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ERIC Number: EJ1091758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Seven Ways Parents Help Children Unleash Their Talents
Kiewra, Kenneth A.
Parenting for High Potential, v3 n5 p4-6, 18-19 Mar 2014
In his work, psychologist Benjamin Bloom concluded that almost all people can learn anything if provided with the right conditions, and that when a child commits to a talent area, parents must commit as well. Author Ken Kiewra studied real-world prodigies in various domains and shares his perspective on the conditions necessary for success and on parents' roles in cultivating talent. How is talent made? Often, behind every talented individual are parents pushing the right buttons and doing all they can to cultivate talent. This article discusses seven ways in which parents can help children unleash their talents: (1) Discover element; (2) Provide an early start; (3) Establish a center of excellence; (4) Facilitate practice; (5) Arrange for instruction; (6) Support singleness of purpose; and (7) Make a full commitment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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