Ways to Nurture Your Child's Intrapersonal Gift
A child who knows his or her own strengths and weaknesses shows signs of having intrapersonal intelligence, one of the eight discussed by Professor Thomas Armstrong in his Multiple Intelligences book. Intrapersonal intelligence or gift has to do with self-knowledge and emotional expressiveness.
Nurturing this gift means developing one’s self-awareness, which canthen help in further empathizing with and understand others.
Here are some ways you can do to help nurture your child’s intrapersonal gift:
One way to help your child be in tune with his feelings is to keep a personal journal. Encourage your child to write down the things that happened during his day, to remember the emotions he felt, and reflect on his thoughts or lessons he learned. Apart from expressing oneself, this can also help nurture his linguistic gift.
Pets make great companions because in them, one can find complete acceptance and unconditional love. Having a pet is also emotionally therapeutic for your child as it can help reduce his stress and feelings of anxiety. In fact, taking responsibility for the care of another creature canteach your child many things. Among these are trust, compassion, respect, and patience, some of the qualities that will prove invaluable as he grows up.
Let your child help with age-appropriate tasks around the house. Allowing him to contribute toward simple daily tasks, such as setting the table for meals or making the bed each morning, will give him a sense of accomplishment and belonging. This will also teach him to become more independent, especially when he learns to do more chores as he grows up.
Having the intrapersonal gift involves being able to interpret complex and contradictory emotions. Encourage your child to participate in artistic activities such as visual arts, creative writing, and even acting. For young children, you can try role-playing at home to develop their creativity, imagination, and understanding of different feelings and emotions.
Encourage your child to pick a cause to support. It could be volunteering at a pet shelter or helping out at the local church. These types of activities give him a sense of purpose and fulfilment as he sees how he can make a difference to others.
Placing him in situations where he can interact and learn more about people will also develop his empathy or understanding of others.
It is important to help your child express his feelings whether verbally or in other ways such as writing in a diary. For example, at the dinner table, let your child tell stories about his day and ask related follow-up questions such as "What made you happy (or sad) today?" or "Why do you think you felt angry with your friend?" Doing this will teach him recognize positive and negative emotions, and together you can think of ways to help him manage them as he grows.
Nurturing your child in ways that make him more self-aware also helps boost his self-esteem. One with an intrapersonal gift tends to possess a high level of self-confidence.
For your child’s development, make sure he gets the nutrition he needs as well alongside a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to support proper growth and mental development.
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Multiple intelligences in the classroom 3rd ed by Thomas Armstrong