Every person born into this world has a talent, a skill that makes them stand out from the crowd. True, not everyone realizes their talents in their childhood—or even until quite late into their lives. While for some, figuring out their talents comes naturally, for others, an outside push is necessary to help them recognize their talents. This push could come in any form; someone with similar talents, a headhunt, even a situation.
In the case of children, most children don’t even know what they’re good at, simply because they don’t know what to look for. Here are our tips and suggestions on how you can help your child improve his or her skills, irrespective if they’ve already figure out their talents or not.
Gift them freedom; gift them with time.
More often than not, the prime reason for children not being able to recognize their talents, and even improve their talents (if they already know what they’re good at) is simply because they don’t have time to do so. In this competitive world we live in, everyone is in a rush to become bigger and better than the rest. In the case of children, they don’t really have a choice. Tuition classes and extra after school activities have them so busy, they don’t have the strength to try something for themselves once they’re done with it. So cut them a little slack, and encourage them to try new things in their free time.
Get them all the help they might need.
Once your child recognizes his or her talents (or someone else does!), it’s understandable that you’ll be looking for ways to help them improve it. Though in most cases, practice and self-learning can be the best teacher, in other cases, getting professional help and lessons will be more helpful. For example, if your child has a talent in dancing, then no doubt watching a few YouTube videos on dancing instructions can help. But getting professional lessons can help a little more than that. Yes, we understand that in some parts of the world, getting ballet classes (or any other kind of dance lessons) can be expensive. But think of it as an investment for the long run.
Become their biggest fan; their most honest critique.
The impact of positive feedback, and encouraging words on a budding talent is more than what we can describe. By becoming your child’s biggest fan, you’re not only encouraging them to do better, but also giving them the confidence to try new things. This is something even the best dance school or drama academy that you enroll them into can’t do for your child. Encourage them and applaud their improvements; yet keep the praise genuine. Your words of praise will lose their value if you give it out when it’s not deserved. Be an honest yet gentle critique of their talent.
But most of, give them the freedom of being themselves; this is what will allow them to discover their talents and teach them how to nurture it.