Do you answer your child's questions with patience and good humor?
Do you use her or his questions and expressions of interest as guides into further learning and exploration?
Do you help your ch ild develop physical and social skills as carefully as you encourage mental growth?
Do you help your child learn to get along with children of all levels of intelligence?
Do you avoid comparing the child with his or her brothers and sisters or companions?
Do you set reasonable standards of behavior for your child and then see that he or she meets them?
Do you impose firm, fair and consistent discipline that is neither too harsh nor too permissive?
Do you show your child that he or she is loved for his or her own sake and not merely for intellectual achievements?
Do you avoid overstressing intellectual achievement?
Do you try to find something specific to praise when the child shows you his or her work? (A generalized compliment means little to any child.)
Do you help the child to select worthwhile reading materials and television programs?
Do you provide your child with hobby materials and books of her or his own?
Do you provide places where your child can study, work at hobbies, and display work?
Do you participate in some of your child's activities?
Do you let the child learn about and share in some of your hobbies and interests?
Do you take your child on trips to points of interest?
Do you enable your child to take advantage of lessons and activities offered by private groups or community organizations?
Do you teach your child how to budget time, organize work, and improve study habits?
Do you help your child to make his or her own plans and decisions?
Do you give your child increasing independence as his or her ability to handle responsibility increases?
Do you give the child household responsibilities and ocher tasks suitable for his or her age and abilities?
Do you avoid “pushing” your child too hard by not being too demanding about after school lessons or activities?
Do you resist the impulse to show off your child before relatives and friends?
Do you resist any temptation to exploit the child's gifts commercially?
Do you teach the child to use his or her gifts for the benefit of society rather than only for selfish purposes?
Do you encourage the child to set high educational and vocational goals'.
Do you refrain from trying to pick the child's vocation but try to help him or her learn about as many occupations as possible?
Do your expressions of attitude and your behavior set the example you want your child to follow?
Do you avoid talking down to the child? Do you try to speak as correctly as you want the child to speak?
If you answered “yes” to the majority of the above questions, it would indicate that you are helping develop your child's gifts.