Once you discover that your child has a special talent, it is up to you to help the kid harness his potential. It entails guiding the kid in the right direction, especially providing an enabling environment for the kid to practice and actualize the talent. One of the tricks is to obtain homework assistance so that the child has more time to practice on the piano or canvas.
Talent development is not a one-off affair. It requires continued encouragement and efforts to sharpen the skills to the point where you can take a painting to an exhibition or allow a child to sing on stage. Here are excellent strategies to help kids develop their talents.
Identify their talent early
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A kid can do and master so much in life. From singing to painting and acting, all these talents are at their disposal. However, you have to concentrate on a single talent or two to obtain the best results.
Observe what your kid loves most. Talented children will do anything to demonstrate their talents. For instance, the child may sing all day or imitate the people she sees on television. Another may defeat everyone else in athletics. These are signs that your kid is passionate and talented in a particular area.
Engage a coach in the area to see whether the child responds positively. The coach will also help you to assess the potential of the child. By identifying the talent early, you have more time to expose the kid and exploit the talent. Further, it gives you a single area to focus your energy when you want to exploit the child’s potential.
Facilitate the development of such talent
Identify what it will take to exploit the talent that the child has demonstrated. Do you need to take the child to class or buy apparatus like a brush or a musical instrument? Availability of time to practice is also a way of facilitating the development of the talent.
Moral support is one of the best talent fertilizers. By affirming support for the talent, the kid will practice on the talent with passion. Take away some responsibilities that will allow the kid to sharpen the skills necessary to fully exploit a talent.
Invite or network with role models
Connect the child to his idol or role model in the area he is talented. Engage the child to know who he or she looks up to. While some of them might be celebrities too far from reach, you can look for local talents to begin with.
Attend events like football games or autographing events where your child can meet people who are already exploiting their talents. The child begins to recognize himself, especially his exploits in the people he is looking up to. Such role models have a huge impact on the kid’s life, especially helping them believe in their potential.
Expose their talent to competitions or exhibitions
Enroll the kid in competitions or enter them for exhibitions. It is a way to assess their capability compared to other people operating in the same industry. Most competitions and exhibitions allow entries based on skill levels. Enter the kid at the right level to avoid discouragement through unwarranted competition.
The competitions build confidence in the kid that he can win. Whether the child wins or not, he carries valuable lessons to help him improve his skills. The early wins will accumulate into encouragement that helps a kid to exploit his potential.
Highlight the potential of such talent
Do not allow a child to practice for the sake of it. Each talent is valuable in a particular area. For instance, the best vocalists end up as international musicians. Footballers will join the best clubs as athletes win medals. Raise awareness of the potential of talent.
A kid who is aware of the potential of his talent will work harder. It acts as a motivational target that keeps the kid practicing regardless of the level of difficulty.
Talent requires practice, exposure, and passion. Show the kid the potential of the talent he could be taking lightly. Provide enough time to practice and all the support needed to actualize the dream. Set realistic expectations and constantly monitor progress. You will end up with the most talented individual.
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