Children tend to surround themselves with things that are important to them and want to spend time on what energizes them. Picture: PxHere

We all have expectations for our children to do their greatest, but how do we foster a love-affair with knowledge and nurture their developing minds?

Every child deep within wants to do something amazing. When I stand in front of a group of children and I ask them how many of you want to make a massive difference and do something extraordinary in the world, everybody’s hand goes up. Even five year olds have a dream to do something amazing. It’s innate to want to do something amazing in our lives.

Every child also has a set of values, a set of priorities that they live by. In the 1950s it was believed that children were blank slates and their parents had to impose values on them. But it’s since been established that children already have these values and to be able to fulfill these values, they wake up their genius, their potential.

So, instead of imposing values, suppressing their own and forcing an autocratic, dictatorial kind of approach of learning onto children, it’s wiser to find out what they’re inspired by naturally. 

Even parents with busy lives can awaken their children’s genius and potential. Take a look at what they fill their space with, how they spend their time and what energises them. Children tend to surround themselves with things that are important to them and want to spend time on what energizes them.

Below are five criteria to determine a child's inner genius

Nurture their values

Instead of imposing suppressive, autocratic, dictatorial approaches of teaching onto children, it’s wiser to find out what they are naturally inspired by and care about and communicate within what is truly most important to them within their highest values.

Become familiar with what’s familiar to them

Look at what they fill their space with, because they tend to surround themselves with things that are important to them.

Observation is key

Look at what the child is demonstrating, because this is what is important. Then ask yourself how is whatever that is important to them helping you?

Rules of engagement

If you cannot see how whatever is important to them is truly helpful to you, you will autocratically want to change and talk down to them. And, if you can’t see how what you’re going to teach them and bring to their lives is going to help them in their highest values, they’re not going to become engaged - they’re not going to see that it’s really important.

It’s never too early or too late

A masterful teacher in Houston, Texas that I once observed started with two-year-olds and by the time they’re 13 - 18, some of them were already honor students and even professors at universities because she’s learned this art of awakening their inner genius through honoring and communicating within their highest values.

Dr John Demartini is a human behaviour specialist, educator, author and the founder of the Demartini Institute. For more of his teachings, visit www.DrDemartini.com