Have you noticed your little one preening in front of the mirror and making delightful expressions at herself? Is she fond of slathering on your makeup and wearing your high heels? Is her favourite pastime mimicking people around her? You are blessed as you definitely have a performer in your midst. Children often give us a peek into their rapidly burgeoning personalities from a very young age.
The children’s interests and play activity indicate at a very early age what their latent talents are. It is a very critical job that parents and teachers have to nurture that talent and give it wings. Talent is but a spark and can grow into a flame with the right grooming.
Motivation is the most powerful tool
Greatness is not born, it is grown. There are many big talents in the world, but the ones that are nurtured constantly get the best results. It is important to keep your child motivated with praise and love. Dedication and sincerity is required to bring out the best in the child. It is not an easy task for a young child to keep her motivated enough to repeat the grinding practice day after day.
Set achievable goals
It is important that you help your child visualize the goal. The goal is the impetus that keeps her going. If she is playing the guitar show her the dream that she can be a great musician. That gets the spark ignited. Goal setting in a realistic manner is what fuels the determination to succeed. Set short term and long term goals and encourage the child to work towards them.
Create a learning environment
The child should receive proper tutelage to improve on his innate talent. There might be an ability to mimic but if you do not give the child a proper learning environment where she can learn the finer nuances of music, drama, painting or whatever her inclination.
Encouragement is the essence of growth. Do ensure that she does not feel burdened with practise or her interest will dampen. A regular and slow practice with depth with the right teacher is the key to optimal learning. If you can find a group of likeminded children, it might be a good idea to practise together. Some children perform better when they practise alone. You are the only person who can gauge what your child needs as the perfect environment to grow.
Teach your child that failure is a part of the learning process
A speaker on his first public speaking event froze on stage and could not utter a word. His mother told him that it was okay and that the next time would be better. Failure is a part and parcel of learning and should never discourage the child. Keep her grounded. The way to being a performer has both highs and lows, and the focus should be on improvement.
Steady and continuous hard work and the opportunity to perform in public forums will eventually open the doors to great performances.
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