Does your child have more than one talent? I agree that every child has his or her own set of abilities. And although it might appear that they are pursuing their passion, is it perhaps possible that they have a multi-faceted, a multi-talented personality that we, as parents might tend to overlook? I was forced to delve into this thought when I remember myself wanting to ace the exams in school and also play basketball at national level. Then I would pursue my dance lessons and perform at every school gathering as well. Now that my child is growing up, it gets me thinking if it is perhaps okay to let him juggle between activities or let him follow one hobby and master that one talent?
In the formative years of a child’s life, he/she is exposed to a plethora of activities. Whenever my friends and I would catch up, we would openly share the recent developments of our childrens’ activities. In most of our discussions, I found a common thread. We were pushing our children into a one-direction progressive approach. I feel kids these days want to tap into multiple opportunities and have the capacity to master more than one passion.
Sakshi, another friend of mine struggled to understand why her 8-year old, hyperactive daughter Kiara wanted to learn singing one day and then take calligraphy lessons another day. Kiara was already taking serious singing lessons for the last one year and fared well. She told me how, if Kiara’s friends took up different activities she would want to do it too. And this was a major concern for Sakshi. She would rather focus on her singing than divert her attention to any other creative form.
I recently came across this eye-opener of a video by Horlicks which was sent to me by my friend. Thanks to the video and Horlicks’s Passion Patshaala efforts in conducting this workshop, I realised that today’s generation has the hunger to do so much more. I strongly recommend taking the time out to watch the video first.
I went ahead and showed this video to Sakshi and discussed the Passion Test*as well.
“Passion Paathshaala – Discover Your Passion” by Horlicks proves that your child’s potential is limitless. The aim is to realize the scope of the passion of today’s kids through Passion Paathshaala and let them explore and excel in whatever they are good at; even if that meant a painter could sing and a karate student could dance equally well.
Horlicks had chosen a small group of children who were passionate and pursued their interests in the fields of music, dance, karate, painting and more. They were then blended into a 15-days workshop where there was plenty exposure provided to a wide array of the aforementioned activities. Without restricting them to their inherited talent, these children were encouraged to pursue any other activity that caught their interest. A trained and experienced team of experts in each field guided them to their potentials no matter what activity or field they choose; even if it was not something they were primarily chosen for. After the 15 days, they held an event; sort of a convocation to celebrate their participation and showcase their talents.
The parents were excited to see the kids put up their best; naturally, in the talents they thought they were most comfortable in. But when the curtain raised, they saw their child act out of the box and be good at something they had never done before.
The video has helped assert the fact in my mind that today’s kids defy the general presumptions that they could pursue only a single passion. They are ever so hungry to learn new activities that there is no stopping them. They might have a specific talent, but they don’t want to be tied down to a singular activity. They have so much enthusiasm to religiously juggle many activities at a time. It’s just something that comes easy to them I guess!
Horlicks, in a sense, took on a parenting role with the “Passion Paathshaala” initiative. And in turn, has also left us with a reality check that we can’t limit our child’s horizon. They need constant opportunities, motivation and encouragement to discover themselves. I strongly promote to offer your child a variety of experiences; whether it is photography, music, dance or any other form of creativity. I think the more varied experiences children have in their lives; the wider is the range of creative expression. But let us first discover our child’s hunger. Do you feel you need to explore your child’s passion? Let your child take the Passion Test* which is carried out in collaboration with iTrust that helps us parents to find and explore our child’s chief interests and passion. The possibilities are endless!
Disclaimer: The passion test has been designed and provided by iTrust. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.(GSK) makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents/results of this test/counselling which are for information purposes only.
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