3) It is the family who makes the achievement possible.
This comes strong on me. Writing it makes me nervous actually.
On the early stages, we are the first ones to know and see their abilities and talents. So it is our role to observe, identify, and nurture their gifts to help them know what they’re capable of. It is our responsibility to grow their natural abilities and assist in discovering their skills.
If you have read my post, 5 Things To Add To Our Parenting Duties, finding out what our kids love to do and what they’re good at, were coincidentally number 1 on my list. It was, however, only on a career perspective and not on a profound purpose like how I view it now.
So although they will have their own internal and external motivations to excel when they mature, I realized it is us who will jumpstart their engines.
We are the matches that will start their fire.
At the end of the day, I am very grateful I attended even if the event was actually geared to counselors. It has truly encouraged me to encourage others to start discovering their child’s gifts too. If you’re an educator or a parent like me, here are more wisdom tidbits I picked up:
1. Giftedness is a life-long developmental process affected by several factors that starts at prenatal care. (A call out to all preggy moms!) 🙂
2. If you see signs of giftedness in your child, have him tested and evaluated by a specialist. The results will help you provide the necessary support they need.
3. Giftedness is culture dependent. Some countries consider the top 15%, others the top 10% to be the gifted ones.
4. Not all gifted kids turn into gifted adults. Not all gifted adults start out as gifted kids.
5. Since most gifted kids are perfectionists, it is a good idea to teach them to laugh at their own mistakes. (I like this one. May apply to everybody actually.)