Saturday 12 November 2022

Helping Your Child Find their Passion

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Hobbies, clubs and out of school activities are a great way for children of all ages to try new things, meet new friends and develop new skills. Often these hobbies can quickly become passions for the kids involved and they start attending classes or groups regularly for a monthly fee. These hobbies and clubs are a great way for children to try new things and they often build up fantastic new skills which in turn aids kids in working out the things they are good at and the things they are passionate about.

Some children find their passions very easily, but other children might not have found that particular hobby they could regard as a devoted activity. When we tried with our two, one took to swimming (so much so that he now competes in competitions and swims four times a week), and the other got bored after a few weeks and refused to return, so it just goes to show how different kids have different experiences with each hobby. With this guide, we help your child find that passion.

Explore the many activities your child’s school has on offer

While the predominant aim is to get your child to enjoy their main education and achieve good grades, there will be plenty of opportunities for your child to pick up skills elsewhere. These often come in the form of extracurricular activities or clubs to help children discover something new. There are a lot of benefits to picking up activities, both physically and mentally for children’s health, but it’s also great for schools to give their students a lot more ways to develop and to meet new friends outside of their exisiting bubble.

This prep school in London has a range of different enrichment activities, programmes and clubs for students to explore. These will give your child a lot of experience in different potential hobbies and what they could find to be a passion.

Explore taster days

There are some places that will offer taster days to help children see what’s involved in different activities. Your child could really enjoy the idea of going to karate lessons, but when they head to the taster day your child finds that it’s not exactly what they’re after. It’s a good opportunity for your child to figure out which activities they think will turn into a regular interest for them. And if they don’t like what they’ve seen at a taster session then at least they know they have tried it and know what to expect.

Doing this will also help save you money too as your child can try out the activity before you commit to signing your child up for the group and paying a monthly of block of fees. If the club, you are looking at trying doesn't mention free trials it is always worth asking as most clubs are happy to do this. 

Let your child try lots of different activities

Sometimes it’s about trial and error of different interests to see which ones your child wants to actively explore. If your child doesn’t like something, then move on to another activity rather than forcing them to stay doing something they don't enjoy. Perhaps your child liked the elements of playing football but wasn’t overly keen. This is when you could try out rugby instead as they have similar roles, but still have unique differences. The main thing is to be child led, let them choose the activity/hobby and be supportive of whatever they choose. If they pick something unreasonable such as something too far away or too expensive be honest with them and try to help them find something else. 

Experimenting to see what your child likes is a good way to make them aware of lots of other activities they could try instead. Trial and error is something your child can also use to help build their skills in particular areas that interest them.

Do your children take part in any extra activities or hobbies outside of school? If so let me know what they do in the comments below.


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