There is a great variation among children and their talents. Why is this and what can be done about it? We often wish that our children would develop a skill or ability that would please us but we can sometimes get disappointed when it doesn’t happen that way.


The situation gets worse when we compare our children to others. “His friend likes to swim so why doesn’t our son?” Comparison is understandable, of course, but does nothing to change a situation.


The remaining question is why do some children achieve where others fail to do so? Is it genetics? Is it their upbringing? Helene Goldnadel observes that there seems to be little to suggest that genetics has too much of a part to play. For example, many children brought up by the same parents have differing attitudes and skills. If genetics was the sole determinant then this would not be the case.



Rather, it is more likely to be the case that two other aspects play a pivotal role in the development of a child. The first of these would be the environment in which they develop. The constant change in the influential environment means that children are exposed to a myriad of differing forces and opportunities. The second point is that there is a natural variation in the brains, minds and actions of all humans. Even our like and dislikes with such examples as food and drink play homage to the latter issue.


Whether anything can be done to change the development of a child is a moot point. Should it be attempted in any case or should a child learn their own pathway through life?