Akrit Jaswal, the kid who performed a surgery at the tender age of 7; PriyanshiSomani, also called the human calculator - the youngest participant and winner of the international mental calculation world cup at the age of 12, are one of the few child prodigies who have surprised us with their massive talents. Often we also notice successful individuals – musicians, dancers, artists, etc. talk about how the talent they possess showed up while they were kids and how they pursued the same. On the other hand we also see individuals who have come a long way with talent and hard work.
An inherent talent in kids doesn't always come with a symbol to identify them or with a call to nurture them. Hence the strong need and responsibility for parents to identify the talents their kids possess. Here are four simple steps that can help you identify and nurture inherent talent in your kids:
Carefully notice what the kid is inclined towards and what he/she enjoys doing. Natural interests of a kid will be highlighted right from the beginning- like for example a kid who is inclined towards music may stop doing whatever he is doing and hum along. However he won’t be shining in the particular field from the very beginning, as it will take time, effort and proper nurturing to do so.
A kid would naturally be curious about whatever interests him. Hence he would ask a lot of questions, be very enthusiastic about it and be interested in knowing more about it. For example if a kid is interested in playing the Tabla, he would ask questions about the instrument, would want to try and play them which proves that he is fascinated by the subject.
Once you have noticed your kid’s talent, praise and encourage him with regard to his activities. That way the kid will become more confident and he will realize himself that he is good in that particular thing. Encouragement and praising works wonders for kids and they would eventually get a good understanding of their interests.
Once in a while sit down and have a good talk with your kid. Talk about how his/her day was, what was the best part, what was the worst part and so on. That way you would get an understanding of what your kid likes, dislikes, enjoys and hates. Do some activities with him and be a part of his routine. That way you will get a clearer idea of what his talents are. Keep a tab on how your kid’s behavior is changing with time. The kind of sports or games he or she plays, the TV shows he/she enjoys also give us an indication about the kid’s natural talents.
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Your kids need to be in their best form to perform well in both academics and non-curricular activities. A healthy body means they get to do more with the time they have and follow the interests and hobbies they love.