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  • QUESTION: Do you encourage your teens/tweens to have hobbies?

    21 posts, 19 voices, 1345 views, started Oct 7, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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      If so, what hobbies do they have??



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          R2much wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • After my Daughter has some issues in High School with arriving late to class and not taking things too seriously, I took away her texting privileges. I also took away her computer for a while. During that time she picked up the guitar her father had given her a few years back. Now instead of constantly texting her friends she is spending many hours teaching herself to play the guitar. I am happier to hear her plunking the guitar strings in her room than tapping the keys on her phone or computer. It’s a good thing! LOLestatic



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • I don’t have children of my own but my step grand daughter and I do art classes together. I’m also going to take her to swimming lessons and anything I can think of to get her creative and active.

          My husband’s school has a requirement that all the kids are involved in something relating to community service. I know it’s not a hobby but it gets them out of their own heads for awhile and moves them in a direction of giving.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • My children don’t really have hobbies..but they are very creative...My son is in our churches ‘step team’ and they perform pretty often, one being this evening...My girls are in the dance classes at church..because I don’t drive they really don’t get to do much, hopefully that’ll change soon because they would love to dance more...My 12 yr old is on the pom pom squad at school...

          They all are kind of artsy so they love to make their own birthday or other occaision cards and posters..I try to keep a good supply of arts and crafts stuff in the house...They design their own t-shirts and tote bags they use when we‘re out as a family...they designed their own library bookbags to store their books in so they don’t get lost



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          Leeann wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Adam - tennis
          Chris- drums    

          Steven- golf

          Nicholas- golf



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          Mary Clark wrote Jan 1, 2009
        • My boys played baseball pretty much the entire time of their childhood.  

          But my oldest got into collecting “baseball cards” and still has quite a collection. He researched cards constantly.

          My youngest has either been on a baseball field or on a riding lawn mower.  He has been doing yard work since he was 4 years old and now has his own little lawn maintenance business at 19 years of age.  But he also loves to fish, hunt, has a 75 gallon fish tank that he maintains with some beautiful fish, and he loves to cook!  So I guess he has many hobbies.  

          Suggestions for girls:  Pottery making, art classes, scrapbooking, photography.  

          Those are more “hobbies” than extra curricular activities.  I believe they should try different things to see what really interests them.



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          Kelly Robertson wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • "A busy kid stays out of trouble", according to my own personal experience.  

          Of course, we want our children to be well-rounded and have activities and interests that compliment them as an individual but I'll share a secret that has resulted in two grown girls that are really doing great and are out of college now leading productive lives:  Golf and Tennis as sports.  

          Kids who play golf and tennis are generally children that are "good" kids, the kind of kids I wanted my girls hanging out with.  Yes, it was expensive but look at the costs associated just to sign up your child for soccer for the season!  

          Here's even more good news: Free College ! BOTH of my girls got scholarships to college for playing these sports: One for tennis and the other for golf.  

          Here's my "surprise" girl who's 9, Maddison Quinn, hitting a bucket of balls with her dad.  This is an activity that they do together, perfect for teaching a growing girl what a good man is all about!  



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          Kim Jenkins wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • Both my girls, ages 9 and 13 play soccer competitively. Lots of practices and games keep them busy, but not so busy they can’t breathe and spend time being creative. As my oldest gets into high school next year, I’m hoping she’ll add track to her repertoire as well.



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          Farmmom wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • All of my kids have had or do have activities and sports that they have enjoyed over the years.  Basketball, baseball, softball, football, wrestling, cheerleading, golf and water polo have all passed through our home at one time or another.  There has also been 4-H, band and hunting to occupy their time. In addition to these “optional” activites, they stay busy helping out on the farm, which teaches them resposibility as well as allowing them to earn a little money.

          I coach high school and middle school cheerleading and I have seen first hand the positive effect that being involved in a sport or activity can have on a young person.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • I’m a big proponent of hobbies, I truly believe that not only do they make children stay busy and out of trouble, they teach them discipline and time management.  

          Three of my kids were in team sports, such as hockey, basketball and karate.

          My youngest one is a pianist, she is almost done she is on her last year of music school, she is not going to be doing this professionally, but I’m hoping that will be her ticket to college.

          I also believe that hobbies help me stay sane in my adult years.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • My children were athletes starting at an early age. The hobby per say was bowling, but we did them all, Pop Warner football, YMCA basketball, baseball, ballet, track, softball, music in various forms, fishing and camping.

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          Owlmaria wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • When my sons were in school they had things they liked to do but I don’t know if you’d call them hobbies. Daniel had his “world” & hobbies weren’t part of them, I knew routine was important for him & he’s high functioning, He likes find-a-word books now, draws (accurately as possible) things that have happened in his day. He doesn’t talk much & can be hard to understand- his brother  & myself are his translator.
          Adam-draws & paints(I have 2-4‘paintings hanging in our stairwell that are wonderful,he played soccer(goalie) & other school groups. I got him into volunteering w/ a local Rescue First-aid group, I insisted he take first-aid & CPR. I think all students in H.S. should be required to take them, then maybe they’d care more for other people. Thanks for listening!!



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          Farmmom wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • owlmaria, I love that you have encouraged your kids to do things that play to their strenghts, and to contribute to their community.  We were talking about this at church today, and sharing ways to help our kids become “givers” in this world.



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          Laurabeth wrote Jan 25, 2009
        • My daughter used to take dance, but when 5th grade hit and there was more school work, she decided to take a break from dance. Now she is in 6th grade, the first year in Middle School. Instead of taking dance, she joined 3 after school clubs. Book club, Journalism and Community Service. Just recently she was asked to be the assistant to the director of the school play, so we now add Drama club to that list!



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          Nita P wrote Jan 23, 2012
        • i have always encouraged my children to have hobbies weather they are at school or in the community.  its a great way to meet and learn from others...



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          Garcia wrote Apr 30, 2016
        • my son has many hobbies  art and crafts ,photography,computers, baking,cooking, keeping pets, horses ,bike
          p.s hes also my best friend estatic



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