Helping Your Child Develop Their Passion

December 1, 2015 — Leave a comment

Helping Your Child Develop Their Passion

Music is my son’s passion.

Isaac began taking piano lessons when he was five years old.  I attribute much of this decision to my dad.  He was an instrumental music teacher, and he continues to foster a love of music in his retired years.

It was clear from the beginning that Isaac had a natural ability when it came to music.  He had a great ear for music.  It seemed to come easy for him.  He started playing the trumpet in elementary school, and he really enjoys performing with the trumpet in the high school marching band and especially the jazz band.

As parents, we have the privilege and responsibility to foster an environment conducive to finding and growing the passion of our children.  For some it’s music, some it’s athletics, and some it’s academics.  Which ever direction your child leans, I challenge you to encourage your child.  When your child pursues a passion, you need to be prepared, because it’s not always easy.

My husband and I learned a couple of valuable actions to navigate the hurdles you and your child may face along the journey towards developing their passion.  Here are two keys to encouraging your child to develop a love of music (and they can be applied to your child’s area of passion):

  1. Find a great teacher.  We couldn’t ask for a better teacher fit for Isaac than with “Miss Pat.”  She has the patience of a saint.  She’s been so flexible especially during Isaac’s busy marching band season.  She knows when to push and when to back off. Her years of playing and teaching bring a maturity and expertise to Isaac’s playing.  She encouraged him to try out for a performance festival on the regional and state level.  We are so thankful for her influence in Isaac’s life.
  2. Don’t quit.  There were so many times on this journey as the principle practice partner that I wanted to throw in the towel.  Isaac didn’t want to practice.  We tried every reinforcement under the sun. Eventually, Isaac grew older, and he recognized his own passion for music.  I still remind him to practice, but most of the time he does so willingly.  He wants to improve as a musician.  He doesn’t want to disappoint Miss Pat.  Once he starts playing he enjoys making music.

I wonder what would become of Isaac’s musical passion if my husband and I didn’t encourage him early on or allow him to give up when he didn’t want to practice.  He’s planning on studying music in college.  I’m so thankful we didn’t give up.

“For I know the plans I have for you.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a purpose.”  Jeremiah 29:11

For what are your children passionate?  What area(s) do they have a natural ability in which you can encourage them?