I'm new to the issue of giftedness--I'm a stay-at-home dad with my 1.5 year old son. I wanted some help in wraping my brain around the issue. I'm not sure if giftedness is an inherent genetic trait, where a child is just born that way, or wether a gifted child is someone who practices something more than other children and so is ahead of the standard benchmarks for their age.
My experience says the second, but I really don't have experience with these kinds of children and would like to know what other's have to say, so I can think about the issue better. I hope this isn't controversial, I don't mean to start a debate, just a discussion.