As a parent, you want the very best for your child. As they grow up, they develop different interests depending on their stage of life. You want to be able to help them nurture their talent and grow it to a level that is beneficial to them. In the evolving world, having an extra skill other than academics is an added advantage. It helps open many more doors of opportunity. Therefore, it is your duty as a parent to watch out for your child and help them recognize their talent through the following:
1. Watch them
One of the ways you can help your child know what they are good at is by watching them. Take a constant position in their lives. Allow them to be free with you. Only then can you know what they are interested in at that particular time. Don’t put too much pressure on them to focus one thing or whatever you think is ideal for them. Let them be their own person. Understand that a child can be multi-talented. In order to understand this properly, look into Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.
2. Encourage them
If your child tries their hand at something, it might backfire the first time. However, take time and encourage them. Children can be quite sensitive and depend on your approval. It is your duty to be there for them. Even if it is a natural talent, they are bound to encounter difficulties along the way. Don’t allow them to give up too easily. Tell them that it is okay to fail sometimes but he important thing is to correct what you have been doing wrong and give it another try. They will appreciate you in future.
Whatever the talent may be, practice is needed to perfect it. Nothing comes easy. If you want something, you have to be willing to work hard for it and give it your best. Therefore, encourage your child to practice on their new found talent. In order to keep them interested, try and make practice fun and enjoyable. Don’t be too strict. Allow them to have enough play time and relaxing time. Don’t make their life revolve around perfecting their talent. If you do so, they will despise it and even lose interest. If it gets too bad, they are likely to quit.
4. Expose them
In order for your child to be sure what they are good at, you need to expose them to different things. Take them to many different places and allow them to try out different things. Don’t choose for them what you think they should do just because that is what you were good at. Everyone is different. When you give your child an opportunity to try out different things, they will end up being able to settle on one thing. As they grow older, their interests will narrow to one specific area that they will stick with.