One of the most pleasurable parts of really getting to know kids for me is finding out their loves. Not just my kids at home, but my kids at work. I love the individuality, discovering passions, finding those interests. I had one kiddo at work once who was SO into horses. I remember her mom saying "I am clearly not someone who has any interest in animals, but I find myself becoming a frequent attendee at the barn." I bet that little girl is still riding today. I've had kids at work into all sorts of things trains, babies, sharks, fashion, building things, dinosaurs, etc. My kids? I have a little girl who loves painting, glitter, cooking/baking, caring for animals and sparkles. I have a son who has a true passion for farming and farming machinery, loves overalls, and takes a lot of pride in his free hand drawing pictures/making books.
As I look at my calendar and all that is scheduled during this busy holiday season, I want to be mindful of these interests so we can make time to do what they love.