Finding meaningful hobbies for kids shouldn’t be a problem since the variety is unlimited.
However, it is more difficult to commit to a hobby that suits the kid, and its also important to create a balance between actively planned leisure time and unplanned leisure time, during which a child can do what he likes. Often the case with kids is that there are no generally applicable rules, but only decision aids that help you find the right way for your kid.
WHY ARE HOBBIES IMPORTANT?
A leisure activity that uses completely different skills helps the child to discover new worlds and live out strengths that are rarely used in everyday school life. For not-so-bright students, cultivating a hobby can help to increase self-confidence in them because the child can have success here that is denied him at school. In sport, important things such as learning how to lose, interaction, and consideration are taught. While learning a musical instrument discipline and care are required when handling the instrument.
HOW DO WE FIND THE RIGHT HOBBIES FOR KIDS?
First of all, let the child’s interests guide you. Before you buy expensive equipment, however, kids should try out whether the hobby is a good fit, because most of the time they hardly notice whether they also enjoy what looked so exciting. Most clubs offer taster lessons. If the decision for a hobby has been made, children should be encouraged not to give up immediately after some time, because almost everywhere it takes time to master the subject enough to enjoy it.
In addition to the interests of the kid, questions of time and costs are also important. How often is training? How often are there weekend events? What kind of work is expected from children and parents? Especially in larger families, time-consuming hobbies for kids can become a fairly big organizational challenge, which is why you should consider these things in advance.
PARENTS’ DREAMS …
… may not play a role in the selection of hobbies for kids. Just because dad played tennis successfully in his youth does not mean that this sport will also bring joy to the child. If the daughter’s heart beats for football, there is no point in trying to force her to play music just because mom thinks that the talent that she would have wished for is there.
PRESSURE TO PERFORM IN LEISURE TIME
If the child has talent, the desire arises to promote it so that it can reach the outside world. As long as the child is enthusiastic about it and is willing to do more on its own, it is not fundamentally wrong. It becomes difficult when the child is constantly under pressure to perform even in their free time and hardly has the opportunity to live carefree for some time during the day. In such cases, it can make sense to take your foot off the accelerator pedal because many talented kids have given up their hobby. After all, the pressure to do something extraordinary has taken away their joy.
TIME TO DO NOTHING IS IMPORTANT
As valuable as it is to pursue meaningful leisure activities, it is also important not to have to do anything. Unscheduled times that offer space for relaxation and spontaneous activities are just as important for kids as for adults. Even boredom has its place because it forces the child to be creative and make something of the day. The necessity for this is, of course, that the boredom is not covered with media consumption, but that the child is given food for thought as to what he could do with his time.
THE “BAD” MEDIA
Kids who spend their free time watching TV, social media, and games miss a lot. Still, there is no point in demonizing and forbidding all of these things because they are part of our lives and kids have to learn to deal with them. It makes more sense to schedule a time for media consumption and to pick out the valuable raisins from the unlimited range of films, television programs, games, and apps so that the kids are not made “gushy” by it for the next program, it makes sense to record selected programs. This also helps to limit TV time.
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