The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
Thomas Henry Huxley
I will define brilliance as the unrestricted ability to use what inspires you in your own unique way. Brilliance abandons perfection. The lines don’t need to be parallel and the colors don’t need to blend. You express your own style and creativity. Within boundaries that offer protection children need to be supported and encouraged to confidently make choices, leaving their own unique signature. They don’t need to be concerned about doing things perfectly but rather doing them confidently. Therefore, a healthy sense of esteem is necessary to unleash brilliance.
A parent resource, http://kidshealth.org has two great articles; Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Raising Confident Kids. They are short reads and offer some useful suggestions to help develop self-esteem and confidence.
Suggested Classroom or Home Activities to grow esteem and confidence:
- Crafting or painting to create something independently.
- Offer choices and the opportunity to choose. Offer praise for the choices made.
- Praise and encourage efforts both big and small.
- Encourage independence with tasks that match abilities, and tasks that challenge abilities.