It's my pleasure to be introducing you to Maria Cannon, the guest writer for this article! When she reached out to me, I could feel how much she genuinely wants to share about her passion - so here it is! Learn more about how children can benefit from hobbies and how you can support them through their journey, don't forget to show Maria some support by sharing this article and following her website too ;)
Do you remember the first time your child beamed with joy after doing something they really enjoy? For many children, the best way to express their creativity and interests is through acquiring a hobby of something they truly love! However, some parents may struggle getting to know their child’s interests - so here are some ways you can get your child a hobby that they’ll love, and some reasons why you should!
HOW CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM HOBBIES
Pursuing something that interests them helps children build their self-sufficiency and self-esteem! They have a sense of accomplishment when they do something by our help, while helping them to relax from the stress that they are experiencing at different stages in life. Depending on the activities related to their hobby, it could also help to create a social bond between your child and other children with the same interest - they could even become the bestest of friends!
Many hobbies also have an educational value. As you get deeper into the world of a hobby, you learn more about the mechanics, science, history and theory behind it. A rock-collecting child, for instance, may end up with a great amount of knowledge about geology - this can help them in school because a general sense of curiosity is important in any subject. In addition to that, a child’s interests may help lead them down a particular career path as they grow older!
SUPPORT YOUR CHILD
To support your child in their hobbies, you need to pay attention to the things that makes your child smile, laugh, or become engaged. While some children make it extremely evident what interests them, others may require a little bit of prompting. Once your child begins talking about a particular hobby, encourage them - don’t shut them down based on your own likes or dislikes. Then, whenever possible, help them pursue their hobby! For aspiring musicians, consider enrolling them in music lessons or engaging them in music play at home. For rock collectors, find a rocky path in the park or take a stroll on the beach.
ENGAGE WITH YOUR CHILD MUSICALLY
The simple act of listening to music stimulates sections of the brain that are responsible for memory, language, and motor control. When children listen to music with their parents, a particular kind of bond is formed. Studies have shown that children and adolescents who join their parents in listening and dancing to music tend to have better, happier parent-child relationships in young adulthood and beyond. Playing music can also help to boost your child’s cognitive and social abilities!
The great thing is, many children are naturally interested in some form of music. The best way to continue to interest your child in it is to provide opportunities to listen and play along - try making your own musical instruments, simple musical games, or, if your child is older, asking them what bands they’re currently into!
If your child gets excited with bubbles, or the “magic” in everyday life - introduce them to the fascinating world of science! Children who are scientifically minded may have a particular branch of science that they tend to lean towards - don’t worry, you won’t be needing any complicated equipment (yet).
If your child is interested in stars and planets, practice some backyard astronomy by simply going outside at night and looking up at the dark skies above. Help them identify constellations, stars and galaxies - many of which are visible with the naked eye. You might also have a blooming chemist, which means they’ll love intriguing experiments like making a glass of lava or creating rainbow magic milk - simple, amazing things you can do at home!
Remember, hobbies are good for children - no matter their age, gender or background. Do your best to support your child’s interest by showing genuine interest and actively engaging with them - not only will this strengthen your bond, but it will also help develop their cognitive, emotional, and social abilities into adulthood.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Cannon believes we’re never too young to dedicate ourselves to a hobby. She created HobbyJr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love. Maria has suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Her hobbies - gardening, quilting, sewing, and knitting - play a major role in maintaining her mental health. Follow Maria’s website at https://www.hobbyjr.org today!