Character traits, as we have seen, indicate giftedness as much as, or possibly more than, good grades, academic acceleration, or any of the more obvious clues. A primary indicator is stubbornness.
It isn’t just that a gifted child can stick like super-glue to a project or activity; it’s also the problem you, the parent, face in the simplest of life’s tasks, like teaching your toddler to tie her shoes.
She may insist on trying to do it a different way, whether or not it works. Like Beethoven when he was young, she may actually refuse instruction, needing to plow determinedly in her own direction. Then all you can do is hang on and offer help when you see an opportunity.