As parent’s, one of your principle jobs is to help your children discover and develop their talents so they can find their place in the world and help use their abilities to make it a better place. After all, our children are our greatest investments. The following are some ways to help kids discover their talents:
1. Innate talents: Some children seem to just be born with certain talents that come to light at a very young age, such as a beautiful voice, or natural speed. However, just because a child does not start out with some noticeable talent does not mean that it is not there. There are many children who do not discover their talents till their preteen or early teen years.
2. Expose children to different possibilities through learning: Giving your child the opportunity to participate in many new activities will help them discover and develop possible talents. Trips to museums or sending your child to a summer camp where they can try many different activities can help your child uncover what they are passionate about, or have a natural skill for.
3. Be nurturing, not pushy: Helping your child find what they have a specific talent for can become a wonderful experience, but not every child who is exceedingly talent in a sport wants to become a professional athlete. Your child may begin to resent you if you try to push them in a certain direction. Encourage your child in their talent, but allow them to try other things if they have that desire.
4. Help your child develop their talent: Find resources you can use to help your child develop their talent. Many communities have a wide variety of local camps and afterschool programs that you can enroll your child in. If there is someone you know who has excelled in your child’s specific talent ask them if they would be willing to mentor your child.
When we allow our children to discover, develop and celebrate their talents, it creates an environment where you and your child can bond and grow together. It’s especially important to no forget to enjoy watching your child blossom. Whether your child becomes a concert pianist, traveling artist, or simply finds an activity they truly enjoy, it will all be rewarding.
This article was written by Elizabeth Carswell on behalf of Core Essentials, a character education program designed for pre k through 5th grade. Our goal is to create a culture of lasting values throughout all activities, including after school character programs.