There’s a good chance that our girls will be excellent readers and writers. They will love books. They will savor words. They will understand the magic and beauty of linguistics.
There’s also a good chance that they will appreciate the outdoors. They’ll love to feel the sun beating down on their backs, to feel the breeze playing with their hair. They will hike and climb and run and bike – their muscles pumping, their lungs at work.
And they will be good with people. They will radiate warmth and compassion. They will be influential, visionary, courageous people who lead the way with their kindness and creativity.
In many regards, they are already all of these things. Pieces of me. Pieces of Tim.
But, lately, I’ve been thinking about how to help cultivate our areas of weakness. How can we teach a foreign language when we don’t have mastery of Chinese, French, or Portugese? How can we encourage musical interest when we are deficient in that area? How can we help them be BETTER and MORE than we are?
I guess it starts through EXPOSURE – giving them opportunities to see others’ strengths. And then, secondarily, by EXAMPLE.
So – I’m striving to find my non-interests, my non-talents…and then to incorporate them into my life. Even just a little.
Yesterday, I turned on the Classical Music station in the car. And we were jammin’ to Bach, with the sun shining through the windows. After a little while, however, my 3-year-old asked to listen to an audio book instead (I told you we love books ’round here).
WHAT ABOUT YOU? How do you cultivate interests/intelligences for your kids that are different than your own?