How can parents help their child(ren) discover their strengths?

2017.12.01

It is important for parents to discover their child’s strengths so they can help them develop their talents. Many times children interests differ from their studies. If parents carefully guide their children through all topics (even those they find little value in), their child’s talents will blossom. In this article, we will introduce tips on how parents can discover their child’s strengths.

子どもの「得意なこと」を見つけるために親ができること

Following your child’s interests throroughly will help discover his/her strengths

What is your child interested in?
Bugs, dinosaurs, making mud balls, or collecting bugs, parents often have a hard time understanding children’s interests. When parents don’t show an interest in their child’s hobbies, children often assume that it is because they have little value from an adult’s standpoint.

For example, when Henri Fabre, who is famous for his book entitled “The Amazing World of Insects” was a child, he lived in an environment full of nature which caused him to become interested in insects. Henri Fabre came from a poor family and as a result of business failures, his family was broken up when he was 15 years old. When he grew up, his childhood interest in insects became his focus as a researcher.

When children are following their interests, like collecting insects or lining up blocks, it is important that parents do not get angry and tell them to study. Following their interests, even though they are not related to their studies, will help children gain concentration skills. So it is important for parents to accompany their children when they are following their interests and help them expand their interests.

子どもの「得意なこと」を見つけるために親ができること

Show an open mind toward your child

When children enjoy playing in their room rather than playing outside, many parents assume that their child doesn’t like sports and think about signing them up for English or piano lessons instead of soccer or gymnastics. This idea comes from the understanding that they do not want their child to attend lessons that they do not like.

However, their reason for not liking outside play may not be because they do not like sports but because they do not like playing in a group. Many children who do not like to play outside actually have good balance and are good at gymnastics and ball sports. Even if they dislike ground sports they may be good at swimming.

Just because they don’t like to play outside doesn’t mean that they don’t like to move their bodies. It is important to keep an open mind toward your child’s character and let them challenge themselves and help them discover their strengths.

Try to link their interests from childhood to their future

Few people are able to link their interests from childhood to their future job, like Fabre. However, it is not impossible.

For example, children who like dance may end up becoming a dancer or a dance instructor. Children who are interested in how bodies are composed and how to move one’s body may work in the medical field. Therefore, expanding your child’s interests will give them more choices when they grow up.

In addition to helping your child discover his or her interests, it is important for parents to encourage their children to take challenges and try new things in a fun environment. Classes for young children are a great way for them to expand their interests while having fun and making new friends.

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