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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Six

We need to learn to stay out of the way of our children’s learning patterns, even if these patterns don’t make sense to us. When my son wanted to daydream through his cello lessons and practicing, I was sure he … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Six

As we have seen, our children’s stubbornness is often the best way for them to express their learning needs, especially at an early age. The most important thing I ever learned from my years-long struggle with my son and his … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Four

Perhaps the best outcome of my son Lewis’s stubborn, self-directed learning was that it defended his learning style. I’d try and try to influence his cello practicing, and utterly fail. His lessons were the same until I began to despair … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Three

When I confronted my son’s extreme, self-directed learning style in his cello lessons, I finally realized that to try to shape his progress or to influence him directly was futile. I had to let him muddle forward, even at age … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Two

Because I’d noticed the compelling nature of Beethoven’s music, it was no surprise to me to learn that he was incorrigibly stubborn. This trait is not easy to deal with in students, but if it’s integral to their creativity, they … 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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