Being a parent is no easy job. It requires constant reflection and self-improvement along the way. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. However, what exactly is best can be difficult to see as your child grows up. As your child begins to become more independent, they will develop hobbies and interests of their own. Keeping up with those hobbies can be tedious, overwhelming, and downright exhausting at times. Especially, if they differ widely from your own. However, knowing how to cultivate a genuine interest in your child’s hobbies can help them to remain passionate. It can give them motivation to pursue any avenue in life that is truly fulfilling for them.
Spend Quality Time with Your Child Each Day
As technology becomes more advanced and more commonplace in everyday life, you may find yourself spending less quality time in “real life” with your family and friends. Dedicate at least one hour of quality one-on-one time with your child each day to get to know more about their lives. Ask them about their struggles and the goals they have set for themselves. Prohibit the use of phones or other forms of technology as you spend quality time with your child to minimize or eliminate distractions altogether.
Ask Your Child About Themselves
Get to know your child better by asking them about themselves. While your child may be confused at first, it is important to hear your child’s perspectives on their hobbies, friends, and even their day at school. Asking your child about themselves is not only a way to learn about their lives and what they are currently experiencing as they grow into themselves, but it is a great way to show your child that you respect them as an independent individual.
Play Your Child’s Games Yourself
Take a leap and play your child’s games yourself. Whether they are immersed in the latest version of Five Nights at Freddy’s toys or Minecraft or if they have built a fort in their room, join in. Getting involved in your child’s games can help you to gain perspective on how they see the world. Stepping into their spaces helps you to better connect with one another.
Take the time to get to know your child on a deeper and more personal level. This will ensure they feel comfortable expressing themselves and showing you their personality. When your child feels as if you accept and embrace their hobbies, they are more likely to continually pursue them. Giving them a bit of your energy and time in this way, will show your love for them.