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What's in your hand?

It's so fun imagining what your kids may become when they grow up. They have their whole worlds ahead of them, a white canvas which they get to paint as they want. But as parents I think its important to try and guide them in the right direction. But how do we know what they would be good at and what they would enjoy? There are so many different activities to chose from, how do we know if we are choosing the right one?

By traveling the world, I have seen different cultures approach this topic in different ways which I find so interesting. In Asia the parents seem to take more a hands on approach to try and determine what activities would best suit their child. While I was in Taiwan, my friend Cecilia asked me if I wanted to go and get my children's fingerprints read in order to analyse their personalities. I thought it sounded interesting so I went along. There they took Gaja and Soraya's fingerprints and told us to come back after a week in order to analyse their reports.

The belief is that personalities can be traced early in the mothers womb, and reflected in fingerprints. Each and every person has a unique set of fingerprints and by analysing your fingerprints, you can determine your brain nerves distribution which in turn allows you to determine which type of intelligence you have.

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Dr. Howard Gardner is based on the theory that there are multiple types of human intelligence, each representing different ways of processing information. So if we can identify which type of intelligence our kids have, then we know which approach to use when teaching them. The 8 multiple intelligences include:

1. Verbal-linguistic: Uses words effectively, they think in words. They like reading, playing word games, investigations.
2. Logical-mathematical: They think more conceptually, able to explore patterns and relationships.
3. Visual: Very aware of their environments. Taught through drawings, read maps, daydream.
4. Musical: shows sensitivity to rhythm and sound. Might study better with music in background. They make meaning of different types of sound.
5. Naturalistic: ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world.
6. Bodily-kinesthetic: uses the body effectively, like a dancer or surgeon. They learn by acting out, role playing.
7. Interpersonal: ability to recognize and understand other people's moods, desires, motivations, and intentions.
8. Intrapersonal: ability to recognize and assess those same characteristics within themselves.

I found the results extremely interesting! Like all things, I would say to take the findings with a pinch of salt. Just because it says one thing, doesn't mean you have to change all their activities and focus on what they said the strengths are. But it's interesting to be told where their actual strengths lie, based on fingerprints!

I learnt that Gaja is more musical and emotional/sensitive. She's overall very balanced and I should set her high goals which she will try hard to achieve. On the other hand her weaknesses are that she is not strong with movements (what, she's not a good dancer!?). As she's very sensitive, I should use emotions when wanting her to do things, for example, I can say Gaja, please can you stop doing that or else mommy is going to be sad. She is also very musical so when deciding on activities I might look into different musical activities.

Soraya on the other hand has the stronger left brain and therefore is more logical, mathematical and needs explanations. She would need to know WHY mommy would be sad. She's the type of girl who pays no attention in class but will still do extremely well. Unfortunately she is weak when it comes to self evaluation and leadership so basically even if she does something badly, she doesn't have much drive to try and do well (she basically doesn't give a shit!). They also said she's the type who could get her way by speaking - she will find an excuse for everything and is very smart. Great! This is what I have to look forward to once she actually starts speaking!!

I also learnt that both are very good with languages so I have made the decision to try and concentrate on teaching them Japanese as well! (at the moment they speak English and Italian).

I found it so interesting to go through this whole exercise. They really taught me how to deal with Gaja and Soraya differently. How even though one thing might work for Gaja, it might not work for Soraya because they are totally different. How it's important to know the personality of your own child and deal in the correct way. Also how each person has their strengths and weaknesses and it's important to encourage them and push them forward. It's not about finding out anything negative about your child - its about learning how to encourage your child in the right direction, using the right techniques.

Have any of you tried to get your child's fingerprints read? What have they revealed?