Kids don’t have to wait until they’re 18-years-old and on their way to college before they start thinking about what they want to do with their lives.
As parents, we can help them discover their gifts and talents so that when they’re ready to leave home, they have an idea as to some options that would fit with their natural abilities to cause them to be successful in life.
Do you know what your kids are good at? How well are they doing in that sport or activity that they begged you to be able to participate in? Do you go to their games or their events and actually watch them? Do they feel comfortable communicating with you about the things they are feeling insecure about or areas in which they’re not doing well?
An important key to discovering your children’s gifts is communication. Make sure to take time to talk with your kids, and really listen to what they have to say. As a parent, you have the opportunity to be their biggest fan, their biggest cheerleader, and their biggest coach, and pull out of them the gifts and talents they never even knew they had!
The Take Away
Stay involved in your kids’ lives. Show interest in the things they’re interested in. Go to their games. Go to their practices. You don’t have to constantly hover over them but be engaged in their lives. Encourage them in their gifts.