How to Encourage Your Kids to Find Their Passion
Are you having difficulty keeping your children in a state of play or growth? Try one of these strategies to enable your kids to develop their passions, find meaningful work, and follow their dreams.
As a parent of young children, there are times when you want them to play. Your kiddos can express themselves, create, learn about numbers, colors, shapes, and more. But many times, you’re frustrated by your kid’s lack of direction. Don’t be too hard on them. It’s important to give them room to discover what interests them and how to explore new subjects and experiences.
Above all, don’t be afraid to give kids a break sometimes. With studies indicating that kids do better in school when they have some freedom, it can be difficult to lock kids in their rooms and send them outside once a week. You can introduce more structured activities if you offer creativity and playtime, as well as more structure. Here are some suggestions on how to balance your child’s work and play time:
Create a schedule that you both find comfortable. For some, this means sending kids outside for playtime while you read. But if playing outside is not possible, allow each child to choose their own way to practice or explore a subject. You can choose activities that include art or games or whether you want to help your child enjoy the outdoors. If you don’t like zoning out and doing nothing, set your own schedule.
These days, kids have a pretty comprehensive toolbox of learning and the tools are at their fingertips on demand. With devices, teachers and educational apps to choose from, creating a digital workspace for their game is simple. Use software or apps to program tutorials and create your own materials, too.
It’s so important for young kids to be creative, so encourage your child to think outside the box and make new finds. While most parents spend their time trying to keep up with technology, playdates can be a great way to help your child work with diverse materials.
Stick to the environment you believe in. Whether you believe in organic food or clean water, it’s important to stick to the environment that you believe in and follow their example. Go outside to help establish a bond with the planet, or take a trip to the park with your child.
Kids are natural explorers who look for new things. Take them on their explorations and encourage them to be active and present in whatever they’re doing. Although they might have the technology to help find answers or try out new experiences, just like you, they need time to play, find their feet, and explore.
Save quiet time to play and learn together. One of the reasons kids can’t focus in school, even though they’re enthusiastic learners, is because they often put so much on their plates. Play and learning give kids the time to read, make memories, and develop skills.
It’s key to remember that kids are developing rapidly. As parents, we want to nurture their creative interests and show them the way to follow their dreams. Give them room to find their way and provide the space to explore.
What do you do to get your kids to do something they’ve always wanted to do? — MindShift