I was watching my grand-daughter this morning as she played with her mother's mobile phone. She had unplugged it whilst it was charging, but then attempted to line it up to plug it back into the socket. Whilst she held it in her small hand, she attempted to scroll the screen with her thumb. I was blown away. We had only celebrated her first birthday 2 weeks earlier.
I realized kids picked things up pretty quick, she is the youngest of six grand-kids, but wow, I just didn't realize how quick they are to take in and learn from what they see happening around them.
It was a lesson for me and left me pondering how much these kids could learn if we focused more on providing planned learning experiences for them.
On a career guidance note, this is also a great time for parents to pick up on their child's interests and abilities. Are they showing a fondness towards playing with musical instruments / toys, or are they more into arty stuff, or maybe even showing a knack working out how things work or go together.
My grandson Noah smashes out puzzles really quickly as a four year old. He will spend hours on end putting together puzzles. He loves his own space. I see him working as an adult in an environment where he is left to do his own thing, solving engineering or mathematical problems.
It's interesting looking back at my own kids now that they are all adults. A couple of them were very creative when they were young children. They showed a lot of talent with their art even before they studied art in any formal manner.
Then there are my kids who showed a natural ability at sport and they have done really well using these talents as adults.
We all have talents, sometimes it takes a while for us to recognise them, or as we grow into adults we forget what we are really good at doing and get drawn into using skills which we are good at but not talented at.
To identify your own talents, think back to your childhood, it's often a great place to start.
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