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    Can Children Benefit By Pursuing A Hobby?

    By Dyuti Biswas
    12 Jun'22  3 min read
    Can Children Benefit By Pursuing A Hobby?
    Synopsis

    Hobbies are of various kinds—sports, singing, painting, music, etc. For children, having a hobby has numerous benefits. Not only do they help in improving and sharpening the natural skills of a child, but also in reducing the constant stress that students may experience due to the pressures of academics.

    Can Children Benefit By Pursuing A Hobby?
    Synopsis

    Hobbies are of various kinds—sports, singing, painting, music, etc. For children, having a hobby has numerous benefits. Not only do they help in improving and sharpening the natural skills of a child, but also in reducing the constant stress that students may experience due to the pressures of academics.

    There are very few people all across the world who have not written an essay titled "My Favourite Hobby’ in their class. Truly, there is a lot of consensus on how and why it is good for kids to direct their energy towards something creative, alongside their studies. As people commonly think and say, student life and childhood are not just about studying and burying your face in a multitude of textbooks. It is also about growing and blossoming into well-rounded individuals with a multitude of interests and vocations, as well as developing a creative and curious spirit.

    Dr Nilisha Aggarwal, a child psychologist gives insight into the benefits of pursuing a hobby. "For children, development occurs in four domains— social, intellectual, cognitive and language. Taking up a hobby helps them in each of these domains.” She explains how hobbies such as reading can help students in their language skills in both receptive and expressive ways. How physical activities such as dancing can help them develop and refine kinaesthetic expressions.

    Parents should identify artistic and creative inclinations in children from the age of one. “Allow them to explore their own options and don’t force a child into anything,” she adds.

    Here are a few benefits that students can experience if they pursue a hobby of their choice.

    Helps Reduce Stress

    Stress is one of the inescapable banes of modern life. It has also started seeping into the lives of young students. Children as young as 8-10 years are burdened with school work, coaching classes as well as extra curricular activities. In such conditions, having a relaxing hobby can help a child to rewire their minds from the routine and enjoy something stimulating and exciting. This helps in the reducing stress. Aggarwal explains, "Kids often 'act out' - behave stubbornly, refuse to talk to people, or express irrational anger. It is their way of expressing stress.”

    Improves Cognitive Skills

    Experts are of the opinion that children usually have short attention spans, having a hobby helps them focus on various things for a longer period of time. Hobbies such as solving puzzles, word games, playing music or even colouring belong to this category. These also help in improving their cognitive skills such as problem-solving, reasoning and other analytical skills.

    Discipline And Self-Confidence

    Hobbies such as building blocks or solving Rubik’s Cube can instil a lot of patience in children. Children who are into sports, gymnastics or working out, can gain a lot of discipline and self-confidence by adhering to strict routines and learning to follow instructions. “Playing sports helps children understand the value of balancing their lives and the importance of a healthy body which results in a healthy mind,” says Subhankar Das, physical training instructor at Barada Prasad High School. Sports also.

    Nurturing Creativity In Children

    Some hobbies involve exploring our creative side. Hobbies like story-writing, singing, dancing or painting are for those who find comfort in the creative spaces. It is important to identify the talent and then help it grow. “I noticed that my daughter had a knack for singing and writing. I always encouraged her in this aspect, and now she is a regular contributor to our local club children’s magazine,” says Taniya Dey, mother to a 9-year-old.

    Building Self-Esteem

    Many hobbies which require group participation and teamwork help kids to inculcate sportsman spirit and teach them the value of working in a team. It sharpens their communication skills and helps develop a sense of empathy and compassion. It also helps build self-esteem.

    Emotional Health

    The emotional health of children is very important as excessive stress can result in mental health issues like depression, lack of confidence and anxiety. It can also give rise to eating disorders and create a sense of despair. Having a diversion is paramount to enable the child to blow off some steam.

    Time Management

    Last but not the least, having hobbies helps children improve their time management skills and divide their time between studies and extracurricular activities. This proves invaluable to them in all fields of life in their future.


    So, go ahead and give a boost to your child’s creativity today!

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