Generally, parents try to discourage kids when they are interested in any other activity apart from academics. But in fact, many studies suggest that the growth and development in kids tends to be better when they are allowed to pursue certain activities of their interest.
But at the same time, parents need to help choose the right activities to develop as hobbies so that the kid doesn't tread the wrong road.
Hobbies allow a kid to explore himself. Yes, a kid will be able to know more about his own skills, talents and also interests through pursuing certain hobbies. Whether it is stitching, painting, doll making or playing games, kids know more about themselves while pursuing such activities.
Hobbies can let your kid pass time constructively. Instead of wasting time on gadgets or watching TV, if kids are encouraged to pursue hobbies, they will know how to constructively spend time.
Some hobbies can sharpen the mind and help in growth and development. Yes, even a small activity like building castle in the sand can teach your kid about implementing plans and finishing a project successfully.
Hobbies can also make a kid good at something before growing up. Many successful people admit that their childhood hobbies have helped them come up in their professions. This is why it is better to encourage kids to pursue something.