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Nurture your child's geniuses
Do you think your child is not a genius? Think again. Have you noticed his activities carefully, what does he do when he plays with his toys? Does he like to paint? Does he become alert when music is playing or does he like to create his own music? Does he enjoy breaking the toy and taking out the battery or does his curiosity peeks when he watches Disney cartoons? Just take another look what your child is up to. If your child is acting upon any of these qualities mentioned above then it’s a hint for you of a secret talent your child is harboring.
People usually measure geniuses with the yardstick of the academic achievement. If a child doesn’t turn up with 150 score in an I.Q test he might not be considered a genius. Not any other child could become Picasso, Mozart or Einstein, but if you look at the meaning of the word genius itself, you might see a different picture. The meaning of the word ‘genius’ is to give birth, derived from the word genesis and to be ‘Zestful or Joyous’ derived from the word genial. According to this definition, every child is genius. A child is born with this gift of wonder; curiosity, awe, spontaneity and vitality all are the synonymous of an individual being jovial and creative.
As Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D in child psychology writes in his article. ‘The Natural Geniuses of Children,’
“An infant has twice as many brain connections as an adult. The young child masters a complex symbol system (their own native language) without any formal instructions. Young children have vivid imaginations, creative minds and sensitive personalities.”
When children grow up they still hold these qualities within themselves. Some might lose their individual geniuses in the way due to the pressure of the grownup society where tests, judgment and fix notions for many things hardened their mind. What a good parent could do is to give a free range and space for their child to explore to wonder and to express what they think in their own way. In no time with additional positive support you will find the child developing into an artist, technician, musician etc.
The good news is that you can start training and developing your child’s talent even when he is an infant. According to Dr. Makoto Shichida, founder of over 350 Preschool Child Academics in Japan, infants have photographic memory. Large amount of information can be stored in the memory by just flashing information in front of the child. Before the age of six, the right brain dominates. It is capable of absorbing information quickly and it works as the subconscious and intuitive mind. That’s why in preschool for toddler’s flash cards for alphabets; pictures, words, math etc. are used because a child can retain the knowledge through his photographic memory.
So don’t wait anymore, no time is too early or too late, start from your own home as a teaching ground for young ones. Always remember the parent is the best teacher a child can have. Following are the basic dos and don’ts parents could follow to nurture their youngster and to bring forth an individual in society who will benefit others with his natural geniuses.
1. Discover the Interests:
Let your child be his/her own master. Let them choose whatever activity they like. Supply them with things they like mostly to use, such as toys, paints, musical instruments, books etc. You have to observe where your child’s concentration lies. It’s easy when they start using one particular thing more, you will know what special skill they inherit. Don’t be hasty. Give enough playtime to them to explore their own interest.
2. Don’t put pressure on your child:
Never pressurize your child with forced learning. Give them special training lessons to develop their gifts but don’t burden them. Children might stop taking interest in the activity if they get stressed.
Encourage but don’t push. Children often go through dormant spells where they stop altogether one activity of their particular interest. But don’t think they have lost interest or they don’t have any talent for that particular thing. They might come back after a while and pursue the same interest.
Have high expectations but don’t start testing and judging their talent instead enhance their interest by making it more fun. Again, encouragement is the best policy.
3. Become a child yourself:
Keep the passion of learning new things in you burning. The parent’s interests easily influence child. If you start thinking in the way your kid does in no time you will become his best friend and then you can easily communicate with him. The best way to get knowledge across is to talk and think like them.
Appreciate what their ideas are and take an interest in their activities. Play with them; talk to them and start listening to what your child is curious about. In this way you can provide good knowledge in their area of interest.
4. Expose your child to the world around him.
Tell inspirational stories of your family. Talk about your work experiences, current news etc. Anything, which might grab their attention, will eventually open new doors of wisdom. Visit places as museums, countryside, party, social gatherings etc. There is always a lot to inspire young minds in the world they live.
5. Allow them to make mistakes.
Have you heard this famous quote ‘try, try and try again?’ If yes then follow this famous line, never stop or scold your child if they commit a mistake. Let them try again, mistakes leads to greater learning. If one method fails, another method might work, so always encourage them to do things again in different way eventually they will succeed in it.
6. Accept your child as what he is.
Accept your child as he is. If you compare his disabilities with others abilities he will never progress. Ask any kid and they will tell you they hate being compared. If you love and accept your child’s strength and weaknesses alike and feel proud of him, you are developing an individual with strong personality. Your kid will mature with greater confidence and he will show better progress and show of talent at every stage.
Every body wants to raise a genius child. They can certainly do, only some careful upbringing is needed to achieve that goal. Next time if your kid does something new or talks about something you never acknowledged then take notice. There might be a tip-off for you of your child’s budding talent.