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Why Are Hobbies Important in Children’s Learning and Development?

September 11, 2018 by  
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by guest blogger Annabelle Short

Almost all children have some sort of hobby. This might be crafting, sewing, or playing the piano, for example. They might even personalize these crafts to make them their own. These hobbies usually give your child some joy and help to take up some of their free time.

There is more to hobbies than just fun and games, though. These activities are also important to your child’s learning and development. So, there is more than just a cursory reason to cultivate your child’s hobbies and interests – there is far more to it than that.

Build Self-Esteem

When treated correctly, hobbies can help to build a child’s self-esteem. After all, they are creating something whether it’s an end product of a craft, music, or a collection. This ability to create will help a child feel more like they have special skills and contribute to the world around them, even if it is only in minute way.

Part of this comes down to you as a parent, though. When a child starts to find their hobbies and interests, you need to foster it in them. They need to know that they are supported in what they do. You can teach them this by helping them foster their love of their hobby and anything else they do in their lives.

Improve Problem-Solving Skills

Many hobbies also teach children how to handle problems. For instance, if a child is learning to play guitar and they are trying to learn a lick that their hands aren’t large enough to play, they have to adapt to learn to play that lick differently than an adult guitarist would.

A huge part of this comes down to the fact that hobbies, especially more creative hobbies, teach children to think creatively. If they have to learn to create something then they are learning to be creative. Even if they are simply reading as their hobby, they are absorbing information every time they crack open a book.

Learn to Set and Achieve Goals

As your child gets deeper into a hobby, they will want to be better at it. As an answer to this, they will need to set goals that they want to reach. Maybe they want to learn a new song or make their own clothing, each of these goals requires them to plan and learn new steps along the way. This lesson will help them in life as the concept of making and reaching goals is transferred.

This will also help children to develop a feeling of satisfaction as they reach a goal. This feeling will not only encourage them to reach that specific goal but to strive towards all their goals in the future.

The concept of goal setting will also help children develop organizational skills and an eye for detail. This is because to reach the goals they have in mind, they will need to create a method for reaching these goals and execute it which takes organization and implementation.

Provide Future Opportunities

Finally, hobbies might help children find out what they want to do in the future. None of this has to be rushed or permanent but it can help.

If a child loves to read, for instance, this might lead them to develop their reading skills as they go through school. One day, they might even decide they want to get an English degree or become a school teacher to share their passion.

The important part of this is that if these hobbies are going to be cultivated into a child’s passion and goals, it needs to happen naturally. While you want to support them, you don’t want to push them too hard. If a child feels forced into a hobby, they may think of it more as a responsibility than a true enjoyment and it might feel more burdening than genuinely entertaining. This will only temper their interest rather than encouraging it to grow. In other words, you have to let your child develop their passions at their own pace.

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