How to Raise Really Gifted Children

Photo Feb 08, 2 16 11 PM*How do you raise inspiring kids who are gifted at things like art or theater?

Well, says Dr. Michele Borba, it’s not by putting so much pressure on testing.

“Most of our most talented kids give up their gifts by age 13. The reason is tragic: we don’t provide enough time or opportunities for the child to practice or ‘show off’ the skill!” We couldn’t agree more! Our Go Girls! Camps are all about giving kids time to play with theater, art, music — and develop people skills and confidence public speaking!

Find out what resources Dr. Borba recommends to concerned parents on her blog.

*What happens when your daughter wants to go to Lego camp — but is worried that she will be the only girl?

Parent Madeline Holler bribed her daughter to go after reading a startling Facebook post: “A colleague, whose daughters were the only two girls in their engineering camps, posted a link to an NPR report about a top engineering school. There, women weren’t finishing even their first engineering class, which was designed to weed out all but the most dedicated. Those who made it through, a female student said, were men who had been in computer camp since they were 5.”

Find out how it all worked out — and it does work out! — in this inspiring post on the Motherlode blog from  The New York Times!

*Are you still reading aloud to your girls this summer? Love this quote from author Cynthia Lord about summer reading — and how it creates family memories:

“When my children were young, we always took books on vacation with us and read aloud before bedtime.  One year it was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the night owl outside the cabin window added to the scary scenes. Those summer reading experiences have lasted, becoming part of our family history, connecting us even know.”

*ONE LAST THING: LifeHacker post the Top 10 Parenting Hacks, including advice for traveling with tots, surviving a meal at a restaurant — and even protecting your gadgets from their tiny hands. Great advice that just might help you get through the end of summer!