Are you home schooling a gifted child? If so, you have a unique set of
opportunities and challenges ahead of you including teaching your child
how to lose.
Resiliency is one of the most important behaviors that a child can
learn to be successful in adult life. Resiliency itself is a
combination of a variety of skills that include things like
confidence, character, contribution, coping and control. Learning
those skills requires some effort and can be even more challenging with
a gifted child. Being labeled a gifted child has its own baggage because
in reality that child is likely good at a number of things but not so
good at others. Many gifted children carry a fear of 'not' being gifted
at everything they touch and will often avoid activities or subjects
they know they aren't particularly good at. So it is important to
create opportunities to allow your child to lose, learn and try again.
play can be a wonderful way to help build resiliency in children as
they learn that they may not always end up winning a game even though
they are the 'gifted' person at the table. Other factors may enter the
playing field that results in an unexpected outcome or better results
for another player. Learning that they don't need to win in order to be
successful or gifted is a great lesson to have early in life, and will
go a long way in building the confidence and character that allows them
to move forward when life's challenges are presented.
SimplyFun is your partner in developing games and experiences that help
build resiliency in kids through the amazing power of play. Check out
our award winning selection of games at
www.simplyfun.com and let the lessons begin!