Finding True Peers

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Developing and maintaining friendships is an important aspect of any child’s development. However, for many gifted kids this can be a struggle. Using the term “true peers,” the first of the friendship articles discusses the struggle gifted kids may have in forming and maintaining friendships. For gifted children, […]

Developing Leadership Capacity

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program It is commonly believed that leaders are born, not made. In fact, leadership is nurtured and developed. It does not “happen.” So, don’t wait for your child to emerge as a leader. Develop leadership capacity in your child by encouraging and providing opportunities for him or her to […]

Considering Non-Academic Extracurricular Activities for Your Child

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Many parents wonder whether they should support their child’s involvement in sports teams, arts and music clubs, or other non-academic extracurricular activities. Even though most non-academic activities may not be directly associated with educational goals, students can learn valuable lessons from such experiences. Non-academic activities aid adolescents as […]

Cyberbullying: The New Bathroom Wall

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Remember the nasty note passed around at school or the mean graffiti scrawled on the bathroom wall? Bullies and mean girls are still in school classrooms, hallways, and playgrounds; they just can use new digital tools to be cruel now. Cyberbullying is the term most people use to […]

Taking the Bully by the Horns

Students working in a computer lab.

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program When I conjure up the image of a bully, Popeye’s nemesis, Brutus, comes to mind. Arrogant, large, overbearing, and dumb, Brutus uses might and bluster to intimidate Popeye, especially in quest of their common love, Olive Oyl. Of course, Popeye’s reaction is not entirely praiseworthy. With a little […]