Creative Child

The Benefits of Hobbies for Children and Where to Begin

by Rebecca Eanes

Does your child have a hobby? If not, it may be worthwhile to help him find one. Having a hobby provides loads of benefits for kids, including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Competence
  • Providing bonding time with family or friends
  • Learning self-discipline
  • Learning patience
  • Keepin Back to School Vibes g them entertained
  • Learning goal-setting and decision making
  • Physical activity
  • Strengthens fine motor skills and bilateral coordination
  • Acting as protective measure against destructive or unhealthy activities
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Encouraging creativity

Some children seem to effortlessly pick up a hobby. They know what they like and what they’re interested in from a young age. Other children, however, may struggle with finding a hobby they really enjoy. If your child doesn’t know what hobby interests them, try the following:

1. Make a list of your child’s interests.

2. Ask her about her likes and dislikes.

3. Test the waters. Find summer camps in sports they think they may be interested in rather than committing to a full season at first or look up classes in your area that relate to your child’s interests.

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