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3 Reasons to Get Your Kids into Crafts and DIY

There are all sorts of hobbies and pastimes you might want to do with your kids, in order to enrich their lives, enjoy some quality bonding time, and equip them with valuable skills for later life. And, of course, just to have some good old-fashioned fun. Besides, it’s important to get your kids into crafts.

Out of all these sorts of pastimes you could introduce your kids to, there are some very good reasons why you might want to introduce them to craft and DIY.

Here are just a few of the benefits.

Get Your Kids into Crafts – It’s a Lifelong, Productive, and Practical Hobby

A lot of hobbies and pastimes that kids can get involved in will be the kinds of things that they are likely to enjoy and get some benefit from for a relatively short period of time, and will then inevitably outgrow.

DIY and crafting are not in that category – and are, instead, the sort of skills and pastimes that kids could comfortably carry with them over a lifetime, develop as they go, and benefit from in a variety of ways.

And, one of the best things about DIY and crafting, is that they allow for different levels of involvement, at different stages. To begin with, you could introduce your kids to these pastimes with a kid-appropriate toolbox kit, to be used only under your direct supervision. It may include something like a small hammer, saw, and screwdriver.

Then, later in life, they can develop their own specialist toolkits, with pieces of equipment such as a high-quality drill kit with lithium-ion batteries, a precision reamer, and an angle grinder.

It’s a Great Way of Developing their Sense of Confidence

It’s a great way of developing their sense of confidence, and a belief in their ability to master their environment.

Every parent is very invested in developing their child’s sense of self-confidence and self-esteem – but often, the way these concepts are considered is somewhat flawed.

Self-esteem and self-confidence aren’t just intangible emotions that people feel, although it is true that some people do seem to be naturally more *“self-conscious”* than others, in general. Ultimately, self-confidence has a lot to do with believing that you have the ability to tackle challenges in the world, and overcome them, successfully.

Learning to use tools, such as in the case of DIY, is an excellent way of helping to develop your child’s problem-solving abilities, and to boost their belief in their ability to master their environment.

It might be that teaching your child DIY skills could work wonders in terms of boosting their self-confidence.

Get Your Kids into Crafts – It’s a Great Way to Bond with Them Over a Problem-Solving Exercise

People of all ages – kids and adults alike – derive a significant degree of satisfaction from solving problems.

If you want to bond and connect with your child, a great way to do this would be to engage in a problem-solving exercise together, such as in the case of handling a DIY task.

Not only will you be able to test their understanding of things, and teach them valuable snippets of information about a variety of different subjects, but you also get to share in the experience of fixing things and achieving goals, together.

What other ideas to inspire your kids have you found?

Contributed post. Feature image via Pixabay.

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Fred Campos, Top Geek, blogs about everything from House of Cards to Subway. In addition to blogging, he is a public speaker and humorist in child custody, social media, web development and parenting. He is married to one @SuperParentMom, and raising three world changers. For more details on his custody course visit, www.DaddyGotCustody.com/course. Like this post? Make sure you subscribe to this blog.

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