Tips On Keeping Your Gifted Child Motivated
Created by Sugandha Tiwari Updated on Jan 12, 2019
You have a gifted child and while he or she is quite sharp and intelligent, you still need to keep him/her motivated. But how do you do that? Scroll down to read on how you can keep your gifted child motivated.
Keeping gifted children motivated can be many a times quiet difficult. They are sharp and intelligent and learning comes easy to them. However, their sharpness can sometimes become a hindrance too in their overall development. And as parents you might also take little things for granted, which must be paid heed. Here, in this blog I have tried sharing some tips with you all to practice with your gifted child.
Keep Your Gifted Child Motivated With These Tips
Here are some tips to keep your gifted child motivated.
- Discipline and guidance: No matter how sharp or bright your child is; at the end of the day he/she is a child only. Your child requires your guidance, supervision, monitoring and mentoring as much as any other child. He or she also needs to be equally trained in living his/her life with discipline. The key difference would be that he/she requires extra stimulation to channelize his/her energy and utilize his/her potential to the maximum level possible.
- Help your child discover his or her interests: For gifted learners this one is a slightly easy, as their ability to learn and capacity to absorb information is much higher than other children, and hence they generally tend to have quite focussed interests and hobbies. They may certainly try out different things but eventually they pay attention to only a few and try mastering that one particular area.
- Feeling proud versus arrogant: Every child from the early stages of say around four and a half to five itself get an insight into his/her strong and weak areas and begins comparing himself/herself with peers in the environment. Gifted children always have an edge over other children in terms of showcasing their talents and grabbing the attention. It builds a sense of pride in the child but if not checked in time, all this can easily take the shape of arrogance. And once arrogance begins to settle in the child’s personality, it can also become a barrier in forming friendships and socializing skills. Needless to say that arrogance takes away sensitivity from the child and respect towards others abilities around. So, as parents from time to time pitch in and help your child understand the difference between the two.
- Reward efforts and not intelligence: If your child is a gifted child with super intelligent learning capacities, it is simply a part of either the genetic endowment or you may call it god’s grace, nothing else. Your child or his/her intelligence per say does not deserve appreciation, it is actually his/her efforts that need acknowledgment and praise. Every time praising your child for his/her intelligence can in fact put him/her under a lot of stress to perform and cause anxiety. Instead, always try appreciating his/her efforts.
- Expecting perfection is wrong: There is nothing called perfection in this world. Especially when we talk about a child’s performance, it is a crazy idea to expect them to be perfect in all the fields. Just because your child is an extra smart kid, it does not mean he/she has to be perfect also.
These are some of the tips through which you can keep your gifted child motivated. Whatever, you do, don't let the arrogance set in, as that may cause trouble for your child.
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