Helping Kids Discover Their Interests

by | May 9, 2018

What do you like to do? One of the main questions we ask, when our children tell us they are bored. However, for kids and parents alike, we’re unsure what they are really interested in, that they would want to take it further. How do you go about helping kids discover their interests?

The usual way to help them find out is signing them up for classes and letting them experience different aspects of each activity, but that could prove to be a costly endeavor, as most classes, require you to purchase all the equipment or clothing prior to starting the class.

We could all cite different YouTube channels, social media forums, or game consols that our children are passionate about, and talk endlessly about for hours. Yet, activities that outside of technology or media are usually met with blank stares when we try to discover something else.

While screen time is great in moderation and offers a welcomed break from jaded parents trying to cram in entertainment for kids, it could cause a missed opportunity to create and to truly find out what children are passionate about, and will continue to grow and nurture that passion well into adulthood.

Why is passion so important? According to best-selling author and researcher Angela Duckworth, passion is a key ingredient to grit and grit is the secret ingredient for success.


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helping kids discover their interestsWhile parents cannot just choose what passions they want their children to have – we can help them discover their interests.

It begins with experiences – finding classes that will allow you to do a trial without the costly expenses, the painting that includes the paints and brushes sets, the ballet that has the shoes on offer, or violin lessons that include the $300 violin.

Creating as many experiences as possible can help your child to discover their passion, possibly combining two to three different experiences into one, and finding what they want to explore further.

With little kids, a backyard exploration of bugs, plants and even leaves can spark the imagination.

With each experience, observe your child. Do you see her eyes light up? Is she engaged or distracted? Don’t try to force a square peg into a round hole. If something doesn’t click, it’s okay. It was still a valuable experience.


 

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If they express interest in doing something again, do it. Give them the experience to fully see if it’s something they want to learn more about. Visiting libraries and gathering books and maps to further their learning.

If after a few weeks, they decide it’s not for them, then cross it off. Move to the next subject. Not everything has to be the greatest love affair.

As parents offer up more activities and room to explore, interests will soon be developed, and grow into a passion.

 

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