How to Discover My Child’s Talent
If you want to discover your child’s talent, you have to step back and observe what your child naturally does during unstructured playtime.
Discovering your child’s talent and potential
Children are naturally active and energetic. You can’t make them sit down and do nothing for hours. Naturally, they will start doing things as well as explore and tinker around. As you observe, wait and see, there will be special moments where your child will go into intense focus and unusual enthusiasm.
Perhaps your child will pick up a book, a toy (and play with it for more than 30 minutes) or a musical instrument. Your child might also draw endlessly about things he/she has never seen before. Your child might also talk endlessly about a story or character.
Those are indicators of enthusiasm, which could then lead to discovering or developing a talent. After all, talent still requires practice and nurturing (where enthusiasm is naturally a prerequisite). Although genes and natural physical ability still influence what kind and on what level a talent a person has, effort and enthusiasm still play a huge role.
The role of various environments and experiences
Aside from enthusiasm, your child’s environment also plays a huge role in the discovery and nurturing of a talent. For example, many tech founders and CEOs had several computers and gadgets around them when they were children. This encouraged early tinkering and exploration of computers, which gave them early advantages.
It’s about maximising the opportunities and exposure. This will increase the chances of your child stumbling upon a skill or interest. If you’re always alert and present, you’ll naturally notice where your child usually focuses or puts his/her time.
It will take some time from you as a parent. For many days and weeks, it will feel frustrating because nothing shows up. But with enough time and patience, you’ll finally discover your child’s talent and potential. However, expect that it won’t be a “Eureka” moment or something that will blow your mind. It could just be a brief moment of silence and realisation as your child focuses on a certain object or task.