5 First Steps to Developing Children's Interests and Talents from an Early Age

The earlier the children know their talent interest, the better!


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All parents agree that the interests and talents of children should be developed from an early age. 

The development of children’s interests and talents is usually influenced by many factors, such as the existence of motivation and support from their immediate environment. If this is continued, the development of the child will be more refined until he grows up.

As a starting point for developing children’s interests and talents, the role of parents is still very much needed. The following is a summary of several steps that can initiate the role of parents in developing children’s interests and talents from an early age. 

Hope it can be useful, Ma!

1. Trying to accept the talent of the child

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When the child says, “this is my talent”, it’s good that Mama can accept and support. Even though her talents are not in accordance with Mama’s wishes or aspirations so far, still provide the best support for her. 

However, in some cases, sometimes there are parents who refuse and feel that the talent their child likes will only be a waste of time. 

The selfishness shown in parenting like this will actually make the child feel depressed. In addition, he felt that he did not enjoy doing something because he only wanted to comply with his parents’ wishes. 

If this is allowed to continue, over time the child may rebel because he does not want to always be controlled. As a parent, Mama should be able to provide opportunities so that she can hone her own talents as long as they are still on a positive path. 

Even though when the child has found what he is interested in, it means slowly his identity has been found. The task of parents should only be to support it as long as the child is persistent and is still on a positive path. 

2. Providing appropriate facilities

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Supporting children’s talents and interests in something can be done with many things, one of which is providing the right facilities.

Without Mama realizing that when given the facilities that the child wants, she will be more enthusiastic in improving her skills and trying to keep practicing. 

If the child likes to draw in a drawing book, Mama can occasionally give him other media such as canvas. Apart from being supportive, the child can start to explore his own abilities so that he can develop and get better. 

If there is more money, the child can be admitted to an art studio or give a teacher so that he is more motivated to work and pursue his craft. 

3. Allowing children to enter the

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In today’s era there are many areas of expertise that children can explore, especially now that they have entered the digital world. Even many children are competing to take part in many lessons or communities to improve their abilities. 

When the child has the desire to enter a community, it is better for Mama to try to support. However, if you don’t feel right, Mama can provide another, more trusted community option. 

You can find this community through cyberspace, including social media.

The closeness of the community gathering place that the child will follow also needs to be adjusted so that he is not too far away.

From the community, the child also learns many things about the interests that have been selected. That way children in a community can explore more because they will find new lessons that have not been obtained before. 

Whatever Mama supports, this will make the child excited.  

4. The importance of realizing noncognitive abilities in children

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Maximizing the potential of the child is not only for academic matters, but there are other abilities that children need to develop. Ability known as noncognitive also needs to be honed because it will provide provisions for the development of the child until he grows up. 

Noncognitive abilities include persistence, never giving up, enthusiasm to the ability to rise from failure. This ability cannot be measured from various types of IQ tests.

Developing children’s talents should not only be fixed with the results of test scores, but the process of character building from noncognitive abilities also needs to be honed by children from an early age. 

Ma, it needs to be emphasized again that intelligence IQ is not everything.

5. Inviting the child to antalent interest show 

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To support the child’s interests and talents, Mama can also accompany her to a talent interest event. 

The effort to grow each parent to cultivate and hone their talents, talents and expertise will indeed vary.

However, taking the child to a talent interest event can be an alternative that needs to be tried. 

In addition to seeing the various activities of other children, the child will also be motivated to refine his talents. Without realizing it, he will also feel that the event he attended was right because it could provide many new lessons.  

Those are some ways to develop children’s interests and talents from an early age. You need to remember that if your child is happy with what he is doing, it means that he can easily absorb all new lessons or knowledge. 

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