Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Developing Your Child's Interests
Ever since my children were little, they had strong bents toward certain activities. I think it's important to develop these things in your children. Generally, when a child is bored and has nothing to do they will gravitate towards electronic media. I really feel that especially when they are young and their brains are developing, allowing a child to sit for hours in front of a television set or video game is the worst thing for them!
I didn't want my kids parked in front of the television or video games all day so I made sure that we had a lot of different, creative type activities for them. There were legos, puzzles, books, craft items, educational games, music, and lots of opportunities to interact with these things. I read to them constantly. Even as teenagers I'll bring a book or something to read on long car trips. We just finished Corrie ten Boom's, "The Hiding Place."
In all the years we've had children, we've had cable hook-up for about 4 of those years. I found that when the t.v. was around and on creativity flew out the window! We have VHS/DVD hook-up and when they were younger many of the videos we got were on nature and different things along those lines. Even now as a 20, 19 and 12 year old, they enjoy videos on nature, art or travel.
We also tried to take them to museums, zoos, art shows, concerts, hiking, and places where they were learning something as well as having fun. Don't get me wrong, my children love amusement parks and video games and a good show as much as everyone else, but I've seen their interests expand much further than I think they would have if we gave them unlimited access to electronic media when they were younger.
It's been interesting to see that as they have gotten older their interests have solidified and really developed.
Providing a child with a rich, eclectic environment really does go a long way in helping expand their experiences and interests.
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