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For gifted kids, better to be hands-on or -off?

Children need freedom, but they also need us to pay attention to their particular needs and help them meet them.

(CNN)In recent years, I've noticed a rising -- and welcome -- resistance to helicopter parenting.

We parents have heard all the stories about how anxious American children are, how they arrive at adulthood with hefty résumés but little sense of purpose, and want to do things differently. Our daughters' and sons' childhood will not be curated, nor their days boxed in!
Of course, this hands-off approach is no less a fantasy, and a privileged one at that, than its more hands-on alternative. And the potential glitches of this laissez-faire plan are both inevitable and wide-ranging.
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