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5 Ways to Support Your Child’s Extracurricular Pursuits

As your child grows into a teenager and then into a young adult, they are likely to indulge in a variety of hobbies and interests. Understanding how you can support your child’s extracurricular pursuits is not only a way to strengthen your bond, but it is also a way to motivate your child to continue to learn and grow independently.

Talk to Your Child About Their Pursuits

Spend time talking to your child about their interests and the type of extracurricular activities they would like to pursue. Ask your child why they are drawn to the pursuit and what makes the activity so interesting or intriguing to them.

Learn About Their Preferred Extracurricular Activities

If you are unfamiliar with the hobbies or activities your child is interested in, take the time to learn more about them. Read and learn about the hobbies your child is thinking of pursuing to feel more comfortable with and confident in discussing them.

Ask to Participate with Your Child

Ask your child if you can also participate in the hobby or extracurricular activity that they prefer. If your child is interested in pottery, music, or other forms of creative art, consider joining alongside them to show moral support. Even if you are inexperienced or unskilled in the activities that your child enjoys, they will most likely simply cherish the time and effort you are putting into their own goals future visions. If your child is on the football team, get football practice equipment for your home to help them practice. If you child is an artist, pull out some paints and do some art with them.

Attend Events

If your child is involved with a sports team or attends regular meetings and gatherings for their hobbies, consider doing the same. Simply showing up and dedicated your time and effort to observing and supporting your child can go a long way. Even if you have a busy or hectic schedule, it is still important to make as much effort as possible to show that you support your child’s endeavors and extracurricular activities.

Remain Optimistic and Supportive at All Times

As a parent, it is imperative to remain supportive and optimistic at all times for your child, especially if they are encountering obstacles and challenges that feel discouraging to them. Rather than allowing your child to quit or give up, provide the motivation and optimistic outlook necessary to help them remain positive and hopeful. Providing optimism and support can go a long way while teaching your child about discipline and lessons in life.

Knowing how you can support your child’s extracurricular activities is a way to ensure you remain close as they continue to explore the world on their own.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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