How to Foster Your Child’s Talents?

Many parents and/or guardians believe that talent whether it is musically, dramatically or dance, are something that you are born with; you either have it or you don’t. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, some children are born with these amazing abilities however most learn skills that enhance their talent(s). 

How can you as a parent foster their flourishing talent(s)? Here are a few tips:

  1. Provide your child with the proper resources. Research “good” (meaning qualified instructors) companies that provided classes, techniques where your child can develop their skills to its fullest. These resources should challenge your child’s abilities. Thinking outside the box!

  2. Encouragement and show interest in what your child is doing.  As a parent the best thing you can do for your child is to compliment them, showcase their work and express pride in their determination and personal commitment to their talent.

  3. Enrich your child’s knowledge within the arts by providing as many art-related experiences on and/or off stage. The better well rounded the “actor” the more the director/producer etc. will want to work with them. Research your community what is available for your child. Look beyond the school! 

  4. Encourage your child to take risk, make mistake and fail. Children who are afraid of making mistakes or what others will thinks of them tend to hold back and will never expand their skills. Laugh at your mistakes!

  5. Avoid caring what your child achieves (what role they get). Don’t compare! Look at every role as a new learning opportunity. Remember the question to ask yourself “Is my child having fun?” YES!!!! That is all that matters. 

* If your child is serious about pursuing this art form as a career discuss with his/her drama/music/dance teacher(s) possible mentor opportunities. 

Please remember that drama classes are not just for the “actor”, there are numerous skills that your child will enhance which will be very valuable later in life:

  1. Building Confidence
  2. Speaking Skills
  3. Working with others
  4. Setting goals
  5. Flexible and better problem solver

By: ROXANNE REES

How to Foster Your Child’s Talents?