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Parenting the Gifted Child

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Jennifer Mellen

on 28 July 2013

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Parenting the Gifted Child
Table of Contents
Slide 3: Introduction
Slide 4: Parenting
Slide 5: Enrichment
Slide 6: Encouragement
Slide 7: Stress
Slide 8: Signs of Stress
Slide 9: Overcoming Stress
Slide 10: Creativity
Slide 11: Family Conflict Model
Slide 12: Critical Thinking
Slide 13: Study Skills and Academics
Slide 14: Play
Slide 15: Support
Slide 16: Conclusion
Slide 17: References
Authoritative Parenting Style
Love and Affection
Establishing Rules and Consequences
Different child temperaments and abilities gain different parental experiences.

A predisposed intelligent person will not become so unless given the outlets to use and expand innate gifts.
Provide complex and challenging experiences with a responsive environment.
Large quantity of different mediums and materials in a specific space where children can go to explore can help a child expand.

Praise the act of doing as well as the end result.
Notice the pleasure the experience gives to the child.
Understand that just being able to do the activity is reward enough. Do not further reward.
Use specifics in praising. Avoid generalizations.

Gifted children are susceptible to stress and proper coping or destressing methods need to be learn so parents can help children unwind.

Reasons for Stress:
Achievement Demands
Intellectual/Social Development Asynchronicity
Greater awareness of adult issues
Signs of Stress
There are some signs to look for when checking for stress in children:
Change in Attitude or Temperament
Withdrawal, Outbursts or Tantrums
Uncharacteristic hyperactivity
Complaining of illness or tiredness
Refusing to get out of bed
Headaches or stomachaches
Having trouble using the restroom
Allergies or asthma increase
(Alvino, J., 1995)
Overcoming Stress
Triangle of Stress Management
Give children chances to be creative and problem solve.

Create a space where children can explore their creative side.

Allow for abstract creativity with self reliance.
Family Conflict Model
Step 1. Recognize the Problem
Step 2. Figure out the Underlying Issue
Step 3. Produce Alternative Solutions
Step 4. Evaluate Ideas
Step 5. Develop a Plan of Action
(Alvino, J., 1995)
Thinking Critically
Critical thinking includes both intellectual and emotional facets and involved analytical and open-minded reflection.

Philosophical thinking allows people to see things from a different perspective by asking questions that delve deeper into areas.
Study Skills and School Work
Parents can help gifted students learn proper studying techniques.

Parents can help their children learn how to take effective notes.

Parents can incorporate math concepts into daily life as well as encourage writing and exploration of science and social studies in their daily lives.
Creative Outlets
Rules and Boundaries
Ways to Unwind
Advocacy with Schools
Independent and Social Play
Find Support
Alvino, J. (1995, September). Considerations and strategies for
parenting the gifted child. Retrieved from http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/reports/rm95218/rm95218.pdf

Davis, G., Rimm, S., & Siegle, D. (2011). Characteristics of gifted students.
In J. Johnston (Ed.), Education of the Gifted and Talented (6th ed., pp. 418-445). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.

K., C. (2013, July 1). Parents of gifted children... Retrieved from http://

Kearney, K. (1989). Parenting highly gifted children: The challenges, the joys, the
unexpected surprises. Retrieved from http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10107.aspx

Fox, A. (2012, November 28). Parenting gifted kids: Keep them
challenged and humble. Retrieved from http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/11/28/parenting-gifted-kids-keep-them-challenged-and-humble
Parenting gifted children can be challenging. Parents need to help facilitate learning and offer an enriching environment that encourages creativity, exploration, and expansion of knowledge, while counteracting stress children may be feeling through various techniques. Discipline is also an area that needs to be approached with consistency and clear parameters that children understand. Finding the balance between guidance and independence is a dance that parents of gifted must learn.
Support Groups

Advocacy and Support for gifted children is essential to ensure adequate educational opportunities for the children.
Play is important for children in their daily lives. It helps them to practice lessons learned, socially, behaviorally, and intellectually.

Parents should offer multiple avenues for play, play alongside at times, but also allow for independent and peer play.
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