3 Ways to find your child’s Super Power

(Also, please let us know what your child’s strength is below.)

When your child is struggling to learn, people will often say to you as a parent, find their strengths and it will fix everything, but it doesn’t quite work that way, because first, you have to find them.

“Your child’s strengths are a great place to start when you want to help your child with school learning difficulties to overcome weaknesses. Once identified, use your child’s learning strengths to help them to overcome their weaknesses.”

The number one question I get from parents around this topic is; how do I help my child to find their strengths?

To answer this question, here are 3 ways for parents
to determine what their child’s strengths are.

  1. Look at what your child does in their spare time. What is it that they choose to do when there are no time constraints or pre-arranged activities organised for them. It might be playing outside, cooking, adventuring, watching movies, electronic games, sport, tinkering in a garage, a crafting activity, building with Lego, fishing, caring for animals or spending time with their friends. The activities that they choose, are generally what makes them happy. Things they feel they are good at.

“What a child chooses to do in their spare time can give you a really good indication of where their strengths may lie.”
  1. Ask other people what they feel your child excels at. These people might include their class teacher, the sports teacher, music teacher, before or after school caregivers, a club leader or someone who is in regular contact with your child. Sometimes people from outside your family will see your child in a different light and can provide you with ideas and areas to investigate.
  2. Start encouraging your child to venture outside their comfort zone to try new things. These are activities they wouldn’t normally choose to try on their own, but with your support, your schools’ support or the family or close friends being involved, they will give it a go. It might be camping, a new sport, learning a musical instrument, hiking, giving a speech at a birthday party, writing a piece of poetry, helping out in an aged care facility… the possibilities are endless.

As a carer, it is important to make your child feel confident and supported to have a go as you gently push them to try new things.

“When a child is exposed to a wide variety of experiences as they are growing up, they develop a feel for what they like and don’t like. It may not happen straight away, but these experiences may one day help your child identify their own areas of interest or strengths.”

So just to recap the three ways you can use to identify your child’s strengths;

  1. Watch what they like to do in their spare time.
  2. Ask the people around them what they think your child is good at.
  3. Push them outside their comfort zone to try a variety of life experiences and see what comes of it.

“It may not be until your child is in their late teens or early adulthood that their strength will really begin to come to the forefront.”


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