5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD FIND THEIR PASSION
Mum, I’m bored. Dad, I’m bored!
It’s something we’ve all heard from time to time. Yes, children need a lot of social stimulation and plenty of parental playtime. But they also need to be able to entertain themselves and find something that ignites a spark within. Because, let’s face it, we can’t be responsible for entertaining them ALL the time. Sorry, not happening kids.
Helping your children find something they love doing is a great way to build their confidence and develop a sense of pride. It also gives them a focus, a purpose, and something to do other than announce that they are bored. So how can you help your kids find this passion? Here are a few things to try:
1. Give it a go with them
Often kids don’t feel confident enough to try new things unless you are by their side, at least for the first few tries. Yes, you might be way out of your comfort zone, but so are your little ones. So get out there. Kick the footy at the park. Hit golf balls at the driving range. Go roller skating, even if you are awful at it. If mummy can do it, then so can they.
2. Have resources on hand
You don’t have to buy the most expensive sporting equipment the moment your child kicks a ball. But you can plant the seed by getting basic materials. Buy some pens, paints and paper if your little one likes to draw, paint or write. Give them your old camera to take photos. Pick up some different balls, rackets, bats, etc. if they are showing an interest in sport.
3. Ask around
What’s out there? You may be surprised! The best way to find out about these programs, sporting clubs and organisations, other than checking PakMag, of course, is to talk to other parents.
4. Go to free trial days
Most clubs offer children a chance to try for free to see if they like it before signing up for the term or year.
5. Support them from the sidelines
Doing something new is always scary. For the first little while, don’t do the drop and go. Instead, stay with them, watch them, wave to them, cheer for them. The best way to help them overcome their initial fear and find their passion is to be there to support them every step of the way.
Activities to try in Cairns
Art by Louise Broadbent – Art classes
Art by Louise Broadbent
Abacus by Wallis – Abacus skills
Garden Sparkle – Creative workshops
Jump Mania Trampoline Park – Dodge Ball League
Kindermusik with Nicole – Music
South Cairns Gymnastics – Gymnastics