Modern Rules for Parenting a Gifted Child

Parenting Tips to Use at Home


In years past, caring for a gifted child usually meant measuring them based on one IQ test and assigning them to a specific study program. Today, there’s greater understanding that each child’s potential grows over time based on their experiences and activities, and flexibility allows parents and schools to adapt to their individual needs.


If you’re the parent of a gifted child, it’s important to develop a plan to manage the rewards and challenges ahead. Try these tips that have helped other families with similar situations.


Parenting Tips to Use at Home


1. Watch for clues. By spotting the early signs of advanced cognitive development, you can help your child benefit. They may need to sleep less than other babies and reach milestones like counting and reading earlier. You may also notice their strong language skills and keen memory.

2. Seek support. A gifted child can place heavier demands on your time and energy. Let older siblings and family friends pitch in.

3. Show empathy. Your child’s uniqueness can make them less popular if they have trouble communicating with their peers or sharing their interests. Your child may also struggle with uneven development like knowing ideas they can’t put into words yet.

4. Develop coping strategies. While you’re validating their experiences, you can also offer practical suggestions. Role play what to do if they’re asked to share a toy with another child or feeling bored in class.

5. Listen attentively. Reassure your child that it’s okay to be different. Be enthusiastic when they tell you about their latest projects and discoveries.

6. Screen stuff out. Gifted children tend to be sensitive and alert. You may need to protect them from disturbing stories on the evening news.

7. Explain the rules. You’re likely to receive more cooperation if you explain the reasons for going to bed early and picking up your toys. Family meetings are an excellent forum for such discussions.

8. Step back. Offer your child opportunities to assume more responsibility and make their own choices as appropriate. Ensure they’re comfortable skipping a grade or going away to science camp.

Be patient. Even if your child solves calculus problems faster than you, they’re still a child. Expect tantrums and imaginary friends.


Happy Parenting,

~Catherine




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