Every parent is on the lookout for ways to bond with their kids. Bonding is, after all, when you can most enjoy your time together. Finding an activity you both enjoy has the power to transform you from a nagging parent to, dare we say it, a friend. Which is a goal you’re aiming for. Hobbies are important for kids at the best of times. What they choose could shape them as people.. If they find the right thing, it could even shape the future they choose for themselves. So, it makes sense that you would want to be part of that.
Of course, finding common ground with children isn’t as easy as you might think. Though most parents like to believe their kids are like them, it isn’t always the case. We could go into the nature vs. nurture reasons of why that is, but that might be a conversation for another time. Whatever the reason, our children rarely develop our passions. So, it’s important you both compromise when choosing what to do together.
Picking an activity neither of you has tried before may be the best thing. That way, you’ll be an even footing. You’ll both stand to gain from the experience. Things like sports can be a fantastic option, for the very reason that they promote team work. And, the more you and your child have to work as a team, the better. Sportspeople understand each other in a unique way. They can often communicate without words! So, it’s the perfect thing. Don’t think you have to stick to traditional options like football, either. You could get stuck into something less common, like boating. If you’re trying something new, you may as well go all out. If sport doesn’t appeal to either of you, consider other options. Creative projects are always a fantastic idea. Could you make something together instead?
Choosing an activity is all well and good, but hobbies come and go. How can you ensure you both stick with this? The best way is to develop a passion. The deeper you go into something, the more likely you’ll keep at it. Doing the thing isn’t enough. You should also research, and encourage your child to do the same. If you chose boating, research different types of boats. Find out what a trolling motor is, and how to use it. It can even help to show an interest in famous people from the boating world. If you’re pursuing a creative project, do everything possible to get excited. Find out about materials, and the best methods to use. And, most importantly, talk to your child about this. If you sense they aren’t getting excited, do everything you can to change that.
Then, make sure to enjoy your time together. Remember that this is for fun. While passion is crucial, too much of it could kill the experience. Never shout if you think your child’s doing something wrong. Just enjoy their company, and experience the learning process together.