Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.
~ Dr. Maxwell Maltz
Sometimes the easiest way to find a child’s talent is to look at what he’s interested in. Is he attracted to paper, pencils and paints? Does he like to draw, create things with his hands or is he fascinated with creations made of clay, metal or other art mediums?
Even before Mattie could draw a recognizable figure, she loved art and craft supplies. Anything that could be glued was glued. And if it couldn’t be-- like the fresh flowers she wanted in her construction paper vase--she taped it. Crayons, paints, foam, or magnets—she loves them all and spends hours creating her projects. Mattie struggled with spelling and reading, and although eventually conquered the mechanics of these subjects, it’s clear to those who know her best that Mattie’s real love is art. It makes one wonder just what her career choice will be.
Alyssa is an animal lover--big, small and in-between. She cries when an animal is mistreated. One day Alyssa and her mother found a hawk sitting beside the road—someone had hit and left it there. At Alyssa’s begging, her mother threw a blanket over the hawk and took it to a vet. Alyssa treasures the feather the vet gave her as a memento of the hawk. Whatever Alyssa’s career choice is, it will probably include animals.
Douglas is an American! Patriotism runs right through his blood stream. At a young age he devoured books on United States presidents and other patriots. He loves attending political rallies and waving flags. When his dad ran for city council he campaigned as hard as an eight-year-old can. A highlight of his life was when, as a seven-year-old, Oliver North patted his head and said, “You’ll be a hero someday, too.” Where will Douglas’ interests lead him?
Okay, so you know where your child’s interest lies. What can you do to encourage them? Mattie’s parents display her artwork, submit it to competitions and supply her with seemingly unlimited art tools. They might encourage her further by signing her up for a pottery class or private art lessons and by planning trips to art museums.
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I've linked this post to Fab Friends Friday at For The Love of Blogs.