Creative Child August 2016 - Page 22

SPECIAL FEATURE How to Help Your Child Find Their Passion The Answer May Surprise You! BY: Deborah Song Why do some kids thrive amidst challenging conditions at home? In the book Coming of Age in the Other America, researchers Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin found that one of the reasons some kids pushed past their circumstances and managed to graduate high school and college was something called an identity project, a hobby or passion some are lucky enough to have found and get immersed in. 21