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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Gifted Children - What do they Mean and How do they Behave

By Andrew Loh

In a sense, gifted children are the source of immense pride for their family and parents. However, all gifted children are born with a set of both advantages and advantages. Essentially, three primary characters define a gifted child: precocity, inward looking persona and an internal drive to achieve perfection that borders on a sort of obsession. In addition, these three characters also make their parents either sad or happy. In other words, some gifted children are boon to their parents while other might become problematic at times and eventually a big bane especially when they are not handled in a proper manner.

Let us first discuss the three important characters that were mentioned above. First, the term precocity means achieving mastery in any given domain ahead of peers and friends. Gifted children usually possess this attribute which might be a great boon to them. Second, they insist on acting with their ideas and self-made insinuations. In addition, they want to learn and master things in different yet qualitative way although not requiring support and encouragements from their parents and family members. However, this aspect of three characters acts like double edged swords. They can become a big boon or they can act as a huge spoiler. Lastly, gifted children display a sharp yet pronounced form of burning obsession to master things. Similarly, they are internally motivated to achieve desired goals and objectives. However, this character might act a boon if it is utilized in a meaningful manner. Significantly, although three characters act as stepping stones for success, they do not necessarily mean full success for all gifted children.

Some indicators that act as bane or boon:

School success and possible struggles

A gifted child is endowed with immense talent and potential to demonstrate the highest quality of gift. However, as ironical as it seems, gifted children are more likely to fail in a classic and traditional classroom setting. The most often talked reasons for this apparent failure are a tendency to get bored very quickly and loosing focus very easily. This is probably a big bane and head ache for any parent. The most telling aspect of a gifted child is his or her inability to get motivated to perform well in a classroom. Although gifted children are cognitively far ahead of their peers, their social skills might be little lower than others. In nutshell, gifted children tend to become big head ache if they do not perform well in the classroom. Unfortunately, almost all gifted children do not perform well in the classroom and this might pose lots of problems to parents.

Craving for perfection and achieving mastery over something

Most gifted children are driven towards achieving mastery over something. In music classes, they tend to achieve mastery in the basics of music while a dance class always propels gifted children to learn in the best manner possible. This attitude works both as a gift and as a bane. If gifted children channelize their energy towards achieving their goals, they can be the eventual winners. However, if they are excessively obsessive towards achieving something tangible without any solid goals or aims, they could be very disappointed and prone to many serious repercussions. The solution is to helping them with proper guidance, helping them set goals, and guiding them achieve the best.

Unconventional thinking

Most possibly, gifted children are markedly different from others in the way they think and act. In other words, they are entirely different in their approach and in the way of thinking. The depth of thinking is far superior to a normal child and their intellect is also better than those who are not gifted. This is perhaps the most prominent advantage of raining a gifted child.

Emotional state

All gifted children are highly emotional and sensitive while their higher intellect acts as a catalyst to ignite emotional intensities. They are easily hurt and frustrated when they fail to achieve something those cherish so much in their life. Emotions are always reactive and they lead to negative actions that might be counterproductive to a child's brain and physical development. Fickle mind and acute emotional state of a gifted child might pose bigger problems to his or her parents.

Gifted children either become a big boon or turn out to be nagging bane depending on the way they are nurtured and managed. In effect, gifted ability always works in two fronts: one as a negative factor and the other as positive. The next article will cover more about gifted children and their behavior, cognition and brain development stages that act either as spoilers or catalysts.

You may be interested to read Gifted Children - Several Faces of Gifted and Understanding them.


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