Kids are different than adults in far too many ways to list. And while some of those differences are the result of a lack of maturity, others variances are enviable. For example, who wouldn’t want the sense of adventure that a child has? They’re always imagining, creating, pretending, and trying new things. While nobody would blame you for wanting to limit the number of activities your children take on (so you can get a little R&R), do you really want to hold your kids back? Here are 8 activities and hobbies you absolutely must let your children try (at least once):
If you’re going to let your children invest in something, why not make it something valuable and transferrable to the real world. Taekwondo helps turn children into confident adults and gives them the self-defense skills needed to thrive. Children as young as three or four can be introduced to taekwondo and lessons can be taken through adulthood. It’s a great long-term activity to pursue.
2. Team Sports
While taekwondo is largely an individual sport, children may also benefit from joining a team sport such as basketball, soccer, football, or baseball. These sports teach responsibility, work ethic, and selflessness. Many local recreation centers offer organized team sports at low seasonal prices. Your child’s school may even offer after school team sports.
3. Music Lessons
If sports aren’t your child’s thing, maybe they’re musically gifted? The earlier you start a child playing music, the better chance they’ll have of succeeding. Ask your child whether there’s an instrument they want to learn and find a local instructor to help with lessons. Thanks to YouTube and online instructors, you may even be able to help your child get the instructions they need from the comfort of your own home.
4. Cooking Classes
There’s something to be said for helping your child obtain transferable life skills at an early age. Both boys and girls can benefit from taking cooking classes. It teaches them the importance of healthy eating and may even allow you to get a much-needed rest on an occasional weeknight.
5. Camping and Hiking
Far too many kids spend hours each week cooped up in the basement playing video games or mindlessly watching TV sitcoms. Not only is this unhealthy, but it ruins their connection with the outdoors. Consider taking hiking excursions and camping trips with your children to expose them to the beauty and lure of nature. If you want an organized approach, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are great activities to sign your child up for.
6. Woodworking or Crafting
Who doesn’t love making things? If you are a woodworker or crafter yourself, you can teach your children the skills you know. You may be surprised to see the ideas your children have. This can be a great way to bond together while doing things you enjoy.
Who hasn’t had a collection as a child? The possibilities are virtually endless. Let your child choose something they like and help them start a collection. This could include things like coins, stamps, baseball cards, dolls, rocks, leaves, stickers, or really anything in between.
8. Part Time Job
Once your kids are old enough, you can help them become more responsible and financially independent by helping them find a job. Just a few hours a week are enough to instill lasting values. But remember, they have their entire lives to work. Never make them work more than they want.
Children are creative and imaginative. Find activities that bring these characteristics out and allow them to explore the world in fun new ways. Do you have any other activities that you let your children participate in?