There is a big interest in science today and the lack thereof in our youth; yet with a little interest by adults in the science of astronomy and a relatively inexpensive child telescope you could show the universe in a whole new way.
There are a few things that you need prior to getting a child telescope and your beginning endeavors into astronomy. Astronomy need not be a confusing and difficult process to understand, while it may take a little studying, the use of a child telescope could help you begin to get your child interested in something that can help them develop new skills and new attitudes. Your first child telescope need not be overly expensive nor should it be too cheap to be perceived as another toy in some childrens collection.
A child telescope can be as expensive or inexpensive as one is willing to pay, yet if you are willing to put a little time into researching telescopes you can determine what model would be best for you and your child. Once you have selected a telescope, spending a little time understanding how to use and spending time with your child could help the child telescope be a more stable part of your life.
You may think that you need to be part scientist to understand the difference in telescopes and that your child telescope should wow and amaze your child but the truth is that developing an interest is key and that there are plenty of sites out there that will help you understand what you should look for in a child telescope. Start small and develop the interest, the patience and knowledge that studying stars, planets and the universe.
So if apertures, lens, mirrors, or reflectors confuse you it may be better to start small, make sure that your child telescopes catches his or her imagination and interest then proceed into bigger things. The worst thing that many parents experience in buying their children things is the lack of interest that comes after a few months or weeks of starting a new hobby. Yet you could extend that interest by making short term goals and helping them gain more interest in the hobby through your own interest.
Who knows, beginning with a child telescope could bring you closer and develop the interest in science and the universe, which is a long way from video games, television and other distractions in our lives.