Does your child have a talent that is dying to get out? Are you trying to foster something that may not be there? The answer for how to handle both of these questions is below:
Watch Whether it is in a school play, group play after school or something that lights up your child’s eyes at the dinner table, they will give you physical signs as to what they might be interested in. Look for moments of intense engagement or passion. You begin to get a sense of what your child may be interested in.
Slow and steady Slow, meticulous practice is the best kind of practice. As it occurs slowly, it will become second nature to your child within a very short period of time. But foundations must be laid and built upon in the interim. Don’t rush your child, instead, encourage them!
Praise the act behind the accomplishment Praising a child’s natural ability could ultimately lead to a lack of self-confidence as the child may become depressed when he or she fails. Instead of saying “You are such a great basketball player!” pick out certain things that your child did well and express it. An example of this would be, “You did such a great job driving that ball to the net, such amazing focus!”
Encourage your child to mimic you Leading by example is always the best way to teach a child. Children look for examples, ways to ‘do it right.’ Exemplify ‘the right way’ by encouraging practice and driving home its importance. Have them mimic what you do to help them build on their natural talent.
Make it fun Children learn more quickly and will spend more time trying to ‘get it right’ if they are having fun exercising their talent. In order for a child to become good at something or at anything, they must see the short term benefits of it.