Children have different sets of abilities and more often than not, they don’t even recognize their own talents. Would you believe that kids’ talents don’t always reflect those of their parents’? It might seem amusing but your child may be the very first gymnast in the family! Some kids are good at painting and others have a unique ability of making people laugh or entertained.
Talents appear in any form, but they may need a bit of drawing out in order to shine. Although they’ll pursue them instinctively, your child (and you) may not be aware that it is something he/she is good at and enjoys doing at the same time.
Here are some tips on spotting your child’s natural gifts.
Always be on the look-out
As they grow, it wouldn’t be so hard to spot unique things that they give special interest to, especially for work-at-home moms like me who have been with my kids every step of the way. Try to give more time recognizing what interests them. For example, if your child shows a particular interest in paintbrushes, it could be a sign that he/she is an artist in the making! Though they may not be creating splendid portraits yet (and they’ll probably be making a lot of mess), your patience will surely be rewarded as his/her talent matures. Remember to pay close attention to what your children like to do, such as a hobby, drawing, body movements, or working with numbers.
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. Try introducing them to different activities, topics, games, and skills, and help to pursue them. Open opportunities for them to demonstrate their skills to your friends and relatives. We’ll see how it goes. But remember that it’s important to provide a range of opportunities for your child so that any hidden talents can emerge and blossom.
And once you spot them…
Here are some tips on how you can nurture the identified gifts.
Praise and encourage
Oh boy, these will go a long way to developing your child’s recognized talents. Let them know you’re proud of their abilities and show an interest in the subject of their passion whether or not you share it.
Set a goal
Tell them that success is possible when doing what you like well. Help them develop a sense of pride in their identity and their newly discovered talent. For Amaria, whenever we rehearse for a song number, I tell her that our goal is to make people smile, and when she sings nicely on the stage, a lot of people will be happy. That’s enough motivation and goal for her. Plus gummy bears and jelly beans after her performance, of course.
Provide background enrichment
When nurturing 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. Amaria and I love watching theater plays! She is always so amazed by the actors singing and acting and inspires her to do the same. Open doors for them wherever you can.
Create a space for them
Set up their own space where they can draw in peace or bang the drum with all their might! Their own personal space can help them practice their talent without any distractions or hindrances.
Invest in them
You may see the need to invest in private support such as online courses, workshops, competitions, and equipment. Help them develop those skills or find out where in the community they can participate in learning enrichment activities. START EARLY. Nurturing programs can give your children many advantages. Buy an art set or a microphone. Most importantly, spend TIME with them. Time is probably the biggest investment you can give your children.
I am really proud to share with you that I have discovered my daughter Amaria’s love and talent for singing at a very early age. She memorizes full song lyrics before she was even two years old and performed on stage for an event at two years old with confidence and enthusiasm. Most of all, she was happy and always have that sense of fulfillment or accomplishment whenever she sings on stage.
Such an honor to be one of the first to own this #NurtureTheGift Photobook by Promil Four! Oh, I am super happy reminiscing how we always spend time singing together and rehearsing. And how better she’s gotten since! Time flies so fast and now Amaria is four and she has performed to a number of stages.
This photobook will always remind me how much Amaria has grown and I am even more motivated to nurture here musical gift more! Looking forward to filling these pages with more of her developmental photos when it comes to her singing. We got her a new videoke player and she was so happy to sing her favorite songs in the music room we set up for her.
You too can get your FREE photobook! Here are simple mechanics:
1. To join the Promo, eligible Participants must register on the Promil Four website. Take and complete the Promil Four Spot The Gift test. (Only parents/guardians with children 3 years old and above are allowed to register and take the Promil Four Spot the Gift test and join the promo)
2. Participant must purchase Php 3,500 worth of Promil Four 1.8kg from any select Robinsons Supermarket branches Metro Manila during the Promo Period.
For more information, visit the Promil Four Website.
Parents can have a crucial role in helping their children develop their talents. Let’s try our best to support our children’s growth and mental development to nurture the gift that will not only help them shine on stage but in life as well. And remember, parents, talent is only worth pursuing if it can also be enjoyed. Let’s nurture the gift!