All Children Have Gifts

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
— Pablo Picasso

I believe that what Picasso was saying in this quote is that all children are born with gifts.  What happens to those gifts as the child grows up?  Are the gifts watered and tenderly nurtured, or are they criticized and ridiculed? That’s where we, as parents, come in.  We play such a vital part in discerning and then watering and tenderly nurturing the gifts our children have.  These are God given gifts- not gifts of anyone’s choice. 
When I was growing up, I loved to read.  I started reading fiction and then nonfiction.  If I found a good novel, I would read a biography about the author.  One of my favorite authors was Louisa May Alcott who wrote Little Women.  Soon, I began writing plays for my sisters and friends and me to perform.  We had a lot of fun.  In school, my teachers would read my poems out loud.   I remember one specific English teacher who was always bragging to my parents about my creativity.  My parents loved the fact that their daughter was talented. 
Fast forward to the present – I am writing children’s books.  It certainly isn’t a coincidence. 

Author Soraya Diase Coffelt