’re really interested in. So, you should see to it that the kids have a lot of options for hobbies and interests they might take up. That means you need to check out local clubs and societies in the area. It also means you should find out what their interests are and see to it that they can enjoy and experience these things.
Encouragement
Children thrive on encouragement, and everyone knows this. So you need to ensure that you encourage and motivate your kids. The happier they feel about something, the more likely they are to stick with it. You see, kids are going to experience defeat and upset when they take up hobbies. But they need to realise that this is okay, and it’s part of the gig. They need to be motivated into sticking with what they are doing. And this is where encouragement comes in. This is one of the most important roles you can play as a parent.
Reward
It’s a proven fact that children respond well to rewards and incentives. If they have something tangible to aim for they are likely to become more invested in what they’re doing. This is an excellent way of helping to nurture their hobbies. For instance, their club might provide end of season trophies from the trophy store. Or, you might decide you’d like to promise them a reward if they accomplish something. Use this system to get the kids more excited in their hobbies and interests, and make sure they stick at them.

It’s very important for children to have and develop hobbies from a young age. This is key for them to adapt to the world around them and to discover interests. As a parent, there is plenty you can do to help your children nurture their hobbies. A lot of it is down to the approach you take with them, and how much you encourage and inspire.


13 comments:

  1. I completely agree with everything you've said here. Children should be given every opportunity to discover new interests and hobbies as early on in life as possible. I think it's key to their development of life skills xx

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  2. As someone whose eldest daughter is now doing her hobby at an Elite level, I feel so strongly about helping your children make the right choices. We have to consider her school work, her sisters (and their choice of hobby) and financial implications. It has become a full time job for me and not for one minute did I see that coming. Also, more positively, her hobby has moulded her into the studious, fascinating, wonderful person that she is. Hobbies can turn into wonderful life changing experiences!

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  3. This is brilliant. Very well written. We're thinking of enrolling Evie into some varying groups now to see what kind of things will interest her, like swimming, gym, music, art. I think it's so good for little ones to have a discipline or hobby that they love learning about and that they know they have options. Plus it's great to join groups with others so they meet new people and learn to be social. Encouragement is one of the greatest things you can give your little one, aside from love. xx #love2blog

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  4. Great post, I think encouragement to a child is so important, from the start. Kaz x

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  5. Great post! I keep trying to encourage my daughter to take up hobbies but she loses interest with things quickly! She loved going to dance classes but only for a few weeks. I kept encouraging her to go but in the end I felt like I was forcing her. On to the next activity. x

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  6. I cannot agree more with you. I think hobbies are so important. It gives a child drive and determination, a purpose and an intention. Something to work at or towards. Lovely informative post. I really enjoyed reading it. x

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  7. I agree with you 100% here. It's great for a child to work towards something and rewarding and praising a child is so important x

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  8. This is a really good post. I always try to encourage Little Miss H as possible to do a variety of things. But equally, I never want her to feel forced into doing something just because she thinks that it will make mummy and daddy happy. I guess it is a delicate balance to strike. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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  9. Such a lovely post. It's easy to look at toddlers and say 'they don't have any hobbies yet' but that's not right x

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  10. I really wish my duo would be more keen to have hobbies. They tend to join clubs and get bored very quickly despite my encouragement x

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  11. I completely agree. Especially with your point about encouragement! It's so important they have that support behind them, it's amazing how much it means to them even at such a young age xx

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  12. I completely agree! The look on my eldest's face when I give him lots of encouragement and he achieves something is priceless!

    Laura x x x

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  13. Great post totally agree with you having hobbies and interests is so important not just for the kids thought for adults too! xx

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