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Vieraskieliset / In-english

Blog: What are yo­ur hob­bies?

Vieraskieliset / In-english
28.10.2019 6.27

"What are yo­ur hob­bies?" the school doc­tor as­ked. "I don’t re­al­ly have hob­bies", my child ans­we­red qui­et­ly. The doc­tor gave her a puz­z­led look and then loo­ked at me. I was so as­to­nis­hed I was speech­less.

"I don’t re­al­ly have hob­bies", said this child of mine, who goes swim­ming twice a week, ska­tes and skis a lot, goes jog­ging, ac­ti­ve­ly par­ti­ci­pa­tes in out­door ga­mes and boun­ces on the tram­po­li­ne. This child who works skil­l­ful­ly and ca­re­ful­ly on her bul­let jour­nal, does crafts, does jig­saw puz­z­les, ma­kes vi­de­os with her sis­ters, re­ads a lot, lis­tens to au­dio books, ta­kes care of our gui­nea pig and so­me­ti­mes even ba­kes. It seems to me she has so many hob­bies that I feel bre­ath­less just to think about them.

On the way home I as­ked her why she had said she has no hob­bies. She exp­lai­ned that she had been told all hob­bies need to have a co­ach or a le­a­der. When she had said swim­ming was her hob­by, she had been told it was no pro­per hob­by be­cau­se she was not on a team or a mem­ber of a swim­ming club.

I am perp­le­xed by this de­fi­ni­ti­on of hob­bies: child­ren are dri­ven by an adult to some place where they do some ac­ti­vi­ty un­der the gui­dan­ce of anot­her adult. True enough, ne­ar­ly all of our child­ren have such hob­bies ma­y­be on­ce a week.

Some of our child­ren’s clas­s­ma­tes have su­per­vi­sed hob­bies on eve­ry week­day and of­ten even du­ring the wee­kends. That must be hec­tic for both the child­ren and their pa­rents. But who am I to say? It is pro­bab­ly up to the child how many hob­bies he or she can have, but child­ren do not al­wa­ys re­cog­ni­ze signs of stress in them­sel­ves. Nor ne­ces­sa­ri­ly do the pa­rents.

We know that stress over­lo­ads the brain and cau­ses fa­ti­gue, even to child­ren. We know that school may seem stres­s­ful, but many hob­bies are al­so very goal-orien­ted. One of our kids sho­wed signs of fa­ti­gue when she had se­ve­ral su­per­vi­sed hob­bies and was al­so cons­cien­ti­ous about her school­work.

I think that the week­ly sche­du­les of both child­ren and adults should have se­ve­ral bre­aks, du­ring which they need not try to ac­comp­lish anyt­hing. It is good to be down­right bo­red on­ce in a while.

When one of our kids comp­lains that he or she has not­hing to do, I tell them to en­joy them­sel­ves. I hard­ly ever have such emp­ty mo­ments my­self. If there is not­hing el­se, there is al­wa­ys a need to tidy the home.

I have al­so no­ti­ced that mo­ments of bo­re­dom are of­ten fol­lo­wed by long pe­ri­ods of spon­ta­ne­ous play or cre­a­ti­ve craft pro­jects. I my­self seem to find the best mo­tifs for my art af­ter some time of doing not­hing.

I hope that our child­ren can live a ca­re­less child­hood free from strict sche­du­les. It is al­so im­por­tant that both child­ren and adults have time to meet their friends.

I met some friends re­cent­ly, and we dis­cus­sed hob­bies. We had all made the same de­ci­si­on to choo­se for our­sel­ves and our child­ren hob­bies that did not over­lap with ser­vi­ces or Bib­le Class.

We conc­lu­ded that faith is such an im­por­tant mat­ter to us that we hope our fa­mi­ly mem­bers will on­ly choo­se hob­bies that will not be le­a­ding them away from faith.

I think hob­bies are a good thing, and doing so­met­hing by one­self is just as va­lu­ab­le as doing so­met­hing in a su­per­vi­sed group. Ove­rall, mo­de­ra­ti­on in hob­bies is good for us and our faith.

Text: Vir­pi Mä­ki­nen

Trans­la­ti­on: Sirk­ka-Lii­sa Lei­no­nen

You will find the ori­gi­nal blog post here.


Hän on lä­het­tä­nyt mi­nut ju­lis­ta­maan Her­ran rie­mu­vuot­ta, päi­vää, jona Ju­ma­lam­me an­taa pal­kan. Hän on lä­het­tä­nyt mi­nut loh­dut­ta­maan kaik­kia mur­heel­li­sia. Jes. 61:2

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