Research shows that parents were instrumental in all aspects of talent development. Parents created an environment where their children’s talents were identified and fostered early, arranged for expert coaching, facilitated intensive practice and sustained children’s motivation — all factors identified in previous research as key to developing world-class skills.
- Parents often recognized their children’s abilities quite early. Skaters hit the ice as early as 2 years old and musicians began training while still toddlers. The young author learned to read at 3 and was writing stories under her mother’s guidance at age 4.
- Many parents served as their children’s first coach but eventually hired top-level professional coaches for their children. One set of parents moved 200 miles so their skater son could work with an elite coach. The father gave up his job and derailed his career to make the move. The parents of a chess player worked janitorial jobs at night and sold things on eBay to be able to afford a grandmaster coach.
- Parents organized their family life around their child’s practices and competitions, home-schooling their children if necessary to allow time for practice and competition. One family added a great room with a cathedral ceiling to their house so their daughter could practice her baton twirling. A violinist’s mother sat in on his lessons, taking notes, so she could help him remember what he needed to practice. A chess player’s father estimated the family spent $50,000 for their son to compete in a dozen local, national and international tournaments in a year.
- Parents pushed their children to work hard and stay motivated. The spelling bee champion’s mother nudged her child away from the TV: “It makes you happy, I can see, but you know you have to read. When you watch TV, you’re losing out on your dream.” A musician’s parent reminded her child that it’s a privilege to play an instrument: “With that privilege comes the expectation that you will practice … he never thought about arguing.”
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It is wrong to ask a woman her age because she hardly ever lives for herself!
And it is wrong to ask a man his salary because he hardly ever spends on himself!.
“My parents are very hard working people who did everything they could for their children. I have two brothers and they worked dog hard to give us an education and provide us with the most comfortable life possible. My dad provided for his family daily. So, yes, that is definitely in my DNA.” David Oyelowo
Originally posted 2016-06-10 16:07:51.