As a father, you always want to be there for your child and help guide them as they grow older. Part of that guidance means showing them what’s right and wrong, but it also means helping them explore themselves and discover what they want to pursue in life. There are many ways you can help your child find a hobby they love, which they’ll hold with them for the rest of their lives. Help them find those hobbies, and maybe even find a hobby you can enjoy together!
Let Them Dip Their Toes
One of the best ways to help your child find a hobby they’ll love is by helping them feel free to dip their toes in as many hobbies as they want. The world is full of exciting pursuits, and you need to let your child explore all of them, including hobbies like:
- Creative writing
- Video games
It’s challenging to know what your child may resonate with right away, so give them the time and space to find a hobby that clicks with them.
Personal Satisfaction Is All That Matters
In today’s culture of grinding and hustling, people are starting to move away from simple hobbies that bring them joy and onto ones that make money. Collecting sports cards used to always be about having fun and building your collection, but the media has framed this hobby as one where the only way to truly enjoy it is if you’re making money. In reality, debunking this sports trading card myth is easy. They can do something as simple as trading cards, art, or any form of collecting for the love of the hobby, not to make money.
If you love movies or some sport, it’s so easy to accidentally make your child like them too, ignoring the reality that they may just like pleasing you. It’s easy to subtly do this over the years, but you can also do this while exploring new hobbies for your child. If you invest in a lot of art supplies for them or get them a musical instrument, you can become passionate about the hobby, even if your child isn’t.
When helping your child find their hobby, be sure not to overcompensate—learn to step back and let them find what they enjoy. Additionally, be sure to let them know early on that they don’t feel the need to fake liking something. Kids are smart, and if they see you’ve spent a lot of money on something, they may be more inclined to lie about whether something is making them happy.
With these simple ways to help your child find a hobby they love, you and your child can find hobbies that help keep them active and happy. Something as simple as gardening or cooking can be a hobby your child will love, but they’ll likely never discover it on their own. It’s up to you as their parent to help introduce them to all the world has to offer, including these hobbies.