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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 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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The Value of a Meltdown, Part Six

Less than a week after we stopped, Lewis began begging to resume cello lessons. I wasn’t surprised; neither was I all that surprised by my own eagerness to start up again. I sensed that in the depth of my giving-up, … 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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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Five

At seventeen, Lewis is a folk musician who enjoys pieces from a variety of cultures and traditions. Certain pieces seem to call forth his best, and when he plays “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” you have to tap your toe, … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Four

Lewis’s mis-reading of the notation in “Don’t Bother Me” in favor of a far superior and more spirited rendition, put me in a brief quandary. If I corrected his performance, he might learn something about music-reading, but I’d be pushing … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Three

Your child’s talent and style will probably surface early, as it did with my son Lewis when he was between three and four. Music burst out of him before his cello technique could handle it, and I’ll never forget one … 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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