Parenting a child with high learning potential can be daunting. When a young person knows more than most adults in some areas, caregivers can feel uncertain about how to ‘parent’ positively. However, although these young people may be advanced intellectually, in terms of life experience they are beginners and greatly in need of guidance in order to flourish.

This advice sheet uses the term ‘parenting’ to include all adults who care for a child, their wellbeing and mental stimulation. It gives guidelines for understanding the child in your care and their individual challenges, as well as areas of high learning potential. It also suggests positive discipline techniques and resources to allow the maturation of a resilient and well-balanced young person.

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