How do you support your child’s gifts and talents?
As a parent, you can inspire your kids to thrive in life!
Papuri! artist, father, and Beyond Small Talk guest Rommel Guevara shares 5 practical ways that can help you bring out your child’s best:
1. Be motivated by love
All parents want their children to succeed. However, pushing your kids to excel in areas that they are not genuinely interested in can do more harm than good.
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz of Child Mind Institute says that pushing kids to do things they don’t like can lead to anxiety disorder or learning disability.
When you want to support your child’s best interest, it is always best to be motivated by love and consider their dreams, too.
2. Let them know that you support their dreams
Does your child know that you always got their back?
Through your words and actions, let your child know that you support their aspirations.
“When our daughter was born, we prayed to support her dreams. We do not want to pressure her into doing ministry work, just because her parents are in the ministry. We let her discover her passions as she grows up,” Rommel said.
3. Do not withhold discipline
Great parents are those who learn how to strike a balance between freedom and discipline.
You can give your child the freedom to choose their own path, but you are also called to guide them (Proverbs 22:6). Setting healthy boundaries is important.
Rommel shared, “We should support our children, but that doesn’t mean tolerating them when they are doing the wrong things. Love and support come with discipline.”
4. Support their talents and interests
Sometimes, you need to step out of your comfort zone to help your child explore their gifts and talents.
Encouraging them through words is great! But there are also times when you need to show your support by providing them with the tools, materials, and supplies that will further nurture their talents.
Simply put, your wallet will be involved – which leads to point number 5.
5. Provide financial support
To Rommel, moral support is wonderful, but it is better if parents can also support their children’s interests financially.
So, if the budget allows, do not hesitate to gift your child with the equipment and materials they need. After all, you are investing in the future of your loved one!
But what if the budget is limited?
Fathers, it is best to rely on your limitless God.
“Thankfully, God only entrusted our children to us. Our children’s real Father is in heaven,” Rommel said. “So, when it comes to the financial needs of our daughter, we ask God for provision. He will supply the needs of our children.”
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 ESV)
Do you find these tips helpful in unlocking your child’s potential?
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