It is often a top priority to ensure your child is happy and enjoys their learning experience as a parent. If you agree, we congratulate you on your commendable parenting and strongly recommend you read this article before enrolling your child in any programming courses! If our child has most of these five characteristics, they might enjoy and excel at coding.
The running narrative about coders is that they are socially awkward, shy "geeks" who are often emotionally insensitive, logical, and left-brained. I can confidently say that this is nothing but a reductive stereotype and does tiny to encourage kids to learn code. Furthermore, these beliefs make it sound like coding is not for cool people when coding is, in reality, super cool.
People who are analytical and logical make good coders; they are great at breaking down and solving problems. However, creative, artistically inclined, and emotion-oriented people can think from a user perspective and become great coders who excel at the user interface and product design.
So if logical people make good coders and creative people make good coders too, how can we know if our kids will be good coders or not?
If your child has most of these five qualities, they might enjoy and excel at coding:
1. They love puzzles and solving problems:
At the heart of it, coding is nothing but problem-solving. If your child loves doing jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, or Rubick's cubes. Or if they enjoy problem-solving vi other methods like games with multiple levels etc. Chances are, they would love coding!
2. They are independent and resourceful:
When faced with a new challenge, does your child come running to you for a solution on the get-go, or do they first try and solve it themselves and only come to you when they've exhausted all possible solutions routes? If it is the latter, you should consider enrolling them in a coding class.
3. They are stubborn:
Stubbornness is usually associated with negative connotations, and I agree, excessive determination in a child might not be the best. However, stubborn people tend to quit later than most people. If they want something, they get after it till they have it. That is a quality that a coder needs to have if they succeed because the correct answer isn't usually the first one in programming.
4. Love for the creative process more than the end goal:
Please notice what your child likes about their hobbies carefully. Let's take painting as an example. Do they enjoy the process of painting and learning new techniques, or do they want the praise they receive after they've completed their painting? If the purpose of their hobby is to enjoy the hobby itself, even if they don't get the validation of praise, then they would succeed as a programmer. Because in programming, there are often multiple correct answers, and someone who enjoys the journey would love to explore as many as possible, becoming better at their craft in the process.
5. An obsession with technology:
Technology is the future. Suppose your kid can rattle off phone features and understand new gadgets quickly. In that case, they are already of a technological bent of mind and, with the proper training, will shape the abovementioned future with their talent and creativity.
Coding is a skill set, and just like any other instrument or a new language, the more you practice it, the better you get. So the only "natural" sign that you need to know if your kid will be good at coding is to see if they thirst for knowledge and have an almost passionate kind of obsession with the things they enjoy. If they tend to "geek out" about even cartoons or Harry Potter, they'd most likely do very well at programming.