How do I develop my child’s strengths and interests?

Below are several suggestions for getting started:

  • Give directions that take into account whether your child is more of a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner. Recognize that what works for you may not work for her.
  • You may find it useful to ask your child how she would like you to give her information about the family schedule, chores, etc.
  • Talk to your child about strategies that work for her (particularly when there is a big test or project).
  • Make yourself available and set aside regular times to touch base with your child.
  • Notice and talk to your child when she appears worried or stressed out in school.
  • Praise your child for things she does well.
  • Praise your child for putting forth effort for more challenging tasks at home and at school.
  • Advocate for your child and teach her to advocate for herself.
  • Attend meetings and be in regular contact with teachers.
  • Be aware of what assignments are coming up. Many schools now have online systems for doing this.
  • Help your child select a school project based on her strengths (i.e., strong verbal skills - give an oral presentation, strong visual skills - create a poster, good written language skills - write a paper, or strong interpersonal skills - conduct an interview).
  • Help your child select her research topic by brainstorming areas of interest.
  • Facilitate extra-curricular activities and social opportunities that build on your child’s strengths and interests.
  • Take your child to the library and help her select books or articles about topics of interest.
  • Find out what kind of community events or service projects are available.
  • Have your child teach or show you something he is good at or proud of.
Here are some pointers for encouraging and fostering your child's strengths and interests.
Developing your child's strengths and interests