3 Reasons Why Children Can Benefit From Hobbies
*This post contains external links. [Image via Pixabay] As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, who was forever knitting, sewing, or quilting. What started out as her teaching me a little bit here and there turned into my lifelong love for fiber arts. Even as a teenager I was sewing or knitting, just for the sake of creating, and it was a perfect outlet after school. As I grew older and became more aware of my depression and anxiety, crafting became my go-to as a means of calming and soothing my brain. I think hobbies, regardless of what type, are an important way to be with yourself, to learn new skills and to light the fire of creativity.
Children of all ages seem to be immersed in television and technology these days, and, as a result, they start to have a hard time focusing on much else. Soon, teachers and parents begin to see the negative side effects from more time spent glued to the screen and less time spent on hobbies and other activities. That’s why it’s important for kids to develop hobbies that can grab their attention, especially since hobbies impact their mental health, brain power and socialization skills.
1. Hobbies help children develop creativity and socialization skills
Buzzle points out several of the key benefits and healthy habits that come from children having hobbies. First, hobbies help to spark creativity, a key skill that’s often lost in this day of addictive technology. Children will feel a sense of accomplishment when they develop a hobby and have some success with it, and they will learn new skills and challenge their brain.
Socialization is also a big benefit that comes when children embrace new hobbies. Whether it’s through an art or chess club at school, joining a sports team, or getting involved in a theater group, engaging in an activity with peers in a relaxed setting is great for developing positive socialization skills. Parenting Science notes that cooperative activities, like those often done as hobbies, help kids get along better with one another, and these opportunities help kids develop the much-needed lifelong skills of being helpful, caring and willing to share.
2. Hobbies help develop the brain and improve mental health
Brainy Child suggests that helping children develop hobbies early on as their brain is developing is key in boosting their physical and mental health as well as their academic and social skills. Hobbies tend to reduce stress levels in people of all ages, and they assist in developing patience, willpower, concentration, and dedication. Hobbies can help a child develop a sense of independence with projects that are usually done individually, but even those types of hobbies often lend themselves to connecting with others in some way too.
While most of us think of mental health, stress, depression, or anxiety in relation to adulthood, children are just as susceptible to these issues. Kids can face significant stress at home, or there are frequently issues that cause distress within friend dynamics or through academics at school. Supporting your child in developing hobbies goes a long way toward reducing those stress levels and helping them build self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment.
3. There is a hobby to spark every child's interests
There’s no shortage of hobbies that can be appropriate and fun for children. Arts and crafts are common hobbies for kids of all ages, and this can involve a variety of mediums like paint, clay, origami, drawing, or building multi-dimensional pieces. Reading, also a popular hobby among kids of all ages, provides significant opportunities to challenge one's brain and learn new skills, in addition, learning a different language can provide a similar benefit.
Hobbies that are well-suited for children cover a wide range of possibilities. In addition to sports, crafts and reading, many kids enjoy photography, cooking, gardening and building collections. Playing an instrument can be a great childhood hobby, and many kids enjoy volunteering or embracing other community-related activities.
Whether your child is in preschool, elementary school, or hitting the tween or teen years, guiding them toward developing hobbies that will grab their interest and ignite their creativity is essential. Hobbies help spark brain development, build new skills and provide socialization opportunities. They can also improve a child’s mood and mental health, leading them to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
This week's post written by Maria Cannon, our guest blogger from HobbyJr.org