Do everything possible to nurture and stimulate the gift, whatever the domain,” Winner said. “But there’s a difference between enabling the gift and pushing the child to become a public spectacle.”Use your local resources. Take your child to local libraries and get to know your local universities and colleges. They may have free lectures or even early-access programs. “Find experts in the fields that your child is interested in,” said Julia Chung, a financial and estate planner with JYC Financial in Langley, British Columbia, in Canada. “Talk to them and ask them for help and support. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to help.” Keep your own savings on track. Yes, it’s important to encourage your virtuoso to develop his violin skills. But don’t do so at the expense of your golden years. “Parents spend way too much, and don’t make [retirement] contributions as they should,” said Scot Hanson, a financial planner with EFS Advisors in Minnesota in the US. “Then I notice now, 20 years later, long after their kids have given up their sport, the parent needs to work longer and cannot retire when anticipated.” Do it later: Look for help. “There are definitely scholarship programs and many foundations that are interested in supporting the development of talent of these students,” said Rene Islas, executive director at the US National Association for Gifted Children. “Start with your school to help you develop, and once you start not having your child’s needs met within the school environment, there are scholarship programs.” You look for resources on sites such as NSGT.org in the US and PotentialPlusUK.org in the UK.
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