A lot of kids are born with talent. However, only a few of them reach their full potential with that talent as they are growing older.
Talent alone is not sufficient to be successful and performing it at a high level. The question of talent and hard work has always been intriguing to me.
But I realized that some people are just born loving to practice certain things. When I was a kid, I loved playing football, swimming, surfing, and anything that requires a physical effort.
I enjoyed and loved doing those activities while my brother was enjoying painting and working on art projects. As a parent, you have to be aware that nurturing and supporting your child’s talent is a must.
This might seem a lot of work to do besides the other parenting tasks, but it will have a positive impact and influence on your kid growing up.
You should encourage them to practice what they love and provide the necessary needs to help them do so.
A perfect example of what supporting your child’s talent can achieve is Mozart.
Mozart’s father noticed that his kid loved the piano at the age between 3 and 5. So he spent the next 15 years honing his child’s skillset.
How to Support your Children Abilities:
helping him become one of the most iconic piano players and music composers. With the right support, your parent-child relationship will improve remarkably, and your kid will grow up appreciating everything you did for him or her. Above all, it will make your child happy.
In this article, we will discover different ways that you can do as a parent to support your child’s abilities and talents.
Observe your Child:
As a parent, you can be very tempted to sign your kid for a karate class, or in a running club because that is what you love.
Unfortunately, this is what most parents do as they think it is better for their kids to share the same aspirations as them. If this is the case, consider yourself to be the luckiest parent because you will be doing something you both love together. Instead, you have to sit back and observe your child during the time that you are with him or her.
Do you find them most of the time playing soccer, reading a book, playing video games, or even studying? This will give you a hint on what they love doing. After that, you should consider signing them up for a class or simply provide them with whatever they need to practice their activity.
One of the worst habits to teach your kids at an early age is the curse of comparing them to other people or even yourself.
Each child is unique with their own skills, abilities, and learning process.
Even if your child has shown a passion for learning certain skills, comparison to others will kill their passion if they don’t excel at it.
As a parent, you should always remind your kid that you are proud of them, and you are happy to see them practicing what they love doing.
You should also teach them that each person in life has their own way to learn and excel, and some will do it faster while others will take more time.
Planting this seed into your child at an early age will have a great influence on their mindset and mental health in the future.
Seek Progress, not Perfection:
One of the traps that children can fall into as well as adults is seeking perfection when learning a skillset or something we are passionate about.
Setting small objectives to reach the bigger goal has shown to be more effective, and it helps your child reach extraordinary levels.
This is a way to support their talent, but at the same time, you are teaching a skill that will be helpful to them in the long run.
You have to set a frequent reminder to your child that practicing their talent for the sheer goal of enjoyment and entertainment to have fun is what they should focus on instead of seeking perfection.
Perfection will come along the way if the consistent practice is done with constant progress.
Teach your Child to Fail:
Defeat is Man’s enemy. It is natural for us humans to only want to be at the top and not fail.
The same goes for children, and this feeling might even be more persistent with them. During the practice of their talent, you child might engage in some sort of competition with other kids.
While encouraging them to do their best to win, you should understand that they might fail, and so you have to be ready to react in the right way to their failure.
You should never blame them or make them feel bad because they failed. This reaction usually comes from a place of disappointment when the parent felt they did everything they can to support their child’s talent.
Teach Confidence and Self-esteem:
Failure might lower your child’s self-esteem and confidence.
These are two important ways of being to teach your child at an early age as it will help them excel while practicing their talent.
Confidence and self-esteem are important to achieve anything in life, and they might be the most important attributes to acquire.
Lacking self-confidence and self-esteem will be a huge barrier to overcome for your child to reach his or her full potential.
It will also impact them negatively as adults.
To help your child build confidence, make sure to always motivate and encourage them in their endeavors. Also, always show appreciation for their efforts even if they are making very little progress or no progress at all. This will give them an extra boost to even do better.
These are some effective ways that you can start acting upon to support your child’s abilities and talent. We hope this will help you achieve your task as a parent towards your child successfully to nurture and promote their abilities.