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Hobbies can teach children valuable skills

Hobbies can teach children valuable skills

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Of course a hobby should be something that people enjoy doing but that’s not to say we can’t learn from them too. Hobbies can teach children valuable skills and life lessons that they might not receive from school and that will help them throughout their lives – and all while they are having fun.

Why bother with a hobby?

Having at least one interest away from school helps with social interaction and allows children to lose themselves in an enjoyable activity. This is especially important for kids who may not be particularly academic. Scoring five goals on the football pitch will boost confidence in the much same way as scoring perfectly on a spelling test.

Which hobbies should we choose?

Obviously the lessons learned will vary depending on the hobby so it’s important to try and steer them towards interests that you feel might benefit them in the future. However, be careful not to push too hard. Just like anyone else, children are more likely to stick at something if they enjoy it. Hobbies are all about having fun and developing interests, the learning part is a bonus. If your child shows no interest in whatever hobby you have in mind but is enthusiastic about taking up something else listen to them and let them have a go. Be prepared to experiment with different things – it may take some time to settle on a new hobby.

How do we choose a suitable hobby?

obbies can teach valuable skillsYour child may already have expressed an interest in something or may be open to suggestions. The main points to consider when choosing a hobby are the level of time and commitment needed to get anything from it and whether or not that particular pastime will be suitable for your child. Think about the qualities your child has – for example, if she is creative she may like to join a pottery or ceramics class. Alternatively, if she is an energetic type a running club or judo class might be more suitable.

How many hobbies should children have?

Everyone is different and while some children will be happy going to a selection of clubs and groups through the week, others will choose one hobby and stick with it. Don’t get too hung up on how many activities your child develops an interest in but do try to keep a healthy balance between school, hobbies, family time and quiet time.

What kind of skills will they pick up?

This could be absolutely anything, and not always as obvious as you’d think. Someone taking up a new instrument, for example, will learn how to play it and perhaps also to read music. However, if joining a band, they’ll also learn the importance of teamwork, practise and dedication. They’ll also get used to performing in public, which can be a great confidence booster. On the other hand, a child who collects stickers, stamps, trading cards or anything else will soon learn the value of organisation and networking. Even the most basic of hobbies will have something to offer, even if it’s not immediately obvious.





About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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