Parents are completely responsible for shaping the health and well-being of their children. Children are also unique spiritual beings who are continuously growing, evolving and creating from within. Listed below are some steps on how you, as a parent, can help nurture and develop your child’s gifts.
- Observation is important. Look closely at your child and what appears to intrigue or peak your child’s interest.
- Engage your child. After you have discovered what gives your son or daughter pleasure and exactly where his or her interests are allow the room and opportunities to explore those interests. Study your relationship by extending the range of your pursuits together. Be open to extending your child’s relationships beyond their close family. Include relatives, friends of both opposite and the same sex, as well as other responsible adults.
- Expose your child to many different activities. Try art, music, or sports. Go to museums, play different games, take hikes and be imaginative. As your child grows up you will notice exactly what he or she keeps returning to. It might not be what your child is naturally the best at, but what really brings him or most pleasure.
- Build self-esteem. Challenge your child by motivating him or her to take action themselves. Maintain raising the bar a bit on your expectations while keeping the child’s level of growth in mind. Communicate that you are pleased whenever there is an accomplishment; even if it’s a small accomplishment or the child has done a better job than the day before.
- Talk about activities daily. Ask questions about what your child did in school, with friends, and after school. Figure out what your child really enjoyed about his/her day and their activities and what they would love to do tomorrow.
Believe that your child might not be as great at or interested in your chosen activities and give them room to explore.
- Support imagination and innovation. Inspire your child to use all his experiences and parts of his body in many different ways. Motivate exploration and inquiry; stay away from jumping on mistakes, but be a teacher. Motivate your child to think of and express his fantasies and vision for the future through writing, painting, music as well as other kinds of artistic and creative expression.
- Do not expect perfection. It is good for kids to make some mistakes. Train your child never to be afraid of making mistake, but to learn something from his or her mistakes.
Motivate your child to try challenging activities, to try new things, and to follow his or her passions.
- Aid logical thinking. Assist your children in making sense of the world. Tune into your son or daughter, reacting to their signs and challenging him or her to respond to you. Help your child realize that what he or she does makes a difference and has an impact on self as well as others. Teach your child different ways of looking at a problem.
- Praise your children often. Give a lot of encouragement, support and positive feedback in support of your child’s endeavors, dreams and success in life. Don’t compare your child to others (siblings, relatives, friends etc.). Each child is unique. Children have different learning styles, personalities, different ways of expressing themselves, different goals, desires and they have different needs. Encourage your child to be they are and not what others would have them to be. What works for one won’t always work for the other. It’s their unique individual make-up.
- Compliment effort not ability. Complimenting effort is very important for not just nurturing your child’s gift but also developing their self-esteem. By complimenting the effort you’re developing your child’s self-esteem, self-confidence and ability. It takes effort to develop gifts. Even kids that are gifted still have to work hard to build their natural gifts.
Give resources to develop your child’s interests. Provide them with an abundant learning environment that promotes their growth and helps develop their gifts.