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The best hobbies for your child

Updated on September 5, 2011

Nobody wants a lazy, unmotivated child

Hobbies that will keep your child fit and healthy

As parents you all want your children to reach their maximum potential and live a long happy life, it's your responsibility to guide them to this through their younger unwise years in life. Structure with activities is important in your childs life, as they begin to grow introduce them to new sport and hobbies that they can do on a regular basis.


Martial arts (MMA, Karate)

Usually school offer some fantastic after school classes such as martial arts for young children. Any form of martial arts is fantastic however children usually enjoy MMA (mixed martial arts or Karate more. A childs brain is 3 times more likely to remember something than an adults, their braisn are like sponges and giving them something useful to soak up is important. As your child learns martial arts with the stretch's and workouts their bodies will get used to the fitness and grow different to any lazy child and crave workouts frequently, this is called muscle memory.


Muslce memory serves for any sports in a childs growth, running is overall a fantastic fitness workout that will help your children's internals working more efficient and become stronger. It is proven that children than are trained runners usually grow to be fare healthier and fitter than any average person.


American football or english football whichever you want to relate this too is up to you. Football is a great way for your kids to enjoy a sport with their friends and get a fantastic workout, the running is fantastic for them and usually they really enjoy this sport or hate it. Injuries are common in both walks of Football however protection is usually worn and your childs saftey is fairly high (maybe abit less in American football than british).

Hobbies for the kids that simply refuse to be active

Not all children will be runner or martial arts natural but that's ok because your child may find themselves excelling in something else.


Children rarely enjoy playing the paino at first attempts however it does begin to grow on them as they begin to learn how to play chords and songs. Usually showing your child how to play something yourself is a fantastic way to see if they like it then if he or she enjoy it maybe they should have lessons. Be aware that playing the piano too frequently through younger years can cause bad arthritis in their hands in later life, this usually only happens under many years of strain.

The academically gifted

Science, Math, Technology?

Is your child academically gifted? A natural at any form of brainwork such as science or math? As a parent you need to help them enhance this in their youth but also allow them to be happy with it. Any child needs to enjoy what they are doing to be great at it so be sure your child really wants to do the subject. Find classes for you child to advance, possible at higher schools or colleges.

Im still not sure what to do?

The key is to find your childs love and make it a little more productive, harness the passion into a little structure and guidence and you can see your child working towards greatness whatever that may be.


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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      So true, and I think the parents should be in tune as to what areas their child is gifted or shows an interest. Sometimes it is obvious where to encourage your child if they show an interest, but as you pointed out, a parent may have to get the child involved in something to teach them new things and not to become a couch potato!


    • Troyangeluk profile image

      Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

      thanks for the opinion peggy, I agree with you totally, I'll be sure to check with your profile soon :)

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Most parents I know encourage their children to be active whether it is in playing sports or some other activity. Some may like playing musical instruments,, etc. There are numerous school clubs in which they can also get active. No one size fits all kids, but exposing them to different opportunities is great. Normally they will find something that they enjoy. Voted up.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We always put our boys in martial arts, boy scouts, and swimming. When they were growing they were outside all the time playing in the field catching snakes or building forts. No computers.

      Enjoyed your hub and you are so right.

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      Troyangeluk 6 years ago from UK

      Thankyou for the comment sally :) yeah kids are becoming fare too lazy, they need an active structure through their youth.

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      You are so right! Kids need an outlet -- something besides sitting in front of the TV/computer. Couch potatoes are duds (and spuds)! Ha!