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Teens: A Potential Problem

Although a high score on an aptitude test suggests certain kinds of abilities in children, it is a very poor indicator of a child�s full potential. There is much more to earning straight �A"s than a high score on an aptitude test.

In fact, a child�s future success is more closely linked to his or her ability to

  • Put off gratification
  • Put forth effort
  • Focus
  • Organize tasks
  • Self-motivate

Unfortunately for parents, there are no widely used standardized tests that measure these abilities in kids. So, the best advice for those whose children have exhibited a high aptitude but are currently performing at an average or below-average level is to determine whether their sons and daughters are deficient in one or more of the abilities mentioned above. If that�s the case, parents should stop talking about their children�s potential and start having a conversation about how to help their teenagers develop these abilities.