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15 Things Kids Won't Grow Out Of

Parents always want the very best for their baby, but as kids grow older it’s tough to know exactly what hobbies they seem interested in will stick! There’s always phases in childhood, even adults still face the trendy hobbies they think they love, but will disregard the next month, it never ends. But it’s comforting to know that some qualities and things kids love will stick with them for life. These 15 things kids will never grow out of range from internal qualities to physical habits, goo and the bad! To their favorite stuffed animal to the bad picky eating habits that randomly form our of nowhere! The biggest key of advice would to be to tough out all the rocky roads ahead, showing support and love is the best thing any parent can do when a child is trying to make sense of their life and what they love.

Knowing what children are passionate about and going through the tough times in their life when they move from one hobby to the next, when you thought they’d love something forever, it can be a confusing time for everyone. But, at the end of the day, kids will always have love for their parents, no matter what.

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15 Favorite Foods

Staff Photo by Jill Brady, Saturday, June 26, 2004: Isis Orchard, 4, of Somersworth, N.H., doesn't let the rainy weather keep her from getting a lick of chocolate ice cream at La Kermesse in Biddeford Saturday. Isis was with her grandfather, Ron Perreault.

Food both good and bad, kids seem to latch onto one specific kind no matter what! Most kids actually remember their very first foods as a baby, and even if they don’t, once their parents tell them what it was, it usually ends up being one of their favorites to that day! While food might not be an emotional quality or necessarily inspiring attribute that a child holds onto throughout life, but it is very common nonetheless to have a favorite group of foods your whole life.

Even preference of savory over sweet or vice versa, those qualities tend to stick with us until the end. Some people have even been known to not be aware of their first foods, then having them later on in life and it still being their favorites, whether that’s a chemical reaction or connection in our brains that stays with us, or just a coincidence, we’ll never know, but we do know that a child’s favorite food will not be grown out of!

14 Love For Pets

Making sure to introduce animals at an early age in a safe environment can really spark the love and compassion factor in a child’s brain, similar to caring for a stuffed animal, the nurturing factor kids have because of being around their parent’s care, can be amplified at an early age. Generally animal people are seen as kinder, unique, and full of everlasting compassion, to instill these qualities in your child while also teaching them lessons of responsibility and life, it’s a common practice to allow your child a pet when they reach an appropriate age. Giving a child a pet is giving them a true friend, a playmate and in the child’s eyes, a brother or sister in the family. Pets can build and child's social skills, decision making, and their confidence.

The care of animals is something many kids will never take for granted throughout their whole life, and I’m not complaining.

13 Confidence

It's tough for a kid to find there confidence, it can take years, but when they do, it's worth everything in the world! When brought into focus early in a child’s life, their confidence will never bottom out if it’s worked on from the beginning, they’ll never grow out of that self assured feeling. While children can’t be entirely independent at such an early age, for the years to come it’s important that parents fully support their child in the directions they want to head as long as they’re healthy ways! It will give the child confidence and the strength to know that they can actually do whatever they need to do to accomplish their goals.

A great way to ensure your child has a strong base in their confidence is to really encourage the child to plan their goals, to follow through with what they decide to do, and to hold their head up high. There will be many times a parent will have to face their child dealing with issues at school, various issues that can’t be fixed right away and just turn into life lessons, but when children posses a strong confidence level, it doesn’t waiver them from the positive path they set out on accomplishing.

12 Exploration

If a family is prone to being outdoors, even if it’s just in the backyard, the aspect of exploration is bound to be rooted deeply in the child. Even from when children start to crawl all over the house, they are curious and want to explore, feel, see, and hear everything, it’s a way of learning and that doesn’t stop when they are familiar with the home. Exploration is what drives children to want to dream and imagine far away places they want to visit with they’re older, it’s what encourages them to see more in the world. Kids these days need that more than ever, to be grounded in exploration so they go out into the world with a positive and open mind, so they can do good for everyone. Exploration is a key factor in raising a child, learning and experiencing doesn’t come with a certain age, it starts from the moment they’re born.

11 Imagination

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Imagination is more than a child believing in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, imagination is a way that children can develop their more creative side. Whether it’s through pretend playing, or finger painting, a child just like any of us, needs a way to express what they feel on the inside, to release their emotions through things they imagine. A favorite way to get the imagination gears turning in a child’s mind is to set some time aside during the weekend, create snacks together, and sit down with tons of paper, finger pants, brushes, and anything imaginable at a craft store. Encouragement when it comes to feeling comfortable releasing the expressions and feelings a child has is key to making sure that they feel safe letting their imagination run wild.

10 Kindness

Kindness starts young, from a child’s first best friend, to simply looking up to their parents care and love for them. Kindness never goes unnoticed even when it’s practiced around a baby, they’ll hold on to that special moment and it will be in their lives forever. To encourage this behavior in children, simple ideas can be enough to make this aspect of life stick.

Working as a team to encourage strength in the family, kind hearts, and selflessness. Getting children hands-on in the work such as helping parents get ready for a holiday party, to even just cleaning the house, it brings a sense of community and support to a child’s life. Teaching a child to respect nature, the people of the world, no matter how different anything might be, teaching a child early that it’s okay to be different is key to building a strong character and strong willed kindness in their little soul.

9 Bad Habits

Unfortunately, just like the good habits formed during childhood, bad habits can be tough to break, because they’ll stick just as much as the good. Anything from small ticks like teeth grinding, nail biting, nose picking, and hair twirling, to just how they tend to treat others and bigger issues such as bullying. It can be a very hard situation to deal with when a child exhibits these things.

Luckily with proper parenting these bad habits can just turn into phases, instead of something that shapes the outcome of a child, but that doesn’t mean parents can take it lightly in the process. Most of these habits, besides the bullying, are self-comforting habits that they’ll grow out of, but it’s important to communicate with the child what they should work on, and what they shouldn’t, take it one day at a time. Bad habits won’t be forever, but if parents don’t take the necessary steps, they will be tough to grow out of!

8 Personality

It’s amazing to think about how many different studies exist just based on the niche of children’s personalities, there are thousands of researchers that give their life to discovering the facts of a child’s personality. There are books, websites, quizzes, and tests to determine a child’s personality, but a parent knows best. Each child ever born is so unique from the next, parents care and love their child like no other parent, and parents know what defines the child and what makes them different.

From adventurous, determined, outspoken, shy, strong willed, to orderly, thoughtful, and controlled, the list goes on and on, but one thing that ties all of these detailed studies together is the fact that children will not grow out of their personality. Children might alter certain aspects of their lifestyle when they’re much older, but generally the core points of their original personality will always be there. It’s almost comforting to think we all have a bit of our child-like behavior still with us!

7 Stuffed Animal

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More and more people are not embarrassed of holding on to their childhood stuffed animal, from dogs, bunnies, and bears, they all gave their owner a special sense of love and that doesn't just disappear when you turn a certain age. Kids rarely grow out of their love for their stuffed animal, it’s one of the most important aspects of their life as a child, someone that’s with them 24/7. A child’s stuffed animal gives them a sense of security from such an early age, perfect for development, and social skills as well. Stuffed animals give the child something to care for, something to look after, it makes them engage in creativity and their imagination. It gives the child a chance to play the adult, just like their parents are doing with them, it makes them feel in charge for a moment.

6 Movie Buffs

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From Disney to Pixar, moving forward to teen movies, the films your child watches will stay with them and while they might grow out of it during the teenage years of rebellion, a few years down the road, they’ll remember those films they watched and be filled with happy nostalgia. Watching films with the family, having a movie night with friends, or just having a sleepover with stuffed animals, kids will remember those experiences not just because of the film they love, but because of the sense of community that happens whenever they watch those films, everyone coming together to have a great time filled with love and caring attitudes. Films can make children more creative, encouraging them to explore their imagination just like the except that was mentioned above. Films such as Harry Potter, specifically encourage kids to stay strong with themselves and believe when everyone tells them not to. Bring on the movie nights!

5 Picky Eating

Children's eating habits can be quite finicky sometimes, just as was mentioned above about favorite foods, kids can be very stubborn as to what they choose to put into their bodies. Picky eating can be another side of the coin on this quality kids seem to never grow out of. Parents that allow their kids to explore many different foods, proving the best nutrients, such as veggies and fruit can be a good way to skip the ‘refusing to eat broccoli’ phase. Making sure that parents present healthy alternative foods to their children, making delicious and fun food that’s good for the little ones too, what else could we ask for? There’s no reason for a kid to turn their nose up to fresh greens and sweet fruits, they’re what keep people strong and healthy, and if this isn’t brought to attention early, picky eating can easily become an aspect of a child’s life that they won’t grow out of so easily down the road.

4 Interactions

Developing social skills can be tough even for us parents, with the rise of technology, it’s so easy to just block everything else around us out for a few hours while focusing on the latest Youtube video, or Netflix show. That doesn’t exclude kids either! With more and more electronics and apps being catered for kids, they’ll help encourage learning, but being interactive in social situations should be something parents focus on as well. The interactions a kid faces will stay with them for a very long time, from the mannerisms they develop to the way they speak. For our kids to grow into well-adjusted adults, it’s important to encourage positive interactions between people of all ages, older family members to newly born cousins! Social development doesn’t happen overnight, but the steps can be taken to make sure that strong social skills won’t be grown out of!

3 Rituals

While not all ritual behavior is good when it starts to interfere with daily chores, learning to manage and grow out of them is all we can hope for, but that doesn't always work out!  Bringing a lot of the points together into this one excerpt couldn’t be more appropriate for the umbrella aspect of rituals a child has growing up, certain ticks, habits, and ways of life can cling onto a child for the rest of their life. Good and bad. Many children get a strong sense of security from idiosyncratic routines, just how parents feel comfort when they plan their week in their planner, it’s a natural occurrence, and it shouldn’t have to reflect badly on the child unless it’s a negative routine that causes harm or hateful tendencies. If the rituals a child has doesn’t interrupt their daily life on a level that makes it hard to function without proceeding with these habits, then it generally is perfectly fine and healthy. It just means the child likes to enjoy things they can count on being there. These rituals will most likely stay with the child for years to come.

2 Reading

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I’m sure everyone’s parents made sure that their child knew what their first book that was read to them was, and how often they had to read it to them.

Reading more allows a child to explore magical worlds of new and exciting parts of life that might not even exist in this world. Reading will give a child a base of imagination, allowing them to picture what the characters look like, their personalities, and inspire them to create more than ever. Reading sticks with children like glue, and with parents on the sidelines cheering them on when a kid starts muttering the first words of a their first chapter book, it’s one of the most surreal moments in a family's life. Expanding vocabulary, academic success, understanding, and exploration, and so much more comes with the world of reading in a child’s life. A favorite childhood book is sometimes one of the most precious things a child could never grow out of.

1 Love For Parents

Parents are the first individuals that show full compassion and acceptance towards a child, showing children love and the meaning of being themselves no matter who they are. A child’s love for their parents will never be thrown to the side or grown out of. Children all battle rejection in their life, we all battle it daily, but parents offer a safe haven that leave the criticisms at the door for another day. Parents offer a child a support system, a connection, and a small portion of the meaning of life. Kids learn from the parents more than anyone, good and bad, they learn to move forward and love regardless of misunderstandings as the generations change, it’s a beautiful dynamic that will never be taken for granted. Parents are always there, even when they aren't anymore, and no one knows that more than their children.

Sources: Parents.com, HuffingtonPost.com, AskDrSears.com, Time.com 

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