All kids have strengths and challenges. It’s natural to focus on things that aren’t going well for your child and on skills that need improving. But it’s just as important to see your child’s strengths.
Consider different types of strengths.
Strengths can be large or small, visible or hidden. Use this checklist to help identify your child’s strong spots.
Follow your child’s interests.
Sometimes strengths come out as your child explores interests. Learn about ways to help your child pursue passions and discover new strengths. Keep in mind that exploring strengths can take some trial and error. Your child might not be good at something right away, and that’s OK. Having a “growth mindset” can help your child keep that in perspective.
Help your child identify strengths.
Talk about strengths.
Keeping an open and honest dialogue about strengths (and challenges) can help both you and your child see and appreciate abilities. Get tips for talking with your child.
Take note of your child’s strengths and successes.
Watch your child in action and take notes on the successes (big and small) you notice and the strengths that helped your child succeed. (It helps to observe challenges, too.) It’s a good way to be able to say, “Here’s what I saw. I think you did that really well.”
About the author
About the author
The Understood Team is made up of passionate writers and editors. Many of them have kids who learn and think differently.
Bob Cunningham, EdM has been part of Understood since its founding. He’s also been the chief administrator for several independent schools and a school leader in general and special education.