Focus on the Family

Choosing a Family Hobby

How to choose a hobby that the whole family can enjoy

by Candice Z. Watters

What if you don't have any interesting hobbies that are fun for the whole family? Don't be afraid to try something new. Do it for the kids. Let this be your moment to break out of the mold. We figured if we raised two kids in Colorado and never got out in nature, they'd never let us live it down. So we bought some hiking boots and a guide to the Pikes Peak region and started walking.

Whether its hiking or something totally different, look for an activity the whole family can do, something that's:

When the kids get older and a root beer float and the alphabet song no longer motivate, the promise of a parent-sponsored outing — doing something they've grown to love — may be enough to keep the otherwise disengaged teens involved in family life.

It's turns out it is possible to learn something new and actually enjoy it. Doing it for the benefit of your kids, both now and in the future, is great motivation.

What's So Great About Hiking

Getting out in nature was never habitual till we had kids. Now that we've been doing it, we realize outdoor physical activities are loaded with benefits.