As time goes by, your child will be experiencing more and more stress and unease. This can be due to school pressures, peer pressures, or changes in hormone levels. Providing them with a source of release and something else to focus their attention on will certainly help with mood swings as well as reduce stress levels which can, in turn, provide a little welcome harmony within your home.
Hobbies and interests that your child may enjoy can be soothing and not only for them, as you will see from the list below.
#1 Learning music
Learning to read and play music can be a fantastic hobby, especially if your child has the full support of their family and friends. It is fair to say that purchasing an instrument brand new at the first introduction to learning to play may not be the best investment that you have ever made. This is because your child may like the idea but find in practice that it is a lot harder than it looks or that your child just isn’t suited to the size or weight of what is on offer.
Therefore, it is a lot more prudent to rent a musical instrument. Of course, there is more to just renting an instrument. For instance,with a trumpet rental, you will find that you may have the possibility of renting to own, or if you are happy just to rent, maintenance and upgrading of the instrument will be included in your monthly rental fee, so you will have no large bills coming at you out of the blue.
#2 Playing team sports
Playing team sports will undoubtedly get your child out of the house into the fresh air and have them meet new people. It is important that your child takes time to connect with others outside their school world, and enrolling them in a local teamcan be agreat way to have them growing up fast as an individual as well as in confidence.
Of course, not all team sports are played in fresh air. Ice hockey, basketball, and volleyball can also be played indoors, so if you are worried about your child being open to the elements, there are other options available to you.
#3 Art and sculpture
Encouraging your child to have a go at art or sculpture may not be the first item on your list. However, art, whether drawing, painting, or in oil pastels, can be very relaxing. It is important to be enthusiasticabout your child’s work, even if you are not sure what it is supposed to be. As your child explores their possibilities, their confidence and their artistic personality will develop.
If this doesn’t do the trick, there is the option of sculpture. This can be started with materials such as play-doh or air-dry clay (although, when using clay, it is wise to make sure your child’s clothing is well protected as well as the surface that they are sculpting on). Children love anything that can be construed as gooey, slimy, or squidgy, so you may find that this is an interest that blooms faster than you expect.
Letting your child sink into a hobby or interest they are good at will provide them with more enthusiasm. Showing off their sculptures, going to their sports matches, or music recitals will also prove to them that you are supportive and proud of their accomplishments.