Children can always amaze us with their perception of life and with their expertise in certain field that is of their greatest interest. Charlie, a 10-year-old boy from Essex, England, surprised his parents but as well as the management of The Natural History Museum.
He and his family were visiting The Natural History Museum when Charlie noticed that one of the signs was incorrect, namely, the sign in front of the Protoceratops was labeled as Oviraptor.
The family reported this mistake to the Museum that later on corrected it. Very soon they have received a letter from the Museum thanking them and encouraging Charlie to continue in his interest for Paleontology. This obsession with dinosaurs is common in children and it is believed to be related to their intelligence.
Psychology Spot reports:
“The incredible knowledge of children about dinosaurs is based on a phenomenon that in the field of Psychology is known as “intense interests”, a very strong motivation for a specific topic. In fact, a third of children develop at some stage throughout their childhood, as a general rule between 2 and 6 years of age, an intense interest.
An investigation carried out at the universities of Indiana and Wisconsin proved that intense interests are very beneficial for the intellectual development of children.”
In addition to this:
“In practice, this type of interests, especially those that demand a conceptual domain as is the case of dinosaurs, not only make that the child have more knowledge about a certain subject but also enhance perseverance, improve attention and enhance skills of complex thinking as the processing of information. It has also been proven that linguistic skills are significantly improved and are an indicator of high understanding.
In fact, these psychologists explain that the way in which some children study dinosaurs or any other object of interest, in reality, reveals the strategy that they will then use to face new situations and problems throughout their lives. They will have to ask questions and look for answers on their own, asking for help when they think they need it.”
Children focus on a particular thing and when that happens they make a comprehensive research on their main interest. A child that has a particular interest will do everything that is on that subject starting from reading books, watching films, documentaries, to making various drawings. This great interest is very beneficial for the child as it allows developing problem-solving skills, great passion for learning new things, and contributing to complex thinking.
Psychologists report that about 20% of children keep their passion as they grow older, and for the rest this great interest gets forgotten when they start school.
Tips to Keep your Child’s Interest
Although you may think that some interests of your child are not so important, believe the findings of the psychologist and help your child to develop further interest as that will improve his intelligence and way of developing in life.
Your child should find its true passion by its own, and when it discovers it, make certain to back it off when needed in order not to get extinguish. Your child should never feel uncomfortable about its passion.
Once your child has developed certain interest help it to find the needed time to nurture it.
In order to keep its passion the child needs to find the connection with the real life, and in this process you can help it. The best would be to relate it to some subject in school curriculum.