Develop Your Child's Genius - Gifted Children Unlock their Full Potential with Active Parental Help
By Andrew Loh
One of the foremost things that you should remember is that the type of
dedicated practices that drive internal giftedness in your children
should come from within their heart and soul. It means that they should
work hard to fine-tune their character of giftedness. It also means that
patents can just praise their children's effort to unlock their
potential. Parents should try to catalyze their children's internal
motivation and drive to unlock their gifted potential. Empowering a
gifted child is an intricate process.
Gifted children have their
potential locked inside their brain. All perceived potentialities of a
gifted child remain a potential unless, he or she opens up the door to
let them out. In other words, parents should help their children
integrate and infuse their brainpower. It means that you should supply
very complex and challenging experiences to your children to allow them
to start using their brainpower. Two important needs for a gifted child
to develop his or her potential are parental love and affection, and a
responsive and catalyzing environment.
At this time, parents should introduce mentally challenging activities like playing
puzzles, solving brainteasers and responding to open-ended questions.
Ask your child to invent self-generated quizzes, questions and puzzles
so that his or her quest for acquiring knowledge and skills is
satisfied. Time is of important essence. You should allow your children
enough time to experience success of meeting challenges. Another tip is
to introduce imagery while facing challenges. It is a great way to
stimulate critical thinking, imagination and problem solving skills.
Extensive use of imagery helps children many intuitive processes and to
solidify all brain functions into one single and seamless package.
Critical questions are the essence of unlocking giftedness in
children. Open ended questions are always better because it makes
children think twice before answering, and it leads to next round of
questions as well. Questions should be probing, problem solving and
may or may not be led to some solutions. Open-ended questions always lead to
mental introspection and problem solving. Here are some basic tips on
question and answer sessions:
Make sure to start the session
by praising your children. You can include some empowering words like
"good", "better", "best",
and "very well". This will urge
the children to perform better in the current session.
Never criticize your children unnecessarily. Do not use negative words.
Avoid asking questions like "Where is the Moon?" or "Why do humans have
only one nose?" They are too trivial and even you cannot answer that
It is normal for children to commit mistakes. Never
try to challenge their version of answer. Instead, try to clarify
the issue and drive home the correct answers.
Do not compare your children with others who might be very well in academics. Instead,
try to explain the situation in a non-judgmental manner.
Learn how to ask the right type of questions at the right time.
Practice makes perfect! That is what
elders have been saying since time immemorial! If you observe that your
child is gifted in hands-on activities like painting, sculpture, arts,
dance, music and writing, you may urge him or her to start practicing
their potential. Hours of consistent practice will help them become
perfect in the chosen field of activities. Just look at the London
Olympic Games! Sure, there were so many child prodigies taking part in
different games like diving, table tennis, swimming and gymnasium. All
of them started honing their skills right when they were in their early
teens or sub-teen ages!
As explained before creativity is the main door to giftedness. You can
fuel the skills of creativity by introducing the principle of "cause and
effect" at an early age. For every effect, there is a specific cause!
Without a cause, an effect would never happen. Learning to know what
causes a particular effect is a great way to unlock the potential of a
Tips to enhance "cause and effect" relationship:
Bring home activity kits that help children learn this skill.
Mechanical toy sets and playthings are some of the best tools. For young
children, you may bring large block games, shape sorters, puzzles and
Cause and effect is a surefire way to the world of
discovery! Discovering new things open up true potential of a child. For
example, a musical toy will help children learn how they can synthesize
musical sounds just by pushing a certain button on the toy. It is just
learning means and the end! These simple exercises will help children
crystallize their memory power.
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Some gifted children are academically
very weak and they may not have manifested their true potential in a conventional
classroom. Such children may also undergo tremendous stress and pressure
of coping with the rigors of traditional classroom where rote learning
is normal. Do not worry, if your children are not performing too well in
a classroom. Instead, support them in other ways to ignite their minds
and inner potentials to make them the best in a specific field of
activity. Life skills, social and emotional steadfastness and a display
of tenacity to face critical life situations are the known ingredients
for success in life. Gifted children are bound to shine in a preferred
area of activity, and it is just a matter of time before they excel in
their life. Just look at those wonderful teen Olympians, who displayed
their skills and guile in the just concluded London Olympic Games!
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential
By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D and Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD
It's ironic that the children (and adults) who are most frightened about not being good
enough are often the most capable. These children may become extremely anxious before
tests--even though they're very competent academically. They may spend way too much time
on assignments or refuse to do anything where they aren't instantly successful.
The world tells bright children that their performance matters; they need us, their parents,
to tell them that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. They need to know
that we love them for their kindness, curiosity, imagination, determination, and sense of fun.
Qualities like these aren't necessarily impressive, but they matter deeply.