Posted by: waikatogifted | September 30, 2010

You are not Alone!

If you’ve ever been driven to the point of distraction by parenting a gifted or twice exceptional child, you are not alone. In the Laughing at Chaos blog, a new post appeared today on Talking to your kids about their giftedness. The author’s child is causing concern, on this occasion, by not believing he is gifted because of the things he struggles with. The message that parenting gifted kids is very hard work is as unmistakable as it is true.

This child, parent and teacher were all struggling with issues arising from the child being twice exceptional – having great strengths and great weaknesses. This is a recipe for confusion in so many ways. You know that feeling you have when you can see a move you could have played, a thing you could have said (or not said), just a little too late, and you can see it with sickening clarity, and it mattered? Some 2E (twice exceptional) children live with that feeling most of the time. The work of being these children and supporting these children is hard, but very rewarding when new strategies are found to overcome weaknesses and areas of strength become understood well enough to build on them. If 2E is new to you, and you think you may have a 2E child at home, Hoagie’s twice exceptional page is recommended reading.

Parents of other gifted children also face challenges. Dealing with perfectionism, strong emotions, loneliness, absent-mindedness, fantasy trumping reality, and even passionate interests that clash with our own priorities as parents can be really daunting, despite the joy our gifted children also bring us. Nobody knows how hard raising gifted kids can be better than another parent of a gifted child, which is why Waikato Association for Gifted Children and many other parenting organisations around the globe have come into being. If these are your struggles, join a gifted organisation today.

If there is no “real” gifted organisation near you, or if you have joined one but would like to learn even more about giftedness, there is a virtual organisation for the gifted called #gtchat. If you are in or near Hamilton, call Mary St George on 07 849 4842 for more information about Waikato Association for Gifted Children.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Alba Lucia, Mary St George. Mary St George said: #parenting the #gifted https://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/you-are-not-alone/ […]

  2. Thanks for the shout out! Things are improving over here, with many conversations about what giftedness is and isn’t, and a bit of self-esteem building. Hopefully things will continue to improve!

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad things are on the up and up!


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