Nurturing Children's Talents: A Guide for Parents

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ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2019 - Achievement motivation in children - 195 pages
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Explains steps that parents can take to help their child develop talent in any activity that has sparked his or her interest.

Nurturing Children's Talents: A Guide for Parents is a book for all parents. That's because talent is made, not born, and parents are in prime position to help children discover and develop talent, whether the talent domain is archery, baton twirling, chess, or zoology. Moreover, talent development is a continuum along which all children can grow. Carnegie Hall might be the destination for some while community band is for others. Meanwhile, most parents are eager to help their children traverse a talent path but don't know how . . . until now.

Nurturing Children's Talents offers parents insights and step-by-step plans to help children reach their potential. These recommendations stem from author Kenneth A. Kiewra's personal experience raising a chess champion and his extensive research interviewing talented performers--including national, world, and Olympic champions--and their parents, across many domains.

  • Chronicles the talent experiences of Olympic medalists, professional athletes, award-winning artists, high-school phenoms, child prodigies, champion coaches, master teachers, and committed parents across a wide array of talent domains from chess to rodeo
  • Offers parents step by step plans for maximizing early experiences, arranging mentors, facilitating practice, boosting motivation, building a center of excellence, and managing talent development
  • Addresses how to promote academic talent using the SOAR system: Selection, Organization, Association, and Regulation

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About the author (2019)

Kenneth A. Kiewra is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His research pertains to talent development, particularly the roles parents play, and to strategies for academic success.

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