As parents, there is nothing quite like the joy of seeing our kids excel in various spheres of life. Today, the focus has shifted to being all-rounders rather than class toppers. It’s wonderful to see parents recognize this change and actually invest in nourishing their child’s talents as well.
Nourishing Your Child’s Talents and the Hunger to Do More
Your child’s mellifluous voice may fill the room when he sings - but have you seen those beautiful paintings he makes in his spare time? Have you noticed how your daughter’s eyes light up when she picks up a guitar?
Kids are not one-dimensional; they have plenty of talents hiding within that might just need a bit of encouragement on our part to come out. So we don’t have to confine them to one particular activity. And our kids’ hunger to do more can be quite surprising.
Watch this heart-warming video that records happenings at the Passion Paathshala, India’s first-of-its-kind talent mentor workshop. If you thought your child’s talent formed his identity, then this video will surely change your mind!
The parents involved in the Paathshala found out how their kids had the hunger to do more than one thing and performed an unexpected skill exceedingly well in front of them. The video only highlights the importance of recognizing our children’s passions.
Let’s take a look at some ways you can understand your child’s interests better.
6 Ways to Recognize and Nourish Your Child’s Talents AND Interests
Given how critical it is to understand the passion of our children, let us take a look at some ways we can recognize their interests and talents.
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Give importance to self-expression.Some people express their feelings through the written word while others might prefer to express by speaking out. Understand how your child prefers to express his thoughts and feelings, possibly revealing his talent and interest.
Watch what he instinctively leans towards when it comes to toys or activities during playtime.Does he gravitate towards musical instruments or move along to music when he hears it? Is he always picking things apart and examining them? These are the things you can use to pick up on his interests and see how he/she enjoys doing them.
You can also take this Passion Test designed by iTrust*. It deduces the various interests of your child and suggests possible options for your child to pursue. With the number of different career paths at your child’s disposal, you don’t ever have to worry about him running out of options.
Ask him what he likes.It may so happen that he prefers to probably just listen to music, as opposed to learning the nitty-gritties of notes, tunes and symphonies. Instead of guessing too much, ask your child directly whether or not he/she would like to pursue that particular interest.
Words of praise matter.It’s not always innate ability that helps your child soar - words of encouragement and praise help raise his spirits and confidence, pushing him to work harder towards his goals. Let him falter, let him fail, but let him know you’ve always got his back!
Learn when to let him quit.He may have gotten into something of his own interest, but may have lost the spark he initially had. Give him the choice to make the decision to move on if the reason seems absolutely genuine.
It’s not about you.Remember, your child is an individual, with/her his own identity, interests, and dreams. If following a path of interest makes him happy, then that is what you need to let him do!
Eventually, we should all provide kids the opportunity to explore everything they are interested in. If you want to discover your child’s passions, please visit the page Passion Test and be surprised what hidden talents what your child may have.
Disclaimer: The passion test has been designed and provided by iTrust. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.(GSK) makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents/results of this test/counselling which are for information purposes only.