- Proximity and accessibility are key. During your child’s first year alone, you can expect to visit your children’s pediatric center at least 6 times for check-ups, and that doesn’t include unplanned trips due to high fevers or illness. You want a pediatrician that is accessible and can immediately provide your child the care they need when illness happens.
- Do thorough research about the different pediatric consultants serving your area. Compile a list of recommendations from family and friends, as well as from your trusted physicians. It also pays to make sure that they accept your health insurance.
- Check their credentials. Is your prospective pediatrician properly certified and licensed to practice as a pediatric expert? Where did they complete medical school and residency? These are important questions to ask to ensure your prospect’s credibility.
- What constitutes their experience in their pediatric practice? How long have they been treating newborns and children? Do they only offer service in a private practice or can they work harmoniously with other pediatric consultants? Do they have experience in urgent care, group practice, or in hospitals and emergency departments? Experience in different practice environments broadens any physician’s knowledge and expertise.
- Are they up-to-date with the latest treatments in pediatric care? Are they receiving continuing education and training? This is crucial in the age of lighting fast industry developments and progressively more resilient diseases.
- Do they make you feel at ease? Your child’s pediatrician will play a crucial role in their health and well being, which is why it is important that you have good parent-doctor relationship. Without this, it will be difficult to maintain an effective partnership in dealing with your child’s health.
- Finally, how well do they interact with your child? Just as important as your child’s doctor’s relationship with you, is their relationship with your child. Assess how effectively they interact with your child to make sure they are a good fit for both you and your child.
I would say that Homeschooling moms enjoy most tension-free life. Usually moms need to prepare kids to public schools. They may be tensed as they need to prepare breakfast on time, make kids go to school, make them learn well; make them to do their homework, keeping all in balance, and the list goes on. But as homeschooling mom I have leisure time to analyze these things in detail.
Here are few of my analysis in which I would like to say the four important things to homeschooling moms:
1. Is your child learning well in homeschooling? or else arrange an alternative:
You have arranged private tutors to help your child in studies. And your duty doesn’t stop with this. You need to track your child’s performance in weekly/ monthly tests and exams. Does he or she improve in studies? Or still they need guidance.
Communicate with private tutors and ask the status of child. Here are few essential questions to be asked to personal tutors:
Is my child energetic and shows interest in studies?
What are the subjects in which my child faces difficulties?
Have conversation with your child also to know the potential of learning in homeschooling. Ask him/her whether they are satisfied with homeschooling? And whether private tutors teach well? Analyze forward on listening to both side of answers.
2. Take care of your child’s health:
This is most important because your children can be active and show potential in studies only when they are healthy. Since they are homeschooled you have better option than other moms to take care of your child’s health. Remember that a healthy child can learn more.
Here I like to mention one more point; by health I mean both physical and mental health. It means a child should be physically healthy and mentally strong to face any challenges. Thus private tutors also have a major role to make a student mentally fit and to keep himself out of worries. Say some stories which vibrate positive energy among students.
3. Teach your child about perfectionism:
Being perfect will always bring success. Doesn’t it? 99% of people say “Yes” to this question. Take a scenario, if your child stick with daily targets perfectly and understand the subjects concepts easily then surely he can win the competition. It becomes duty of moms to cultivate perfectionism among their children.
4. Does private tutors follow standard syllabus?
Check with private tutors periodically. See to that they follow standard teaching syllabus to guide your children. Teaching above the grade level or helping with lower grade concepts is mere waste of homeschooling. Thus educate yourself and observe the teaching methods carefully.
Homeschooling high school can be challenging enough to undertake with normal high school kids, but throw in a student who is significantly advanced or gifted, and some parents might be tempted to call it quits! How can you keep up with a kid who’s studying statistics, anatomy and physiology, and Greek, and asking for more?! Both my sons were gifted, so I know how difficult this can be. Fortunately, there are some practical things you can do to make the process easier and more manageable.
The first strategy that I find useful is called “acceleration,” which means that you allow your children to work faster. This strategy requires you to let go of the whole parent-teach-the-student model, because your job is not just to teach your children; your job is to help your children learn how to teach themselves. Fortunately, there will be times when you realize your child already knows a subject, perhaps because they have learned it by osmosis, so you can spend less time on that subject.
At high school level, it’s important to remember that when your child finishes a standard curriculum, you can give them high school credit for it. You don’t have to make them sit in front of you as the teacher for 150 hours before you give them credit for a course. As soon as they’re done with a curriculum and know the material, go ahead and give them the high school credit. There’s no rule that requires them to spend 150 hours studying something in order to earn a credit.
You can also skip unnecessary activities in a curriculum. If your child doesn’t need the activities in order to learn the information, it’s okay to skip those, as long as they’re learning. It’s also okay to administer a pretest for a subject, and simply skip the information they already know, or you can work fast through a curriculum and find out what they know first, and then move ahead.
When you don’t use acceleration, and you work at the usual standard pace that children are used to, it can induce boredom. When people tell me they’re struggling with a lack of motivation in their teenagers, or their kids hate school or they’re bored, often it’s because their student is moving at too slow a pace.
Make sure to assess your child’s level first, and begin a curriculum at the point where they will actually learn new information. In this way, you allow them to learn at their own level, and remove those artificial barriers to how much they’re allowed to learn. The result will be a student who’s more interested in what they’re learning, and more motivated to pursue their studies.
Parenting a gifted child can be a scary and overwhelming thing! I homeschooled two gifted children, and I know how hard it can be. If you have been blessed with this situation too, I want to encourage you with my experience. When my first son was born and my midwife handed him to me, she gave me the best advice that I ever got, the only advice that I needed for being a parent. She told me to know my child and trust myself, and that everything would flow from there.
If you’re the parent of a gifted child, you also have what it takes to parent and teach them, because you are the love-giver and not just a care-giver; you’re the person that has actually been chosen and created for this job, in the same way that your child was chosen and created to be placed in your family. As long as you make sure that you know your child, trust yourself, and do what is right at that moment for your child, these strategies are going to work not only for your gifted child, but also for every child in your family.
Although all children are gifted in some way or another, the term ‘gifted’ generally reflects children who learn more, learn faster, and learn at an earlier age. These children remember more, they understand abstract concepts and understand them earlier, they have passion in interests, and they can do multiple things at once and do them well. Of course, expert definitions of gifted vary widely. One expert said that you need to have an I.Q. of 130 or more. I’ve tried to locate I.Q. tests and that’s not easy to do, so it’s not really helpful! Another expert said that the top 2.5% on standardized tests are gifted. Others say that gifted children perform two grade levels above their age group. Of course, there are some kids who are gifted but don’t test well or are not compliant, so that evaluation is not without flaws.
As you think about the definition of ‘gifted,’ it’s not always helpful to determine what it is through comparisons. Even if your child is highly gifted, there’s always somebody else who’s smarter. There are kids out there who are going to be smarter, if not across the board, then at least in one thing. Maybe your child is really gifted at the piano, but you’ll find somebody else who plays the cello or dances better.
Definitions are not going to change your child, or who they become. Whether you use the label or not, it becomes your job to decide whether that label is important for your child and their goals, and whether it will be helpful to you as you parent and homeschool them. Know your child, trust yourself.