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My child is a genius

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Have you ever thought ‘my child is a genius’? While most parents are fretting that their child doesn’t fall behind in class, isn’t struggling with their studies and are praying they get the ‘clever parents’ gene, others find themselves in the unusual position of having a child that is exceptionally bright; something which brings up a whole new host of issues that you may not have prepared for! Although the idea of spawning a new Mozart, Einstein or Da Vinci might seem like every proud parents dream, the reality of having a child that is cleverer than you and the rest of their class can be rather difficult.

First indications…

You may have had some inkling that your child is exceptionally clever; they may have started talking at a very young age, started reading early, have a long attention span, excellent memory, a strong desire to investigate or explore games or toys which are mastered quickly then discarded, or show an intense interest in words, numbers or music from a young age.My child is a genius

Not all gifted children will display these characteristics and neither do all of these characteristics mean your child is gifted. A gifted child will often inherit their abilities from parents or grandparents, so some families may just see it as the norm where as other might spot these unusual traits from a young age. If you think your child might be gifted you should compare their development to the average development milestones to get a clearer indication.

A genius at school

It may be that your child’s teacher is beginning to notice they’re excelling in certain or all areas of their work and highlight this with you. If you want to encourage and advance their learning you could ask for additional homework or more advanced work to keep them stimulated and interested.

A gifted child may also be confused with a naughty child in class; because they have such higher intelligence, they may quickly become bored as they’re not learning anything new. They may become less attentive and start chatting away, fiddling with objects or distracting others. It’s important for both parents and teachers to look out for this sort of behaviour and not brush it off as a lack of attention but look if there are any additional traits of a gifted child.

IQ testing

We’ve all heard of IQ tests and these can help determine if a child is a genius. It’s not recommended that children are tested under the age of five and preferably after they are nine as the results may not be accurate. It’s not even necessary you have your child tested unless it’s required but many parents would like confirmation of their child’s intelligence and abilities.

To push or play it down?My child is a genius

Nurturing a gifted child can be a daunting prospect. Are you a parent that wants to push your child to the best of their abilities and encourage them to learn as much as possible from a young age? Or would you prefer your child to let your child develop at their own pace, enjoy their free time playing with friends rather than pouring over books or having extra tuition? As their parent you should encourage them to develop their own interests and learn about a variety of subjects not just the ones they excel at.

A gifted child may exhibit considerably advance reasoning and understanding skills, so make sure you treat them with respect and consideration. You may find telling them to do something ‘because I say so’ doesn’t work well with a gifted child, so take the time to explain properly.

Developing their skills

If you want to encourage their abilities you can pay for extra tutoring to develop them further than what is possible solely in the classroom and they may go on to take exams early. However, try and remember they are still children and need time to play, unwind and do all the things that children do.

Pushing a child too far can have a detrimental effect and instead of wanting to further themselves, they start to push against you. Gifted children are often extremely sensitive and will feel the pressure of a pushy parent, so make sure any additional tutoring, exams or competitions are taken on in good will and seen as fun. Don’t pile on added stress or be upset with your child if they don’t do as well as you hoped or aren’t as interested in developing at such a fast pace.

Fitting inMy child is a genius

You may worry about your child fitting in at school or with their peers but try not to put too much emphasis on this, your child will certainly know they are slightly different than other children and may even embrace the individuality. Understand that your child is unique and let them know they’re loved for who they are regardless of test results, grades or IQ!

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About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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