How to Help Your Kids Find Healthy Hobbies From a Young Age

Hobbies are a great way for children to engage in creativity and find their passion in life. 

Finding and participating in hobbies that bring us joy is crucial for our development and emotional well-being. 

Studies show that engaging in leisure activities, such as crafts, mind games, learning, cooking, and music promote positive psychological outcomes. Likewise, another study indicated that cortisol levels drop by 75% after creating art, marking a significant impact on stress levels.

However, it may be challenging for children to discover hobbies they enjoy without some guidance. Here are five ways to help your child develop healthy interests and passions early on.

5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Healthy Interests and Passions: 

1. Learn With Them

Finding a hobby may be more fun when two people venture into it together. Grow interested in learning alongside your child as they begin to invest time in a new activity.

If they want to try cooking, work together to whip up something fun for dinner. If they are interested in a sport, make time to practice with your kid in the yard. Remember that learning something new can easily frustrate a child, especially if they’re struggling to get the hang of it from the start. This may deter them from continuing to develop their pursuits.

Generally, teamwork builds higher levels of confidence when it comes to problem-solving. Spending time with your child while engaged in something they want to learn also enables time to bond and make a safe space for more serious conversations. These activities could lead to deeper discussions about drug use and other peer pressures as they get older.

2. Take Notice of Playtime Activities

There are several benefits of playtime for childhood development, including building social-emotional skills, cognition, language skills, and self-regulation. It’s also an excellent way to tap into one’s imagination and discover new interests.

When your child is playing with friends and other contemporaries, pay attention to what they’re doing. Are they drawing chalk pictures on the sidewalk? Maybe your child would be interested in an art class. Are they more active? Perhaps they’d be interested in signing up for a sport.

Determining what playtime looks like with their friends is usually a great way to help them find a new hobby they’ll love doing.

3. Encourage Them to Try New Things

Whether you’re a child or an adult, diving into the unknown can be scary, often leading us to gravitate towards a comfortable space of familiarity. However, when your goal is to help your kid find a hobby, it’s better to encourage them to try new things.

Often, parents believe their kids should stick with a hobby for a while to tell if they like it or not. While your kid may very well enjoy an activity after some time, they’re also self-aware about their likes and dislikes.

Allow your child to try new things regularly and listen to them when they prefer to move on to something else. That may mean not signing them up for months-long activities, especially if they aren’t keen to stick with it. A better approach may be letting them explore hobbies every other week instead and recognize what they want to revisit.

4. See What They’re Watching on TV

A 2019 study found that screen time almost doubled for children under two years old since 1997. Discrepancies in household incomes and other family characteristics indicated that screens – televisions, computers, laptops, mobile phones, and more – are often used as a form of child care.

Television in moderation doesn’t have to be a negative thing, however. Many educational programs may highlight possible hobbies for you to nudge your children to participate in.

For example, kid-centric, educational television programs may introduce kids to science, music, sports, and crafts. Catching a glimpse of what your kid is watching may help you understand what they’re most drawn to and get them involved in real life.

5. Try Something Before You Commit

An excellent way to find out how your kid feels about certain activities is to sign them up for introductory classes. Introductory classes are just that: a way to discover what a hobby is all about before committing.

Your kid may have the opportunity to meet other children with similar interests and gain a basic understanding of learning something new.

It may be a good idea to sign your child up for one or two introductory classes at a time so as not to overwhelm them. Let your child explore different hobbies and interests to find something they genuinely love doing.

6. Let Kids Be Kids the Health Way

As a parent, you may feel a lot of pressure to support your child in finding healthy hobbies. However, leisure activities are meant to be fun for you and them. It might take a while for them to get good at something, so help cultivate positivity as they explore their many options.

Cora Gold
Cora's passion is to inspire others to live a happy, healthful, mindful life – by wholeheartedly convincing them that everyday moments are worth celebrating. Cora has spent 5+ years writing for numerous lifestyle sites - hence her sincere love for both life and the beauty of style in all things.

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