Sparks, as the Search Institute refers to them, are your child’s interests, passions or focus that bring meaning, joy and energy into their life. Depending on your child’s age, experiences and temperament you may be quite aware of what makes your child light up inside, or you might not have a clue. Sometimes these change for our children, as they do for us.
Being interested in and encouraging of these sparks can make a huge difference for your child. Research has shown that kids who have caring adults in their lives who support them in their interests do better in school, develop positive peer friendships, have a greater sense of empathy and desire to help others. Kids whose parents, family and community encourage them to develop their sparks are healthier, engage in fewer risk-taking behaviours and are more satisfied with their lives overall.
Finding out what interests your child can be a fun and wonderful journey. The best way to find out what interests your child is to explore new experiences with them.