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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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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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The Creative Moment, Part Two

When a gifted child gets an idea, whether for a story or for some other project, that energy burns white-hot until some of it is discharged in pursuit of that project. Wise parents allow free play of this energy because … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part One

Experienced writers know that their first drafts are often their best. Not necessarily in grammar, style, or punctuation, but in form and spirit. Our freshest ideas have life and power that fades, if only slightly, as we meddle with them. … 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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