Parenting today has become more and more difficult because of the changes and complexities brought about by the modern world. Before, mothers would stay at home to take care of their children. Today, both parents are working. As a result of this, a lot of parents find less time to spend with their children. You might experience such difficulty too. However, you must not forget that a child’s growing up years are very crucial as to the formation of their character and the betterment of their future. Kids have to be guided as to what they want in life and what is best for them. They have to know how to set their goals and figure out how to reach them. At the same time, passion is a character that you would want to develop once you find it for your kids since it is a source of interest and excitement. To make your life a little more convenient, here is a list of ways that you can try in order to help your kids set goals and find their passion.

  1. Enroll your kids in summer programs. A lot of programs are being offered in almost every community. This can vary from swimming, voice lessons, ballet, jazz, basketball, tennis, piano lessons, and a lot more. Make your kids try several programs and ask them which one they like best.
  2. Encourage your kids to own a diary or journal. Let them write down what they feel like doing, or what they enjoy doing. After some time, let them read it again. If they still feel the same way about it, then you should let them give it a try.
  3. Observe your child’s personality and traits so that you will have ideas on how to help your child set goals and find their passion. Be mindful of your child’s interests, hobbies, dislikes.
  4. Encourage your child to try new things. Allow them to explore and go out of their comfort zones. Do not be too strict on letting them try things they’ve never tried before.
  5. Put a small bulletin board at home. Schedule your child’s activities and get them involved in the schedule-making. Also allow them to post sticky notes on the bulletin board where they can write the things they need to achieve for the week or day.
  6. Teach your child to make a to-do list. A to-do list will help kids know what their goals are what steps they need to take in order to achieve those goals. Also, there is always a sense of satisfaction at being able to tick off some things on a to-do list.
  7. Ask for your child’s opinion whenever appropriate. Allow your child to engage in conversation with you. Hear them out and listen to what they have to say. They might make more sense than adults.
  8. Create mind maps. If you and your kids are of the creative type, a mind map is perfect. This sets out the visual map of the goals, the things needed to be done, and the ways in which to achieve the goals.
  9. Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is one of the best ways of exposing your child to the things that the world has to offer, and it could help them discover their passion.
  10. Watch theater shows. Your kids might want to act, sing, dance, or join the theater. Watching shows with them could be one of the ways to expose them to art and help them find out that they are interested in it.

  11. Bond with them. Nothing beats spending time with your children without thinking about other things. You get to give them 100% of your attention and understanding. You will get to know them better.
  12. Support your child in school activities. You will get to see how your child is as a student, a classmate, and a friend. Being active in their activities in school will allow you to discover and understand an entirely different side of your child.
  13. Do vision boarding with your child to help them set goals. It can help your child identify their vision in life and keep their attention on their intentions. It could also help them figure out the step by step process of achieving their goals.
  14. Leave room for mistakes. When you let kids do something and support them in their endeavors, do not make them feel like everything has to be perfect. Always make them understand that there is always room for improvement.
  15. Do a synthesis after your child achieves or fails at something. A synthesis is where you will explain to them that when they achieve something, they need to stay humble and work even better and that when they fail, it’s not the end of the world. There’s always a chance to try again.
  16. Give your child household responsibility. An example would be making breakfast or helping in gardening. This will help them hone their work ethics which they will need later on in working their way towards achieving their goals.
  17. Encourage your child to read books of different kinds. Reading books does not only improve your child’s language proficiency skills, it also exposes them to different things without having to go out and spending too much.
  18. Do a reality check from time to time. Help your child stay on track, talk to them about their goals, which ones they have achieved, are about to achieve, and need more time to be achieved. Make them understand that when one goal is not reached, they do not fret and move on and work on the other goals.
  19. Guide your child think of a fun goal that they could achieve within a short period of time. Starting small is the key to doing bigger things later on. They will feel a sense of fulfillment after achieving this. Afterwards, setting bigger goals will not be so scary anymore.
  20. Set deadlines when you assign them housework. Teach them to be diligent and punctual.
  21. Provide your child with incentives or rewards achievements. Note, however, that this must be done only in moderation or occasionally. This will motivate kids to work and boost their confidence to achieve their goals.
  22. Do not always serve as the safety net for your kids. Allow them to fall, fail, and make mistakes. This is the best way for them to learn. If you allow them to rely on you all the time, they will not be able to grow and mature.
  23. Be part of the learning process. Always be there every step of the way. Proper guidance is one of the essential elements in a child’s formation years. Make sure they do not fall off their horse.
  24. Let them choose a role model. People have the capacity to inspire others. Role models could serve as motivation for your kids to work harder and achieve their goals.
  25. Once they discover their passion, support them. Do not doubt their capabilities. Believe in them more than they can ever believe in themselves.

  26. Let them practice. When they know what they want to do, give them room to practice and improve. If they love cooking, give them the freedom to work in the kitchen. If they want to paint, transform your attic into an art room where they can paint peacefully.
  27. Educate them about the realities of life. Share with them actual life experiences that they can learn from. Expose them to the realities that surround them.
  28. Set a working schedule for them every day. Start with breakfast, school, snacks after class, play time, dinner, then study time. This will teach them how to properly manage their time.
  29. Balance their exposure to technology, television, internet on the one hand, and nature, animals, outdoor activities on the other hand. Watching too much TV or surfing the internet too much will hinder your child’s growth. Always let them run free and smell the grass and feel the wind touch their face. This will help in their full development.
  30. Educate your kids on how to handle their emotions. They have to be emotionally intelligent in order to achieve great things in life.

 

Kids can discover their passion and they can set goals while playing games using phone or laptops and more by using some of its apps. Here are apps that can help your child discover their passion:

  1. Kids academy– this app can help your child hone his or her learning skills in school, one of the most important things in order to do good.
  2. Cooking mama– this can help your child discover their cooking skills or their passion or interest for cooking.
  3. Dream house design– this app allows your child to design houses. If design or architecture is your child’s passion, this could be the perfect app.
  4. Sports apps like NBA 2K– This can help your child discover his or her passion for sports. Maybe your child would want to give sports a try after this.
  5. Curious- the game of lifelong learning– This app can help your child get daily workout lessons, puzzles. And many more. Most of the activities are brain exercises. Therefore, it could help in developing your child’s mental capacity and ability to achieve something in the future.

 

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