When your child has an affinity for music, you have to hone that talent. And this is exactly what Claire Ryann Crosby's parents did.
Not only is Claire able to remember numerous songs' lyrics, she has absolute pitch too.
In an interview with Parents, Dave said he knew she would be a good singer. When Claire was really young, she was playing a note on the keyboard over and over and then sang the exact same note.
Just like most little girls, Claire started out by getting hooked on music from Disney's Frozen, but as time went on, her parents began introducing her to other classics. Toy Story's "You've Got A Friend In Me" is just one of the many tracks in Claire's repertoire which continues to grow.
The tot also sings songs from The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, to name a few.
Take a look at their adorable acoustic rendition of Randy Newman's 1995 hit:
It's quite clear Claire got the music gene from her dad (and maybe her mom too). Is this how our kids' talents develop, along with the little they've been exposed to in life.
How is it possible for parents to identify ALL their childrens' strengths? You could let your kids take part in every conceivable extra-mural activity, but that would break the bank over and over again.
Alternatively, if you suspect your child is an undercover musical genius or the next Leonardo da Vinci, allowing them to let rip and be free may not hone their skill either because they won't really be learning any technique. With many natural talents, it's better to get started on polishing them when kids are really young.
So, what's the answer? How do we hone real, natural talents? How would we tell the difference between a flash-in-the-pan hobby and a natural, God-given talent? What are your thoughts, parents?