Strengths and passions are the inner qualities that make us feel most alive. Just like adults, children are sure to have one or a few unique interests, too. In order for children to discover what they’re passionate about, they will need time and space to explore and be exposed to different areas of interest. Helping your child find his or her passion is one of the most important things you can do.
Parents should continuously support their children and help them grow to be the best they can be and give them the opportunity to pursue their passions, develop their talents, and build their strengths. In this way, moms and dads provide them with avenues for growth and self-expression. It is a good thing there are ways to help you encourage children to explore their strengths and passion, and also to recognize their weaknesses.
Engage Children in Outdoor Sports
There are a lot of outdoor activities you can help your child get involved with. Sports like basketball, baseball, football, swimming, ice skating, are great examples of outdoor sports that help develop important physical, cognitive, and behavioral traits! Look out for extracurricular activities in the school, check their sports team, or just go ahead and ask your child if any sports activities interest them.
Make sure to pay attention to them and observe their behavior during their engagement. You just might be amazed at how natural your child is playing a certain sport and you may just be amazed by them and suddenly imagine them in the future Olympics. If your child is clearly happy and motivated with the activity, continue the support and allow him or her to participate in a sports team. Other than honing their strengths and passion, engaging in sports can offer a lot of benefits and teach a lot of valuable life skills.
However, some parents can go too far because let’s face it, sports is such a big deal, especially now. If you see that your child isn’t having fun at all in a certain sport, don’t force them. Maybe they’re just made for the music and arts field, which isn’t any less interesting than sports.
Don’t force your passions onto your children
Majority of parents have these unfulfilled dreams. It would be tempting to have those ambitions fulfilled through your children – but this may be a bad idea. It is important not to have your own dreams imposed onto your child who might end up holding a grudge against you. If you and your child end up having the same dreams, then good! But if your child has an opposite interest from yours, then that isn’t bad at all! Besides, your children should have the freedom to choose how they express themselves, as long as it is also doing something good to them.
Rather than expecting them to follow your dreams, widen your understanding of who they are and what really makes them tick. Allow them to identify what they personally like because this is a pretty big part of them discovering who they really are. If you keep making decisions for your children, they will never know themselves and would have a hard time deciding on their own when they get older.
Remember, a child will be happier doing something he genuinely loves rather than being forced to do something he doesn’t want to. As we all can relate to, children might even end up dreading going to school. Make them look forward to something that excites them daily – this will help them become more productive in every aspect of their life.
Enroll them in a hobby class
Does your child love to move and groove? Or maybe you hear him or her often singing to a favorite tune? Or, perhaps he or she loves to pretend play because of the different characters he or she can pretend to be? Whether it be dancing, singing, theater, arts, or any other class – enrolling them will definitely help strengthen their passion. This kind of approach is ultimately an effective passion finder.
Be sure to give them a number of options and ask them what kind of hobby class they would like to take. Don’t force them into a class they don’t feel like taking. It is best that your child enjoys it – this will make them learn easier.
During this kind of extracurricular activity, they will slowly get the feel of it and asses if this really makes them happy. It is best to enroll your child early on so the more receptive they are to learn new techniques, and therefore excel in that particular hobby. Besides getting to hone their skills, they are also surrounded by people who also have the same passion, which will help rev up their drive.
Provide Continuous Encouragement
Of all the people, you should be the least to crush your child’s dream. Instead, you should be their number one fan when it comes to their passions. A lot of parents have to squelch their child’s dream just because they don’t see it as a practical option in life – try not to be one of them.
Even if their dreams seem unrealistic and hard to attain, let them dream and just follow their heart – besides, you still don’t know where this will lead them. Despite how good or bad they are with their passion, it is your role as a parent to encourage them. Let them realize on their own whether they would like to continue this passion or not later in their life.
The value obtained from our support for what they love to do is immeasurable. When children cultivate their passion within themselves, then we’re raising them to be strong, independent kids who will learn to persevere and have healthy coping skills along the way.
Let them find their own paths
Failing is always okay and will always be part of every children’s journey in discovering what they really love, what they are passionate about, and what their strengths are. As their parents, you should allow them to experiment and thus, allow them to fail on their own. Children should be allowed to move freely without high expectations which puts pressure on them – this will discourage the children from exploring, experimenting, and innovating.
The more time children are given to explore on their own and find their own paths, the faster and easier they will be able to discover their strengths and passion. This will allow them to really get the feel of that genuine passion they are born with. Now, let go of that high expectation you have for what you want your child to do and just allow them to discover what really livens them up. Sometimes, kids let go of what they really are passionate about just to please their parents – now, you don’t want that to happen to your child.
Allow them to take part in Imaginative Pretend Play
To help encourage your child’s cognitive enrichment and emotional growth, allow them to take part in pretend play. Children, and even if they are just toddlers, are capable of spontaneous imagination – playing house, building tower blocks, “cooking” with imaginative tools.
During this imaginative play, the child can let loose and hone their inner strengths. Just simply observing him or her, while at play, will give you an insight into how they communicate, the child’s interests, and the unique perspective they have of themselves Observe your child and see what part makes him or her most happy and what activity he or she is drawn to.
Imaginative Play can be done in the comforts of your own home, at school, and even in an indoor playground that offers equipment to help spark more creativity and fun during the play. Join in on the fun, too! Parents can encourage more imagination by participating – this will most likely be more exciting for your little angel!
As parents, it is your responsibility to help children identify their soft spots for certain activities, passion, and interests, and provide them with opportunities to hone their talent. Encouraging them through their strengths and passions is how children develop to be the best version of themselves, while at the same time, being genuinely motivated and happy.