It’s a great thing as a parent, isn’t it, when your children start to explore who they are and discover their passions in life. In the generations before us, there was perhaps less emphasis on encouraging kids to seek personal fulfilment and more on toeing the line, fitting in and knuckling down to get a good job and pay your way in life.
These days, I like to think that we are more spiritually enlightened and our eyes are open to the fact that while money is a necessity to live, it is more important for our children to discover themselves instead of resigning themselves to a job or career they hate for the rest of their working lives.
Often, however simple this may sound, the best way to find out what your child’s passions are is simply to ask them. Many times, children will have a hundred different things they are passionate about during a week, but the one thing they really love will always remain. If you have noticed your child talking about one thing in particular, over and over, then it can be safe to assume that it is something they are passionate about.
Whether it be horses, cars, or dolls, you should encourage your child to pursue their passion, as much as your finances allow, of course. It is important, however, to remind your child that money does not grow on trees and draw a line between blindly financing anything your child asks for and spoiling them.
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If your child is not as vocal about their passions, then pay attention to their talents. Perhaps you catch them out of the corner of your eye playing football against a wall in the garden whenever they can, or you hear from teachers at school that they are very good at mathematics.
By paying attention to their talents you can get a better overview as to what it is that their passions are, perhaps more so from directly asking them. Oftentimes if a child excels in a particular subject or activity, it can be safe to surmise that it is one of their passions, as children, unfortunately, tend to only invest their attention into something that they are personally interested in.
If your child neither expresses particular interest in any specific subject or activity nor speaks of their passions, then it would be appropriate to take a step toward encouraging them.
By signing your child up for a sport, you may introduce them to something they love and hold close to them for the rest of their life. Oftentimes sports, especially at school, can help them find friends and network with other students, and make lifelong connections.
Many of the most world’s most famous athletes were introduced to their sport by their parents and, without that introduction, would have been unlikely to achieve the heights of sporting prowess they subsequently achieved.
Every single parent probably hears these three words once a day, ‘Hey, I’m bored!’ What you might not have known is that by allowing for boredom, your child’s hidden interests and talents may come to the surface. With little to do around the house, they may end up going outside and pursuing a sport or rather finding a particular subject they are interested in and want to learn more about.
Be sure to keep plenty of books lying around your house so that if your child happens to utter those three familiar words, you can offer them a book to read. More so in our current generation do we see children expressing less of interest when it comes to reading and writing. Perhaps that is one of the most important things you can cultivate in your child from a young age.
Without the written word, the world would not function. Surprisingly, many teenagers have yet to have even read a book, whereas in our parents’ generations they would have been avid readers by the age of ten. Start your child off slowly, introduce them to the works of Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss, and perhaps your child will develop an affinity toward reading and writing.
Whatever your child does express an interest in, as long as it isn’t harmful to them, you should encourage them and remind them you love them and will love them whatever they decide to do. Your child is often your best friend, and as they grow older and eventually have their own children, they will look upon their childhood as a reminder of how to raise a child, or how not to. Be their biggest supporter and never forget to tell them how proud of them you are.