Gifted Child? Here are our Single Best Tips
Books and the internet teem with advice on raising gifted children. Some of the information may be helpful, but much is contradictory, and some downright wrong.
Our GHF Bloggers have raised and worked with gifted children, discovering along the way what really works, and what should be placed on the trash heap. In our latest blog hop, GHF Bloggers share their single best tips for raising, educating, and loving gifted children.
Best Books for Parents of Highly Gifted+ Kids ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
When you first realise you are parenting a highly, exceptionally, or a profoundly gifted child, it can be very bewildering. Not only are their few resources, most of those are not geared to the far right of the bell curve.
So today, I thought I might list a few of the books that helped me when I felt utterly lost and alone.
Cultivate this One Thing ~ Free Learning (Julie Uzelac Schneider)
In this marathon called homeschooling, there are no quick fixes. Across the board, in every aspect of your life, things will be made easier by your patience. What follows are two lists: a list of the places where you’ll need patience, and a list of practices for how to cultivate it.
Gifted Child? How to Manage the Roadblocks ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)
You’re the parent of a gifted child, or maybe all of your children are gifted. If you are just starting out on this journey, you may not as yet have come across many of the stumbling blocks those of us who have traveled before you have. If you are well into your journey—yeah, you already know that there are stumbling blocks. Maybe you would even call them roadblocks, abysses or black holes. This is the best way I know to manage those roadblocks.
Gifted Hearts Learning~ Exceeds Expectations Learning (Madeline Goodwin)
Your kid is four years old and lecturing you on the scientific names of dinosaurs. Six years old and doing the research to organize an authentic Victorian-era birthday party. Eight years old and writing ‘papers’ on cell biology.
And then… Ten years old, and raising a fuss whenever you mention writing. Twelve years old, and won’t touch a math book. Fourteen, and stubbornly insisting they will never touch a microscope. What happened?
Gifted Parenting 101: A Not So Formulaic Guide to Raising Differently-Wired Kids~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)
Every gifted child is unique and unrepeatable. Chances are, your parenting will be, too. From busting the myths and misconceptions surrounding gifted children to reveling in the unimaginable joys, here’s my not so formulaic guide to raising, teaching, and loving your poppy.
Parenting the Wrong Child~ Everyday Learning (Alessandra Giampaolo)
Taking the time to do a self-inventory of what’s working with your family and what’s making matters worse is always a good idea. But, honestly, if you don’t take the time to first reset your sights on yourself, then no amount of advice is going to help you be a better mom – especially if you have unresolved issues lingering in your heart and mind that distract you from the here and now.
You are Not a Teacher ~ Homeschooling 2e (Mary Paul)
Raising a gifted child is interesting, to say the least. Teaching a gifted child is even more interesting! Especially if they’re twice-exceptional. Here’s the thing: you are not a teacher when you homeschool a gifted child. You are a guide, a mentor, an alarm clock, a chauffeur – but you are not a teacher. That’s because gifted kids often learn in different ways than neurotypical kids, and the traditional teaching model may not work.
Resources for Understanding Giftedness
Giftedness is not just test scores or academic achievement. It’s not all difficulties, either. Jokes about duct tape and soundproof closets aside, it can be helpful to understand what your child is feeling, how they are developing, and what they were thinking when they asked that unusual question or performed that dangerous experiment alone out in the shed (and how do you explain the damage to your neighbors?). After all, not all children are gifted and all gifted children do not learn alike. These kids are asynchronous, intense, and endlessly fascinating to live with. Sometimes their giftedness may be easy to communicate to others in the community, but sometimes it’s hidden by twice exceptional (2e) issues or by the expanded complexity of race and culture (Gifted Cubed). Having a gifted or 2e teenager can add a whole new layer of complication to parenting. Additional resources here give some perspective to those of us raising such children and reassure us that we are not alone.
Don’t miss these topical books from GHF Press:
A concise guidebook for parents considering their educational choices, Making the Choice discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families. In Making the Choice, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, MFT, demystify and de-mythify some of the perceived barriers to homeschooling and other alternatives. For those families wondering if alternative education is an option they should consider, Making the Choice offers ideas, guidance, and encouragement to fully evaluate the option.
by Jen Merrill
When is life like a prize fight, a garden, and a quiz show, all hurtling down the road on an office chair, wrapped in song? When you’re living in the land of the gifted and twice exceptional. Jen Merrill, author of the Laughing at Chaos blog, brings laughter, tears, and honesty to her latest book by GHF Press, If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional. Join Jen on her journey through discovery, understanding, and acceptance, as she copes with the challenges that only the gifted and twice exceptional can create. So, pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and start reading. You’ll swear Jen’s written about you!
GHF also offers resources for understanding your gifted/2e child’s social needs and finding community for yourself and for your child. Check out our online classes, where kids make friends and gain mentors. Dear GHF also answers questions about
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