Researcher Benjamin Bloom looked at some of the nation’s most talented young people, all of whom had been recognized for their talents at a young age. He found that these children all had something in common. In each case, their parents had helped them develop their talents to the fullest.
Here’s what these parents did:
Focused on the positive. These parents didn’t push. They looked for positive ways to help their children get better.
Made practice time enjoyable. Practice makes perfect, and these parents found ways to make kids look forward to practicing. Often, they sat with their children as they practiced.
Provided resources to cultivate the talent. Parents might look for classes, camps or lessons. They might also look for someone who could be a mentor to their child.
Showed their interest. Sometimes, parents learned their child’s skill so they could spend more time with their child. They attended their child’s activities to show their support.
Stood by, win or lose. Even Tiger Woods loses sometimes. Parents need to let their kids know that they love them just the same.
Focused on the talent. Parents of high achievers spent time helping their children develop their talents.
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