Develop Your Child's Genius - How to Treat a Gifted Child to Bring Out the Best
By Andrew Loh
Giftedness in children is a natural phenomenon. A God-bestowed
giftedness always lies invisible in children! Conventionally speaking,
people link giftedness in children with school related skills and
specifically reserved for those children who excel in their studies by
getting good test scores, write extremely well and generally perform
well in scholastic tasks. Yes, this is very important for a child'
career as academics is the only way one can measure children's success
in today's competitive environment. However, children may also excel in
many other activities other than academics.
Children can display their giftedness in a range of non-academic activities. They can display
their giftedness through words, syllables, expression, music, dance,
images, pictures, arts, sculpture, social and emotional competence and
any other abilities that relate to practical and hand-on abilities. Some
gifted children show their abilities later than others while more number
of children open up slowly as they grow and become adults. To nurture
gifted children, parents have a lot to do and perform. They should work
towards awakening the giant within (as
Tony Robbins says!) and help them display their talents and skills.
Here are some tips to help your children show their optimum best
irrespective of how the giftedness is contained in their persona:
Note: Take your time and study your children's behavior to
notice whether they have any giftedness. Do not be disappointed if you
find that they do not possess giftedness. Mind you, a child can excel
even without giftedness!
Learn in details about
child giftedness and tips to identify gifted children:
Give freedom to your child to find out his or her
own pet activities. Let children explore their interests and work on
them one-step at a time. When you allow your children to pursue their
own activities, they tend to express their real skills and talents. This
is the time when parents can find out whether they have signs of
Giftedness is not restricted or related to any
one area of activity. It can express in many forms and patterns.
Therefore, parents may need to expose their children to a wide range of
activities and life experiences. Constant exposure to varied and diverse
activities might trigger some of the latent talents and skills.
Curiosity is the mother of all inventions. Likewise, highly curious
children are likely to be more productive and efficient. Let children
learn the art of developing curiosity. Take them to a public park to
discover new things and in what manner they work. Accompany them to a
small picnic to the wilderness and find out more about nature. Bring
home those materials that help them discover their real talents and
skills. Books, art materials like pencil, paper, modeling clay,
watercolors, oil paints, writing boards, drawing boards and other
related materials are some of the recognized tools.
Ask questions and probe their minds. As you start asking more number of
questions, somewhere you will notice the presence of giftedness in your
child. As soon as you trace the presence of some giftedness, hold on to
that clue and proceed to work on it slowly and gradually over time.
Apart from curiosity, another special skill called “creativity”
is very critical to hone the qualities of giftedness. You must link it
with curiosity so that the child develops a special interest for the
preferred area of interest. When your children are curious to find out
more, they will be inclined to be more creative.
An inclination to be more creative depends on the environment in which your
child grows and thrives. The ambiance in which a child grows should be
productive and sensory-rich enough to trigger the character of
creativity. Bring home materials that catalyze your children's
creativity and giftedness. Bight and vivid colors are likely to trigger
creativity among some children. Patterns and shapes may enhance some
A particular inclination to show
giftedness should not be confused as a definite occurrence of child
giftedness. Almost all children tend to show an active interest in some
specific activities like painting, drawing, sketching, building patterns
or playing with sophisticated board games. All these activities are
normal and you should never confuse it with natural giftedness. Instead
wait for some time until your child reaches a certain age, say six or
Chess legend Bobby Fisher displayed his legendary ability to
play middle level chess game when he was just five, and it is very rare
to find this type of genius among children of that age! On the other
hand, great painters like Dali displayed his ability to paint stupendous
pieces of painting when he was just 10 years old. A fine thin line
divides greatness and normal abilities. Some children are extremely
talented and skilled in sports and athletic activities. Such children
need encouragement and a supporting ambiance. Parents may need to find a
responsive environment where they can fine-tune their sporting skills.
next article provides additional information on how parents
could foster giftedness in their children and raise it to a high level.
Parents are as duty bound as a teacher in a classroom in nurturing giftedness