What are Great Hobbies for Teenagers?

China
November 1, 2009 8:46am CST
Hobbies are an important part of a teenagers life. They help teenagers learn about patience, courage and strong determination. Depending on the hobbies, your teenagers can become more tough-minded even if they have gotten troubles, they can learn to solve problems with patience and wisdom. However, nowadays, with the development of the Internet and other technologies, our kids are living in a digital reality with high technology ruling their past time. At all times they stay connected to the world wide web, or are busy text messaging. So, more and more parents are scratching their heads how to unplug kids and convince them to take up a hobby. If you have children, in your eyes, what are great hobbies for teenagers? Do you have some experience on helping the teens form some good hobbies?
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@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
With utmost supervision, I don't think that access to the internet is bad idea at all. In fact, you can utilize the internet in introducing them to some good hobbies. You can encourage them to create their own blog. This way you can hone their writing skills even more. They will then be able to express themselves not just in speaking but in writing as well. If you are afraid that they will access unsafe sites, there's nothing to worry. There are a lot of softwares that will allow you to block these sites.
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• United States
1 Nov 09
No, I guess that is not what he meant. Teenagers should be more active outdoor instead of sitting around computer all the time. We have to stretch our muscle once in while. We need to play some sports outdoor instead of staying inside. We need to breath some fresh air from time to time.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Art is a good hobby for teenagers who develop and interest in learning how to draw or paint or even just learn about the history of art from early times until today. Not all teenagers like to visit a museum or art gallery but for some it is an eye opener. Some like to raise acquarium fish or grow plants I think they all like to go hiking in the woods or rock climbing or anything physical. Well, most of them. A family reading hour once a week where everyone reads together in the same room with no radio or tv and in the middle of the hour everyone stops and tells what they are reading and why the chose that and what value it is becomes useful, and then they read again. Some will not want to stop when the hour is up. If their homework is already done, maybe they do not have to!
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@Craicha (801)
1 Nov 09
i support and encouraged my kids in their hobbies in sports...rather than going out and hang out with their friends and that they might meet friends that can lead them to bad influence.....
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@checkmail (2042)
• India
1 Nov 09
Hello getbrowser this is checkmail and often think mine hobbies were the best from all others like collection of antiques and currencies, reading , writting, playing diff sports,etc.But no a days the young kids only like crazy but great hobbies like climning mountains, car racing , motorcycle racings, Fightings competitions, Futball, etc where ever they can get adventure.And according to me if they are able in it then its good for them.All risk taking hobbies, mine are better than them.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Well when I was a teen art and creativity was and still is my most joyous hobby, and it helped me keep my mind off some of the hardships and stress of being a young teen, it seems that a lot of teens feel like they dont have a voice, and I feel that art is a great way to express ones feelings by putting them on paper or making something becuse with art you can imagine any design or pattern and go anywhere your mind takes you. in fact I think a lot of teen should become more involved in art and art programs.
• Australia
2 Nov 09
I enjoyed making things as well. I made lots of random gizmos and things like spinning tops and then I moved into origami, I like to make new origami models and I would also have liked to be able to draw but I'm not that great at it. Out of all the subjects I did at school I think art was the one that was the most fun for me and IT was my next favourite because I would get frustrated all the time when the programs won't work or things just screw up on me I can't find out the problem.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Jan 10
I don't have any teenagers but my son is almost a tween (he's 9 and a half). Although some people might term it a hobby, he seems to be quite serious with his activities which include playing the keyboard, learning to play the guitar and drawing. Not that he doesn't watch TV and drive me up the wall...but these are his other hobbies which he seems to enjoy and want to do all the time.
@suzzy3 (8362)
8 Nov 09
I think it is hard to get teenagers to take up a hobby.My teenage son likes listening to music and doing his maths homework ,yes strange he might be.He does not have much time for a hobby as his studies take up most of his time.He has joined the school football team which pleases us greatly.All work and no play is not good for you.My oldest son used to like fishing,he spent hours down the river with his mate.I suppose sport is a good way of working off teenage anxt and frustration for both boys and girls.Although my daughter used to spend all day putting on her make up and shopping was her hobby.She had plenty of friends who she used to knock about with.I always said her hobby was life.She never brought me any trouble ,come to that none of them have.Not like some do today.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
3 Nov 09
When my son was a teenager I would encourage him to play sports while he was in school. He now encourages his daughter to play sports and she is not quite a teenager yet.
@logic57 (42)
• Indonesia
3 Nov 09
hobby for teenagers is various. teen can choose for many activity that can make them interest. activity that teens maybe like: sports, science or music. i suggest Hobbies for Teenagers is sport because so many kind sport that can make teens interest.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Any type of community service. Teen especially learn and grow from giving to their community. There are so many ways to do this everything from working in an animal shelter, hospital, for the city or county, 4H clubs, teaching younger children, teaching someone to read, sewing, building and many other volunteer services available in your area. Teens tend to be self absorbed and this gives them the chance that other people can like and respect them for what they can do.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
2 Nov 09
My oldest son is 12. Not quite a teenager, but close enough. I am one of those parents who does not allow my kids to have cell phones or be on the computer unless it is for school. Rather than allow my kids those things, I encourage them to be active in school activities. My oldest is in sports and as a result, he has made several friends. The nice thing is that because he is at school all day, then at practice or another school related activity after school for an hour or so, by the time he gets home, he is ready for a break from his friends. Besides, by the time his homework is finished and he eats supper and showers, he is tired and ready for bed. On the weekends, he has other hobbies that he enjoys such as fishing and skateboarding. I am not nieve though, I know that my son is on the computer when he goes to his friends' houses, or he is using their cell phones to talk and text, but, with as active as he is in everyday activities and hobbie, I also know that he is not spending a lot of time plugged in to technology. I think that the key really lies within the parents. If we simply do not allow those techy things to be used a lot, kids will naturally find other things to do. Each and every teen I personally know that is allowed to have and use a cell phone or computer whenever they want to seems to be using those things all of the time, however, those teens that I know whose parents do nt allow cell phones and such are much more engaged in other activities and seem to have better sicial skills overall. Parents tend to know their teens well enought o know their likes and dislikes. If you know that your teen likes a particular activity outside of those that involve computers and/pr cell phones, encourage those activities. Whether it be taking pictures, dancing, or playing sports, teens will engage in activities that they enjoy if they are encouraged to do so.
@dhysanne (451)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Some of the great hobbies for teenagers are enjoying music, learning to play musical instruments, learn to dance, be involve in sports activities in school or in your place. Or teach them indoor games. You can also teach them to be involve in church activities or join organizations that can lead them to a improve their personality. I know what you mean because I have an 8-year-old nephew who really enjoys playing his PSP. But still he joins a dance group in school, enjoys music and balance his academics so he can maintain his good grades. If you are a parent your responsibility is to guide them in everything they do.
• Sweden
2 Nov 09
Paintball, ATV, Making movies?
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I think the best hobbies for teenagers are sports. It helps them become more confident of their selves. It also helps boost their self-esteem. This is also good to release their stress from school. Sports is also good for their health unlike with the computers.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
2 Nov 09
Yes. In my opinion, reading and listening to music and singing if possible are great hobbies which will give soul filling satisfaction to any one. I arranged for my children's music and instrument learning classes. I periodically used to buy good books for them and cultivated reading habit among them. When their mind is inclined towards music, whenever they can, they listen to music and even were singing in stages, and they enjoyed the music side of their life a lot.
@derek_a (10902)
2 Nov 09
I would say the better hobbies for teenagers are hobbies that will also get them out and about in the world to help them get fresh air and sunlight and interacting with each other without cellphones and computers. I think technology is great to help them with hobbies such as photography, music etc. but it needs to be limited to less time as I don't think it is good for health to be exposed constantly to electronic gadgets. - Derek
• India
2 Nov 09
Ha.. Hobbies are very important. Not only for teanagers for everybody. Hobbies I can suggest for teenagers. Book reading: There are so many good books, we can read and develop our IQ and reading skills and also General knowledge based on the books. Paiting : My second preference goes to this. Gardening : It give very good evironment to house and also health and excersise to body Thanks BHA
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Nov 09
My daughter is almost eight and not a teenager yet. I introduced her to ballroom dancing when she was four years old and she has been loving it. Her dance teacher told her she can help with the teaching when she gets a little bigger if she keeps working as hard as she is now. That has inspired her to keep going. I think the trick is introducing a time consuming hobby in your child’s life when they are still very young so it becomes a part of their life. We were fortunate she took to the dancing; if she hadn’t we would have kept trying different activities until we found the right one for her.
• India
2 Nov 09
yeah nowadays because of this well developed technology it has become a fashion and style and more if we ask they say that it's a need for them. In teenage generally they won't listen to our words. That's the stage where they have there own ideas and they say that parents can't understand them there feelings.....better a hobby should be developed from an early age not in the teenage.....Teenage is the age where they start thinking of themselves there own ideas.....If they are made to learn from child hood by seeing there interests.....one gets hooked to there hobby....hobbies
@reichiru (748)
• Canada
2 Nov 09
I think my dad's just pretty laidback about things like this, cause I'm technically still a teenager, and I use the computer and Internet everyday without much supervision. It's still a very good idea to do other things once in a while though, being on the Internet too much is not necessarily a good thing (I don't text message, so I can't really say anything about that). For instance, taking up a sport or something similar is a very good way for teens to exercise and interact with other people their age. Also reading is a very good hobby, it opens their minds to other possibilities in the world and lets their imaginations run free. Other artistic hobbies like drawing, painting, etc. are also pretty good for training someone's imagination. But most importantly, I think that spending time with friends and family is most important, and every parent should encourage their children to hang out more with their friends and enjoy life in general.