5 WAYS TO FOSTER YOUR CHILD'S ZONE OF GENIUS
I hope all is going very well! I know everyone's household is a bit busy with the middle of summer and school slowly approaching. I wanted to share a few idea ideas on how to foster your child's Zone of Genius, or Z.O.G. for short.
When I first heard of Z.O.G. online about a year ago I thought it was some type of mystery (LOL). Everyone was speaking about how to find your Z.O.G. and when you find it and operate through it your best work would shine. Z.O.G. is described as raw talents, gifts, that you possess naturally that sets you apart. When children operate from their Z.O.G. they are merely working from their strengths most of the time.
Hmmmm so if thats it why should we wait until we are adults to do this? Most parents recognize their children's Z.O.G. and want the best for their child. Recognizing and intentionally setting goals for our children will definitely assist on building in their Zone Of Genuis. Once we discover how our child uniquely operates in the world we could then begin to foster their Z.O.G.
Here are a few ways to do just that....hope you find them helpful.
1. Take notes on your child's ability, talent, strenghts.
(Keep in mind every child is unique with this, so if you have more then one child how you foster their Z.O.G. will be different)
2. Stay clear from comparison/ comparing your child to other children
(The focus is finding their particular operating strenghts. Comparison would delay the process of finding their personal Z.O.G.)
3. Note weaknesses and use activities and books to empower their ideas
This is important to be aware of when scheduling, or setting up your child's learning environment. It will help prevent your child from feeling heavy frustrations, or feeling stuck when reaching their daily goals . It will also assist in knowing what trigger them to lose focus. You want to make sure their schedule plays towards their strengths. In the early years it's important to just keep the focus on their positive strengths. These skills will build the confidence in them needed to be successful which is the ultimate goal.
4. Have the best team surrounding your child
This could include family, friends, teachers, counselors, and other children. You want to make sure your child's daily interactions are positive, and supportive in every way possible. Also that they are contributing to the relationships as well.
5. The power of saying no
Sometimes it's hard to say no to our children when they want to do, or be around others that may not be in the best interest for them. As a parent it is up to us to determine when some experiences, or people are not necessary for our child to partake in. There are ways to say no to children that will eventually help them in the long run. Always remember when we say no to them we are saying yes to something else. The yes representing the best for them and for their Zone of Genius.
When I think about myself as a child I always loved to read, write, socialized with others, and dove head first in all things cultural. I also have been caring for children since I was 16 years old. I was unaware until last year when I started the Children's YoTtube channel, creating posts for my website and now writing my first children's book this was always in me. Some where a long the way I lost some of this, and now have rekindled my passion. Realizing now this has always been a very happy place for me, and I really enjoy being involved with families and children. I shine and feel good about myself best through these avenues. I say we work together and not only find our children's Z.O.G. , but ours as well.
There are beautiful stories for children that would help empower them and get an idea of what their interest are. One book that comes to mind is "What Do You Do With An Idea" Written by Kobe Yamata and Illustrated by Mae Besom. I have a YouTube Storytime with this book below. I really feel like this book was written for children and adults hope you enjoy it.
What is your child's Z.O.G. and how do you foster it?