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of us have made a number of New Year’s resolutions in our lifetime,
only to lose our resolve after a week or so. Typically, the
resolutions involve implementing a healthier lifestyle, spending more
time with loved ones, learning new skills, etc. Our lack of success
at achieving our goals may make us hesitant to set new ones for 2014.
However, it is healthy to set realistic goals for ourselves. And, it
is important that we teach our children how to set realistic goals
for themselves too. After all, living life without purpose,
direction, and timeline creates a sense of aimlessness. Aimlessness
in not our natural state and may result in anxiety and/or depression.
our Gauer Dream School, we have discussed the need to discover each
of our scholar’s talents. Then, through the development of
associated knowledge and skills, the talents will become personal
strengths. These talent-based, personal strengths may result in
increased self-esteem and intrinsic motivation. The child may then
pursue a career in adulthood that matches his/her personal strengths.
This is a wonderful dream that we want to become a reality. After
all, it would be ideal if each of our scholars pursued a career that
s/he loved and resulted in a happy, productive, and comfortable
is where the New Year’s resolution comes in. Please resolve to
reveal and develop your child’s talents. This resolution will make
a tremendous difference for your child now and in his/her future.
many different enrichment experiences for your child. Each
experience provides an opportunity to reveal his/her talents.
Fortunately, Gauer offers a number of enrichment experiences, and
this is a good place to start.
what your child demonstrates an interest in and determine what draws
him/her to the experience. For example, your child may be highly
interested in playing a video game, which may not seem like a
worthwhile pursuit. However, it may be the spatial perception
involved in mastering the game that your child enjoys, and this is a
talent that can be developed.
opportunities to develop your child’s knowledge and skills to turn
his/her talents into strengths. For example, if your child
demonstrates a talent for something (e.g., art, construction,
cooking, dance, mathematics, music, science, sports, writing, etc.),
provide exposure to people with matching talents. Role models can be
inspirational and result in increased intrinsic motivation to turn
talents into personal strengths.
is never too early to seek out a mentor to develop the knowledge and
skills associated with your child’s talents. The mentor could be a
family member, friend, or instructor. Most people enjoy sharing
their talent-based personal strengths with youth and developing
their skills and knowledge.
your child may demonstrate a talent in a particular area, it may not
be something s/he is passionate about at his/her young age.
Encourage the development of skills and knowledge associated with
the talent, but do not discourage your child by being overly pushy.
Your child may not be developmentally ready to pursue formal
instruction in his/her talent area, and exposure may be the
developmentally appropriate approach.
applying these strategies, you can keep your 2014 New Year’s
resolution to reveal and develop your child’s talents. Your child
will feel supported by you as you work from his/her strengths and
help him/her become even stronger. And, what is good for your child
is also good for you. What are your talents? What are you doing to
turn your talents into personal strengths? Would you feel more
self-fulfilled if you worked from your personal strengths?