A child’s strengths develop when they start to explore their interests and the world around them. These strengths are innate qualities which are developed through different activities such visual study guides. There are different ways of learning a child can discover as he grows. As parents, you can help your children develop their strengths at an early stage.
Here are some ways on how to discover your child’s strengths:
- Develop your child’s sense of autonomy. Let the child make simple decisions on their own. This will help them discover new things necessary for building their gifts.
- Provide a sensory-rich environment. Always have things around your home that will stimulate his senses: colorful paintings, percussion instruments, visual study guides.
- Use play. The use of play is essential for a child to express his strengths unintentionally (during imaginative play) and learn new ways (during associative play). It enriches his cognitive skills and encourages emotional development.
- Listen to your child. When a child verbalizes his strengths, listen to them. This will encourage the child to focus on their gifts, talents, and abilities. To listen effectively, ask simple questions answerable by “Yes” or “No”. Have follow up questions – open-ended questions like “Can you tell more about it?” “What do you think about it?” Provide sensible answers after.
- Let them tell stories. A child always tells stories. This makes them believe that they can do amazing things in life like being a superhero, great warrior, math genius, etc. In their stories, parents can find interesting things that can be potential strengths to develop.
- Give him a personal space. Provide your child their own place at home. This will allow them to be more creative.
- Give your child an unstructured time to daydream and wonder. This will get them to become more interested in formulating ideas and discovering new things.
- Bring your child to new places. When the only places they know are home and school, the child tends to become idle. Showing them new places to discover will stimulate their mind to create more learning adventures and show their strengths freely. Even if it is pictures of a place far a way.
- Offer choices. Providing alternatives will help the child become more assertive. Give them options when it comes to the different things they can do. Support their choices, even though you may not always like it.
- Avoid comparing your child to others. Constant comparison can serious affect their self-esteem and may lead to issues later on.
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