How to Parent a Gifted Child

The how to's of Parenting Gifted Children: both in the classroom and at home.

Steps

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    Love, like, and accept your children "unconditionally." Remember gifted children are highly sensitive.
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    Keep realistic expectations, remember that your child is academically advanced they often times are not socially advanced.
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    Spend time with your kids and let them know that there self worth isn't based on what they accomplish, but who they are.
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    Let them find their own skills and interests and to let them develop at their pace.
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    Expose your child to a variety of learning experiences, but don't overload them with commitments.
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    Be a strong advocate for your child in the class room by offering solutions, be creative in your problem solving, keep an open mind, be flexible, stay well read on current trends, and keep a positive attitude.
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    Most importantly enjoy your children now! Don't stay focused on the past or the future!

Tips/ Suggestions

  • Gifted children often are diagnosed with Attention Deficit/ Hyper Disorder also known as AD/HD.
    • Gifted children with this disorder tend to have more severe symptoms then those with an average IQ.
  • Be honest about your own child's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Open one-on-one communication with your child.
  • Take time for yourself. Dealing with any child with "special needs" is time consuming.
  • Some suggested solutions for the classroom are: acceleration, skip a grade, rubrics, theme based projects, advanced curriculum, more complex areas of study, etc.

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Categories: Parenting | Nurturing Talent