kristof65 Posted August 29, 2007 Share Posted August 29, 2007 The current thread on Miss South Carolina brought up something I've been struggling with, and since I don't want to threadjack that too much, I'm posting here. I have a son who's 4.5 years old. I'd like to get him involved in something he can be passionate about and enjoy, whether it be a sport, hobby, or even music. However, I don't want to force him into anything, but neither do I want to go down the path of spending lots of money each year for his changing interests (like my parents did with me). He's shown interest in a few things - like when I dug out my old electric piano and plugged it in for him to play with, but we're not sure how to read what's passing interest and what may become a life-long passion. As for sports, our city has a nice program where the kids get to explore five different sports, so we're going to enroll him in that and see which one he talks about the most. But there are other activities besides sports we think he may be interested in as well: Go-kart racing - he loves driving about with me in my Miata with the top down, and he loves toy racing cars. I know that there are go-kart racing programs for kids, just don't know where to start looking. Music - he loves playing with my old piano. I don't really want to sign him up for Piano lessons, but am looking for some sort of program he could explore his music interests in. Trains - he loves trains, but I can't really think of any kids activities with trains, save building a layout together. Martial Arts - like most boys his age, he's a Power Rangers fan, and he talks about his older cousin, who does Tae Kwon Do. Not sure if he would like martial arts though - might just be a TV thing. Anyway, my question is for you parents with older children - how/when did you get your kids involved in their favorite activities, and how did you determine what was right for them. What other activities are there out there that he could explore? My basic thinking is that at this age, I'd like to expose him to as much stuff as possible with out committing him to anything, and then see which one sparks his passion. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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