The Power of Tapping into a Child's Potential

This is the reason why I believe it is so important to tap into your child’s potential and discover what it is they love to do…

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Akiane is a child prodigy in art.  She has been drawing and painting since she was 4.  Even at the age of 4, the drawings she produced are better than what many of us adults can draw.

Many would say that Akiane is a naturally gifted child that is a gem in multitude of children.  I often wonder if she was just one of the lucky ones who discovered her passion and was given the opportunity to harness it at an age when she had the ability to make the most of it.  If other children were given the same opportunity, could they, too, be child prodigies but in areas of their own personal interest?  Does every child hold this potential?  Is it because we lack the knowledge and understanding to bring out the best in them when the timing is right that we fail to find more child prodigies?

I wonder…

If Akiane had not be given a set of paint brushes or encouraged to draw, would she be where she is today?  If Tiger Woods had not been given a golf club at the age of two, would he be the great golfer that he is today?  If Mozart had never touched a piano as a child, would he still have gone on to create the masterpieces of music that he did?

These people had a passion – a passion they were given the opportunity to indulge in as children when their potential for development was at its maximum.  And because of that, they were child prodigies in their elements who grew up to become the masters in their fields.  It stands to reason, therefore, that if more children were “picked up” earlier, wouldn’t we hear more stories like this?

So what’s your child’s passion?  And what are you doing to help your child cultivate it?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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