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How do I keep my child challenged and stimulated?


Updated May 13, 2008

Question: How do I keep my child challenged and stimulated?
How do I keep my daughter challenged and stimulated? I don't want her to get bored and loose her fire to learn. And I don't want to be one of those parents who push in hopes that their child is gifted. I just want her to do well, stay challenged and most importantly, to be happy in her life.
Answer: Don't worry about being a "pushy" parent. Parents of gifted children get accused of this all the time. In reality, most of us find ourselves being dragged by our gifted children, and we struggle to keep up. If your child is a toddler or preschooler, there are ways to keep your child stimulated at home.

If your child is about to start school or is already in school, you can determine whether the school is a good fit and therefore likely to be a challenging and stimulating environment by carefully evaluating the program.

Whether your child is in school are not, there are five good ways to nurture his or her abilities. And if you worry about whether or not what you are doing is pushing rather than challenging or nurturing your child, it might help to understand the difference between pushing and nurturing. There is a point at which nurturing becomes pushing and parents reach that point if what they do with their child is no longer for the child, but for them.
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