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One way to make the job of being a child career a little easier is by learning a child’s strengths and weaknesses.  Assessing a child’s strengths and weaknesses is something that teachers have been doing in the classroom for a very long time. The techniques that teachers use in the classroom can also be used in the home by parents. Through recognizing a child’s strengths and weaknesses, a parent can better understand their child, which in return will build a positive and stronger bond.

Teachers assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses in the classroom to figure out the best way for the child to learn. The theory is that children learn in one of three ways: visually, audibly, and kinesthetically.

So how do teachers identify child’s learning types?

Teachers find that the most effective way is to observe their students closely to determine learning styles. Then the teachers use learning style strategies that individualize instruction to take advantage of each student’s learning type. Understanding a students learning style is imperative to building a strong bond between teacher and student. Once a teacher has identified the students learning style they can tailor instruction as needed. Students learn more efficiently and successfully when instruction is tailored to their learning style.

Just like teachers, a parent should take the time to learn their child’s strengths and weaknesses….

All children have individual strengths, talents, and abilities. It is significant for parents to observe their children when they are doing things such as playing and interacting with others. During imaginative play, children are free to unleash and exercise their strengths.

Observing a child during play can benefit a parent a great deal about what their child prefers, how they socialize, and the unique ways they view themselves.

Play encourages cognitive enrichment and emotional growth. Observing children will give parents important clues on their child’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, a child who cries easily may be very sensitive. The child who is messy, can be seen as energetic and curious and the child who is stubborn has strong character.

Parents who understand their child’s strengths can use this knowledge to help their children develop.

When a child has a talent in a specific area, a parent can help their child strengthen their talent in many ways such as, enrolling the child into a talent enhancing co-curricular activity, visiting museums, or getting books to learn more about the specific craft.

To build healthy self-esteem, all children need to feel that they can do at least one thing very well.

Many times, however, a child’s special talent is overlooked, because it is not an area that is recognized at school or elsewhere.

In addition, if a parent understands their child’s strengths and weaknesses it can help them to gain insight on their child’s behaviors. One of the most important things a parent can do when they see their child excelling in an activity or struggling in a situation, is to make a mental note of what’s going on in that particular environment. Take note of what qualities surrounded the activity and what led to the success or struggle.

Too often, parents ignore a child’s frustration instead of using it as a time to teach their children how to cope and learn from difficult situations.

By being familiar with a child’s weaknesses, a parent will be better able to coach them as to how to overcome their challenges the next time around.

A parent can also benefit from learning their child’s strengths and weaknesses, because it can help a parent to find better ways of communicating with their child. Communication is essential in building any relationship. Learning to communicate effectively is especially important for parents with teenage or adult children, because during this time children rely less on their parents and more on themselves or their peers. A parent must know how their child responds to different situations in order to communicate successfully with them. Some children shut down when being yelled at, others may not like speaking when they are feeling upset or sad, whereas other children may be better able to express themselves through writing.

When discovering a child’s strengths and weaknesses it important for parents with multiple children to try not to compare siblings to each other. There is nothing more hampering of children’s abilities to discover their strengths than when they feel they are constantly being compared to their perfect siblings. The differences are causes for celebration not comparisons that may make them feel not good enough.

In conclusion, understanding a child’s strengths and weaknesses is vital in building a strong bond between parent and child.

Understanding the character traits that make each child unique can benefit a parent and child in many ways. Just like teachers, it is important for parents to recognize the gifts and imperfections of children and use that information to help develop them into well-rounded individuals.