Good things to know…

Raising a child who is gifted and talented comes with its own special set of challenges. When I share my concerns and anxieties with parents of more typical children, they usually roll their eyes. Well fellow CVHS parents, you are among friends who are facing the same issues! I have found the following internet resources essential in sorting all this out:

http://www.sengifted.org
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org
http://www.davidsongifted.org

As our children navigate high school and move into adulthood, we are tempted to think our job is almost done. I personally think we will be not done, but that our support will evolve into something different. Teaching our children and soon to be young adults to be aware of their own uniqueness and how that uniqueness may or not easily integrate into a society that often honors conformity will be our challenge in their future years.

I would like to share three books I have found very helpful parenting a child who is G/T. The first is not specific to G/T at all: How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens will Talk by Adele Faber. The application is self evident form the title. This common sense book illustrates multiple strategies with examples and illustrations that remind me of the Luann comic strip. I often use the illustration as a starting point for discussion.

The next book is specific to children with intensities, many of which are G/T. Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents and Adults by Susan Daniels, explores strategies for individuals to deal with their intensities. I particularly like that it focuses on child to adult.

The final book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James Webb, et al., is specifically geared toward parenting the G/T child. The focus is how to support the social and emotional well being of your child. A must read for any G/T parent.

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