child is special and possesses one or more special talent - something they are
specifically good at, something they do better than other things. Like a seven
year old boy could be really bad at dancing, but could be drawing beautiful
sketches in his sketchbook and you may not even be aware. Here are some ways by
which you can know about his interests:
parent, one should take keen interest in whatever the child has to say.
Listening patiently is the key to finding what he/she is capable of. Kids talk
about things that interest them and many times, they want to know how they can
do it. So, next time when your child comes running to you to show something
that's really interesting and you're working, keep your work aside for ten
minutes and listen.
is talking about how his grandmother knit a beautiful sweater and is fascinated
by the design she made and it makes you nervous that he is probably nurturing a
hobby more suited to girls. Don't judge him! Appreciating the aesthetics of the
design is not something that should make you sceptical about his hobbies, it
should make you realise that he may have an eye for design and patterns - a
useful and important trait of a graphic artist.
not jump to conclusions
daughter is shy and stays quiet in the company of others. She is hardly ever
comfortable conversing with people outside her family and friend circle and you
conclude she is antisocial and lacks communication skills. Wrong!
alone shouldn't let you decide. She might be imagining strange characters in
strange situations. She could be delivering beautiful speeches alone and
talking wonderfully with her imaginary characters because real people scare
her. It's not social skills she lacks, it's self confidence. And that's what
you should be working on.
your kids to explore, learn, make mistakes and spend time on various
activities. Don't stop them from doing anything unless it's harmful. Encourage
them to learn from their mistakes rather than crying over them and feeling
know what makes them happy but are not sure and need your help and
encouragement for this purpose.
a good parent and support them!
Author: Gunjan Vyas
Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.