Let's find ways to help Charlie's parents develop his talent
Charlie is 13 years old. He's interested in tech, electronics, science, weather, animals, sharing reviews, WWII, YouTube, gaming, fitness/goal tracking, astronomy, biking...
He likes to set daily Fitbit walking goals (he can do 30K steps in one day!) and even loves to walk in the house while listening to educational material, including walking as his mother reads to him... Even when a movie is playing!
Scroll down to see ALL of his interests and then come back up to listen to Jonathan and Renee use the list to brainstorm the many ways they can help him develop a talent.
Jonathan and Renee give advice to Charlie's parents.
The parents of Charlie, a 13-year-old boy, wanted ideas on how to move their son from a collection of various personal interests up into a zone of deeper self-motivation, focus, and passion.
After you listen to this video session by my wife and me, I would like you to emulate that conversation with your own spouse.
With a clear inventory of your family’s assets and unique advantages, it can be an exciting, imaginative, and productive work session.
Keep in mind that Charlie’s options are not set in stone and he has more than one viable course of action. It will be the same with your own child so let yourself explore more than one possibility.
If you have identified at least one interest in your child, you can start looking at your family’s unique combination of people, skills, and tools and bring those in to support your child.
In Charlie’s particular case, he has already developed a collection of small skills and interests and so we do not need to worry about finding a root interest with which to get started.
I had the parents provide me with a list of the assets and skill connections available to his family and I listed them below.
It is the same kind of inventory you can do using the downloadable worksheet (click to access).
The parents also gave me a description of how they saw their family’s uniqueness. This is important as the family uniqueness, also known as the family’s unique culture, is going to be whom Charlie will serve by bringing the family genuine value.
This boy’s unique family culture can be summed up in the following way:
“This family’s culture loves to learn, and loves to learn using different methods, and finds happiness in teaching others how to learn.”
Since their son is still young, bringing value to his family’s unique culture is going to resonate the most with Charlie as having the greatest value he can contribute to the real world.
Note that if Charlie had been an older teenager, I would probably recommend a way for him to bring immediate value to the larger outside world, for real dollar remuneration, for cold hard cash. A teenager would not only welcome the power that such money could bring him, but it would also be a strong confirmation in his mind that the outside world would value what he is bringing to the adult world of men and women.
In this recorded evaluation, I focused on answering two key questions:
1) What could Charlie do to bring real value to contribute to the family’s identity in the present time? This will give him immediate purpose and meaning to acting out his interest and skills.
2) How can Charlie stack his current skills and interests on top of his family's existing assets and on top of the knowledge and skills of his parents? This will give maximum leverage now at a young age to impact the world around him.
Scroll down to see the Interest Worksheet List the parents (and maybe Charlie!) came up with:
Charlie’s 13-year-old current interests and skills:
- tech, electronics, science, weather, animals, sharing reviews, WWII, YouTube, gaming, fitness/goal tracking, astronomy, biking
- likes to help in tech control room at church, monitoring the live stream of the church service. Many church members there who help teach how to operate in the control room.
- listens to podcasts that his grandmother records for art teaching and for the family business and keeps notes on where edits need to be made.
- he likes to set daily Fitbit walking goals (he can do 30K steps in one day!) and even loves to walk in the house while listening to educational material while listening to his mother read to him, even when a movie is playing!
- he is a very smart auditory learner. He said to his mother “Want to know why I walk so much? Because I think best when I walk.”
Family’s Physical Assets:
- Education course subscriptions
- Ham radio equipment
- 3D printer
- Art supplies
- Workbench for tech projects
- Live across from a large county park
Knowledge & Skills by Mom:
- Mom and Dad’s home business for homeschool families
- Mom runs three homeschool websites
- Mom does marketing and email campaigns
- Mom does social media marketing
- Mom does webinars
- Mom produces video courses with her mother
- Mom runs an artist clubhouse membership
- Mom runs a YouTube channel
- Mom edits/publishes homeschool review posts
- Mom edits/publishes homeschool help posts
- Mom creates graphics, images for marketing purposes
- Mom has a background in journalism
- Mom has an essential oils business
Knowledge & Skills by Dad:
- Dad works in information security
- Dad has vast technology skills, electrical engineering, and general fix-it knowledge
- Dad works for church as broadcast engineer
- Dad works for church as IT director
- Dad is a ham radio operator
- Dad is a sound engineer
- Dad is a network design engineer
Knowledge & Skills by Grandparents:
- Grandmother A is an artist with a studio
- Grandmother B has many connections in Christian ministry
- Grandfather is an aeronautical and civil engineer and a master cabinet maker
What's next for Charlie?
As soon as you have found an actionable plan, the best time for your child to start documenting his learning journey is IMMEDIATELY. The sooner the better.
Here’s why: showcasing how your teenager wrestled with overcoming his lack of skills and lack of understanding into a skilled and determined person is compelling to experts and influencers in that field who want proof of your child’s grittiness and ability to learn.
If your child waits too long to start documenting (a.k.a. Blogging), then it will be hard to remember later how it all came about and the track-record will be lost.
In this example with Charlie, I would recommend he start with a very simple blog hosting service and not worry about advanced options just quite yet. As long as it is clean, easy to use, and free of ads, that is all he needs.
But if your young person was already in his mid-teens, I would recommend he go straight to a full blogging service, such as WordPress. Not only will the talents and skillsets be more readily discoverable by the audience that matters, but it will also be a natural way to ease into something that the adult professional world is using in the marketplace.
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