Here are four things you can do to help your child discover and develop his or her special, God-given gifts:
1. Expose children to a range of stimuli and experiences.
Read books, play music, provide art supplies, and surround them with toys that combine fun with a challenge.
2. Be alert for special interests.
Most child-development experts say that the “globally gifted” child is largely a myth. Some children will show an intense interest in one or two areas—music, art, math, writing, or other fields. This can indicate a special talent.
3. Challenge—but be realistic.
Children develop their skills when adults set high standards, but they can be demoralized by unrealistic expectations. It’s important to strike a balance.
4. Pray for your child’s development.
Prayer helps keep things in perspective. God is present in your family and in your child’s life. It’s not all up to you.