10 Tips for Nurturing Gifted Children ...

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Identifying someone as a gifted child has actually been around for probably longer than you imagine – Mozart for example was 3 years old when he composed his first piece of music.

The actual term applied to gifted children however, wasn’t really established until Francis Gatton coined the phrase in the 1870s.

Today, we know it to mean a child of prodigious or special talents, especially applying to those whose ‘gifts’ are evident at an early age.

If you have an exceptional child, you obviously want to help them reach their full potential.

Here are 10 Tips for Nurturing Gifted Children.

1. Support Your Gifted Child

Encourage your child and their goals for the future.

Identify and support their love of learning, and help your child recognize their true worth.3

A gifted child may feel excluded at times, especially from groups of children their own age.

It is important for you to be able to gauge their feelings, listen to how they feel and to ultimately reassure them.

2. Listen and Respond

It is very important to try to understand the feelings of your gifted child, and not just assume that their words tell the whole story.

It is a case of building up a mutual respect between yourselves, and for your child to understand that you are there to listen, support and help them.2

Talking to gifted children about their feelings, and how they feel about certain things, is key to being able to respond to their needs in the best possible way.

3. Accept and Encourage Your Child’s Interests

It is important for exceptional children to discover their own abilities within the learning environment.

As parents we all have goals that we would like our children to achieve, however we have to remember that what we envisage as our main goal, may vary to that of our offspring.

It is good to talk to your child about current issues and for them to be able to engage and relate to the consequences.

Accept Their Individuality
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