It's important for parents to explore their children's talents with them. Show you children that they are capable of greatness! Your gift of encouragement is priceless to them.
In Gallup's new book, "Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children's Innate Talents", author Mary Reckmeyer notes six categories of parent behaviors that help to make a difference in their child's development.
Direction: Parents provide direction for their children by verbalizing their expectations, as well as advocate for their children when necessary.
Concentrated Time: Parents listen to what their children want to talk about, devote their time in doing homework, playing games, reading, etc.
Celebrations: Parents plan fun things to do with their children and make sure they celebrate positive experiences with them.
Recognition: Parents give generous praise directly focused on their child's achievements.
Emotional Support: Parents express their love and support their children emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and socially.
Structure: Parents provide their children with opportunities for responsibility and intentionally discuss right and wrong decisions.
When I saw the video on "The Backyard Zamboni", I loved how the father helped his son develop the zamboni and then demonstrate how it works!
Everyone has talent. As you think of your own children, do you know what ways your children are uniquely talented? Do you know how they think? What's most important to them?
Your child has something very unique inside them! They have a special way of looking at the world! Their unique perspective has the ability to create new inventions, lead groups of people to better solutions, entertain others, and change the way we think about things!
If you are interested in more information of how to discover your child's strengths, contact me!
Rock Your Strengths! (And the Strengths of your child!)
One of the Gallup coaches shared this video with us.
This little girl is asking her divorced parents to get along and be friends. It is very touching, as her logical thinking is well beyond her 6 years. Listen to her plea and think of the theme Harmony.
Harmony: People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don't enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
They are calm and even-keeled.
They seek to eliminate the waste of emotional energy.
They bring a peace-loving, conflict-resistant approach.
They need areas of agreement and common ground.
Let this little girl touch your heart as you get a glimpse of what her possible themes of talent could be.
The last of my theme sketches...Consistency.
I have to admit, this one was a struggle for me. Consistency is also my #34, so I didn't think I could relate very well to this one. But this theme may have just tied up my whole idea of StrengthsFinder into a nice bow. Here's what I learned.
I learned that we are all imperfect people- with a creator that is 100% of each of these themes. How blessed are we to hold a small piece of God in each one of our lives. The ultimate, pure definition of each theme is Jesus. In Consistency, I saw the precision of the sun rising in the East and setting in the West each day...EVERY day. Without fail, the world is balanced in every way. We breathe in oxygen that energizes our body. That oxygen is sent to every cell, providing life. When we exhale, we release a poisonous gas called CO2. We can't live on it, but plants need it in order to produce the oxygen we create. It's these kind of critical balances that maintain life.
People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them. They are interested in the groups needs, and love rules and policies that promote predictability.
In a child, you may hear things like, "It's not fair." They will defend the underdog to promote equity.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explained it when he spoke these words: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"
"For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous." James 2:1, 8-9
"For by the grace given me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned." Romans 12:3
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through all 34 of the StrengthsFinder themes. I have found myself falling in love with each theme- yes, even my #34. I actually ended this journey so grateful for each of these wonderful gifts that God has given us.
Go ROCK YOUR STRENGTHS!
People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated with ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
I had a blast sketching this theme! I contacted a bunch of friends who are high in Ideation, and (OH BOY!) the ideas were rolling! I had to draw this one with combustible colors...because it reminded me of our brainstorming sessions! Ideas exploded like popcorn and fireworks! It was a water hose on full blast!
I got to watch this theme in its full strength and loved every minute of it!
This theme is in my Top 10 and I resonated with the ideas of being able to link ideas, spontaneous creativity and a pioneering spirit. I left the word "Idea" in Ideation blank because I just LOVE blank canvases! There are whole new worlds in a blank canvas... it's just begging for lively colors and visualization.
A person with high Ideation is fascinated by ideas. They can dig under a complex issue and discover a simple way to explain why things are the way they are. Looking at the world in unique ways is a joy. They love ideas because they can be profound, novel, clarifying, contrary, and bizarre. Most of all, they love to find new and creative ways to accomplish a goal.
Tips for People with High Ideation:
- Capture it: Find a way to capture your ideas so you can come back to them. Even this act can be creative: writing, recording...even sketching!
- Clarify it: Practice articulating your ideas. Get feedback from colleagues, family and friends, to make sure they are able to follow your train of thought.
- Cultivate it: Grow this strength. Learn how to focus and feed your Ideation.
Next week is my last theme in the StrengthsFinder sketches! The sketches are available in Top 5 prints as a limited edition. Packets are $99 for your Top 5, plus S&H. And very soon, they will be published as a book for Strengths Enthusiasts!