There is no parent out there that doesn't want their child to find something that they are passionate about. Every parent loves the idea of their child feeling happy, pursuing their interests and accomplishing something amazing. The thing is, it’s not always obvious what your child’s passions are. Some children aren't immediately drawn to something, and that can be difficult for parents who want to foster that love of learning.
Children need to accomplish something in life, as do we all, but if we try to force our children to be passionate about something we can easily miss the mark on supporting them. Some children do not have an obvious passion, but we know our kids: we know that there is something lingering deep down that they love. We just need to draw it out gently. The key for you as a parent is to help your children to focus on what makes them passionate, not tell them what their passions are. Igniting your child’s passion is going to take some time, and it involves helping them to discover what their dreams are and fuelling their passion.
Whether you do this with Science for Kids videos or you take them on a cultural tour to learn about the museums, you can help your children to figure out what they love to do. Discovering their passions will help your children to discover their confidence and improve their self-awareness, too. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about how you can ignite a passion in your children and make them feel like they are striving for something in life.
- Go A Little Deeper
If you see your child obsessed with YouTube, figure out why. Are they loving the funny videos or the awesome effects used? Either way, you could really foster a love of animation and movie making from that YouTube hobby of theirs. The little girl who loves to organize the doll house becomes the woman who is on an interior design mission. There is so much that can come of one little hobby, you just have to be willing to see it.
- Think Outside The Box
So your kid wants to be a footballer? Well, that may be a little reach, but is it really something you should ignore? The most glamorous roles are always the most coveted, but that doesn't mean that they’re unattainable. If your kid wants to be a footballer, pay for the football clubs and lessons with coaches. Foster their interests and invest in them, and that will help them to draw out their true passion. Why? Well, they can see you’re interested, too!
- Chase Those Dreams Now
If your child grows up believing that they have to wait to achieve, they’re going to find themselves constantly wishing. Why can’t you start supporting their goals now? If you have a child who wants to be a doctor, help them to get to the best schools and support their learning. Ask them what they need from you to achieve their passions. You can help your kids to achieve their dreams without waiting around for a specific time to do it.
- Help Them To Plan
The best way to get your child’s passions out of them is to sit together and ask them their plan. Ask what they need, what they want and how you can help them to get it. Once you do that, you immediately encourage them to look at the long game. When your kids have a long-term plan, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel and you can see the path you need to take to help them to achieve their goals. It’s all about making them feel like you are supporting them, and it starts with a sit-down plan!
- Get Them Into Clubs
If your child is desperate to get into a new hobby, you need to get them into the right clubs. With the right contacts in the industry in which they want to work, they’re going to be able to reach the right universities and the right network. You can expand their social circle in the area in which they want to base themselves, and that will help them to succeed.
All of this leads to a healthier relationship with your kids as much as it does a happier child. Start when they’re young and you’re going to forge the best relationship with your child - a happy, supportive one that will carry them through life.