Most parents are fearful of letting their son or daughter start a collection of items as they believe this will lead to clutter that cannot be controlled. This is a silly thing to think and those who do are not aware of the many benefits that come from collecting for a hobby.
Collecting requires the use of a number of learning and social traits and attributes that your son or daughter will use for the rest of their life, and introducing them to collecting will allow them to practice these in a positive manner. However, there are also a number of things you must consider when helping your child to start a collection, and doing so will ensure that they are benefiting from this pastime as much as they possibly can.You can also use this hobby as a way to bond with your child over a mutual appreciation, and for some collecting becomes a life long passion.
Benefits of Collecting
One of the most beneficial things children get from collecting is an understanding of patience, and the rewards that come from waiting for something. I advise you to refrain from constantly buying your child items for their collection, and instead do it every few weeks or a month. This will help teach your child the merits of patience, and help them understand that not everything is accessible all the time. Helping your child to develop patience will assist them in later years when they have to engage and deal with the various social scenarios we all go through. Collecting invigorates curiosity, and encourages research and investigation, which are tools that your child will need to utilise throughout their entire education. Collecting also encourages neatness and organisation, and those who partake in this hobby spend time categorising and sorting their items. This will become evident in other areas of their life as your child will see the advantages of keeping things in order and easy to access. Collecting can develop relationships. As I’ve previously mentioned you can find a mutual appreciation with your son or daughter and start collecting items that interest you both. Also, children that have similar collecting interests will find it easier to become friendly with one another, and this type of friendship will encourage their hobby.
What You Need to Consider
Obviously, the first thing you need to work out is what it is that your son or daughter is going to collect. I’d advise you to avoid popular toys that are currently in trend, and instead look for something that is already considered to be a collector’s item. For instance, if you have a daughter you could buy her some collectable dolls such as those sold by companies like A Girl For All Time. Collectable dolls are unique and beautifully made, and there is a great variety to choose from. Remember to consider the age of your child as this will determine what items are suitable for collecting, and also consider things such as the material the item is made from. Collecting is a very beneficial hobby but your child needs to collect something they are interested in.
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James Murphy is a collector of 1970’s edition Penguin Modern Classics, and appreciates and understands that benefits that can be had engaging in this pastime. James spends his free time searching for new copies and visiting art galleries and museums.