How To Find A Hobby The Kids Will Love

Hobbies are important things for children to have, and all parents want their kids to find something fun to do. Not only will a hobby keep your child occupied, but it will allow them to explore who they really are, and it might even lead to a career (although this isn’t something that you – or they – should count on, and it’s not a reason to pick a hobby in the first place).  

In today’s world, there are so many different options for children to enjoy when it comes to hobbies to a point where they can feel overwhelmed when they are trying to find something they are going to enjoy. Here are some useful tips that you, as a parent, can implement to help your child find a hobby they will love.  

Make A List 

The very first thing to do is to get your child to make a list or help them make a list if they need assistance.

This list should include all the things they are interested in or that they enjoy. By doing this, you’ll start to get an idea of the kinds of things your child is keen on, and – usefully – what they don’t want to do. The very fact that craft ideas or sporting hobbies aren’t listed will let you know that these are not avenues to pursue. 

Once you have a better idea of what your child would like to do, you can start investigating each option.

Remember, there is no time limit here and no need to rush; take your time to research all the ideas together until one stands out more than any other. If more than one stands out, that’s not a problem – you can always try a few different ideas. 

Don’t Be Pushy 

It’s easy to sign your child up for a hobby that you think would be good for them.

Any parent can do this, and many do. Unfortunately, this is not a good way for children to find a hobby they enjoy. They might even begrudge having to do whatever it is their parent has signed them up for because it’s not what they would have chosen but is instead something that the parent thinks is suitable or something the parent themselves did when they were younger.

In this situation, the child might not try their hardest, and certainly won’t enjoy themselves or get the most out of the activity. 

This is why it’s so important for parents to listen to what their children want and to not be pushy when it comes to deciding which activities, sports, or other hobbies their child should do. They will get much more out of something they are keen to do rather than something they have been made to do. 

Start Small 

Once a decision has been made, you’ll need to make a start – or rather, your child will.

Of course, the reality of taking part in the hobby compared to the idea of it might be very different, and that can be problematic if you’ve signed up for something that costs a lot of money or needs a great deal of equipment. 

This is why it’s best to start small when beginning a new hobby. Rather than buying equipment, you can rent it, for example. Rather than paying for an entire season of sports, look for a club that offers a free trial. If it’s a hobby to be done at home such as gardening, begin with something small and buy bonsai trees rather than digging over your entire yard for a hobby that might not take off. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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