During a child’s growth and development, one of the important things that parents should not miss is recognizing the interests and talents of children. Often we feel like we don’t know what their interests and talents are. There are even parents who feel that their children do not have any talent, in other words, they are not smart.
Whereas recognizing the interests and talents of children from an early age will be very beneficial for parents to direct them appropriately and according to age. The interests and talents of children will later become life skills, namely special abilities for survival. This is a very useful provision until they grow up. If you are still having trouble recognizing your child’s interests and talents, here are five easy ways you can try:
Give A Stimulus To Know Talents And Interests In Children
Give stimulation to children to be able to explore more about themselves and their environment. Parents can start by providing opportunities for children to get to know various forms of activities, sports, hobbies, and types of work around them. Of course, by using a light and fun approach according to the child’s age. For example, parents can take their children to the field to see various types of sports, attend child-friendly musical performances, watch art performances or take a walk in the playground.
Observe The Child’s Behavior
At this stage, parents can begin to observe what types of activities the child feels happy about, wants to repeat to do it again, and feels interested so that he always wants to know more. For example, after being invited to play on the sports field several times, the child feels attracted to a group of people playing roller skating, so parents can invite their children to get to know the sport that interests them.
Observe Children’s Intelligence
There is no child who is not intelligent. There are at least nine types of intelligence that children have, namely word smart, number smart, picture smart, body smart, people smart, self smart, nature smart, and extensive intelligence. This theory can be used as reference material for parents in exploring children’s interests and talents. It could be that a child is not good at counting but is very agile in his movements and body exercises, so he is very talented in sports activities such as gymnastics.
Give Space To Children
If parents already know their child’s talents and interests, then the next step is to provide the right space so that they can express their abilities. Bringing children closer to people who are experts with activities they like, joining associations that match their talents and interests is one way to provide active space for them. In addition, it is also possible to take part in various competitions according to their talents and interests, so that children will be more confident in themselves.
Appreciate every effort the child has made. Family and environment (friends, teachers, neighbors) play a major role in cultivating children’s interests and talents from an early age. Positive support is needed so that children can develop their talents and interests optimally.