If you have a child you think is particularly gifted, how can you foster prodigy child development? First, keep in mind that a child prodigy has nothing to do with the IQ score of the child. IQ tests do not gauge talent of any kind, and as such, they are a poor way to predict artistic abilities. Parents need to watch their children and notice if they seem to have an uncanny proficiency in any particular art. If they do so such proficiency, then it is time to allow them to pursue those talents. Before you know it, you may be exploring the world of prodigy child development.
Prodigy child development is a challenge because identifying a child prodigy is not always easy. If a child has a proficiency in math, for example, might be fairly easy to identify. They will be faced with math situations as soon as they enter school. If they have a proficiency in piano or some other music field, it might be harder to spot, if they are not given the opportunity to try an instrument early in their life.
An important aspect of prodigy child development is to prepare the child prodigy to be an adult. Sometimes, as the child progresses into adulthood, their fame diminishes, because they are no longer a child, and their talent may no longer be any different than other accomplished adults. Often the child prodigy is outshined by other stronger talents in adulthood. Also, the child prodigy might have trouble adjusting to adult social life. They are used to being in the limelight, and often cannot relate to their normal peers. Prodigy child development should focus not only on developing the child’s extraordinary talents, but also on preparing them to live a well-adjusted adult life.
So, how can parents determine if their child might be a child prodigy? Just because little Johnny can play the piano well, does that mean that he is the next Mozart? Well, expose your child to as many arts as possible at an early age. If he or she shows an interest in a particular field, encourage them to participate and learn all they can in that field. Do no pressure your child, though, because this might cause them to burn out, and not succeed with expanding their talents. Allow the young child to develop at his or own pace. As they start to show promise, encourage, but do not push.
While you might find that your child is quite talented in some field, the fact is that very few children are actually child prodigies, but that does not mean that every child cannot have success in learning to play an instrument, or some other artistic endeavor. Many children, while not prodigies, are very talented in many areas. Encourage this talent! Help your child to live a full and complete life, no matter what their level of talent is.