Creative Child August 2016 - Page 23

What the finding suggests is that having a purpose, mission or inspiration helps us succeed and overcome obstacles. So what can we do – or not do - as parents to help our kids discover their passions and nurture them?  The tips we’ve pulled from expert insights surprisingly consist of doing less not more. Keep it light. As parents we all feel pressure to raise successful kids, but putting too much pressure on your child to be the best can mean missed opportunities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in sports. Why do 70 percent of kids quit organized sports by the time they’re 13 years old, just around the age when they can benefit from sports the most? According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the competitive and selective nature of sports has left kids feeling like “it’s not fun anymore.” Be sensitive to whether or not your well-intentioned hovering might be suffocating your child, choking the growth of a passion from taking root. A pressure-less exploration is the best way to uncover a passion. Too much pressure can even make a child quit an already discovered passion. 22