Kids need at least one interest outside school. Having a hobby helps them relax and get away from the routines of school, which is good for their mental health. Anxiety seems to be quite an issue these days with many kids, so the opportunity to lose themselves in an enjoyable activity, away from the pressures of school, has become even more important. Every child needs to be good at something.
From the age of 13, young people tend to define themselves in terms of an area that they excel in, so it’s important that they find a niche. If they don’t experience success at school, then hobbies and outside interests become even more important. Of course, kids can have too many interests and be too busy.
As a parent, it’s important to help your child develop a hobby or an interest and it doesn’t matter if it’s not part of the mainstream. It may be necessary to encourage your child to try different hobbies, as it takes some experimentation to find out what they like and what they are good at.