As parents we need to observe our children closely to identify their talent or gift. It is more obvious in some children than others.
Discovering and nurturing a hidden talent or skill brings immense pleasure to parent and child alike. Not to mention the confidence it instills in the child in his ability to excel in a particular field. He may not be an academic achiever, but his success in art, music, theater or sport can do wonders in boosting self-esteem. Pursuing extracurricular talents also promotes discipline and instills focus in a child.
Trust the child, most children have the innate ability to learn by exploring, and investigating and they tend to figure out how to do it much faster, and more easily than an adult.