Raising Passionate Children

There are some moments when I look at my kids and simply get lost.  Lost in thinking about who they have been, who they are now and where they are going.  Lost in thinking about the gift I’ve been given to help shape them.  Mold them into the best that they can be.  It’s AWESOME!!

Lately, we’ve had some great road trips with our little family.  The 20 hours in the car on the way to California was truly enjoyable.  It has given me lots of time to think, talk, and just enjoy life with no distractions.

Mostly, I got a lot of time to think about my kids (and talk about them while they were napping).  Where they have been and where they are going.  I love watching them grow up.  I look at them and wonder what they will be.  As they are figuring out who they are, and what they want to do.  Mason has done a lot of that this year as he started school.

Sometimes, I think it would be fantastic to always do the same things together all the time.  But that would get boring.  NO?

I love it when my kids LOVE something.  I mean, the kind of love where they just can’t get enough of it.  That’s what I want for them, really.  I want my children to be passionate.  About what?  That’s not my decision, but I want then to live full of passion.  To love what they do.  To wake up every morning excited and eager to LIVE!

 

In some ways, I think we’re on the right track.  Mason likes skiing, climbing, and essentially everything about bugs and animals.  Are those his passions?  We will see.

 

Chloe, she’s harder.  She has no strong preferences (other than those that her brother tells her to have), and just happily goes with the flow.  She’s impossible to buy gifts for because she likes everything, but loves nothing.  Oh, her time will come though.  There’s a strong and determined girl behind those amazing eyes.

 

Passion is tricky.  As much as I want them to be passionate, I can’t just give them my passions.

No, my role is to just give opportunities and hope that something will stick.

And of course, be passionate myself!  ‘Cuz it would be a downright shame if they didn’t love skiing!

What do you do to raise passionate children?

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11 Comments

  • Suzi says:

    There are so many things we can do as parents to raise passionate children. For us, first and foremost is to always remember that he’s an individual, he’s a person. He might be smaller, he might not be experienced in life, but he’s a person. We have to give him a voice and listen to it. Give him opportunities to explore without structure. Let him make decisions. Yes, there are definite boundaries, yes, there is structure when appropriate, no he doesn’t get to be the boss. But does it really matter what T-shirt he wears? Does it have to be the park when the backyard is where he wants to explore? If he wants leftover pasta for breakfast why would I argue? If it’s all about Dinosaurs this week – we’ll get dinosaur books. It’s about giving opportunities to explore the world that he’s interested about.

    • bringthekids says:

      Great point. Especially listening. Although it can be difficult to hear 10 hours straight of talking about Power Rangers, it’s important!

  • Michelle says:

    First, your photos are beautiful! I think the best thing a parent can do is open the world up for their kids. Let them see what’s out there and watch as each child explores it in their own way. The hard part for me, is always being engaged with the things they’re passionate about. I can only listen to stories and ideas about atomic bugs and space adventures for so long before I just need to break! :)

    • bringthekids says:

      Being engaged is a constant challenge for me. I think I’m getting pretty good at faking it though (at times)

  • Janet Dubac says:

    Wow! This is an amazing post! You wrote it in a fun and honest way and I love every bit of it. In order to raise passionate kids, we need to let our kids explore and observe what they love to do. Know what sparks their interest and from there, be the most supporting parent you can possibly be. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article. :)

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  • This is such a lovely post. I think you are right, we can’t give them passions or force ours on them. I think it’s about giving them the space to discover what’s important to them and encourage them when they find something that sparks their interest. Thank you for such a lovely thought inspiring post.

  • Lora says:

    It’s great to encourage kids to be themselves and discover what they they are truly passionate about. You can’t give them your passions but you can SHARE what you like to do with them and let them form their own opinion. My parents taught me to ski at a very young age and it stuck with me. Keep giving them the opportunities and freedom to explore different things and with time, their passions will develop.

  • Candy Cook says:

    I loved this post! It is true to my own wishes for my kids and parenting style of simply introducing them to new things and facilitating their passions. My youngest, who’s now 10, is similar to your daughter. It has been seriously difficult to tailor anything to him because he seems so happy to experience anything and everything. I’ve learned to go along with that and accept that his primary passion is having new and interesting experiences. LOL

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