Many children will have some kind of hobby. It might be a sport, something artistic, they might like to collect something or learn as much as they can about something… it can really be anything at all. If your child has a hobby, it’s important that you help to nurture it and give them the encouragement they need to continue it. If your child doesn’t have a hobby, it’s certainly worth working with them to choose something they might want to get more involved with.
Why is this? Why is it so important for your child to have a hobby? The answer is that hobbies will help your child’s development and education. Read on to find out how this works.
Hobbies Build Confidence
Some children are naturally shyer than others, and they might find it hard to make friends at school. Over time this might improve, but it could shape their opinion of school in the very early days and years and make them have a poor opinion of education as a result. Not having friends and not knowing how to make friends can also affect your child’s confidence, meaning they are less likely to push themselves forward when it comes to their school work and then later in life when it comes to their career.
Having a hobby can change this and make your child much more confident. They will be mixing with other children – often of varying ages – who like the same things they do. They won’t feel judged, and they won’t feel as though they have to hide the things they enjoy just because no one else seems to. When they can be with people who are easier to talk to because they all have a lot in common, and when they can really enjoy their hobby, their confidence will grow.
A Change In Routine
Child psychologists have noted that any positive change in a child’s routine is something to be encouraged because it will help them develop more. There is a definite routine at school that children will need to follow, and that’s a good thing to learn, but when they also have a hobby in which they can truly express their own personality and creativity, that’s even better. They’ll get the best of both worlds and ensure they are a fully rounded individual who is able to cope with change and a schedule when they are older.
Your child will become much more robust and able to handle any situation that life throws at them if they understand there are different behaviors expected in different situations and circumstances. Having a hobby ensures they can learn this lesson in a fun and stimulating way.
Improve Their Education
Although not all hobbies will specifically relate to lessons in school, if your child’s hobby does, then it will certainly help to improve their education. Perhaps they like to do math in their own time, or they play sports both in school and in a club outside of school.
However, even if your child’s hobby isn’t directly linked to a school subject or topic, that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful for their education. Through their hobby, they might learn to work in a team, or they might understand how to research things safely online because they have looked for rocks and minerals video lesson for kids. Any skill they use in their hobby could potentially be put to good use in their school work, and the more they enjoy their hobby, the more they can enjoy school, too, because they’ll see how each relates to the other.
The Power Of Choice
Doing hobbies – or even not doing them – will help your child understand the power (and value) of choice. They can decide exactly what it is they want to do and how they do it. This is why a parent should never force their child into taking up a hobby or quitting one. Even if the parent is sure it would be a good thing, it should always be the child’s choice.
Being able to make choices and weigh up the pros and cons in life is a hugely important life skill, and it could all start with their hobbies as a child. When your child is able to develop their own passions and do the things they want to do rather than something you have chosen on their behalf – which is often very well-meaning, but not always a positive thing – they will be much happier and be able to express themselves more freely.
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