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9 Challenges Facing Gifted Children (and How You Can Help!)

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Unrealistic Expectations


Gifted kids tend to be their own toughest critic. Many struggle with testing because of the sky-high expectations they feel when they sit down for an exam. After earning mostly A's in school, getting a B or C grade can be crushing to your child — and shocking to Mom and Dad. Help your child keep a healthy perspective on grades. It's impossible to maintain straight A's from kindergarten through graduation. Also, be supportive if your child is labeled "gifted" one year but not the next.

Tip: "Gifted" is a term (intended for parents and teachers to help bright students) and not a goal for your child. Instead of using "giftedness" itself as a motivator or standard for your child's performance in school, try to keep the same high-yet-healthy expectations you had when you just knew that she was a bright kid.

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