My 12-year-old daughter is very gifted. She could actually enroll in college now, but we are totally against this. Last year, she attended a summer program for the gifted and was absolutely delighted by the challenge. Now she is back in regular school and finding the gifted program quite boring. The local community college has a gifted program; however, she is too young for it. What type of program should we be looking for to give her the challenge that she needs? -- Want Ideas


We like the idea of supplementing what she is doing in the gifted program at middle school with one or more online classes designed especially for gifted children by universities. In fact, she could even earn college credits. There now are many programs that would allow her to do this. Some are quite expensive, but they might offer scholarships. The gifted coordinator at your daughter's school is likely to know the names of possible colleges. You could also use a search engine or contact a parent organization for those who have gifted children to find a school. One great advantage of working with a parent group is that you talk to others who are facing and solving problems like the one you have.

Too often, parents of gifted children concentrate solely on academics. There is a big world out there filled with other things that could fascinate your child. Would she like to play chess or bridge? What about doing something in the arts if she has a talent, skill or interest in this area? Is there some area such as computers that she could delve into and become an expert? Do consider helping your daughter expand her horizons.