Each person has a unique talent. From children to adults, everyone is born with this. Some are lucky enough to be aware of their talents at an early age and be able to hone their skills quickly. Children have amazing learning abilities and are like sponges – this is why unlocking your child’s talent at an early age will be the best time. Here are some ways to efficiently help unlock your child’s talent and unleash their full potential early:
Reading can do a lot of wonders – and one of these wonders is opening a person’s mind into a wider perspective. Encourage your child to read so they would be exposed to different ideas and be aware of different outlooks in life. Be sure to provide them with age-appropriate books. You can experiment with different genres: fantasy, fiction, history, science fiction, and a lot more!
Allow them to experiment with arts and crafts or any creative pursuits
In this generation, most young children are already very familiar with using gadgets like smartphones, tablets, computer, and such. Mostly, kids spend a lot of time with these technologies, which may not be a good thing both for their health and personal improvement and development. As a parent, you should limit the time your child spends with these gadgets and involve them in creative activities like pretend play, music, or arts and crafts. These kinds of activities will help children learn more valuable skills.
Communicate to know what are the kids interested in
Always initiate a conversation with your child. Ask them about their day, what new experiences they have, what did they learn from school, ask directly what interests them currently, and such. Even as you go through your daily tasks, like in the kitchen, explain what you’re doing and allow them to watch. Through watching you, your child learns how to do certain tasks and get the feel of things.
Allow them to join extracurricular activities
This kind of activities will definitely help your child find what they are truly interested in doing. Make them join after-school activities like any one of the sports team, the music and art club, book clubs, and such. Other ways to expose them to extracurricular activities is through enrolling them in hobby classes outside of the school such as ballet, martial arts, swimming, tennis, and many more.
Let children set their own schedule
Support your child by guiding them to set their own goals. Yes, only guide. Do not set goals for him/her. Your child will find it easier when they accomplish goals they have set for themselves rather than having to do what their parents have set them. Just guide them to make sure their plans aren’t below-average and are helping them to improve and get closer to their main goal.
Help raise their self-esteem
One thing is for sure when it comes to achieving success in any aspect of life, it is to have confidence. When a child has low self-esteem, this may be a huge hindrance for unlocking the child’s full potential. They will not be able to realize their talent, ability, and capacity. One easy way to raise your child’s self-esteem is through encouragement. Be consistent in motivating your child to do better and aim high so they will always feel inspired and energized.
Expose them to different places and environment
Visit a museum, join a tour in a factory, show them the zoo, let them play in an active learning playground, or simply go grocery shopping. Our world and its environment serve as a learning experience for any child. As your child goes through this adventure outside of the home, point out things that may interest them and be sure to cater to all of their questions.
Accept your child for who they are
If you want to see your child with their unleashed talents and full potential, be sure to accept your child for who he or she is. You need to accept their personality, preference, and even their flaws. Accepting your children as they are will go a long way and help them improve themselves more. Through this, they will feel more support coming from you. Don’t force them to change or be someone you like them to be – this can impact a child negatively and hinder them from unleashing their true talents.
Encourage Decision-Making and Problem Solving Skills
These skills are very valuable that your child will need it in order to keep up with life and attain their goals successfully. It is best to teach them decision-making and problem-solving skills at as young as four years old. There are various activities that may contribute to honing these skills. When children learn these at a young age, they will be able to know what is right from wrong. Additionally, decision-making will help the child realize their own strengths and weaknesses.
Teach them to learn from experiences and mistakes
Experiences, be it good or bad, are the foundation of success. Failures will make your children excel more in just about anything. This is why it is also important for you to nurture your child and allow him/her to experience mistakes and failures. This way, your child is pushed to their limit and end up excelling more than those who stay within their comfort zone. Guide them and remind them that they shouldn’t repeat those mistakes and these should serve as lessons.
Encourage them to join any sports
Sports are any active activities that make any child fit and healthy. Encouraging children to join sports help in getting rid of their fear of failure. As they are going through this kind of activity, they will be exposed to a lot of skills – physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.
Reprimand your child correctly after a mistake
As a parent, it is your role to nurture kids and help children pick up the pieces of their mistakes and put their lives in order again. When they do something wrong, reprimand your child positively and in a loving manner. Show them that what they did is unacceptable and they shouldn’t repeat it anymore. Shaming your child may make her feel humiliated, which in turn, may damage his spirit. Reprimanding them politely will keep your child’s natural confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm.
Be aware that slow practice is a productive practice
Slow practice is a technique that can be applied to any hobby or talent one wishes to improve on. Some parents have a tendency of putting pressure on their child by making them practice harder and faster, this is not the best approach. When your child practices slow, they get to analyze their mistakes, sense and fix situations better, apply a different approach, and analyze their own skill set.
Give them more opportunities to develop
Identifying a gifted child early on is one of the best feelings a parent can experience. But how will a child flourish their skills without opportunities to develop them? If no opportunity arises, their skills may remain contained throughout their formative years, which might already be too late to develop their full potential. Expose them to different opportunities like hobby classes, traveling out of town or out of the country, allowing them to socialize with other people, and more. There are a lot of opportunities you can expose your child to which can contribute to their learning, big time!
Praise effort, not natural ability
Your child is blessed to have a natural ability, but exerting much effort is different. Even famous gifted men and women have put thousands of hours to perfect their craft and be as good as they are now. Focus on your child’s effort and be sure to praise them about it. This way, the child will be more motivated to keep on pushing and improving himself by putting in a more personal effort.
These are the 15 efficient and effective ways on how to nurture a child and help unlock your child’s talent early on. As parents, you would always want to be involved in our children’s lives. But there are times when you should take a little step back and allow our little angels to find ways to develop and grow on their own – but of course, you should always be there to offer our guidance.