Parenting the Gifted and Story of a Genius

Gifted Children

A child who emerges from the mother’s womb is a unique human being. What nature has provided the child are the genes of heredity. Occasionally, a child is born gifted with a brain so different from others in its structure that it is like a wired engine. “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well”, are the words of Rene Descartes, a 16th century French author and philosopher. Parents must understand and work with the gifted child to help with further development. The development areas are: education, nutrition, social interaction, parental care, all in the area of nurturing. Such awareness is important.

Tips for Parenting Gifted Children

How do parents know the child may be gifted? The little one may walk early, talk early, and show definite advancement in the early stages of life. Later, the child may have a thirst for knowledge, may be an explorer, and constantly want new and advanced toys , and sometimes be very bored. The youngster may drive the parents crazy always wanting to go to the store for something new. Other less mature children may not interest him, and he may react well to adults. He may always be moving, looking at his surroundings and experimenting with everything, he sees. The child may like to take things apart and put them back together He may start to say, “What’s that?” to everything he sees. This evidence shows the difference between this child and others, allowing parents to further enrich the life of the child. In addition, they might learn about the different kinds of intelligence.

Computers Help Gifted Children

This gifted child finds the computer helpful in her studies.  Morguefile.com
This gifted child finds the computer helpful in her studies. Morguefile.com

The Gifted Child Can Receive Help from the School

Some schools have special classes for gifted children  morguefile.com
Some schools have special classes for gifted children morguefile.com

Gifted Differences and One Story of a Genius

Differences in Gifted Children

A child may not show intelligence in all areas, as gifted children are not alike. There are children who are born gifted with musical talent, probably from heredity. Many gifted boys lack verbal skills and possess a proficient mathematical and scientific mind. John Nash, who suffered at times with severe mental disability, was a mathematical genius as portrayed in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Unfortunately, he and his wife died in an auto accident in 2015. What a loss.

Gifted girls often excel in verbal and written skills but not in math or science. An example of this gift is Margaret Mitchell who wrote, “Gone with the Wind” for which she received a Pulitzer Prize. If a gifted child lacks stimulation to expand on his abilities, he may not progress as well as other gifted children. The story of John J. explains how parents can further aid in development and how to meet the other necessary criteria for a well-nurtured child.

Story of A Genius

*John is a gifted child and the offspring of intelligent parents, one who later completed college. His paternal grandparents are college graduates. While he was in the womb, his mother talked, sang and read to him. Both caring parents taught him to read and write early. He possessed the skills of a gifted child in all areas, and when his parents became aware of his abilities, they worked with him toward achievement. When he was three, he often conversed with waiters in restaurants and had many such interactions with others. His nutrition was adequate to aid in his growth. He progressed well in school and worked diligently.The parents encouraged him to take honors classes, to think outside the box, and to take part in school projects

The parents encouraged him to begin taking the ACT in 7th grade and to retake it until he received a high score. He received an A in every class throughout his school years, and his teachers took the time to enrich his education and encourage him. He has a photographic memory. Encouraged to study, to have good friends, to be a good Christian, not smoke or drink added to the parental assistance given to him. He had a little difficulty with reading and writing skills, and math and science were his most gifted subjects. Family members praised him, but he kept a humble attitude. In high school, he tested out of 45 college credit hours, allowing him to graduate from college in three years with full scholarships including room and board. He paid nothing towards his degree and can credit his father for assisting him in his application for scholarships. John was a fortunate child.who is now a resident physician, His very high scores classify him at genius level.

Love and Friendship are Important for the Gifted Child

Good friends make for a happy life for gifted children  Morguefile.com
Good friends make for a happy life for gifted children Morguefile.com

Conclusion

John’s parents helped him succeed, and parents must allow a gifted child to use his mind well and help create the nurturing environment. Not all parents are successful in pursuing these goals. Some children will resist the help and balk at trying to pursue the gifted path. They may become involved with undesirable friends or chemical issues. They may wish to be “normal” and reject their giftedness. Some parents may divorce, creating other problems. However, every parent of a gifted child can be proud of any achievement even if the child stumbles and falls by the wayside. The successful parents are to be lauded and the ones who try, deserve the same recognition for reaching for greater heights to assist gifted children.

*not his real name

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Comments 12 comments

Whikat 6 years ago

I think this hub is good and the story a great success story. It would be wonderful if every parent supported and praised their children whether they believed their children are "gifted" or not.

I think every child is gifted in some area, the trick is for the parents and teachers to find a way to bring their children's gift out for everyone to enjoy.


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brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you for your kindness in evaluating my hub saleheensblog. Your comments are appreciated.


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brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Whikat- You are so right about the children. They all need praise and love and all the other good things. You are very knowledgable about children, and everyone does have a gift. We just need to find it. It sure would raise self esteem of children.


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NCBIer 6 years ago

I recently visited a school where the unspoken theme was not, "how can we help disadvantaged children rise to the average level." Instead, it was "is this child's needs being met? for every child." A different way of thinking perhaps, that would change our entire school system. Your hub is a testament to the influence parents (and teachers) can have. Thank you for the hub!


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brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

NCBler -thanks for reading my hub. That school has the right idea. I am glad you told me about it. What a great philosophy. Parents and teachers can have a lot of influence, as you said. I will look for your hubs. Happy writing.


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janeaustengirl 5 years ago from USA

Thank you for sharing these interesting case studies. As the parent of four smart little girls, I seek out good resources to help strengthen the minds of my kids. Good Job!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you for the kind comments. You must be busy with four children and seeking resources to help them. That is so important. I will look for your hubs.Good luck with writing and raising the children.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Although there are many schools that offer programs for the gifted child, the family and the home are still the most important sources of stimulation and scaffolding. Of course the parents and the whole family must learn how to help the child develop and continue to improve. Moreover, regardless of what their special talents are, we must never forget that they are still kids.


ANGIE 4 years ago

TODAY I GOT A CALL FROM MY KIDS TEACHER. SAYING THAT MY KID WAS GIFTED AND TALENTED... SHE ALSO SAID HE IS REALLY REALLY SMART. SO I WAS CONFUSED... SHE DID NOT EXPLAIN ANYTHING ELSE. SO WHAT DOES GIFTED MEAN.... I KNOW I HAVE A GREAT KID. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ANSWEARS ABOUT GIFTED CHILDREN. THANKS


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Angie - I would suggest you call the teacher back and ask if she has any suggestions for you to do to help the gifted child. Then you can refer back to the story of John in my article and try to follow the program set for him. I don't know the age of your child, but if a young child, encourage him to get books from the library, and pursue good reading habits. Encourage good study habits, and participation in school projects. Praise him for what he does well, but do not over shower him with praise or he may think he has to excel in every thing he does. This may overwhelm him. The examples in my article tell what to do when the gifted child gets to high school. Also, there are some places on computer listed above where he may get additional help. Stay in touch with the school. Make sure he eats well and gets exercise. Good luck.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

You are right jpcmc that the family is important in the development of the child. Gifted children are advanced for their age, but, as you say, they are still kids. That is why experts recommend not overwhelming child by praise, so he can concentrate on what is important to him and not the whole spectrum.Thank you for reading and commenting on my article.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi G8living - I would speak to his teacher and a guidance counselor to see if they think he is gifted. Encourage him to study and be active in organizations or sports to develop mind and body. Get books from the library to improve his reading ability. Make sure he he eats healthy food, especially berries and protein, other fruits and vegetables. Berries help the brain. Follow the example of the child in my hub. Praise him but do not shower him with praise. When he is older, encourage him to volunteer. Check to see if the school does IQ tests or where he could take such a test whey he is a little older. Give him responsibilities at home to encourage a well rounded development. Good luck.

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    acewebdesign 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

    Having a gifted child can sometimes be quite difficult, but if you guide them in the right direction it is all worth while. Great hub.


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    brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

    Thanks for reading my hub and for liking it. It can be difficult to have a gifted child, but they can also be a blessing. They sure ask lots of questions. It sounds like you have some knowledge of gifted children. I am now following you.


    klarawieck 6 years ago

    breakel2, this is a great hub! As a music teacher, I see the difference between gifted children and those who are not. I tend to be more strict with the gifted ones because oftentimes they know what they are capable of doing and they can become a bit conceited. It's important for parents to remember to love and support their gifted child, but not lead them to believe they are smart enough to have the ultimate word.

    This is a wonderful article. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.


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    brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

    Klarawieck - Thank for reading my hub. I know that it is important to not give too much praise to gifted children or they may get the wrong message. They may hesitate to take on something that they are not as good at for fear of failure and disappointing their parents. Plus, they can become full of themselves in other areas, like you said. I like to see the humble gifted child. You have good insight. I will check out your hubs.


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    Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

    Both my late husband and myself were 'gifted' with very high IQ's, and as a result it shouldn't be surprising that our daughter (now 25) is also gifted. I home schooled my daughter in part because of the awful experiences both her father and myself had growing up and attending public school.

    Most people do not understand giftedness and as a result many children who have high intelligence are frustrated and their abilities are never utilized by society or by themselves.

    Most people don't like to think there is anyone smarter than themselves and so they make life difficult for anyone who doesn't agree with them or who understands things that they do not, and in some cases cannot understand, because they simply do not have the ability.

    I think one of the main problems with educating a gifted child is that the programs are designed by people who are of average intelligence, or in any case, not gifted. They imagine they know what is best for gifted highly intelligent children and people. You may as well put people who were born without the ability to hear and who have never heard any sound, in charge of explaining and teaching all about sound to people who have been hearing all of their lives.

    Average is the majority and the majority rules. As a result, we are unlikely to ever move beyond average for the most part, because average people are determined that they know best when it comes to gifted.

    Voted up, pinned to my "Education" board, and will share with followers!


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    brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

    Hi au fait. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I agree with you about inadequacy of many school systems. The city system here is not good, but suburban schools are better. In the city schools, most of time is spent in high schools controlling class. Homeschooling is great. I admire you for taking that responsibility and for being successful and also for your family's intelligence level. You are blessed. Thanks for passing on the info to others. Blessings. Audrey

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