Gifted Children: How to Broaden Their Horizons (page 2)

Gifted Children: How to Broaden Their Horizons

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Updated on Aug 12, 2013

Teach Goal Setting

Your kid may have set a goal of getting an A in a specific class, but sometimes deciding on the end result isn't enough. Challenge her to decide what she will learn along the way. "Parents need to learn to value and reward the processes of learning and creating, rather than emphasize the product or score or grade," says Swicord. The journey can be more important than the end result, so model your appreciation of the learning process.

Don't Hamper Excellence

In his "Manifesto for Children," famous education psychologist E. Paul Torrance advised, "Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity. Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit and enjoy your greatest strengths." Encourage and nurture your child’s passions and talents. But it's a balancing act. You also want to ensure that she has all the skills she needs to be successful in the future, even if they don't seem important to her right now.

Harvard University touts on its admissions website that it accepts two kinds of students: well-rounded and well-lopsided. It's okay if your child excels in one area of school more than others, but it's also important that she has a good grasp of the basics. You can expand her interests and get her to learn new skills with a little ingenuity and a lot of understanding.

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