Supporting Passion

As a child, I was the one who tried many different extracurricular activities and gave up many more.  My list included dance, gymnastics, cake decorating, horse back riding, soccer, skiing, and art.  So if you add up all of my adventures over the course of my childhood, I was well rounded!  Did I have passion as I tried these things on for size?  I would say the answer was no.  Did I have fun in the process?  Yes!

I think there is a lot of pressure to expose children to lessons and activities at such an early age.  And if these activities are done in efforts to have fun, it’s fantastic.  But what happens when kids don’t share our enthusiasm for a sport of activity?  What happens when they want to QUIT?

As parents, it is often difficult to accept the exploration of childhood.  Watching your child struggle at a sport they may not be cut out for because their friends play can be hard.  Watching them give up an activity that you felt they were good at is also a challenge.

My favorite quote from this piece is: “For most children, childhood isn’t about passion, but rather about exploration. Our job as parents is to nurture that exploration, not put an end to it. When we create an expectation that children must find their one true interest so early in life, we cut short a process of discovery that may easily take a lifetime.”

Spring sports are about to commence in New England.  You will find me supporting my children on the soccer field and the tball field.  Will they be passionate about these activities?  Time will tell.  But I will let them try to do things they love in life, because that is essential to happiness.

Read this article from the New York Times.

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/our-push-for-passion-and-why-it-harms-kids/?emc=eta1&_r=0

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

One thought on “Supporting Passion”

  1. We don’t control the outcome just offer the opportunity to see what something is like. When we read a book, we might, or might not, like the story. Let go of the outcome; that is each of our choice.

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