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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

Sounds like a common problem for gifted children: they finally reach a level where sitting back and coasting isn't enough, and having to actually put in some effort comes as a serious shock. Often ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

I would like to supplement Paul's answer a little by abstracting a little bit. The reason gifted children may have this behavior is because the adults near them praise them for how smart they are, not ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

First off, in terms of helping the child learn: Many/most schools have computer clubs. Encourage the child to inquire from other students, or ask the school professionals yourself. This will place ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

Gifted kids have problems with approaching work in a disciplined manner because they don't experience a benefit in doing so. If you give a "normal" kid a "normal" math test, their level of ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

(I'm going to focus on how to help her, rather than determining if she's gifted according to an external set of criteria.) Whether your daughter is considered "gifted" according to the person/...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I meet people at local meetups. Where I live there are about three Python meetups a month. My experiences have been great: excellent programmers who just like to talk shop. While you will likely meet ...
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Encouraging a child to follow their natural gifts

How do you balance letting this child pursue their interests with letting the child know how much they are throwing away by so quickly disregarding the natural talents? By recognizing two things: 1. ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I'm 15, and I had this same problem about a year ago. There's an awesome community called HS Hackers on Facebook. To call it lifechanging would be a gross understatement. Hackathons are the best way ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

It's most likely too early to tell. If you could tell, it would depend greatly on how she is learning the things she knows. Children's brains at that age have an extraordinary capacity for repeating ...
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Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?

I'm a parent governor in a UK primary school, with a daughter just started reception and another daughter higher up the school, who was reading before she started reception (so I've been in a similar ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm not sure the difference between gifted or not is important to your actual question, which seems to be how to keep your girl learning and wanting to learn. Your primary concern, that she will be ...
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Encouraging a child to follow their natural gifts

The best strategy I've found for this is to give kids lots of opportunities, but not force anything. Forcing things leads them to develop a dislike for what they're forced to do - that's only natural ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

A couple of things to add to user3143's excellent answer: Tools. Tools are not a substitute for experience or knowledge, but every craftsman/woman appreciates good tools, and they are something that ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I was "gifted." By the second grade, I was so bored with school that my teacher thought I was learning disabled! Fortunately, my school principal was wise. She tested me, then immediately skipped ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

A lot of recent studies have linked procrastination with a poor ability to deal with "negative" emotions and impulsiveness. It's not poor planning or bad time-management; it's avoidance; it's an ...
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How to parent for an effectively private child?

"Shield him from harmful thoughts he may express in prose"? Writing them down is absolutely not the problem here and I'm unsure what the issue is with him keeping his notes private. Most kids have ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I do not want to say that you are out-of-luck, but you are pretty much out-of-luck. The issue is that most people around your age do not know those languages. In fact, most people around your age ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

An aspect no one seems to have covered: Let him fail at something, once. I was in that situation. Coasted easily for a long time, could not deal with real difficult stuff once I got to it. In my ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

Go to a hackerspace. They are everywhere in the world, and they are places where 'hackers' meet, in the sense of good-willing computer experts. It's mostly adults, but if you are lucky there are also ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

I would comment but I don't have the rep for it, so this is getting posted as an answer. I just want to back up what Paul Johnson and Jeff Clark have said already. They're exactly right. I'm only 20 ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

The widely used WAIS intelligence test has a version for children that can be taken from the age of 2 and a half; any professional psychologist should be able to administer this test. Also, if there ...
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Encouraging a child to follow their natural gifts

Being gifted or talented is somewhat overrated, in my opinion, although it is something many idealise. The reality is that most if not all the hugely talented people through history have put in an ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

As a programmer and to some extent being 'that kid' myself I'd say that things like (cheap) embedded hardware kits such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino are the way to go. These kits are usually quite ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

Contact your local library. It is part of a library's mission to promote education, to facilitate knowledge creation, and to foster a sense of community. They run interest groups of all kinds, and if ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

Hear it from others Obviously, teenagers are typically deaf to wisdom from their parental figures. I suggest setting up situations for this young man to speak with gifted adults working in ...
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How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

As a former 'gifted teen', I figured I'd weigh in. In my (personal, biased) experience, the procrastination is the real problem here rather than an increase in the difficulty of tasks. So how do you ...
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Kid genius help

Just to add to Timur Shtatlands great advice; Try to get gifted children to explore things which they normally would not try, for example, if the child really likes science, it is beneficial to ...
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