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Is Your Child Gifted? If They Have Any of These Traits, They Might Be

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Sure, IQ tests have their place, but there are other, more subtle, ways of detecting whether or not your child might be smarter than the average toddler. If you’re curious whether you’ve got a genius on your hands, watch them for these 7 lesser-known indicators.

#7. They spend a lot of time with adults.

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While children of ordinary intelligence often feel reserved around grown-ups, gifted kids are more likely to make older friends and feel comfortable chatting up adults. That said, psychologists warn that they still need to spend time with their peers in order to avoid feeling lonely.

#6. They visualize and draw.

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Creativity is a sign of intelligence, and even more so if your kid observes something and then recreates it on their own.

#5. They’re active.

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If your toddler is into everything and driving you nuts, they might just be a toddler – or they might be a future genius. Smart children tend to be restless and need to discover the world at the most rapid pace possible.

#4. They’re often preoccupied.

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Smart kids often don’t hear their parents because their minds are elsewhere; they’re storytellers (and liars), but their vivid imagination is a sign of their intelligence.

#3. They have a good sense of humor.

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It should come as no surprise that funny people are also often bright. The ability to understand and craft jokes is associated with abstract thinking, but beware – people can hide stress and pain behind the ability to make others laugh.

#2. They have bad handwriting.

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Their handwriting is bad because their hand can’t go fast enough to “catch” their thoughts, but also, smart kids tend to pay less attention to rules.

#1. They’re emotionally needy.

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If your child is emotional and easily upset, they’re also likely creative and easily overloaded with sensory input. Make sure you’re taking the time to show them how to process their emotions and cope in a healthy manner.

But remember, there are plenty of ways to be smart!