Identifying Hidden Talents in Children - Part II
By Andrew Loh
Children, who hide their talents and skills, can never do it for
long. They are bound to explode them if given an opportunity. Parents
have an immense responsibility to unlock children's hidden potential.
Here are some more useful tips to unlock hidden potential in their children.
An inclination to solve puzzles and riddles
Some children are absolutely brilliant in solving any type of
puzzles, riddles, Sudoku, jigsaws and incomplete mystery stories. They
are not only quick in solving them, and they are also very quick and
never use a trial and error approach; in other words, they are always on
the right path while solving riddles and puzzles. Most children who are
adept at this task are visual and spatial thinkers and they create
images of most likely results and reproduce them to create a series of
answers to the tasks at hand. They are also capable of creating a series
of mini-images and later join them to create a whole picture.
How to boost and nurture them - Keep feeding them puzzles, Sudoku, riddles
and mystery stories so that they will sharpen their analytical and
deductive skills. Take children to a real-life maze so that they enter
it and find their path out. A simple magnet will help them explore the
nearby surrounding while a compass and map will raise their levels of
curiosity while on a trekking trail.
Leading from the front
Have you seen some children taking charge of a
situation and leading others while doing a classroom task?
Alternatively, some children are born leaders and they make some of the
best class leaders. They can excel in drama and play while their ability
to help others is unsurpassed. Such children are more likely to be
natural leader who can become the best mentors to those who find
problems in life. They may become the best military leaders or turn out
be record breakers in any type of sport events.
How to boost and nurture them - Put them in charge while you are taking them to a trail
in the local trail. Be behind them to avoid danger happening to them.
Enroll them to the local Scout or Guide association. Give them charge of
some home projects like cleaning or arranging things in the house. Let
them find their own options and chose an activity that best fits their
abilities. See help and assistance from them if you want to solve some
problems; this approach gives them the necessary confidence and will
power to try out new leadership approaches. Let them be in charge of
situation for some time everyday; this approach helps them learn how to
be responsible and dutiful. Hear their views and opinions and ask why
they want you to listen to them; this will help them explain their
position in a clear and lucid manner.
Busy like an ant and agile like a deer!
Some children are so active and
agile that they always like to be on the go, active and energetic come
what may! They always like action, thrill and excitement! They want to
be in the center of action! These are the so called bodily-kinesthetic
learners who learn by indulging in action, excitement and physical
activity. Action and motion suits them the best while learning. These
children have immense hidden talent and skill for sports, music and
How to boost and nurture them - Physical learners best
learn when you give them enough opportunities for physical activities.
Make sure that you reserve some time everyday to allow them to become
physical and active. Rotate time to allow them to study and pay in
between two sessions of studies. Let them play music while learning
through movements and physical activities. Some children are very good
using their hands while doing some work like painting and drawing. See
that you give them enough time everyday to learn while painting and
Children are children and they behave in their own way.
Parents should not become a hindrance to their growth and mental
development. As mentioned before, every child will have his or her own
hidden potential, intelligence and skill. A parent's essential duty is
to identify that specific talent, nurture and boost it until such a time
when children become the masters in their chose field of expertise.
In fact, any hidden talent that your children possess within them
relates to a specific Gardner's multiple intelligence type. The basic
idea of multiple intelligences can be accessed through Howard Garner's
legendary book titled “Frames of Mind” and this book helps you identify
your children's hidden talents, skills and intelligence. Just take your
time to find it out and you will never regret it!
Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
By Howard Gardner, Ph.D
The theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Howard
Gardner in this book as a model of intelligence that
differentiates it into specific (primarily sensory)
"modalities", rather than seeing it as dominated by a single
Gardner argues that there is a wide range of cognitive
abilities, but that there are only very weak correlations
among them. For example, the theory postulates that a child
who learns to multiply easily is not necessarily more
intelligent than a child who has more difficulty on this
task. The child who takes more time to master multiplication
may best learn to multiply through a different approach, may
excel in a field outside mathematics, or may be looking at
and understanding the multiplication process at a
fundamentally deeper level.
Such a fundamental understanding can result in slowness and
can hide a mathematical intelligence potentially higher than
that of a child who quickly memorizes the multiplication
table despite possessing a shallower understanding of the
process of multiplication.