Parents of gifted children often have no trouble recognizing giftedness in their children. How? By looking at lists or characteristics? By having their children tested? No, by the things their children say and do.
You know your child is gifted when...
- he explains to people at a museum how to tell the difference between a brachiosaur and a brontosaur -- when he's four.
- she helps the guide at a plantarium point out constellations to visitors -- at age five.
- the only threat that works is "If you don't behave, you can't read tonight!"
- at three years old, she can't sleep because Polaris won't be the North Star in 2000 years.
- on "100 day" in kindergarten, he draws 100 zeros after a one to make a googol.
- your three year old rubs his "blankie" while reading a book on black holes.
Here is some more reading about gifted children:
- List of gifted characteristics
- More examples of "You know your child is gifted when..." from Hoagies Gifted website. These statements can, sometimes more than a list of characteristics, demonstrate just what gifted children are like!
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(Edit, June 29, 2011: These comments from parents about their children are not meant to be a test for giftedness or a way to identify gifted children. It is simply a lighthearted and fun way for people to see what some gifted kids say and do. Here are some more examples from other parents: You know you're the parent of a gifted child when... For more serious looks at recognizing and identifying gifted children, I recommend these articles: What is a gifted child? Is my child gifted? and Definitions of Gifted.)