Friday, January 8, 2016

What More Can You Do To Support Your Child's Passions?

All of us have children that are passionate about something. In fairness, those passions are often brief and fleeting. But some kids have a natural flair for something like sport or dance, and you can’t stop them wanting more. On the contrary, it’s important to support these interests, even if you don’t personally find much value in them.

We all want our kids to do well in school. Not every child is academically minded, though. Some have talents and strengths in other things. And that’s where their attention will be focused. You might try the tactic of making them do their homework first, but there is a risk you might cause a stubborn child to rebel! So should you support other interests as a priority?

There are plenty of ways you can support your child’s passions. And showing your support often makes our kids more willing to help us out (with homework) later on. Being supportive tells your little one that his passion is important to you too. You haven’t dismissed it or suggested it is irrelevant. Instead, you’ve become involved, and you’re engaging your child.

If your child is interested in sports, you can always offer to help the team. Kids’ teams are often run by volunteers, and they need parents to provide funds, snacks, and adult presence to continue. There are always administrative tasks to take on. You might be able to help organise a local rally or competition. Simple things like ordering the medals or trophies from somewhere like Premier Trophies UK can be very helpful.

Some children are budding musicians. Music lessons are very expensive, so you may look for cheaper ways for your child to gain more experience and knowledge. You could organise a Saturday morning playing group for children to come together and play. Why not browse the internet together for more learning resources? You could even learn the same instrument yourself to help support your child.

Kids that love art often spend a lot of time sketching and colouring. It’s easy to worry that they are spending too much time alone indoors. You could help them use their art skills to draw or paint landscapes. Pick some beautiful places you know that you could sit and sketch for a while. Maybe you could take your child to a gallery to see some other works of art? There are always lots of free community groups that you could take your child along to as well.

Some parents worry when their kids like to play alone with their toys. But this could be a sign that your child is very creative. You could get down on the floor and play along. Choose a toy and select a scenario. Improvise your way through the play and see where it leads. Perhaps the story you come up with could be written down as part of your child’s handwriting homework? You could even weave in words from this week’s vocabulary list.

Getting involved in your child’s passion can be very valuable for you both. And when it does come time to get the homework done, you’ll have a more engaged child sat with you to get it done. Enjoy quality time with your child.