Wednesday, April 18, 2012

10 Days of Pouring into Your Child's Passion: The Next Step and a Word on Outsourcing

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Now that you've identified something your child is passionate about, it's time to start thinking about how you will invest your resources, whether it be time, materials, or funds, into the passion. I'm sure a lot of things have crossed your mind depending on the passion- how much time will it take? How much will it cost us? I don't have a lot of extra to pay for related activities. Or maybe you are simply thinking you don't know how to go about it or what resources there are for your child's interest.

The first thing to do is relax! Then start thinking out-of-the-box.Whether it's a new interest that you want to explore or a long time interest that you want to expand, the first thing I look to do is to see how I can provide more opportunities at home. My motto is: Always try the basics at home and see how the interest grows. From there you can decide how you want to increase exposure and experiences. This is a great way to identify a passion as well- without it costing a lot of money.

I'd like to throw in a word of caution here and it's one I'll be talking more about during this series starting tomorrow. Be guarded about outsourcing (external classes, lessons, and group meetings, etc) the filling of a child's passion. There will be times when this is appropriate, but it's important to remember that outsourcing  instruction and experience can cost time and money.

Part of the goal we have as we pour into our children's passions is to invest in their individual interests without overextending the family, which includes the time spent on an activity. We must fiercely protect the time we want to devote to our children's passions.

Rather than sharing how we do this all at once today, I'm going to break it down into a few posts during the series. For today, I'd like to encourage you to leave behind the notion that the best way to fuel a passion is to outsource the mentoring for it- in whatever form that might be for you. Tomorrow, I'm going to talk about Pouring into the Passion at Home- how to find ways to invest in your child's interest without leaving home. In other words, the details and practical ideas on how to do that! 

So, start thinking on how you might increase exposure and interest to your kids' interest if you had to stay home and do it. Then come back tomorrow and I'll give you some tools for your mama toolbox and share how we have done it here. Feel free to comment with ideas you already have!
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1 comment:

Rachel said...

I can't wait to sit down and really focus on reading this series! Thanks for writing what you know and are doing already. I would really like to be able to teach my children using their passions as a pursuit, but I feel so overwhelmed when I think of it.