I’m constantly surprised by some children, how they tend to be especially driven, passionate, and intense from the start. With endless amounts of energy and willing to give a 100 percent each time they do what they love.
As a six-year-old, my daughter had a lot of interests. She was equal parts passionate about singing, piano, memorizing capitals of all countries in the world and playing with her Barbie dolls.
As a twelve-year-old, some of the interests have been replaced by others, but she has passionately kept up with a handful of them.
As our kids grow, they will have many different interests and some of those may develop into passions our children may want to pursue further. As parents, it is our job to support them and nurture their passions.
Cultivating new interests is part of the wonder of being a child.
WHY DO WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN’S INTERESTS?
Research shows that children engaged in activities they love tend to have better grades, higher self-esteem, and better time-management skills.
As parents, it is important to nurture and support what makes our child happy and to help them grow into well-rounded individuals. Every parent wants their son or daughter to feel passionate about what they do, to pursue interests that fuel happiness and provide a sense of accomplishment. Thus, it is imperative that we feed their hunger to do more at all times. This means understanding that they can be interested in more than one thing.
IDENTIFY THE CHILD’S UNIQUE INTERESTS.
Take the time to get to know and understand your child’s interests. Observe your child at play, ask open-ended questions and listen when your child shares his/ her dreams.
SUPPORT & ENCOURAGE THEM WHEN THEY SHOW INTEREST IN TRYING SOMETHING NEW
Support them by reading books on that topic, talking to experts, exploring classes online & close by and allow them the freedom to pave their own road to happiness.
EVERY CHILD HAS THE HUNGER TO DO MORE
Most importantly, we as parents should recognize that children are always keen to do more. To highlight this point, Horlicks recently created Passion Paathshaala to make parents realize the scope of their kids’ passions. This was India’s first-of-its-kind talent mentorship workshop where kids excelling in one activity learn another passion. Watch the video below –
For this, Horlicks chose kids with passion and performance in the fields of music, dance, karate, painting and more and got their parents to register them for a workshop. The parents were then invited to see their kids perform.
Just like the parents, I was expecting the kids to perform in the fields they were experts in. Instead, when the curtains opened, the kids started to perform another talent they had newly acquired in the workshop. It was fascinating to watch the painter sing, the karate student dance, and especially the surprise and the pride on their parents’ faces.
What a wonderful message that is – That as parents, we need to encourage the hunger to do more in our kids. That one talent does not have to define them. Kids want to explore every possibility without being defined by one passion.
HORLICKS PASSION PAATHSHAALA
As part of the initiative, parents can also take the step to recognize their kid’s interests. In collaboration with iTrust, the Passion Test is designed to help parents find their kids’ chief interest areas. Check out the test here to find your child’s passion.
Our kids need time and space to explore and be exposed to different areas of interest. Tests like these give us the opportunity to pursue these passions, & as they discover them, it will help them to determine and develop their talents.
What we can do is expose our children to many possible interests and then look for their eyes to light up at the prospect of doing what they are passionate about.
Take the Passion Test to discover your child’s passion and let me know what you think.
Disclaimer: The passion test has been designed and provided by iTrust. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.(GSK) makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents/results of this test/counselling which are for information purposes only.
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