Children/Teens

Help Your Children to Explore Their Interests


 

As parents, it’s our job to help our children thrive by exploring the world around them, and becoming who they’re meant to be. It’s important that we dont try to mould them to become what we want, but instead give them the freedom to blossom into their own people. One way we can do this is by giving them the opportunities to navigate their own interests, and encourage and support them along the way. Not everything your child gets excited about will become a lifelong interest, but everything they do will be giving them new skills and experience. Your support along the way shows them that it’s ok to enjoy the things that they do and explore them without judgement. 

 

Engage in Conversations

First of all, take the time to engage with your child in conversations about their interests. Ask them open ended questions about what they enjoy most, actively listening to their thoughts and ideas will show your support and encourage them to take interest in new things. These interests could be based on things they’ve seen on tv, activities they’ve done at school or nursery or that other family members have introduced them to. Just observing, talking to and understanding your child will give you some ideas of where to start with new activities. If they love sitting and concentrating then things like crafts and puzzles will probably appeal. For super busy and active kids, sporting activities will probably appeal.

 

Encourage Exploration

Encourage your child to explore new interests by providing them with lots if opportunities. Take them to classes or workshops related to their interest where they can learn new skills and meet likeminded peers, it doesnt have to be expensive. Many childrens activity groups offer free taster sessions so you’ve nothing to lose by trying them out and seeing how your child gets on. Exposing them to all kinds of different experiences will help them broaden their understanding and give them the chance to find subjects or activities that really appeal to them. 

 

Attend Events and Exhibitions

Keep an eye out for events and exhibitions related to your child’s interest in your community, you can often find things like this in the events section of Facebook. This could be museum exhibits, concerts, local club meetings and more, but attending these events can provide valuable exposure and inspiration.

 

Watch Movies and Documentaries

Watching movies or documentaries related to your child’s interest can be educational and entertaining. It’s a relaxed way to learn more about the subject together and spark some insightful discussions. If baseball is their thing for example, you could search the best movies about baseball. Look for age appropriate films that align with their interests and encourage them to share their thoughts afterward.

 

Create a Supportive Environment

Finally, create a supportive environment at home that nurtures your child’s interest. Dedicate a space where they can practice or explore freely, whether it’s a corner for painting or a quiet area for reading. Encourage them to display their creations or certificates proudly and celebrate their achievements no matter how small they seem.

 


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 12 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 12 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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