If you know me (Wendy) at all, you know about my passion for horses and riding. You may not know, however, that I am the only person in my family who rides and was bitten by the horse bug at a young age. In addition to the expense, the stables were about 30 minutes away with no chance of a carpool. So, not exactly the most convenient after school activity. Sure, I played tennis, ice skated, tried softball and field hockey, went to Hebrew school and took ceramics classes over the years because in my family it was important to be “well rounded.” But I really only wanted to be at the barn, riding and doing absolutely anything connected to horses. It was my pleasure to pick up poop, clean equipment or even chip ice off the water buckets. And all these years later, I’m still at it!
As I write this note, I am thinking about how differently parents can feel about their children’s passions. I know many a child whose current passion is technology related and their parents are not exactly thrilled. They even refer to their child’s passion as an addiction! My parents certainly wished that I could have chosen a less expensive passion.
My family accommodated the best they could when I was younger. As an adult, I think they finally “get” my passion at a deeper level and I have their full support. It means a great deal to me.
With that said, the joy of seeing a child find their passion in life a wonderful experience for parents. But what about when your child finds passion in something that you know nothing about, or worse, something you dislike?
It’s important to know that if this is a situation that you’ve found yourself in, life will go on! In fact, everything can turn out great! Letting your child discover what interests and excites him/her can be incredibly good for their mental health. It can help build their confidence and lower their stress levels, but it can also help make your relationship stronger with him/her.
In this week’s blog post, “Your Child, Their Talent, and Helping Them Develop It”, I’ll be going over the importance of letting children find their own talents and passions – with you being their biggest cheerleader!
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