Life is already so different from when I was growing up, what with new technology and the reluctance to let your children play outside. I hate the idea that my gorgeous crazy girl would feel the pressure to conform. I want to encourage her to discover her passion and not be expected to follow a set path. It seems 80% of UK parents agree, as the research shows that they feel there is too much pressure for kids to live up to society expectations including academic achievements.
The wonderful Dr Ranj (I can say that as I've met him) has worked with Fruit Shoot on the It's My Thing campaign and developed some tips to help your little one find their 'thing' and here are five of my favourite:
1. Expose your child to new things. It doesn't mean spending lots of money but you could help them get information on whatever it is in the local library or help them look online.
2. Encourage them to have some free time to discover for themselves what they are interested in. My little girl loves drawing so we set up a little area in her bedroom so she can have some quiet time to draw.
3. Make sure you don't focus on winning or being the best. Having a 'thing' is meant to be all about fun. For example my 'thing' is making YouTube videos. I know I'm probably never going to be Zoella but I still try my best!
4. Help them to get to know others who are also pursing their things. When she is older I will encourage her to go and help out at our local animal sanctuary as I know that is something she would love.
5. Learn about their thing yourself so you can encourage and engage them. The amount of hours I have lost going around zoos and farms with my daughter is endless.
Thanks so much to Fruit Shoot for sending along a hamper of goodies to help my girl try out some new experiences. If you are interested in learning more about It's My Thing or sharing your experiences about helping your children to try out new hobbies. Or perhaps just fancy a few handy tips or some advice then pop over to the Fruit Shoot GB Facebook page.
This post was written in collaboration with Fruit Shoot