Some years ago a few of my in-laws tried to make me give the hobby up, on the basis that it was inconvenient and untidy, and my elderly mother has never liked any hobbies apart from watching TV.
They said I should find another interest, which even if I didn't like I would get eventually used to, for Christ's sake!
I have been patronized like this most of my life, my late father did encourage me at first, but didn't like my obsessiveness, and actively undermined me in later years, he wasn't a bad guy, he had some talent as a painter, but was just so messed up by his early life and other issues.
I love the fact that despite my experience, there are examples of multi-generational model makers in the same family, especially in North America.
However I have resolutely refused to give up, even though I have periods of inactivity caused by suffering from mental health issues.
Do your thing, keep doing your thing.