Being a parent is a gift— a gift that just keeps on giving and giving.
Everyday brings a different surprise, a new discovery or sometimes a new milestone for your child.
One day, you marvel at her first step; the next, it can be the moment she discovers that she likes to sing and that she sings well.
Then it sinks in that more than being a gift, your child is actually exceptionally talented.
That is what actress Dimples Romana learned from raising her own nine-year-old daughter Cal.
As host of the past two seasons of TV reality show Promil Pre-School’s i-Shine Talent Camp, she finds the need for parents to become more aware of their children’s development.
“I watched hundreds of kids audition and participate, and it made me realize that there are a lot and I mean a lot of talented kids out there.
“It’s just a matter of encouraging and tapping into their inherent talents,” notes Dimples.
However, she reminds parents not to pressure their children too much.
“There’s a fine line between encouraging and pushing your kids too far.”
Here are a few tried-and-tested tips straight from Dimples herself that you can use to help develop the talents of your kids and nurture them towards excellence:
1. Take a cue from your child
Dimples says that sometimes it may actually be better to watch for your child taking that first step into something and simply provide opportunities for him or her to work on things she likes and is good at.
“If your son or daughter enjoys singing, then go ahead and enroll them in singing classes.
“And if you think they’re ready, signing them up for singing competitions or talent shows like Promil Pre-School’s i-Shine Talent Camp is a good way for them to improve their skills, meet new friends or be the next big child star,” suggests Dimples.
2. Introduce your children to new things and experiences
Remember: your children can only be interested in what they are aware of.
Your daughter may be an opera singer or a synth player in the making; but because she’s not exposed to these things, that talent may just remain hidden forever.
Make the effort to introduce your child to as many different experiences as possible— take him ice-skating one weekend, then maybe to a basketball game or an art show the next.
Not only are you creating fun bonding moments, you’re also taking the chance to discover what he’s really good at.
3. Nourish talents in your own home
Once you’ve gotten a lock on what your child can excel in, make sure that his talent can flourish in one of the most important places in the world—your home.
If he’s into the arts, then having a steady supply of sketchpads and paint and colors at home is a good idea.
If music or singing is more his thing, then having DVD concerts of his favorite singers or playing music all over the house will be something that he’ll appreciate.
4. Give your child a balanced diet
According to Michelle Edelbaum, digital editor of eatingwell.com, there’s more to gain from having a balanced diet than just a healthy diet.
Eating right can help even out your children’s moods, sharpen their minds and stabilize their energy.
Aside from the requisite go, grow, and glow food, Dimples stresses the importance of milk, especially in children’s formative years.
“Promil Pre-School has always been my top choice ever since, so Cal can get the essential nutrients that she needs to help nurture her talents,” shares Dimples about her choice of milk supplement.
5. Be sensitive and nurturing
For Dimples, this is probably the most important tip of all— children need to know that they’re appreciated and loved because of who they are and not because of their talents.
“Yes, their talents are special, but they need reassurance that they are special, regardless of whether or not they win the Quiz Bee or get into the next round of the talent competition,” notes the mom and TV host.
“This is especially important for talented children because parents often feel it is important for those abilities to be maximized, often regardless of their children's feelings.”
Dimples’ advice is simple: provide nurturing experiences for your child, but don't allow your drive for a brilliant and exceptionally talented child to overrule everything.