Your child may be too young to decide on a career path or life goals right away. But this doesn’t mean they don’t have that thing that makes them tick-that interest or hobby that excites them and make them feel fulfilled. Your job as a parent is to help your children discover their passion. Sure, their interests and talents may change as they learn and grow. But their passion for one or more things will remain for years.
Here are some ways to encourage your child to explore their strengths and passions:
Nurture their natural talents
Whether it’s dance or Lego building, your child’s natural talents will develop over time. Once you see it, you must help nurture them. After all, the innate gifts of each child should be celebrated.
So, does your child love to sing? How about enrolling them in vocal lessons? If they show interest in playing musical instruments, consider letting them take guitar, piano, or drum lessons on weekends. Music uses many different parts of the brain at once to process rhythm, movement, and emotions. Children don’t only get to develop their passion for music, but they also improve their cognitive functions.
If your child likes to draw or paint, art classes can be a fun way to let them discover their passions and strengths, as well as the beauty of the world. Drawing and painting can also help children develop motor skills and learn more about shapes, sizes, spatial relationships, and even mathematical concepts.
Even if your kid doesn’t become passionate about their natural abilities, that’s still alright. Their experience learning to play the piano or paint in watercolor can lead them to the path of their passions.
Challenge your kids
Once you’ve discovered your child’s innate abilities, encourage them to try things they’re not skilled in. For instance, a drama club can be a good outlet for creative kids, including the shy and timid ones.
Does your child find it fun to read and learn things about the world? How about pushing their boundaries by encouraging them to enter their school’s debate team? Debate clubs can help your kid discover more information, develop clearer communications skills, and better organize their thoughts. Plus, being part of a school club means interacting with many different people and meeting new friends.
Help them with schoolwork
Passions can come in various forms. When you assist your child with their schoolwork, you might discover a less traditional passion they have. Perhaps, they are not fond of music or art, but they love math, science, or foreign languages. Maybe they thrive on figuring out solving challenging questions. With a little help, your child might learn that it’s the things most kids dread doing that they like best.
Continue the conversation
Keep the conversation about their interests, hobbies, and passions going. Getting to the varsity team or debate club doesn’t mean that’s it-that they have already discovered their passion in life. Keep an open dialogue; constantly ask your kids whether they still find their current activities fun and whether they want to keep doing them, develop further skills on the said activity, or try a different activity next time.
Besides, having a regular conversation about your child’s interests and challenges can keep them engaged in relationships with you, themselves, and others. That, alone, can help them grow well.
For most people, passion can be equated with life’s purpose. Once they’ve discovered your passion, they can pursue it wholeheartedly and let it bring infinite joy to their life. The same goes for your kids. As young as possible, they can start exploring activities that they can pursue and have fun doing.
This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.