Whenever your child or teenager is learning something new or different and you start to feel yourself getting frustrated with the process, perhaps take the time to go within and ask yourself "What fear or stuck energy do I need to clear to keep from projecting onto my kids?"
My 9-year-old comes from a long line of birdwatchers. His grandparents are avid birders, with almost 900 species on their lifelong lists, and his father and I enjoy watching birds in our backyard. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised by his new hobby.
Is the primary job of a parent to give our kids every possible opportunity to prove themselves tiny geniuses (the American model), or is it our job to make them self-sufficient and confident citizens (the more European model)? I'm not sure that we can do both at the same time.