Do children still have hobbies?

@shelagh77 (3643)
December 1, 2007 4:05am CST
When I was a child I had a lot of hobbies, mainly crafts and reading and I really enjoyed these. I can truly say I was never bored. My niece and nephew enjoy watching films and playing computer games but they do not seem to have any hobbies, and neither to any of their friends. Is this the trend nowadays, that children do not have hobbies?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
1 Dec 07
seems like alot of kids DONT have hobbies the parents just let them play games and watch tv without gettin gthem into alot of other things. Kids need to work thier minds nottheir finger.
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• United States
2 Dec 07
Video games are some of the best logistics and reflex training there is.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Dec 07
could be but baseball in the freash air is just as good for eye and hand corrdination and a heck of a lot more better than sitting in the house and getting lazy. My grand son was one whose mom bought him all this stuff and he was pretty good at it and probably better now he is gown and a daddy but we had to have him with us for a school year when he was littelerand he never wanted to go outside and make freinds but I made him get out side and he did play with the kid next door but he would make up excuses to get back in the house . also didnt want to do his litttle chore I set up for him . It was a battle but with in the year he came around to most of the rules of the house. and I know he loves me for having him get outside . and now every time I get to go to Tenn . HE finds a way to ocme see me while Iam there and I have the most beautiful great grand daughter !
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• United States
3 Dec 07
That's great that forcing him to do activities that you thought were "better" for him worked out well, but I know quite a few people who would resent you for it. My fiance is an amazingly intelligent person thanks to his video games.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
1 Dec 07
I think that children today spen too much time in front of screens weather it be a tv,computer, or game screen...I used to take my kids out in the woods to collect and build things and we had the animals ...I also do some of this with the oldest granson...The others are still too small. xoxoxoxo
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• United States
1 Dec 07
TV and video games are hobbies. My fiance has been playing video games since he was 4 and he still does it. I don't see how it's not a hobby.
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@nancygibson (3736)
• France
1 Dec 07
Sadly I think that you are largely right. There are exceptions of course, but the vast majority of kids belong to very few clubs or societies, do very little creative hands on stuff, and wouldnt know what to do with the sort of supplies we used to get through on a rainy day. I work with kids and I'm shocked how many 8-10 year olds have terrible scissor skills, can't tie a knot, and don't feel able to just 'create' something during an activity session without loads of adult help. I think its critically important that parents of young children don't neglect this side of their child's develpment. Sure, computer skills etc are important, but so is being able to manage basic dexterity tasks and fosering a sense of practical creativity. Heres a plea to all parents, put something 'crafty' in your child's Christmas stocking this year!
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 07
I don't think they do anymore to be honest I think today there might be a few that still have a hobby but not like we used to It is just not the same anymore and Kids are not Kids anymore it is so sad
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I agree, not enough kids have hobbies. They are too used to being entertained by TV and video games and don't know how to entertain themselves. It's too bad. I encourage my grandkids to use their imaginations by buying them craft supplies as presents. They like doing crafty stuff if I am doing it with them.