It’s not a secret that Singaporeans tend to really focus and lean more heavily on academics. And even at a young age, Singaporean students understand the importance of education and make studying their primary concern. This is why many of these children’s hobbies tend to take the back seat more often to give more time and effort to children’s homework and grades.
While it is true that education is essential and in relation, studying and spending more time in school-based activities, hobbies also play an important role in our children’s development. Our pastimes do more than just pass the time. Hobbies promote mental health, personal growth, and stress reduction. In reality, these extracurricular activities are important to many schools as are their academics.
But as parents, how can you also help and support your child with their hobbies? In this article, we’re going to talk about the importance of nurturing hobbies in our children as well as what roles parents may take in doing so.
The good news is that co-curricular activities (CCA) are currently widely available in Singaporean schools, which helps pupils to discover their passions and hobbies. This means that having a hobby isn’t only exclusive to those who already have hobbies. Children can also explore and try new things that may interest them enough to form a hobby.
But how does one’s hobbies relieves stress? The obvious answer is it distracts them. By participating in their hobbies, students can distract themselves from exam anxiety and stay active. When they have taken their mind off a specific topic that stresses them out, it helps relieve their anxiety as well as the tension they are feeling. By having an outlet that distracts them, it will help them not to get easily burnout by the stress of studying.
Additionally, studies have demonstrated that it enhances academic performance in students. Students can decompress and focus on things other than the worksheets and evaluation books they see every day by engaging in hobbies or their CCA. For instance, interests in the arts give your youngster a creative outlet to release any suppressed emotions. It will help them feel better when they have other things that interest them to do. Allowing your child to express themselves and decompress reduces the likelihood that they may engage in extreme behavior or thoughts.
Your child gains experience as they immerse themselves more fully in their pastime. As they begin to tell others about their experiences, they also start to gain attention. Their peers may want to ask for their guidance once they also start their journey of the same hobby. Their patience, self-worth, and confidence are also increased by this exposure. Aside from that, they will also be able to help other students who are wanting to start their own hobbies. And as they continue to help and develop their hobbies, they will also learn essential skills like time management.
Sports and the arts are excellent ways to teach your child life lessons. Your child can improve their sportsmanship and team communication skills through sports like basketball, netball, or football. Your child will not only pick up teamwork but also leadership skills. Arts-related pursuits including acting, dancing, and visual arts foster your child’s creativity and self-discipline. Your child will learn to cultivate and take time in perfecting their craft, also enhancing their patience. And who’s to say that your child wouldn’t be one of the stars of a spectacular performance?
Communities exist around every activity, whether it is skateboarding or ceramics. As they become more involved in their interest, your child will be able to expand their social network by joining such communities. They will meet new people and make new friends who share their interests and passions. They may also meet mentors that can help them develop their skills.
Their social skills are also developed as they make new acquaintances and interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. They gain knowledge about not just their hobbies but also other areas of expertise
Your child can combat boredom and engage their mind with hobbies. It’s very common for children to sit around and watch television or be on their phones when they are bored. But having hobbies can help with that. The brain is kept active and critical thinking is encouraged by hobbies like solving puzzles and playing board games, according to studies. With activities like knitting, crocheting, and the visual arts, your child may unwind and relax. It produces eustress, or happy stress, which reduces anxiety and quiets your child’s racing thoughts.
As parents, you may have asked yourself what could you possibly do to help your child develop their own interests. Encouraging them is the first step. Find something that interests them and get them to start doing it. Or even help them find something that interests them, and these can be from old hobbies of yours to hobbies that are also new to you.
Second, join in with them. Display your interest in and desire to participate in their interests. Even if you are unable to take part, your support will be much appreciated. Be there for them on their path, and join them in celebrating when they succeed or accomplish a milestone. Next, let your child explore a variety of activities. Giving them a reading area in their room or allowing them to take part in lessons on their own initiative could suffice. Even just giving children the freedom to try new things demonstrates your confidence in them.
Finally, listen to them. Lend them your ear when they start talking about their passions and interests, listen to their experiences, and join them relive the most exciting parts of their new journey that they are willing to share with you. You demonstrate your interest in their interests by listening to them.
The daily development of your child depends on you allowing them to engage in interests and pursuits aside from their studies and education. Spend some time and effort helping your child develop their own interests. Long-term, it is good for both your relationship with them as well as their health.
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