Bring Out The Talent In Your Child

Published: 12th May 2009
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Are you aware that your child may be gifted? Our children are each such a heady mix of individual personalities, ideas, talents, emotions and creativity that their talents aren't always obvious. Amidst the mayhem of child upbringing, the rush to daycare, preparation of meals, sibling rivalry, fights over toys or the television, these gifts may not be so obvious. So, here are a few signs and symptoms to help you identify your child's individual talents.

The leader : Outgoing personality, enjoys and often takes the lead, from school projects to class discussions. Always has done, ever since they were in kindergarten and took it upon themselves to reorganize the other children, the lego playsets or the Barbie doll house, when they were three.

The Thinker - Great ideas, but shy personality, so does not take the lead in projects, and then starts to pout when they see their idea was a lot better than everyone else's,and they should have spoken up.

The Entrepreneur - Does not like homework unless it involves something that excites them, captures their imagination and gives them a chance to be innovative and share ideas. Has already figured out how the school could be run better and actually make a profit. Started a scheme to buy toys or sweets to sell to his classmates and reinvesting his profits.

The Enigma : Finds attractive and enjoyable what might seem to others complicated, such as doing puzzles, fixing the transformer toy when dad could not figure it out or finding the answer to that really tough question at school.

The Pop Star : Lots of energy and creativity. Cannot sit still for even a minute and often shows off their creative energy in any given area. This could be expressed in any way they feel free and able to do so. From the way they dance to the latest music video, do their hair, decorate their bedroom, present their work at school to how they make their first million, at aged 10, with a new hit song.

The Mature Talker : Constantly talking about what his friends and teachers said in school. Reads widely and can tell you something about almost anything. Have far more knowledge than their peers, they can enjoy conversations with older children and/or adults. Never get into a debate or argument with them, as you know, they always win.

The Sophisticate: Likes learning and a challenge. With the quiet confidence of a tiger on a hunt, readily finishes challenging homework, and ask for more, to the annoyance of his classmates. Can be five going on 15.

The Fidget : Enjoys learning and challenges. With the tail-wagging enthusiasm of a Jack Russell. Finishes challenging homework, in a blink of an eye. And if nothing new comes his way, starts pulling the tail of the cat for fun. Can be 15 going on five.

The Entertainer : Can get into the nerves of their teachers because they can read the teacher's mind, pre-empt their every word, and thus run rings round them every day (pity the teacher). Likes strategy games, such as chess, and competitive sports. Loves to win. Rarely loses.

The Visionary : Loves to stare out the window and daydream Creates pictures with pencil and paper that end up looking like something done by Michelangelo or designs for everything and anything, from a rocket launcher to a robot. Does all this in the time they have left in lessons when they finished their work earlier than the others and the teacher hasn't yet noticed.

The Dazzler : Constantly winning the mathematics, science and poetry writing contest at school. Captains a sports team for the school and plays the piano very well. Landed the lead part in the school play. Can often be left out from the birthday party list of other kids afraid of losing their shine to them.

These signs and symptoms of individual ability are not exhaustive and they are not meant to be. It is quite likely that each child will have a mixture of gifts, some of which are, and some of which are not to be found in these profiles. All or any of these indicates not only that your child has individual gifts but that they may be exceptionally brilliant, or have the potential to be outstanding.

Whatever the talents or gifts that you think your child may be endowed. It is a good idea to bring out the best in your child as early as possible. You can enhance your child's intelligence and ability and help them achieve all that they can be. For example, did you know that you can start teaching your baby to read, learn mathematics or gain an encyclopedic knowledge from age 4-months young? There are highly affordable software tools that the busy parent can use that take mere minutes a day. After all, babies have short attention span and teaching a baby or a young child to read or learn math should be as quick as possible. Most importantly, it should be fun for both parent and child. Early learning in children is crucial for the child's development. Spend some time with your child and you can discover the hidden talents within.

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