In helping your children to develop the traits, habits, and skills best suited for them, or that which you think is ideal for each one of them, it is important to consider first God’s purposes in their lives. You should, as a parent, find ways to discover and unleash that gift hidden within his or her person.
With only just a few months away to Nathaniel’s first birthday, I noticed he has a great inclination for music. He likes to sing along with the music he heard on TV or a radio even when he’s yet learning to speak or pronounce a word.
I know that in the coming months and years, I would still have a lot to discover about my son’s potentials and other talents as well. Now that he’s already three years old, he has a few songs he could very well sing with. Here are four, yes, just four of the many ways you could do to help your child develop a special talent:
FOCUS ON YOUR CHILDREN’S BEST
When you try to look at God’s creations, you will understand that God loves variety. This is also true with the talents each one of us possessed. Some people can do best at a particular field when others can’t but what others can’t do to excel at one thing they can be better at another. By focusing on where your child excels at, you’re directing him to what he can be so productive about while, at the same time, loving it.
AVOID COMPARING HIM OR HER WITH OTHERS
Accept your children for what they are. Make them feel how important and special they are to you. Encourage them to use their God-given talents for the glory of God. There’s no need to compare them with others as each one of us have unique talents and gifts.
TURN THE NEGATIVE TRAITS INTO POSITIVE QUALITIES
There are times when your sons and daughters experience rejection from school, society or from their peer groups, turn the negative traits that were causing such a rejection into positive qualities for which they have a capacity. Don’t be bothered about your child being different. Instead, use that uniqueness of him or her to capitalize on his or her strengths.
LET YOUR CHILDREN BE, BUT MAKE SURE THEY ARE AT THEIR VERY BEST AS WELL
You cannot fit everything into your mold. No matter how hard you try to force your children into the mold you wanted them to fit, they will always find the way to where they can freely and naturally be comfortable being just who they are in the end. Help your children find a specialty where both of you can be proud of. Let your children be and to where they can also be at their very best.
So I hope these four ways every parent should be doing to help their children develop a special talent served as a guiding light—a candle in the dark to light up on someone’s path. Of course, there are lots of ways better than this other people can also share with. But these are my thoughts and experiences, and I’m happy to share them with you.