Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Php's Parenting Forum

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Php's Parenting Forum

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NAGC provides a Parent Resource Specialist service, whose role involves supporting parents and 3 others who advocate for appropriate and challenging educational opportunities for high-potential children and youth. Our Parent Resource Specialist, Dr. Robin Schader, has agreed to expand her services to include a regular "question-and-answer" column for Parenting for High Potential.

Important Notice. Dr. Schader's services as NAGC's Parent Resource Specialist are designed to help readers find and understand general information on parenting high-ability children. The responses in this column (or on NAGC's website) contain advice and comments from individuals with training and experience in gifted education. Responses from the Parent Specialist, or other participating experts, are not intended to provide a basis fir action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. By submitting your question for a response, you understand ami agree that your question, and the Parent Specialist's answer, may be used by NAGC in print or on the NAGC website, although names and other obvious identifiers will be removed. Often the best way to resolve issues for your child is to talk with your child's teacher, school principal, pediatrician, or doctor. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to investigate the resources available through your state or local gifted education organization. Contact information far NAGC state affiliates can be found on the NAGC website at: http://www.nagc.org/or by calling NAGC at (202) 785-4268. Submit your questions in an email, or as document attachment to an email, to:parentspecialist@nagc.org

Excerpts from Parent Email: Sharpening Mental Skills

* My daughter has an amazing ability for memorizing and a voracious curiosity. She could put together a United States puzzle (even if the pieces were turned over) before the age of three. Nothing seems difficult for her. How can I challenge her? What can I do to keep her interested?"

* Do you have any ideas for the enrichment of highly gifted kids? I'm looking for ways to celebrate their giftedness and keep their joy of learning without just giving them more work to do. This is a small district so we parents have to make our afternoon programs and most of us don't have the option to homeschool. We are thinking of fun projects for elementary-aged students with a variety of interests and different talents.

* My mree children (ages 6 to 10) are very competitive. The youngest one really falls apart if he isn't the best at something. Even his teacher has spoken to me about his intense drive to get the highest score. I want him to learn that it's okay not to win. It's to the point where he won't try if he doesn't think he can win. This has been difficult for me to deal with.

* My son has many interests beyond the academic and I do not want him to become academically "overscheduled" at such a young age. What kind of activities can gifted children be directed to after school? Aren't there some quality activities that can be stimulating in school? I would be happy to participate and work with the school, but they want me to bring in the ideas.

* Last week my daughter specifically requested that we begin to homeschool her because she wants to learn new things and not keep reviewing and reviewing. She says that all the other kids want to play soccer but she wants to play chess, talk about her interest in travel, or even try somediing different. 1 have a meeting to talk with the teacher and principal. What can I suggest?

These inquiries invite thoughts of games, contests, and competitions, each of which has strong appeal and equally sound benefits for gifted children. However, since there can also be pitfalls and problems, here are some pointers to help you decide if, which, and how games, contests, or competitions are a good fit and can add to your child's joy for learning.

Why Games? …

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