4 Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent In Your Child

4 Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent in You Child

What does your child do well? All children have abilities of one sort or another, though they don’t always reflect those of their parents. Your youngster might be the first in the family to have a knack for gymnastics or a penchant for the piano, or she might have a unique ability to make people laugh. Talent can appear in any form, but may need drawing out in order to shine. Here are some tips for tapping and nurturing your child’s natural gifts.

Be on the look-out

Children don’t usually recognize their own talents, although they’ll pursue them instinctively. If your child shows a particular interest in the paint box, for instance, it could be a sign that she’s an artist in the making. She may not be doing much with her brush yet — apart from making a mess — but your patience will be rewarded as her talent matures.

Provide opportunities

Talents need openings to develop. If no opportunity arises for a skill to flourish, it may remain suppressed throughout a child’s formative years, after which it may be too late to develop it to its full potential. If a kid has a flair for percussion, for example, it may not be set free until she gets to bash a drum kit. It’s important to provide a range of opportunities for your child so that any hidden talents can emerge and blossom. You can do this by introducing her to different topics, games, skills and activities, and helping him to pursue them.

Nurture identified talents

Praise and encouragement will go a long way to developing your child’s recognized talents. Let her know you’re proud of her abilities and show an interest in the subject of her passion whether or not you share it. Look out for opportunities for her to demonstrate her skills to friends and relatives; their support will reinforce yours. Her school teachers may be able to provide openings for her talents, too. But for serious development, you may need to invest in private tuition and other support such as courses, competitions and equipment.

Provide background enrichment

When nurturing a talent in your child, take every opportunity to broaden and enrich his understanding of the subject, as this will guide and inspire her drive. Introduce her to the achievements and techniques of experts and let her witness them in action. If she’s a budding jazz saxophonist, for instance, take her to some jazz concerts. If she’s a young actor, arrange a theater trip. If swimming is her forte, take her to the local contests and follow the international ones together on TV. Open these doors for her wherever you can.

A talent is only worth pursuing if it can also be enjoyed. Being a champion chess player, for instance, would be no bonus to a child’s life if she found the contests unbearably dull or the competition agonizingly stressful. Besides, her flair would not flourish in such circumstances and she could be put off the game for life. If major problems arise and no solution can be found, it may be necessary to put serious pursuit of a talent on hold for a few years. But if your child’s joy outweighs any negatives, give her gift the go-ahead!

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  • Sangeeta Pandey

    All kids are very special but some kids are born talented; few kids show their interest and abilities after few years .As parents we are constantly worried about their future. Some kids shows their spark suddenly when they go in any concert or art library.So as parents we have to observe that our kids how much they deliberately want to do those things. My first point is a good observation will tell you what kind of interest or talent your loved one has. The 2nd point -When you find out provide your kiddo interest related items like paint canvas, colorful modeling dough ,sketch pens, musical items , mind game board game puzzle,etc. So their talent can bloom up properly. The 3rd point I can say is give them a platform where they can show or shape their talent properly. You can make them join a week or weekend class related to their interest. Boost them up and encourage them for their small-small efforts. The 4th and the last point is you have to give them a complete environment for their talent,like you can show them best recorded tv videos shows. If your kids are interested in art painting you can visit with them a art gallery ,encourage them to participate in small-small competitions. Provide good books and role model stories related to painting. I hope it will make some mark, and one important thing never judge your kids according to their gender.Never do a comparison with other kids leave your child that he can go at his own pace. Change your mind first, let it be what they want to do happily. Every kids special. For more parenting suggestion you can download Parentlane goo.gl/5dpsYQ to make your parenting more special.

  • Sam Bill

    Hi Robert,

    Great Article and it makes lot of sense. However I have a question.

    Being a father I am much more concerned about raising my Kids and focusing on the things which they want to do.

    My point is that each child comes with a different set of talent [Unique and designed for that human only!] however our education system and environment [Parents, Media etc] shape it in such a manner that it destroys that talent and the Kid turns out to be regretting and blaming in the future [Like me :(].

    Now I cannot control Media or Curriculum however I can control my self and the environment of my home. So what are your views on that, how to achieve that?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thanks

    S@m