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Find Your Child’s Passion

Every parent wants to encourage her child to find out what he loves to do. Here are some tips on how to support your little one's decision making process!

Finding your child’s passion can seem a little intimidating. After all, you may have only discovered what you truly love to do over the last year! But by encouraging your little one to pursue her interests, you can help her to build up her confidence and develop lifelong skills. Whether your child loves sports, art, music or politics, you can provide the support system he needs to follow through on his goals.
 
Here are four tips on how to help your child find his passion:

 
Observe
By simply watching your child and listening to her speak about her interests, you can get a good sense of what she does and doesn’t like. For example, if she always watches documentaries about airplanes it’s pretty clear that she has an interest in flying. Pay attention to your child’s interests, even if they seem fleeting. Over time, you might see them develop into passions.

 
Provide Encouragement
When you realize that your child has a particular interest, you should encourage him to pursue it through participating in certain activities, watching relevant TV shows or going on educational outings. Does your little girl love cars? Then why not take her to a car show? Or perhaps your son just can’t stop talking about chess — you might want to seek out an after-school club where he can practice his skills.
 
There’s a not-so-fine line, however, between encouragement and becoming a full-fledged Tiger Mom. Just because your child likes soccer doesn’t mean that you have to buy him professional equipment and make him practice six hours a day. Start to build up your encouragement slowly based on your little one’s level of interest.

 
Allow Your Child to Sample Different Things
Very few people are lucky enough to know what they love to do at a young age. If your child hasn’t been able to narrow down a particular field of interest, you should encourage her to try a variety of activities. Perhaps you could visit a museum or support local schools and clubs by attending games and meets. You can also go to concerts, ballets and plays. And don’t forget to read books and watch TV shows on a variety of different topics.

 
Ask Questions
Talking to your child and asking him thought-provoking questions can help him to discover what he truly loves. Perhaps you could clear a Saturday to do an activity of your child’s choice and ask her why she wanted to go on that particular outing. If you notice that your child has a new area of interest, ask him what it is that specifically fascinates him about this topic. Learning what’s at the root of your child’s passion can help you direct him to similar activities he may enjoy, too.

 
What Types of Limits Should You Be Aware Of?
When helping your child to discover his passion, it’s important that you recognize his mental and physical limits. While you might feel the urge to see your kiddo as a prodigy and push for more lessons, practice or competitions, this is a sure-fire path to burnout and resentment. After all, you don’t want your child to feel too much pressure to win or perform a certain way. Let your little one decide the level to which she is willing to commit. And be sure to limit her extracurricular activities so that they are manageable for you and your nanny or babysitter.

 
For more tips on helping your child get involved, check out Encouraging Kids to Participate.
 
Do you have any other tips on finding your child’s passion? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 





Comments
  1. Find Your Child’s Passion
    Ronnie Reynolds | Thursday,April 21.2016

    All articles are excellent in choice and content. Very true. Much of what I have learned about childcare and women’s issues have either felt innate, simply common sense, or I developed those philosophies and practices by learning from role models what I in fact did not want to duplicate. The problem with the latter is that sometimes a daughter can disregard what is of value in a mother in order to avoid what is undesirable – throwing the baby out with the bath water. What results, unfortunately, is a chasm between women, both within and between generations. I guess the best way to look at it perhaps is an overall forward movement, hopefully, of the way females treat one another. Thank you!!

  2. Find Your Child’s Passion
    Ezeifediba Nkiruka P | Thursday,April 21.2016

    The article is very nice because it helps to build a relationship between a child and the mother and it will also help the child to open his mind and heart to you becuse the child believe in you and that you can be able to help him out in time of his problem.

  3. Find Your Child’s Passion
    https://myasiannanny | Monday,August 29.2016

    You did a good work by putting this Tips together here. as a nanny I believed is very easy to find a child passion. I mean to discover their passion.14years ago when my child was small, I discovered that she love drawing. anytime he hold a pen, he always use it to draw even if he was drawing nothing sense back then.I noticed him very well and I begging to buy a video on graphic and also find a way of getting him what can help him. I discovered that after 2years he is very perfect and doing great. I make sure that I help him to developed what he has as a passion. and before he graduated from college he has started working for company to design something like logo, animation and work as a graphics in our village before we left.Not only nanny that can find what the kids passion is, if you take your time to study your kids you will know what they can do that will help them in future and help them to actualize it.Hope you will start to take note now?

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