Top 5 Ways to Nurture Gifted Children

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“Is my child gifted?” That is the question asked most often by parents of gifted children. After that question, the most frequently asked question is “How do I nurture my gifted child?” Here are five simple answers to that question.

Follow Your Child’s Lead

What does your child enjoy? What does your child seem to be good at? Provide opportunities for your child to works with things he or she enjoys or is good at. For example, if your child loves dinosaurs, get books about dinosaurs, fiction and non-fiction. Get games and puzzles about dinosaurs. Go see dinosaurs at museums. If your child is good at music or a sport, provide opportunities for him or her to learn an instrument or play a sport.

Expand Your Child’s Interests

While it’s important to provide opportunities for your child to work with his or her interests and strengths, it is also important to expose your child to new things. Children only know what they have been exposed to, so if they’ve never been exposed to music, they may not know whether they like it or are good at it. Children need not be forced to try new things, but they should be encouraged. It is not forcing a child, however, to insist that they not quit something after two days.

Be Creative

This may seem as though it’s easier said than done, but once you start thinking “outside the box,” it gets easier. Gifted children love to think and solve problems, so provide them with ample opportunities for doing so. For example, if your preschooler or kindergartner likes to read, you might write daily notes to pack in their lunch box. If your child likes science, you might cook together and then ask your child why vegetables get soft when they’re cooked or why cakes rise when they’re baked.

Look for Outside Activities

Many towns offer classes for children as do museums, zoos, community theaters, and many universities and community colleges. In addition, most every region has places of historical interest. Some also have botanical gardens, planetariums, and other places of interest. If you are unsure of what is available in your area, you can call or visit the nearest “welcome center” for your state or province. They have this kind of information to give to visitors.

Keep a Variety of Resources at Home

These resources need not be expensive or elaborate. They just need to allow your gifted child to develop his or her interests or get exposed to new ones. For example, to encourage artistic talent, all you need initially are simple paint brushes and a paint box, plain white paper, crayons, and other basic supplies. It’s not difficult to create boxes of such materials for your child to use whenever he or she is interested.
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Carol has been providing advice to parents of gifted children for fifteen years, including work as a gifted children expert on and meeting with parents in her local parent support group. She is currently working on fiction books about language, with accompanying workbooks, and blogging at Experience Carol was a board member of the Indiana Association for the Gifted for 13 years, from 1999 to 2012. She helped with their yearly conference and after creating their first Web site, was the web administrator for the site ( for eight years. She is also the co-founder and president of a local parent support group, which seeks to help parents learn about and advocate for their gifted children. Along with another member of her local parent group, Carol started a Saturday enrichment program for gifted children in the area. Education Carol has a BA degree in psychology and an ABD in linguistics, with a focus on verbally gifted children. Her dissertation, Nurturing the Linguistic Abilities of Verbally Gifted Children, is available on the Gifts for Learning site. Carol Bainbridge I am the parent of one highly gifted boy, so I know that parenting a gifted child can be like a roller coaster ride. At times it is fun and exciting; at other times it is lonely and frustrating. I remember the lonely and frustrating times, times when I had no one to talk to, no one who seemed to understand me or my child. I am forever grateful to those more experienced parents of gifted children and to the kind and thoughtful people in the Indiana Association for the Gifted. These people let me know they understood and gave me both support and advice. My goal is to provide that same understanding, support and advice for other parents of gifted children. Email Carol for comments about gifted children. Disclaimer: In order to meet changing editorial, design, and SEO requirements, rewrites published articles, changing existing text, adding to it, or both. These changes are done without my knowledge, input, or approval. My name on an article, therefore, does not always mean that the content reflects my views or advice. If you find something in an article with my name on it that concerns you, whether it is a title, a photo, advice, or information, please contact directly, as only someone on its staff can address your concerns and make any necessary changes.