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Kindling a Child's Interest

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Article eightThere are people who went to the ‘best’ schools with the ‘best’ tutors with the expectation that they would turn out to be better than their peers and become successful. Some didn’t or turned out to be sad people and what had been lacking, was the interest of their parents, the enthusiasm for the child’s endeavours, something money can’t buy.

This picture is about kindling an interest in early childhood: This dad plays drums and anything that can be drummed he will tap a rhythm on. This child is surrounded by family members who are enthusiastic about art and music and practice it whenever they can. This child may not become a musician herself, but the kernel of appreciation has been planted, because a fertile spot has been created by the adults through their enthusiasm. In time this seed may become a means of enjoyment as a listener or an outlet for an artistic expression. Who knows? The point I am making is that is the love and passion of the adults and what they are interested in, is what helps a child to become curious about it and wants to ‘have a go’.

Some children are born with gifts and talents and will develop them regardless, but this is rare. Most of us have gifts and talents, but they require nurturing by the people we love. Talent doesn’t grow in a vacuum. One may be an artist, a mechanic, an athlete oneself and we may ignite an interest that way OR…. one can create the circumstances and opportunities for the child to develop a particular interest in which case the most important ingredient becomes the interest of the adult for what the child is doing. Genuine interest creates a foundation on which we will build all other experiences in this life, because this makes us feel that we are seen for who we think we are.


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