Parents assume that brilliance is something that is innate in a child, which their children either have or do not have. It is natural for parents to get flabbergasted upon seeing their neighbours’ 7 year-old dreaming of joining the army as compared to their own kid, who dreams of joining ‘The Justice League’ just because it’s cool. This often makes parents wonder whether their offspring is suffering from some developmental delay or are they not putting in enough efforts to encourage them to think more practically.
As anxious parents, we normally follow a funny and erroneous belief that our kids won’t care about or pay much attention to anything until and unless their arms are twisted and cheeks are warmed. However, the truth is rather contrary to such traditional beliefs. Such attempts to motivate the kids into doing something usually turn against the parents. Encouraging parents often become brutes in the eyes of the children upon the regular infliction of impractical expectations.
All kids are born with unique, individual capacities of growing into geniuses. Scientifically, children have twice as powerful brain connections as the adults. Since their inborn creativity is not muffled by the societal constraints, children have the foundation for evolving into future whiz kids and brilliant adults thereafter. Therefore, being the prime educators, you need to become more involved in bringing up your children and taking the right steps towards nurturing their special abilities. Who knows, maybe the next Mozart, Einstein or Picasso is waiting to come out from within your family.
Identify their Uniqueness
With the hope of uncovering a hidden star within your child, it becomes imperative to find out what makes your kid unique and different from other children of the same age. For finding out where the talent of your beloved exactly lies, you ought to closely observe the things they enjoy the most, both in privacy as well as among the family and friends. It is not an easy task and requires the right amount of desire, motivation, determination and the emotional fuel known as love. This is the place that you need to focus on and find the triggers to unveil the secret talents of your kid.
Practice makes Winners – Make them Learn from their Failures
Skill acquisition enhances only when one learns to operate beyond the abilities and continues pushing the boundaries, falls down in the course, and learns from the downfalls by correcting them for the next attempt. This state of operation is often referred to as deep practice. You ought to make your kids learn that slip-ups aren’t the final verdicts. They are just the stepping stones that can be used to fuel up the skill development process and unlock their true potential.
Always Choose the Second Door
Being parents, you always need to avoid taking door number one, which is for those parents who love to spoon-feed their children. Waking them up in the morning, helping them dress-up, dropping them off at school and almost doing their homework aren’t the steps towards the making of a genius. By choosing the door number two, you decide to be the parents who self-motivate their kids to do these things on their own. Such things inspire the children to put efforts into things that they want to do and that makes them feel better. Being an inspiration and a motivator who explores and uncovers the child’s talents always makes a difference in the making of a genius.
Don’t Brag about Natural Abilities
When kids are praised about their intelligence, they often learn that status is the prime motive behind this master-game and, thus, react by taking risks, making mistakes and learning from them. It is not a coincidental thing. It’s just about focusing on the unique, individual abilities of the children and harnessing them over a period of time. You ought to be careful about becoming those parents who brag about the natural talents of other children. Your kid has probably got his/her own special skills. No matter how small or advanced they are, you should always make your kid feel proud and support their interests.
Tech-Driven Summer Camps
If you aren't able to uncover the secret talent of your child, do not despair. Various private and public institutes organize special camps that can bring out the hidden genius from within your child. These camps make use of state-of-the-art technology to help unleash the true potential of the children. They expose the kids to the digital world, the media and the internet, and observe how it leads them. Though this digitized equipment cannot match the human parenting skills, it still does a wonderful job in uncovering the kid’s potential and helping in their further development.
On the whole, making the children explore their hidden talent is the best way of nurturing them into something better. Helping them learn that talent is not inborn and is developed over the course of time will provide them the motivation to take risks, make mistakes and look at failure in an objective and constructive manner, consequently turning them into a genius.