Lesson: How to Help Your Gifted Child Achieve Their Potential
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While most parents always think the best of their children, there may come a point when you start to realise that your child is a lot brighter than their peers. You may notice their progression and intelligence in a range of different ways. From them hitting development milestones earlier than expected, to their abilities being much higher than you would expect at their age.
However, having a gifted child may add more pressure to you as a parent, and it is important that you know how to help them achieve everything they are capable of. So, here are some of our top tips on how you can help support them and help them reach their potential.
Encourage All Their Abilities (Even the Ones They Are Bad at)
If you know that your child is gifted in particular subjects or areas, then it can be tempting to focus only on those. However, it is important that you still encourage them to progress and develop in all their abilities, even the ones they aren’t as good at.
Naturally, we can all place our abilities into two categories, the things we can do, and the things we can’t do. However, it is important that your gifted child has a range of abilities and knows what it feels like to fail or struggle. These are important life lessons that will help them in the future.
Do Your Research
You should take the time to do your research and look into the different ways that you can support your child, as there are different support options out there. You may be unsure if you really do have a gifted child, or if you are just impressed by their abilities. For example, this blog post on how to educate a gifted child, can help you know how to tell if your child is gifted, and also provides information on how you can educate them with the help of a tutor.
Provide the Tools They Need to Succeed
No matter what the ability of your child, you should be keen to provide them with all the tools possible to help them succeed. However, when you have a gifted child, it can be a bit more difficult to know what they need. You may find that you need to offer them more independence when it comes to their own learning, so that they can explore different subjects at their own pace.
We are all guilty of comparing ourselves to others, so your gifted child might soon start to realise that they are different and can do more than their peers. While you shouldn’t lie to your child about their abilities, you should try and discourage them from comparing themselves to others where possible. Remind them that everyone is different and be sure not to compare them to any family members, such as siblings who aren’t as gifted.
Helping your gifted child in the right ways can help them to achieve everything they are capable of and more, while also living a happy and healthy life.
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