Surviving the Middle School Years with your Gifted Child

Stating the behaviors you’d like to see… as favors
Most people enjoy making others happy. Use this to your advantage. If you want your child’s room picked up before the realtor arrives, try stating that demand in terms of what you want rather than as something you dislike. Put it out there as if your child’s cooperation would be a real help to you, an act of kindness even. Instead of: “I hate it when people come over and your room is such a wreck,” you might try, “I’d love it if the open house guests could see how welcoming our home is.” Furthermore, couple that with…

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gifted-ed-guru/201301/surviving-the-middle-school-years-your-gifted-child