I can't stress enough the importance for kids to have hobbies. From art to sports, martial arts to crafts, having something they can do to take away from the day to day is important in keeping them grounded. Kids need to expel their energy and many times just going to school doesn't cut it. They need something they can focus on, and get into a flow state where they are truly in the moment, giving themselves an outlet. I notice this in my own children that after some time outside with friends, they are happier, more energetic and more pleasant to be around. Why is it that us adults forget this? As we spend so much time making sure our kids are well rounded, many times we forget…we too need hobbies and projects and activities with our friends. It's almost like when you become a parent you are supposed to put your nose to the grindstone and become a grumpy old bore that chases the kids off his lawn. I can't imagine that type of lifestyle. 🤹♂️ Just as our kids need those breaks to come back feeling relaxed and well rounded, so do we. I get messages all the time from other dads that say "I want to get back into skateboarding", or "I used to draw" or "I miss playing the guitar." What they aren't realizing is these aren't distractions from parenting. They are activities that make us who we are, and that's also a big part of being a parent. Teaching our kids HOW to live. We are more well rounded, happier and more present as parents when we give a little back to ourselves. In many cases we can share these joys WITH our kids. Not much beats a good skateboarding session with some other dads AND our kids. Find your hobby, and keep doing it until you can't, or start it back up…it's not too late. ️ The great Jay Adams said "You didn't quit skateboarding because you got old, you got old because you quit skateboarding." Whatever you hobby, don't lose it because you had kids…keep doing it FOR them. 🕺 : @mweaver1974
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