Helping Your Gifted Child Fit in Socially

Do you feel like your gifted child is like this baby puppy, needing to be cuddled and sheltered, protected from the world? Well, it is a baby, and yes, it should be protected. But time will pass and it will someday, before you know it, be old enough for playdates, school, and joining other children in social settings such as team sports or Scouts. Will your child be accepted by the other children? Will they like him or her? Will your child be bullied or be the bully? Will your child be the center of attention or be ostracized? No pressure, Mom, but it is really is how you parent the child that can make the difference.

I have learned that every child has his or her own personality. If you have two or more children, you know that siblings can be as different as night and day, even though they are raised by the same parents or go to the same school. A lot of it has to do with the way their brains develop and process information. There are skills that you can teach children to improve the way they interact with other people.

There are a number of good picture books that can help your child learn to get along with others and not react as strongly to emotional triggers. Here is one I like:

Have you ever written a book yourself? Wouldn’t it be cool to see that your book had a 5 star review by over 2400 readers? Does your gifted child pout when things don’t go his or her way? Train them not to do that. Read this book to them and refer to it regularly:

As your gift child grows into a semi-adult teenager, navigating the social waters will become even more important, but more difficult, too. Help them fit in. Otherwise, they will stay in their baby social brain state. Here is a picture of the same dog, grown up physically, but acting like a baby. Cute in a dog, embarrassing behavior for an adult.

Zach and Sarah

 

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