Being a parent also includes fostering talent within your child. Nurturing your child’s strengths and specific talents is a fantastic way to increase more confidence in your child, allowing them to develop and grow into confident teenagers and then adults. Not all parents can afford to send their kids to multiple recreational classes and lessons outside of school such as swimming courses and skating classes, but they can still keep fostering talent in their child with encouraging words and quality time. As parents, we love our children unconditionally and may feel as though anything our child does is cute and special. While this is normal for a parent, there are other ways you can nurture your child’s specific talents, skills and strengths.
Spend Time with Them
If your child has talent in the music area, go to one of their shows at school or watch them as they practice at home. Spend time with your fast little swimmer and go to his races or attend your daughter’s volleyball games in highschool. Just by being in the crowd and watching over them proudly, your child will feel stronger and have the grounding and belief in themselves that they can perform their special talent. If you show you believe in them, eventually they will too.
Give Them Time to Work on Their Talents
With hectic school schedules and extra curricular activities, your child’s days may already be busy. If you have been pushing your child into classes they do not love or are asking them to help you with chores and extra things after school, try to ease back a little. Of course, your child should get to their chores after their homework is done, but make sure they can have a little time for their own talents to grow. And if you have pushed your child into classes they do not enjoy, change them to classes that can allow for growth and development where their talent is concerned.
Let Them Be
Parents always want the best life for their child and hope they will become successful later on in life. But if you are telling your child they should be a doctor like Mommy or should be a lawyer and follow in Daddy’s footsteps, it just isn’t fair. Allow them to develop their talents on their own. Once they find what they love, they will put energy into it and you will see a strong passion develop over time. Just remember, they may try multiple activities and subject areas before they truly know what they love.
The best part about goals and dreams is that they are ours. We develop them, nurture them and become passionate about them. Give your child some time to figure out what their personal goals and dreams are so that they will truly put their whole heart into them.