To build healthy self-esteem, all children need to feel that they can
do at least one thing very well. Many times, though, a child's special talent
is overlooked because it's not an area that is recognized at school or
Parents can discover their children's special talents by providing
varied experiences and opportunities. Then they can help their children by
working with them at home. Here are some of the steps you can take:
Let children know that success is possible and
that they will benefit from trying their best in school and other activities. Let them know that you expect
them to try their best.
Engage your children. Talk to them and spend time together.
Encourage conversation in any way you can: Talk about current events. Ask your child what was the best part and the hardest part of the day. Or focus on an important topic to your child, such as what he or she did in art class that day.
Read together or do other activities together.
Pay attention to
what your children like to do. Help them develop those skills or find out where
they can learn more.
Take your children to places where they can
learn. Schedule trips to museums, the library, or bookstores, especially when
children's events are planned.
Encourage community service with an organization or cause that is meaningful for your children. This may allow your children to develop a deeper understanding or mastery of their interests and learn about responsibility and commitments.
Enlist a mentor in your family or
community who can help your children develop their talents and serve as a role
Help your child with homework. Work with teachers and school
counselors to gain a better understanding of your child's learning style,
strengths, and weaknesses.