It can be hard to find a common interest with your kids but when you find it …Embrace it.
Struggles for parents out there come in many forms. One may be trying to connect with your child on a special level, or finding that one common interest.
So how do you find the common interest with your little one? Does it have to be the some interest for each child? … NO!
I have found that there are several ways to discover a common interest…
1) Set it for them…
Let your kids experience the same things that you are passionate about- the same things that you loved as you were growing up. Surprisingly, they may enjoy it as well. I found my passion for cars from the two biggest car enthusiasts in my life: my dad and my father-in-law. Today my boys love cars, as well. They love the look and the sound of old Muscle cars. A lot of times they are able to spot them on the road before I do.
2) Be their biggest Fan…
Let your kids try different things. Let them play soccer, football, or basketball. Let them take piano, guitar or dance lessons. Some things they may hate and others they may love. If you are having trouble trying to figure out if they like some thing remember this one simple tip… Just ask them if they like what they are doing. Surprisingly, kids are pretty honest and usually let you know when they don’t like things. Either way, be their biggest fan and tell them how proud you are of them. Remember they may not be the “best” when they start, but with their parents in their corner, one day they could be the next Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm or Mozart.
3) Do things together…
Whether it is building a model car, playing sports, or simply going on a quick jog…Do it together. Let your little one take charge of the project. Who cares if they want to paint their model car lime green and put gold decals on it? They are happy and your enjoyment will come when they display it on their trophy shelf for everyone to see what YOU did together. Embrace each and every little moment that they want to spend with you.
Parents…we have the best job in the world. We have the opportunity to be apart of something great each and every day! Love each minute you get to share time with your children doing something you both love. Embrace it…never let it go!
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