Category Archives: creative children

“Why does my toddler need to keep everything?”

Given that the two-year-old future polymath appears disorganized and even scattered, how can we help? We can start by trying to understand the likely source of the outer chaos we’re observing. Almost from birth, the diverse abilities of the polymath … Continue reading

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Preparations for convincing my most gifted cello students to get started on their 10,000 hours

Since many gifted children don’t tolerate boredom well, how can we convince them that they should persevere through the long slog to mastery of any subject or skill? I succeeded with my cello students, but only after I had stumbled … Continue reading

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A natural law of learning

As teachers and parents of the most highly gifted students, we often wish for an “answer manual” to guide us through the puzzles these children present us with. Fortunately, there is one answer we can count on, apparently universal and … Continue reading

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What might have helped Writer B?

My acquaintance with Writer B taught me that a gift such as his must be guarded, nurtured, and if possible, developed with the most special care a parent or mentor can give. Had things been different for Writer B, his … Continue reading

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Two Brilliant Writers and the Problems Caused by Their High Ability

Part 1 The popular stereotype of a ″gift″ or ″talent″ is that the lucky person of this unusual ability doesn’t have to struggle. Above all, he or she surely doesn’t have to struggle against problems caused by the gift itself. … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Five

To help gifted children achieve flow, parents and teachers need to understand that state and if possible, experience it themselves. Flow requires an absolute release of normal attention and this means you have to trust the process first, and later … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Three

High-level skill in music, writing, and other disciplines requires hard work and close monitoring of your progress. The object is to hold yourself to a high standard, and compare your own performance with that standard. With the resulting information, you … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Two

Gifted children are typically whole in their attention when their interest is engaged. They don’t often suffer from the adult tendency to stand aside from an activity, observing their work while they are also performing it. Thus, at their deepest … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part One

Total absorption is a key state of mind for fostering creativity, and in this sense many gifted children are already well equipped. We’ve all tried to get a student’s attention when he or she is either thinking deeply or involved … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part One

I used to think I was alone in my battle with my son’s stubborn, self-directed learning until I read about Beethoven: “[he]…was so headstrong and self-sufficient that he had to learn much through harsh experience which he had refused to … Continue reading

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