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 their interests, you can help them to build up their confidence and develop lifelong skills. Whether your child loves sports, art, music or politics, you can provide the support system they need to follow through on their goals.
Here are four tips on how to help your child find their passion:
By simply watching your child and listening to them speak about their interests, you can get a good sense of what they do and don’t like. For example, if they always watches documentaries about airplanes it’s pretty clear that they 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.
2. Provide encouragement
When you realize that your child has a particular interest, you should encourage them to pursue it by 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 overbearing. 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.
3. 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 them 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.
4. Ask questions
Talking to your child and asking them thought-provoking questions can help them to discover what they truly love. Perhaps you could clear a Saturday to do an activity of your child’s choice and ask them why they wanted to go on that particular outing. If you notice that your child has a new area of interest, ask them what it is that specifically fascinates them about this topic. Learning what’s at the root of your child’s passion can help you direct them to similar activities they may enjoy, too.
5. What types of limits should you be aware of?
When helping your child to discover their passion, it’s important that you recognize their 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 they are willing to commit. And be sure to limit their extracurricular activities so that they are manageable for you and your nanny or babysitter.
Do you have any other tips on finding your child’s passion? Let us know in the comments below!
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