The following is a guest post by Melissa Camara Wilkins.
Sometimes I look across the living room at the children, who are busily engaged in board games or a stack of Agatha Christies or a pile of rubber stamps that will mostly get stamped on the floor instead of the paper, and I wonder: what will their great passions in this life be? Some we already see developing, of course, but others are yet to be discovered.
Will they be deeply interested in spoken word poetry, or engrossed with the idea of sustainable farming? Maybe they’ll be passionate about app design, or become experts on Emperor Penguins.
We want each of our six kids to discover their own passionate interests, those particular areas that they believe are worth investigating, worth dedicating their time and energy to, and worth sharing with others.
In fact, helping find and engage with those deeper interests is one of the main focuses of our family’s homeschooling lifestyle.
If you take a summer break, this can be a great time to encourage your kids to find their passions or to delve deeper into what they already love, too.