Parenting a gifted child can be a challenge, more than most people realize. While gifted kids can be delightful, they can also be...difficult. And since most people don\'t understand what it\'s like to be the parent of a gifted child, it can be lonely and isolating. Here is some help. More »
Calling the handwriting of some gifted children “chicken scratches” is an insult to chickens everywhere. Seriously, their handwriting can be nearly undecipherable and can cause numerous problems in school. For example, some teachers will say that five-year-old Johnny is not ready to move into first grade because he can’t write his name legibly. However, it’s not unusual for five-year-old children to have poor handwriting. To write well, a child must have fairly well-developed fine motor skills .
“Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their gifts at different times.” That statement sounds wonderful and makes most people feel good. It also seems to make perfect sense – as long as you don’t think about it too deeply. And that’s the problem with this statement and others like it. They appeal to our emotions and don’t invite us to think about what the statement actually means. This one tells us nothing about what giftedness is or what it means to be gifted.
If you’re like most people, you start out the new year by making one or more resolutions to do better than you did the last year. The new year offers us an opportunity to get something of a fresh start. Common resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking, and getting more exercise. Why not try some other resolutions? Here are four resolutions that can help you be a better parent to your gifted child.
For generations children around the world have waited for the arrival of Santa. They have to go to bed before he arrives, of course, but will he make it? He has so many stops to make. What if it takes him too long? Thanks to NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command ), your child can follow Santa’s travels around the world and see his steady progress. How did NORAD come to track Santa in the first place? The story is one that demonstrates the kindness of the human heart and the willingness to make children happy and keep the magic of Christmas alive. It all started with a typo.
If you’re like the parents of many gifted kids, you’ve got at least one shelf (or closet) full of toys your child lost interest in — or had no interest in to begin with. Stop filling those shelves and closets and get your child some toys they’ll love. Toys that fit into that group of toys are those that allow children to explore science.