If your child has a love of language and is interested in learning another language, get him or her some of these language learning resources, including some books and great videos.
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."Those are the famous words that start Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It has been 150 years today since Lincoln spoke those words at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863. They are no less meaningful and powerful today than they were when they were first uttered. In fact, they are oddly more memorable today. It's no surprise, though. The 272 words that make up the speech encapsulate the founding principles of the United States. The ability to move people with words might suggest that Lincoln was a grown up gifted kid. But it's not just his way with words that indicate he was a gifted man.
Today is Veteran's Day. It is a day for us to honor our veterans, to thank those who are serving our country today and to remember those who died in service to their country. While I have always honored our veterans, the day took on more meaning to me when my son decided to enlist in the National Guard. In 2010 my 21 year-old-son was preparing with his Military Police unit to deploy to Iraq. No longer was service to country an abstract concept. It was becoming a reality. It was difficult to go from a parent whose job it was to protect her child to a parent whose child becomes a protector. But in retrospect, I knew that his enlistment and service to his country was a good choice for him.
My son has been home now for a couple of years, but I will never forget the mix of pride and anxiety I felt when he left with his unit on his deployment. I am fortunate that my son came home safe and sound, but that is not the case for every mother or wife or father or husband or child. Too often a loved one comes home injured or doesn't come home alive. This Veteran's Day be sure to be thankful to all the Vets out there and think about their families.
Little did I know that a little more than twenty years later, I would have a son who loved that show even more than I did. Watching Sesame Street together was one of our favorite activities. My son had nearly every Sesame Street related toy and game and piece of clothing available at the time too.
Another twenty years have gone by. My son is 24 now, but there are still countless numbers of children around the world who love Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and all the other wonderful characters that live on Sesame Street.
If your child is among those countless number of children, he or she will no doubt love some of the many Sesame Street games or Sesame Street toys. And as the parent of a Sesame Street loving child, you might enjoy reading how to apply teachings from the show to your child's daily routing. One of the suggestions is to watch the show together. As a parent who watched the show with her child, I can attest to the value of that activity. Not only do you get to spend some fun time with your child, you get to watch an excellent show designed for both kids AND their parents.
There is, of course, more to the nature/nurture interaction, but we still have come to accept that both help determine who we are.
But wait a minute....experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker says that while we acknowledge the dual influence, we really don't fully accept the influence of nature. If you don't think that's true, then consider how often we are told that gifted children just children who have had the advantage of a nurturing environment. In other words, they aren't born with any higher abilities; those abilities are a result of the environment. It is nurture, not nature that determines their abilities.
Parents of gifted children know better, but that doesn't mean people believe them. If you're one of those parents of gifted children,tired of hearing that your child has no special needs, that you've just pushed your child, that your child's abilities will even out in third grade, you might want to pick up Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. It isn't about gifted children or even giftedness, but it provides ample evidence to use to debunk the idea that gifted children are "made not born."
To be "made," a gifted child has to have been born a blank slate, no different from any other child. No one would actually suggest such a thing, and yet this is what it means to say that gifted children are simply children who have been raised in an enriching environment. I highly recommend this book. Not only will you understand how nature affects intelligence, you'll also learn about how the idea of "the blank slate" affects parenting practices and just about everything else in our culture.
I'm not sure why she titled her blog entry as she did. It's much more of a rant about normal little boy behavior and how society responds to it than anything else. Little boys like to engage in rough-and-tumble games and games involving good guys and bad guys. That usually means physical behavior and -- gasp! -- toy guns! Even if you don't buy a toy gun for your little boy, chances are he will use his finger as a makeshift gun.
What does this have to do with kids being the center of a parent's world? I have no idea. What does it have to do with bullying? That's another question - and a good one at that.
Metz says tells her readers that her son had planned to take an action figure with a drill to school with him, not a gun. A drill. For show and tell. But he decided not to thinking he might get in trouble.
That event caused Metz to wonder about what is considered bullying these days. She recalls the days that bullying was purely physical action or threats of physical action. She wonders if her typical boys might one day be accused of bullying just because of typical boy behavior.
Metz didn't stop there, though. She went on to consider the name-calling kids engage in these days as a form of bullying and seems to think that kids need to "toughen up." While I do agree with her that we might be going overboard trying to protect our children from every little hurt, real or imagined, I also think that she might not recognize how hurtful and damaging bullying can be, even verbal bullying.
What do you think? Share your comments, and be sure to read up on bullying.
Parents are rightfully concerned about the potential risks involved with social media involvement. Among the concerns is the worry that social media might hurt a teen's chances of being admitted to the college of his or her choice.
Did you know that social media can be used to improve your teen's chances of admission? I didn't know that either. I'm still not sure how that works. So I'm going to attend a free seminar on that very topic. This seminar takes place on Monday, November 3rd at 1 pm PT time (2:00 MT, 3:00 CT, 4:00 ET). It lasts only 45 minutes and if you can't attend, you can get access to the seminar if you have registered for it.
If you think you might be interested, you can register here.
Trick-or-Treating day is here! Make sure your children will be as safe as can be. Some things need to be checked before the kids head out the door and some need advanced planning. For instance, you want to make sure your child's costume fits correctly and you don't want to wait before your child is heading out the door before you check. You also want to make sure your child has some kind of light to carry with him or her.
Be sure your children are safe this Halloween. Have fun and let your kids have fun, but be sure you do what you can to ensure their safety.
Many parents of gifted children soon realize that what their child is going to be taught and is expected to know by the end of the school year is something that the child already knows, and in some cases, has known for more than a year or two. Some parents notice that their child is not happy at school or maybe is misbehaving. Other parents notice that their child's interest in learning is starting to disappear. Their child is becoming an underachiever. And still other parents are pleased that their child is getting straight A's, but may not realize that good grades can be a sign of a problem.
While you might not be able to eliminate these problems, you can recognize part of the problem if you understand what your child will be taught during the year. If your child already knows the information, there is a good chance that he will misbehave because he is bored. Your child can also lose interest in school - it's what we call "tuning out." You can check with your school district on curriculum goals for each subject for each grade level. If your child isn't in school yet or you are considering homeschooling, you can take a look at typical curriculum goals for kindergarten, first grade, and every level beyond that.