11 Traits of a Gifted Child Even Parents May Not Know About
Scientists say that a high IQ score doesn’t mean a person is a genius and it’s impossible to evaluate a child’s intelligence with a test. But there are several features that indicate your child has a big future in front of them. They may become prominent artists, successful businessmen, or great politicians. You just have to notice your child’s talent and help them develop it.
Bright Side knows what future geniuses look like.
11. They visualize and draw.
A gifted child is an information collector. They keep in their memory everything they see. If after visiting a place your child can draw it in detail without looking at photos, they probably have a talent. Scientists call this phenomenon “photographic memory.” Only 2-10% of children possess this ability. Among adults, it occurs even less often.
- Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei had this type of thinking strategy. They drew schemes and charts and thus, visualized their thoughts.
10. They have their heads up in the sky.
Smart children aren’t angels. They’re often preoccupied with their own thoughts and just “don’t hear” their parents. They’re also avid storytellers and their vivid imagination usually shocks parents and teachers. But a vivid imagination is a sign of intelligence.
- Gifted children are often bored at school and start entertaining themselves on their own. Parents just need to explain that education is really important in order to curb this behavior.
9. They speak fast.
A fast speaking rate indicates that a child is rather gifted since their vocabulary is quite wide. An average child starts speaking by the age of 2. Gifted 2-year-old children are usually able to build complex phrases.
- In rare cases, children learn to speak later. Scientists think that these kids have the Einstein Syndrome. It’s said that Albert Einstein didn’t want to communicate with people a lot before he turned 7. Physicist Richard Feynman, mathematician Julia Robinson, and many other prominent people were late talkers, as well.
8. They don’t suffer from perfectionism.
Gifted children usually choose one field of knowledge and they can study it for hours if they like the subject. But if they don’t, these tiny geniuses don’t pay a lot of attention to it. If your child is a future mathematician, they may be quite indifferent to languages.
- Bad handwriting is another feature of gifted children. Their handwriting is bad because they write too fast, trying to “catch” their thoughts. What’s more, they don’t want to follow school rules.
7. They’re sociable.
It’s said that smart children are unsociable weirdos. But there’s a term called “social intelligence.” To be a genius, a person shouldn’t have to remember long mathematical formulas. Social geniuses are able to build relationships with people around them. If your child is fair and can interest their friends, they’re probably gifted.
- Scientists also highlight emotional intelligence, the capability of individuals to recognize and manage their own emotions and those of others. These children turn into great managers, politicians, and marketing experts.
6. They spend a lot of time with adults.
Future geniuses like to talk to adults. Ordinary children usually feel more reserved in the company of adult people, but gifted kids like this atmosphere. Talented children often make older friends. But even child prodigies need to communicate with children of their age. Psychologists warn parents that smart children may feel lonely.
5. They’re active.
Future geniuses are really active. They start talking and walking earlier than other kids. It’s said that smart children hate sports: they’d rather stay home and read books. But this is a mistake. Scientists say that child prodigies are restless and they need to do something. It’s their method of discovering the world.
4. They like activities that develop their fine motor skills.
This abstract is for 2-year-old toddlers’ parents. If your baby likes to string beads, tries to put together puzzles, and so on, you’re raising a talented child. Fine motor skills contribute to high intelligence development. Teachers are sure that children who like small details will write and speak better. Don’t forget that you should keep an eye on your baby when they’re playing with tiny objects. Here’s a list that can help you test your child’s fine motor development.
3. They have a good sense of humor.
A sense of humor reveals intelligence. People’s ability to joke and understand others’ jokes is associated with great abstract thinking. These children will have many friends. But there’s one nuance: sometimes people hide stress and pain behind “good” moods.
2. They’re susceptible and emotional.
Susceptible and emotional children have great creative skills. But their nervous system is usually overloaded because of tons of information. Doctors warn us: even if your child behaves like an adult, it doesn’t mean they are an adult.
1. They have good parents.
Psychologists have always tried to understand what type of atmosphere in a family contributes to raising gifted children. According to scientists’ point of view, the ideal parents of a future genius look like this:
Have you noticed any of these traits in your child’s behavior? Tell us about your little geniuses in the comments!