All of us are born with at least one special talent, singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, humor, stage performance, artistic abilities, intelligence, or athleticism. You may or may not already know some of your child’s own unique talents. Here are some things that you, as the parent can do with and for your child, starting at a young age to find and promote your child’s talent/talents.

expose them to a lot of things

don’t push them into something you want or you may miss the boat

play different kinds of music for them
read to them
give then lots of picture books
give them blocks to build with
give them simple puzzles, work with them
give them time alone, with a watchful eye, of course
make simple instruments with them, such as a tamborine, drums, or even two sticks
support them, listen to them
watch them or listen to them practice
be open, don’t force them to be in something they don’t want to be in
experiment
encourage
watch them
build self confidence
learn what kind of learner they are
find out their temperament introverted or extroverted
read to them
lots of books
give them pen and paper
be open to exploration
let them be creative
give them lots of art supplies, paints and large paper
skating, biking, swimming, throw the ball to them
tumbling mat
gymnastics
karate
dancing
enroll them in lessons of any kind you can afford and/that the child wants to be in
art lessons
singing lessons
let them try and fail
let them do what they like not what you want them to do

Don’t be afraid to let them try and fail, if need be. Be supportive. Don’t be critical or demanding, however, do build character traits in them such as responsibility, dedication, determination and diligence, good working habits and enthusiasm.

When they see themselves succeeding a little, they will want to do a lot. If they truly love something, they will stick with it. The beauty of natural talent is that the child will already have a knack for their talent. It will come to them, without even thinking about it. It will be a passion for them.

Developed talent can lead to great success in life: emotional happiness increased self-esteem, as well as, possibly financial benefits. There is nothing more rewarding than getting paid to do something that you love to do anyway. Last, but certainly not least, be patient. Even natural talent is like raw ore, it has to be refined, but it is still there, in all it’s beauty, underneath, within.

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