Self-discovery and self-esteem are the main reasons your kid needs a hobby.
Raising a child isn’t an easy job, and turning that child into a functioning adult sometimes looks like mission impossible. Just keeping them away from the phone is an achievement, and that’s one of the reasons why you need to think about a hobby and all the benefits it will have. Hobbies help children learn about themselves and improve their self-esteem.
The first thing to do is recognize what is it that your child is drawn to. Are they enjoying spending their time with coloring books, or do they enjoy singing more? Maybe it’s sports-related, or perhaps your kid enjoys watching you prepare family meals. The important thing is to understand that every child has hidden potentials, and hobbies can turn into lifelong interests, even careers. But, for starters, let’s focus on benefits, such as making decisions, learning to set goals, and taking responsibility.
Once your child shows excitement for their upcoming extra activities, it’s time to lead by example. Children with hobbies usually have parents with hobbies.
Time management is another issue that you have to figure out since you’ll be responsible for setting their space, taking them to practice, and helping them with specific problems. It doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice all your free time for your child’s hobby, but it will certainly look like it at the very beginning.
The first classes will be exciting, but as time progresses, you may notice your kid is not as happy to go to their piano practice as they were. It’s time to show them what determination is; play a detective, and find out what’s bothering them. Giving up is easy, so before you, as a family, decide to do so, try to talk it out. Kids get bored easily so that they might need extra encouragement or a more significant challenge. Don’t act on impulses; instead, try to talk it out. Get creative, try to understand their needs, but don’t be afraid to tell them yours as well.
Finally, don’t compare your child to others. To that child, you are a superhero who can fix anything and be anywhere all the time. If ballet classes are not going well, fine, maybe your child will be better at salsa. Teach them to use what they previously learned to move forward.
Hobbies can create so many teachable moments and make your bond even stronger. No matter how overworked you are, going to your kid’s first exhibition or match will give you the strength you never knew you had.