Raising A Talented Kid, Part 5: The Bigger Picture

Raising A Talented Kid, Part 5: The Bigger Picture

Raising A Talented Kid

So maybe your kid decided to quit.  Maybe your kid isn’t as talented as you thought they were.  Maybe your kid actually istalented but they just needed a break for a while.  Maybe life just isn’t what you thought it could be.  Well buck up, buttercup.  Because interests change.  People change.  Raising a talented kid is tough (I guess, I never had kids), so let’s look at the big picture here and…

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Raising A Talented Kid, Part 4: When They Say “I Quit”

Raising A Talented Kid, Part 4: When They Say “I Quit”

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“I don’t wanna do this anymore.”
“What do you mean?  After I spent 500 bucks on a guitar and all that money on lessons?”
“It’s just not fun anymore.”
“Well, you can forget about college then.”
There may come a time when your talented little tyke might want to throw in the towel.  They may discover that the banjo is just not for them; they may have decided that cauliflower ears isn’t a good payoff…

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Raising A Talented Kid, Part 3: The Best Shot At Success

Parenting A Prodigy, Part 3: The Best Shot At Success

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Congratulations, by some weird alignment you’ve got yourself a talented kid.  Now what do you do with them?  They’re getting lessons and they’re practicing.  Things are moving along swimmingly.  But you’re probably saying to yourself, “I’m no musician…I’m no athlete…I don’t have any expertise in this….Hey, this is why I’m shelling out the bucks for a teacher.”  Right, you want your kid to have…

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Raising A Talented Kid, Part 2: The Importance of Passion

Parenting A Prodigy, Part 2: The Importance of Passion

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Having a talent for something is one thing, but having the passion to push it forward, to see it through, and to perfect it is something else.  That passionhas to be there and it has to have room to grow.  Building a passion for something can be a tricky thing in the early stages.  If you’re not practicing correctly you can get frustrated and want to quit.  As a parent, if you pile on…

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Parenting A Prodigy, Part 1: Genes vs. Practice

prodigal parenting, parenting a prodigy seriesBefore I even jump into this thing I should probably point out that I don’t have any kids.  Wait, wait, wait – that doesn’t mean you should stop reading.  Because I know what I’m talking about here, people.  Just because I don’t have any kids (and I have the DNA tests to prove it) it doesn’t mean I haven’t read up on this, had experiences in it, and observed how parents have handled this very…

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