This is a post about my eldest Daughter, Priya.
She would be the first to admit that she is what her teachers describe as “creative more than academic”. I’m with her teachers on that one too.
In the last year or so she has enjoyed making slide shows. She chooses photographs and places them next to one another and adds a song to accompany this choice of photos. Recently, she has been taking new photos to better fit in with a line or verse of the particular song she has chosen. It’s a creative process and one that she gets better and better at.
The other day she asked permission to download some video editing software. I agreed and for the next day and a half she was outside with her phone and our camera videoing traffic, her little sister and her mates, and various scenes from around town. Again overlayed to one of her favorite pop songs, she came back to the PC and created her first video.
Proud Dad would have loved to have shown you what she created, but with pictures of other children in it and all that malarkey, I can’t.
Priya is one of those kids who (sadly) has never been able to feel that she is really good at something. But with one video under her belt (and it is so good!!), she is already discovering that you can download more complicated “professional” editing kit. I will be encouraging her to do so.
Apart from marvelling at her ability to navigate “techie” sites with ease (she never reads the instructions) it is her creative ability in determining what scene goes where and how to merge them in an artistically satisfying way that has really blown me away. It seems to come naturally to her.
Being a bloke, part of me wants to send her on a course and get her extra tuition to really move her on in this new-found skill. But that may not be the right thing to do. P is a free spirit (tell me about it!!) and just facilitating her passion for this creative streak may be the best thing I can do.
I have used the word “harness” in the title to this post. I’m sure now that’s the wrong word. What I want to happen is for P to excel at something – because I know the all round knock-on benefits for her will be huge!
How as parents can we best harness/encourage our children when they display an aptitude and a real talent for something like this?