4 Reasons Your Teen Needs a Hobby

Texting doesn't qualify as a hobby.

Get involved in a hobby with your teen.
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In today's digital world, encouraging your teen to develop a hobby might take some time and effort on your part. After all, most teens spend their free time using their digital devices. But scrolling through social media and sending text messages don't qualify as hobbies.

If your teen is into sports, she probably stays pretty busy outside of school. But finding a hobby for a teen who isn't particularly interested in baseball or soccer can be more of a challenge.

Here are four reasons why you should help your teen find at least one hobby:

  1. Hobbies help build your teen’s confidence. By finding an area of interest, a teen can build competence and skills. The more your teen is able to master a skill, the more confident he'll become in himself.

     

  2. A hobby helps your teen have a sense of his identity. Throughout adolescence, your teen may struggle to answer the question, who am I? A teen who has very few interests or activities will struggle the most. When your teen has a hobby, he'll be able to say, "I'm someone who enjoys music and I'm good at playing the piano," or "I'm someone who really likes the outdoors and I enjoy fishing."

     

  3. Hobbies will keep your teen from getting bored. Boredom can have devastating effects on teens. Bored teens look for things to do and are more apt to get involved with negative peers. Helping your teen develop a hobby could be instrumental in keeping him out of trouble. 

     

  1. Hobbies will give you a reason to praise your teen. When your teen is involved in a hobby, you can praise his efforts. Hobbies can also give you and your teen something to talk about. Even if you aren't interested in the same leisure activities as your teen, you can show interest in learning more about what your teen enjoys doing.

    Teenage Hobby Ideas

    Encouraging your teen to get a hobby is one thing. But finding something your teen is really interested in is another. 

    Most teens don't even know what hobbies to exist. If you ask your teen to name 10 hobbies, you might find he can't do it. So it's important to introduce your teen to the many opportunities and activities that are available to him. 

    Here are a few teenage hobby ideas:

    • Woodworking
    • Rock climbing
    • Hiking
    • Bird watching
    • Gardening
    • Photography
    • Painting
    • Sewing
    • Blogging or vlogging
    • Reading
    • Building robots
    • Making cartoons
    • Creating websites
    • Archery
    • Fishing
    • Baking
    • Building models
    • Remote control objects
    • Pottery
    • Drawing
    • Coin collecting
    • Metal detecting

    Explore Hobbies with Your Teen

    If your teen is stumped on what to do, you may have to issue a challenge. Encourage him to test out some new ideas. Attend a play, visit a lighthouse, or take Chinese food cooking lessons. 

    Volunteer work can expose your teen to new interests and new skills too. So get your teen involved in community service activities that might help him uncover hidden interests and talents. 

    If you don't have any hobbies, it's likely your teen won't have any either. So be a good role model. Make time to engage in a hobby or two as well.

    Explore hobbies with your teen. If your teen wants to try something new, educate yourself. Find out how he can get started and be willing to learn with him. 

    Working on a hobby together can be a great way to bond. And it can be something that you bond over throughout your teen's life. 

    And your teen may find a lifelong hobby that he enjoys well into adulthood.

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