TO MAKE YOUR BABY GIFTED
TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A GIFTED
Every so-called "gifted child" has
a gifted parent. In his brilliant book How To Be A Gifted
Parent, David Lewis, the world famous British psychologist
and writer, lists 40 statements that describe the traits
of gifted parents. He suggests that parents take the following
test and respond to each statement.
1. I answer all questions from my child as patiently and
honestly as possible.
2. I take serious questions or statements from my child seriously.
3. I provide a bulletin board where my child can show off
4. I am prepared to tolerate an untidy work area if my child
has not yet completed some creative task (i.e., painting,
5. I provide my child with a room or part of the room, exclusively
for his/her own use.
6. I show my child he/she is loved for his/her own sake,
not for achievements.
7. I give my child responsibilities suitable to his/her age.
8. I help him/her make his/her own plans and decisions.
9. I take my child on trips to places of interest.
10. I teach my child how to improve on the task he/she does.
11. I encourage my child to get along with children from
12. I set a reasonable standard of behavior and see that
my child follows it.
13. I never compare my child unfavorably to other children.
14. I never denigrate my child as a form of punishment.
15. I provide hobby materials and books.
16. I encourage my child to think things out for himself/herself.
17. I read regularly to my child.
18. I teach my child early reading habits.
19. I encourage my child to invent stories and fantasies.
20. I give careful consideration to the individual needs
of each child.
21. I provide a time each day when my child can be alone
22. I allow my child to have a say in making family plans
23. I never mock my child for making a mistake.
24. I encourage my child to remember stories, poems, and
25. I encourage my child to be sociable with adults of all
26. I devise practical experiments to help my child find
out about things.
27. I allow my child to play with all kinds of junk objects.
28. I encourage my child to look for problems and then solve
29. I look for specific things to praise in my child's activities.
30. I avoid general praise, which I do not really mean.
31. I am honest about my emotions with my child.
32. I do not have any subjects, which I would totally refuse
to discuss with my child.
33. I provide opportunities for real decision making by my
34. I encourage my child to be an individual.
35. I help my child find worthwhile programs on TV.
36. I encourage my child to think positively about his/her
37. I never dismiss failures by my child with the comment: "I
can't do it either!"
38. I encourage my child to be as independent of adults as
39. I have faith in my child's good sense and trust him/her.
40. I would sooner my child failed by himself/herself than
succeeded because I did most of the work.
He recommends that you score yourself by adding all the
check marks and if you can answer a statement as something
you do frequently but not all the time, then give yourself
1/2 point. Gifted parents in his study scored 30 points and
above. If you scored less than that, he suggests that you
try to incorporate some of these activities into your daily