Empathy & Experience
Whether you yourself received gifted identification or not, you can still facilitate a strong connection between you and your child by helping them develop their social-emotional skills. Perhaps you’d like to nurture your child’s giftedness but don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re wondering how to make your child aware of their own gifts while also reinforcing the need for a strong work ethic. If you are gifted yourself, you may have failed to appreciate your own gifted qualities and want to help your child avoid the same mistake. It is important to have heart-to-heart chats about intensity, sensitivity, and perfectionism. The ultimate goal is for you to have a deeper relationship with your gifted little one.
Self-awareness contributes to your child’s unique identity and ability to fully function in their community. Your gifted child may feel that he or she doesn’t quite fit in. Self-imposed isolation may make it hard for your child to find friends. That’s because your child may be grappling with the challenges and blessings of giftedness. Self-understanding will help your growing child cope with life challenges, learn to communicate more effectively, and develop socially-emotionally. You want to allow your children to live their lives, but you want to be there to support them, as well. Invest time in your gifted child’s social-emotional skills. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself in the process!
A friendly reminder
Cherish and nurture the time with your child. Strength to you as you help your child develop self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the joys and challenges of being gifted. Each day is a gift!