How Can Parents Best Allow Their Gifted Children to Develop?
Parents can help most by providing an environment rich in affection, materials and equipment, and allowing the child to take the initiative in operating in this environment. The child needs encouragement and approval for genuine success.
Although the bright child needs attention from his/her parents based on an understanding of his/her special aptitude and needs, directed enriched learning opportunities should not be over-emphasized. There are many avenues of learning. Let the child discover his/her own interests, work on hobbies, read, and delight in varied experiences.
Gifted children and their parents should enjoy each other--not feel they must “develop each other's higher level thinking skills.”