Thursday, June 02, 2005

How to find out your childrens' talents.

It is our duty to develop and share our talents and develop new ones. Jesus gave two parables that apply to this: The Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the the Candlestick.

In the Parable of the Talents the master gives three servants different amounts of money to keep until he returns from a journey. Two of the servant double the masters money and are rewarded and the other buries his share and has his talent taken away and is punished.

The Candlestick is much the same, If you light a candle you put it on a candle stick so everyone in the house can receive the light, putting it under a basket is not only counterproductive and wasteful but a fire hazard.

The number one fear of most people is public speaking. It rates significantly higher then even death. I have to give a lot of credit to stand up comedians they get up and do something that would probably kill anyone else in the audience and sometimes the audience has the gall not to laugh at them. So if you go to a seminar or something where someone gets up on stage to talk to you, give them a big cheer. Someone might do it for you someday.
I was part of an air band for a dorm activity once and even just a dozen screaming fans does wonders for your confidence.

No matter what you do you need to do some self-promotion. People just don't recognize what you do for them if you don't tell them. If you husband has ever been home to help with the housework while you've been sick, he's probably said something like,"I didn't know there was so much to do." And he tends to help out a bit more after that.

This is more important for your husband at work. He is doing all kinds of things at work that help the company that he isn't directly noticed for.

"Executives talk a blue streak about the importance of developing talent," Carol Hymowitz said in a recent Wall Street Journal column, "But many quickly form rigid opinions of staffers, and then resist changing those views despite evidence that employees have matured, become more seasoned, or possess talents that weren't apparent when they were first hired. Conversely, some bosses continue to insist that an employee is a star even though he or she was just never that talented."

He needs to make sure to report to his boss in a written memo that he did something that saved the company x amount of money, because it is saves y amount of time, and/or reduced z amount of waste or closed an n sized deal, or whatever he does. This means that he will get promoted faster, which will make it easier for you to stay home and educate your children.

The talents of your children can be very obvious. You have a good idea already:
* What does your children do all the time, favorite activities?
* Have you ever replaced a toy because they loved it to death?
* What are their favorite books?
These are all good pointers to what may be their innate talents.

These are also things that you can start anticipating and preparing for them to overcome the hurdles that will inevitably come up. For instance, many children love to draw and they want to get better at it by making it look more realistic. One of the first things they try to draw is your face, they see it all the time, but it keeps coming out wrong, and soon they stop drawing because they don't feel they can do it right. You can help them be showing them art, explaining how much great artists practiced, and how the face is made up of muscles and how they effect how the face look, plus giving them books on how to draw faces. Also help them to work through their feelings of frustration. They maybe actually be very good at drawing but they might just need the practice and techniques to get it right.

My daughter Abby is already loving to play with Play-doh to make snails. And she is getting pretty good at it. Next trip to the library I'll be looking for beginning sculpting books.

What talents do you think your children have, and what might they develop with some encouragement?

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