WOULD we feel proud and blessed to have gifted children? Or, would we feel embarrassed as they think and behave differently from other children? -- MUHAMAD SOLAHUDIN RAMLI

WOULD we feel proud and blessed to have gifted children? Or, would we feel embarrassed as they think and behave differently from other children?

Being a parent, sibling or friend to a gifted individual has its perks and problems.

Caring parents will take the effort to deal with gifted children, but some parents may compare and brag about them, making the latter feel awkward and stressed.

Worse, they may end up living lonely lives.

Supportive siblings may be thrilled to have geniuses in their family, but judgmental siblings may fail to accept the reality and perceive their gifted siblings as annoying and abnormal, while being jealous of the latter’s talent or intelligence.

Some students may feel overwhelmed to share stories or work with them, but sceptical, rude and naughty students may harass their gifted peers.

Will gifted children be unfazed by negative comments from others?

Gifted children are innocent
and intrigued by interesting hobbies.

Thus, parents should treat children fairly while making sure that gifted ones do not fear being different from others.

Negligent parents may feel that gifted children are smart enough to manage themselves, while overzealous parents may set high expectations and make their children feel pressured.

Math geniuses can solve advanced equations, but these abilities do not translate to their ability to solve personal problems.

They need help and support from their parents.

Gifted introverts may be quiet and learn by observing, but gifted extroverts may think out loud and learn by doing.

Thus, teachers need to deal with them as some introverted students may have an inferiority complex, while extroverted ones may rebel from a lack of stimulation during school lessons.

Gifted children should be guided to become eminent individuals.

Their presence is a gift to society.

MUHAMAD SOLAHUDIN RAMLI 

Marang, Terengganu