Tips for inculcating hobbies that hold the seeds to a childs future. Every parent has certain dreams and fond wishes about their childs future. Some parents visualise their son as a high-flying lawyer, while some want their daughter to become a beauty queen. Whatever the ambitions, parents have to realise that children ultimately become what they want to become. Therefore, it is imperative to find
Tips for inculcating hobbies that
hold the seeds to a child's future.
Every parent has certain dreams and
fond wishes about their child's future. Some parents visualise their son
as a high-flying lawyer, while some want their daughter to become a beauty queen. Whatever the ambitions, parents have to realise that children ultimately
become what they want to become. Therefore, it is imperative to find out
their inherent interests. And once you zero in on some such interest, help
the child make the most of this hobby or interest. You never know how these
personal interests may flower into a lucrative profession.
Stepping stones into the future
Parents have to emphasise the importance
of nurturing an interest that will give immense personal satisfaction to
the child, a hobby that will add meaning to life. It has been rightly said,
"If you would like to be happy for a day, go for a picnic. If you would
like to be happy for a week, get married. If you would like to be happy
for a month, go on a vacation. But if you would like to be happy for a
lifetime, learn to love what you do.''
Hobbies are not
A mother shouted at her son for the
long hours he spent on the Spectrum, which is a computer for very small
children. Today, she is blessing him and the lord, because the boy is now
a well-paid software programmer. You never know which hobby is going to
take your children places. So let's take a look at a few that you should
encourage your children to pursue, as they might find their road to true
Books are a child's best friends.
The book habit is one of the best habits you could inculcate in your little
one. Not only will it increase their general knowledge, it will introduce
your child to the written world. Reading improves a child's understanding
of the world.
Any physical activity keeps a child
mentally active, fit and alert. Sports like cricket, tennis, swimming,
chess and badminton also hold a great deal of career opportunities. Look
at Sachin Tendulkar,Vijay Amritaraj, Anita Sood, Leander Paes, Vishwanath
Anand and Aparna Popat. They are sportspersons who have made India proud
by playing at an international level. A child has to be consciously initiated
into a sport. However, he or she should not be pushed at any level. Excellence
will come only if and when it has to.
Music is the sound of the soul.
Vocal or instrumental music can give tremendous satisfaction to the soul. Exposing a child to the sound of music is a way of expanding his or her
world beyond the mundane. It is a hobby that can be turned into a lucrative
career in this day and age of entertainment, television and music videos.
This is a true way of helping children
to express themselves and work out all their deeper feelings and emotions.
If they have the talent, classical dancing is a respectable profession
for a long time now. Be it Bharatanatyam, Kathak or Kuchipudi, a child
can derive a lot from these dance forms.
Get your little one a camera and
watch him or her record beautiful memories. Who knows, you may have a budding
photographer or film-maker on your hands!
If your child has an aptitude for
the ladle, don't stop him from baking a cake. He may just have his own
cookery show or a website like Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, when he grows up. Or
he may even run his own restaurant or chain of hotels. Let's not forget
the growing demand and sizeable royalty from cookery books. Parents should
not stop their children from pursuing certain professions merely due to
the consideration of their sex. Who says that cookery is a woman's domain?
The head chef's in most five star hotels are males!
This is another great way of letting
children express themselves. Research in psychology shows that paintings
of a child betray his or her inner mental make-up. It is a very healthy
way of releasing pent up emotions.
No hobby is lesser or less dignified
than the other. Children have to be taught to respect each other's hobbies.
Be it gardening, making soft toys, playing computer games or theatre acting,
children should be allowed to take interest in any field.
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