I’m sure, like most parents, you’ve found that children these days aren’t as easily entertained as when you were a child. I remember being told “It’s a nice day out, now go outside and play”. We could have fun playing kick the can and other games. It would seem that if it doesn’t have a controller or keypad and hook up to some sort of screen, it’s not something today’s children are interested in. When it comes to getting you’re children into something other than videos games, don’t be afraid to participate. There are many fun hobbies that can be fun for your child and give you an excuse to spend time with them. Here are 6 hobbies that are sure to be a hit:
One of the obvious choices is sports. Sports give children a chance to make friends. They teach children strategy and teach them to deal with adults and authority through coaches and referees. Sports can also give children a sense of accomplishment, of being a part of a team. Take an active role, whether it’s coaching or practicing, this is an excellent opportunity to bond and get to know your children.
Remote Control Car/Boat/Plane
Kids love to play with remote control toys. Make sure the toy is age appropriate and if necessary supervise or help. Many remote control toys require assembly. Be sure to include the child in this process, it will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that they were able to assemble their toys.
You can get started at your local park, on trails, on the street, or even in your back yard. Many cities now have bike and skateboard parks for you to use. Remember safety first! Purchase all necessary pads and a helmet. This is a fun way for you to spend time with your kids and it’s amazing watching all the tricks they can learn. They can start out by learning some beginner tricks online and practicing them. As they become more comfortable they can attempt more difficult tricks.
Fishing & Hunting
Help them become great sportsman by taking them to the lake, range, woods, or fields. A great way to spend time with your children, you can teach them how to handle a firearm or bow. Perhaps you teach them all about fly-fishing. Their are few activities that give you the time and opportunity with your children. As always, safety is a must, have them take a gun safety course and learn to swim.
What child doesn’t idolize their favorite stars? Let them try acting out for themselves. There are many acting schools out there, as well as classes through school. Check out your local theater production for opportunities. There are many fun theater classes including in cold reading, speaking with an accent, choreography, dancing, scene studies, theatrical sword fighting and many more. A quick search online can also provide tips and beginners lessons, as well as locations for instructional classes
Anyone can play “Guitar Hero”, but not everyone actually plays an instrument. Have your child pick out an instrument that interests them. Many schools offer music programs, there is band, choir, and orchestra. You can also get guitar and piano lessons. A team of researchers, led by FIU Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr told Medicalxpress.com, “And in some cases,” Pelham noted, “we found listening to music helped the kids with ADHD to complete their work. Actually for this subgroup, the effect of music on them was nearly as effective as medication.”
“And in some cases,” Pelham noted, “we found listening to music helped the kids with ADHD to complete their work. Actually for this subgroup, the effect of music on them was nearly as effective as medication.”
For some children with ADHD, music has similar positive effects to medication–MedicalXpress