I have found the following suggestions useful as a parent and as a teacher. Many of them came from other parents or from students, and some my children taught me.
If you live with gifted children:
Set aside a special time for each child to have you to himself or herself, to be interested in her or him alone, to be listened to non-judgmentally, to share ideas. Don't wait for problems or decision-making times. At our house I used the time when I tucked each child in bed, sitting down each evening for 10 to 30 minutes, with all our attention available to each other.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, enjoy living with your child! Your life together will be a great adventure! Children are not comparable, so value each for what each offers. As parents, we are truly blessed to be able to become so intimately involved with such marvelous people, our children.
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