When you discover that your child has a particular talent, it can be both exciting and emotional. Not only are you pleased that your son or daughter has a passion for something that they’re really good at, but you’re also keen to encourage them and see where it takes them too. Nurturing your child’s talent doesn’t have to be a difficult, expensive or energy-zapping process. Instead, it can be rewarding and fun!
If you’ve been wondering just how you can nurture and grow your child’s talent, hopefully, these ideas will help. You might need to invest a little time or money, but when it comes to you kids’ future, that’s a small price to pay.
First up, you might want to look into coaching or lessons for your kid. If they excel in anything to do with the sports or the arts, like acting, singing or dancing, you might want to look into classes that can not only improve their talent but open them up to opportunities too. You might already know of coaching venues in your area, or, if not, search online to find beginner dance classes in your area. You can do the same for acting, singing, or sports too.
Next, you could consider sending your child to a workshop that can work on their talent. Say they like to write. You can find a bunch of activities, events, and workshops at literature festivals. You can also find writers that mentor or coach. They often host workshops for children. What you need to do here is research. Before you know it, you’ll find the right workshop to help your child develop their writing further.
Regardless of what their talent is, reading will always help. Not only will your child be able to learn more about their interest or talent area, but they will improve their reading abilities and vocabulary too. If your child shows a particular talent in an academic subject, like science, for example, you’re going to want to encourage them to brush up on their knowledge as much as possible by reading anything they can get their hands on.
Then, you might also want to think about entering your child into a competition. It could even be something that you’re child has asked to do too. Competition is healthy for children. It teaches them a range of skills and disciplines. Whatever talent your child has, you should be able to find a contest for it. Whether it is sports, education or arts related, you’ll be able to nurture your child and see how they compare to other talented kids by doing this.
Finally, you might want to try and get them as much experience as you can in their talent field. You want your children to be happy and healthy in life, regardless of how talented they are, so it will feel natural to you to want to do this. You can work on sharing the things you know that could benefit them. Get them experience in their field, encourage them to learn and do more and generally be there for them when they need you the most.
Children are full of imagination from a young age. They ask the wildest of questions such as “why do we eat?” and “why is the sun so hot?”. While we sort of know the answers, we probably couldn’t explain all the science behind why we eat or why the sun blazes so hot. That’s because our children are born to explore, they’re born to discover and find out new things.
Read Your Child Bedtime Stories
Teaching your child to read begins at the infancy stage. Get used to reading them stories at bedtime and make sure to leave each one at a cliffhanger (assuming they haven’t fallen asleep!) to keep their imaginations running. You want to them guess what happens next, and you want to keep their minds active.
But you don’t have to just read them stories at bedtime. If they’re curious and like the stories you read them, then it’s perfectly fine to read to them at any time as a fun activity. If you’re wondering what kind of books are suitable, then check out BookPagez.com for some inspiration. You want to have books with plenty of colourful illustrations and large letters so it’s easy for your child to follow along.
Here are some ideas for what to read to your child:
- 0-12 Months: Song books, lullabies, pop-up books
- 12 – 36 Months: Rhymes, short stories, song books
- 36 – 60 Months: Alphabet books, picture books, short stories, fables(Image Source)
- Ask Your Child Questions While Reading Have your child engage in the story by asking questions when there are opportunities. You need to make sure that your child has some understanding of what you’re reading them so they’re not just looking at pictures and giggling! If they don’t understand yet, then perhaps it’s a bit too early to start reading to them, or maybe the book is a bit too difficult.Have your child sound out words and attempt to read certain words or letters. Ask them questions such as “what word is this?” or point to something in the pictures and ask “do you know what this is?”. When your child is a little older, then ask questions to spur their imagination such as “where is the cat going?” or “why is the rabbit running?”.
Set an Example
There’s no use trying to convince your child to read if you don’t read either! We’re role models to our children, so we need to set an example and do the things we want our child to do. Invest in a book (or a Kindle!) and read as a pastime. If your child is curious, then invite them to sit on your lap and read a bit out to them. Of course, they most likely won’t understand most of the words, but their curiosity is a good sign of things to come!
But it doesn’t always have to be a novel. It could be a non-fiction book, a magazine, or even the newspaper. Show your children that there’s more to reading than just fantasy stories. Daily news articles are a great way to interact with your child. Ask them questions, tell them about news happening around the world, and spark their interest.
This is a collaberative post with Yourorganichild.com