Every Monday, I’ll post about discovering genuine hope and authentic answers for living a healthy life.

Last Monday, I posted about not being as nature smart as some people are. While in Galveston the previous week, I had no need to step into the Gulf. Others would have done that immediately upon arriving.

Because the post was about one of our intelligences, it was really better designed for Wednesdays, when that’s the theme. I got my days mixed up. Upon reflection, though, the post did fit Monday’s theme of “discovering genuine hope and authentic answers for living a healthy life.”

We’ll more likely live a healthier, more fulfilled life, when we meet all five of our needs in healthy ways. The same is true for children.

  • Security: Who can I trust? When children (and adults) know how they are smart, they can trust themselves to be smart. They can also place some of their security in people who help them discover how they are smart.
  • Identity: Who am I? Knowing how they are smart is a major source of children’s identity. Answering this significant question with answers like “I am nature smart and people smart” is very empowering. It can lead to healthy answers to the other questions that define our core needs.
  • Belonging: Who wants me? Children who know how they are smart will be able to find others who are like-minded. They’ll have deeper and healthier relationships. They’ll also know which smarts are their weakest that could be enhanced by relating to people with those strengths. For example, I’m more picture smart than I used to be because I’ve gone to art museums with friends who are very picture smart.
  • Purpose: Why am I alive? When parents and teachers help children discover how they are smart, children will have a brighter expectation for their future and know what to invest in today. They’ll be more motivated to study vocabulary, practice their math, or pay attention in Spanish class when they see that these skills are important for their future.
  • Competence: What do I do well? Often, at the close of my assemblies about multiple intelligences, children proclaim, “Wow! I’m smart in lots of way and I can do lots of things well!” They are very encouraged (and so am I). They know they can use their smarts to study. They can serve others, continue their education, and successfully manage many careers.

Children who have knowledge of their intelligences will live a more authentic life and will have more genuine hope. If you’ve needed motivation to understand how you and your children are intelligent, perhaps this is it. You can learn more by purchasing my book here.