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!)