In today’s world, a child has endless opportunities and possibilities. There are so many options to choose from, right from taking up hobbies, to making a career choice. From a young age, children are curious about their environment. They are constantly trying to explore and make sense of the world around them. It is in this process of exploration that a child may find his passion. For some, this passion is discovered at an early age, but for others, it takes much longer: sometimes only in adulthood.
A child shows his/her passion for something by repeatedly going back to the desired activity and by showing a continued interest for it. He/she may also feel happy and be fully engaged when involved in the activity. In addition, you may notice that the child really excels at the activity, sometimes even with minimal supervision or guidance from an adult.
Your role as a parent is crucial when it comes to nurturing your child’s passion. It’s important to be aware of your child’s interests because it is something that can guide your child towards success and happiness. So what can you do as a parent to ensure your child is honing-in his/her skills?
- First and foremost, allow your child to explore new avenues. Giving your child more opportunities to experiment gives him/her more chances at finding something he/she is passionate about. Try not to restrict your child to conventional activities, but rather allow your child to explore newer and more unique opportunities.
- Guide your child through the entire process. It is essential that you and your child are able to communicate openly about what interests him/her, and what does not. Motivate your child to persevere.
- Allowing your child to express himself/herself involves being open and flexible with your expectations as a parent. Many times, children may not express their deep interest in a particular activity because they are afraid that their parents may not approve, or that they may be disappointing their parents. Talking to your child about your expectations is a healthy way of avoiding disappointment and conflict.
- Show interest in your child’s interests. Having a parent who pays attention and cares about one’s interests has a lasting influence in developing one’s passion. Support your child by showing a genuine interest in the activity and by helping out during the difficult parts. Be aware of new developments in your child’s field of interest, and keep expanding your child’s opportunities.
- Making comparisons is a major roadblock towards helping your child find his/her passion. Try not to compare your child with his/her sibling(s), other children, or even with yourself. It is a natural tendency to compare, but this could make your child feel inferior, and could send out a message that his/her passion is not important enough.
- Encourage your child to find a role model, someone who your child can look up to, and feel inspired by. Having a role model during the growing years can be a powerful motivation for your child to excel in the field.
Finding one’s passion can be a long and confusing journey, and you as an adult, may have experienced similar feelings while trying to find your own passion in life. Therefore, your presence in your child’s journey is very important and meaningful. It’s good to remember that not all children find their passion with ease; some take many years, many attempts, and even many failures. However, having the support of parents can make an immense difference to your child’s quest. Our experts at Parenting On Demand are here to help you lead and support your child on this long (and often confusing) journey. Talking to an expert today can help your child expand his/her horizons!