Raising gifted kids

  • Article by: JULIE PFITZINGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2011 - 1:51 PM

A book's latest revision helps guide parents and gifted teens amid today's issues and tomorrow's goals.

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mplssellOct. 1, 11 4:32 PM

I think the #1 challenge for "Gifted Students", is to be able to communicate their knowledge & ideas to others. Whether it's improving their hand writing, verbal, & team building skills; these students need to be able to successfully interact with others in the work place, once their formal education ends.

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wingknutOct. 1, 11 7:06 PM

I thought this article was going to about how to get kids to become gifted. I guess it's about how to raise them when they are already gifted. So.. how do we get our babies to become gifted children then?

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time4clarityOct. 2, 11 8:26 AM

It's wonderful to see increased understanding and support for the development of gifted youth. It was more common in generations past for us to fall through the cracks. In my private practice, I've helped gifted adults who feel they're not living up to their potential, many of whom suffer from perfectionism, or a fixed mindset...

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shoebaccaOct. 3, 11 3:37 PM

Love your kids, read to your kids, talk to your kids, involve your kids, teach your kids, hug your kids, look them in the eye & ask them questions. They’ll be gifted. So many kids don’t even get that much. Parents are too busy texting or on their phones to actually pay attention to their kids. I see it daily & it just makes me want to spend more time with mine. Good luck!

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oneeyedjacksOct. 6, 11 2:37 PM

Being gifted is a challenge, and even more so when a kid may be gifted but no one around him recognizes his gifted abilities. In my late 30s it was inadvertently discovered that I had a gifted IQ with strong inclinations towards math and logic. I’ve subsequently registered with MENSA. In my high school days things were not set up to recognize this kind of thing. My teachers and school administrators didn’t know and even my parents didn’t know. All anyone seemed to know was that I was this kid no one seemed to get a long with. Having a kid who’s that smart and not knowing it is like having a championship level racehorse but you’re only using him to pull a plow, he may understandably be temperamental and a bit unruly. Recognizing a gifted child’s abilities and working with him can change his whole life. Being gifted can be extremely frustrating for them, but it can be far more frustrating for them if no one is pointing this out and paying attention.

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sookysaysOct. 7, 1110:40 PM

Are we talking exclusively about kids who are gifted in science and math? What about the gifted athlete, performer, writer, or artist? These kids needed need an entirely different kind of support.

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