You want to sign your child up for activities that develop their talents. Where to start?
Before you sign a single piece of paper committing you and that sweet thing you will transport on a weekly basis to some multi-hour event, take time to experiment. Not experimenting on your child, but experiment with your child.
Before you begin, make a list of things that might interest them. To maintain the integrity of your experiment, your child needs to do this alone, not be influenced by anyone else, good or bad.|
Fill the family room floor with activities:
- Something to build
- Art supplies
- Musical instruments
Send them outdoors to discover things you’ve already put in place:
- Sports equipment
- Sidewalk chalk
- Magnifier and bug catchers
- A small drum kit (don’t want that in the house yet)
Repeat this process using various activities at various times.Then observe what they are naturally drawn to:
- Are the arts their natural magnet, drawing, music?
- Do they wander in the trees looking for that one special bug?
- Is the basketball court the first place they land?
- Can they sit for hours designing and building (or taking it apart to see how it works?)
When you figure out where they land most of the time you have figured out what piece of paper you need to sign. Doing this will eliminate the over-stressed, over-wrought, overwhelmed and just over-it kid that can be created. As a side bar- it also keeps a mom’s sanity somewhat intact as well!
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