Having a talented or gifted child can be exciting and rewarding, but it comes with some parenting challenges too…
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that your talented child is still, well, a child. Although they may appear ahead of their years, they can be just as socially and emotionally immature as their same-age classmates.
It’s still important that the child learns the same rules as other children, when it comes to:
- Being part of the family.
- Learning to share and help others.
- Seeing things from someone else’s point of view.
- Taking turns leading and following.
- Celebrating success and coping with failure.
- Be positive, not pushy: don’t put too much pressure on her.
- Boost self-esteem: self-belief is not automatic among talented kids. Don’t tell him he is being silly when he doubts himself. Allow him to express his feelings and fears, and gently encourage him.
- Keep it realistic. Let her share her goals with you. Encourage attainable ideals over perfection.
- Praise effort, not results. A child should never feel valued only for what he can achieve. Effort is also a reward.
- Spend quality time with your other children, too, or your gifted child could become resented by his siblings.