Category Archives: gifted children and writing

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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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Six

If you get into a really serious predicament with your gifted child’s perfectionism where he insists that an activity is not worth doing because he can’t do it well enough—and you can’t argue him out of it—remember that you may … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Three

What happened after I assigned practice writing to Lewis, as an “end run” around his declaration that he could never write as well as Dickens? For several weeks, not much occurred. But now, after a few months of practice writing … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Two

My son, who has enjoyed writing and storytelling for many years, somehow also feels paralyzed by his own high standards. That’s when he claims he can never write as well as Dickens does. I saw that I couldn’t fight his … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part One

A number of months ago, my 17-year-old son said to me, “I’m never going to try to write because I’ll never be as good as Dickens.” At first I was dismayed. My husband and I have never required him to … Continue reading

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When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things, Part Three

Annette was well prepared for the “project that never ends” by her years of cello lessons starting when she was two. The nature of musical proficiency makes your skill always a work in progress even if you’re a virtuoso. So … Continue reading

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When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things, Part Two

At age twelve, Annette became so interested in history and indepth research that she decided to go through The Timetables of History, item by item, and make a reading list for each separate entry. The energy behind this effort was … Continue reading

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When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things

When my daughter, Annette, was six, she read Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and was so indignant that she began her own book, Pesticides Are Ruining the Earth. She wrote one or two chapters, and then other ideas took over, so … Continue reading

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