Your challenge: It can feel like it’s baby’s world—and you’re just living in it. But the truth is, introducing your passions and hobbies to your children is one of the greatest joys of parenthood.
The solution: By starting in your baby’s comfort zone and working with their skill set, sharing your hobbies can be a mutually fun and beneficial experience. While they will probably just be delighted to do anything with you, research shows that even the littlest ones are gaining from new experiences.
While they work on fitting the puzzle pieces of this great, big world together in their minds, you can enjoy watching the wonder on their faces.
Starting in their comfort zone: Designing baby’s playspace is truly an opportunity to introduce some of your loves to them—in forms they can really get their hands around. (Literally.) Case and point: While your baby will probably just appreciate how fun it is to play with their own Oball John Deere Tractor, you can be satisfied in knowing you’re planting the seed in their minds that will one day allow you to share the joys of together later in life as well.
Encouraging them to get involved: As your baby gets bigger, you will be able to do more together—like getting down on the floor together to play with their cars, dolls or farm animals on a creativity-boosting playmat. Because if there’s one thing little ones like, it’s feeling like “big kids.” By explaining to and teaching them about your hobbies from an early age, you are laying the foundation for them to be enthusiastic and hopefully continue to share in these activities as they get older.
Creating safe opportunities for side-by-side play: Because kids learn so much from what we model, seize this opportunity to model healthy habits. It may not be quite as fun as going on hikes or adventures together, but teaching them that the floor must be swept and lawn must be mowed is demonstrating the importance of hard work—which translates to perseverance and determination when you’re doing fun things, too.
Pro tip(s): Before your baby can really start interacting with your hobbies, narrate what you’re doing together. They are soaking in every single word—and while they may not yet have the context, they will soon enough. Cue conversations about all the things you can do together.
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