There is nothing that excites us parents more than seeing our children reach a milestone, especially when we realize the talents that they have and want to develop them. During the launch of Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp season 7, the president of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho shared some insights on what parents can do to further develop their children’s gifts.
Nurturing is crucial
As Britannica encyclopedia would define it, a gifted child is someone “who is naturally endowed with a high degree of general mental ability or extraordinary ability in a specific sphere of activity or knowledge.”
In her talk, Dr. Ho stressed the importance of nurturing a child’s talent upon discovery, as this will only end up becoming latent when not developed. “Giftedness is developmental. It is something that you have to nurture. If there is no nurture, it doesn’t die but it will not develop,” she explained.
She added that nurturing a child’s gift is a collaborative effort and parents should develop them not just for their own benefit, but also that of the others. “You develop it so that the gifted is able to give back. That is what we need in the Philippines,” she said.
Documentation is also important
Nobody knows our children more than we do and even Dr. Ho agreed that we are the best judges of their potential. Apart from nurturing,