|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM|
A. When a parent holds a child responsible for something that is not in their ability to be responsible for, the parent undermines the child's confidence and self-esteem. As an example, pushing over-achieving sport performance, academic performance or artistic performance, beyond their age development is sometimes downright traumatic. A child can make decisions about competition and perfectionism that are very unhealthy and have a whole adulthood carrying around that baggage.
Parents have to be very careful if they have a gifted child. Understanding and adhering to children's emotional, physical and cognitive developmental stages and having a balance of life skills and activities are paramount.
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