Gifted Children - What do they Mean and How do they Behave
By Andrew Loh
In a sense, gifted children are the source of immense pride for their
family and parents. However, all gifted children are born with a set of
both advantages and advantages. Essentially, three primary characters
define a gifted child: precocity, inward looking persona and an internal
drive to achieve perfection that borders on a sort of obsession. In
addition, these three characters also make their parents either sad or
happy. In other words, some gifted children are boon to their parents
while other might become problematic at times and eventually a big bane
especially when they are not handled in a proper manner.
Let us first discuss the three important characters that were mentioned above.
First, the term precocity means achieving mastery in any given domain
ahead of peers and friends. Gifted children usually possess this
attribute which might be a great boon to them. Second, they insist on
acting with their ideas and self-made insinuations. In addition, they
want to learn and master things in different yet qualitative way
although not requiring support and encouragements from their parents and
family members. However, this aspect of three characters acts like
double edged swords. They can become a big boon or they can act as a
huge spoiler. Lastly, gifted children display a sharp yet pronounced
form of burning obsession to master things. Similarly, they are
internally motivated to achieve desired goals and objectives. However,
this character might act a boon if it is utilized in a meaningful
manner. Significantly, although three characters act as stepping stones
for success, they do not necessarily mean full success for all gifted
Some indicators that act as bane or boon:
School success and possible struggles
A gifted child is endowed with immense talent and potential to demonstrate the
highest quality of gift. However, as ironical as it seems, gifted
children are more likely to fail in a classic and traditional classroom
setting. The most often talked reasons for this apparent failure are a
tendency to get bored very quickly and loosing focus very easily. This
is probably a big bane and head ache for any parent. The most telling
aspect of a gifted child is his or her inability to get motivated to
perform well in a classroom. Although gifted children are cognitively
far ahead of their peers, their social skills might be little lower than
others. In nutshell, gifted children tend to become big head ache if
they do not perform well in the classroom. Unfortunately, almost all
gifted children do not perform well in the classroom and this might pose
lots of problems to parents.
Craving for perfection and achieving mastery over something
Most gifted children are driven towards achieving mastery over something. In music classes,
they tend to achieve mastery in the basics of music while a dance class
always propels gifted children to learn in the best manner possible.
This attitude works both as a gift and as a bane. If gifted children
channelize their energy towards achieving their goals, they can be the
eventual winners. However, if they are excessively obsessive towards
achieving something tangible without any solid goals or aims, they could
be very disappointed and prone to many serious repercussions. The
solution is to helping them with proper guidance, helping them set
goals, and guiding them achieve the best.
Most possibly, gifted children are markedly different from others in the way they
think and act. In other words, they are entirely different in their approach and in
the way of thinking. The depth of thinking is far superior to a normal child and
their intellect is also better than those who are not gifted. This is
perhaps the most prominent advantage of raining a gifted child.
All gifted children are highly emotional and sensitive while their higher intellect acts
as a catalyst to ignite emotional intensities. They are easily hurt and frustrated
when they fail to achieve something those cherish so much in their life.
Emotions are always reactive and they lead to negative actions that
might be counterproductive to a child's brain and physical development.
Fickle mind and acute emotional state of a gifted child might pose
bigger problems to his or her parents.
Gifted children either become a big boon or turn out to be nagging bane depending on
the way they are nurtured and managed. In effect, gifted ability always works in
two fronts: one as a negative factor and the other as positive. The next
article will cover more about gifted children and their behavior,
cognition and brain development stages that act either as spoilers or catalysts.
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