I used to stumble over the word if I said it at all.
Parents are afraid of using the g-word. Once you throw it out there, people assume certain things about you and about your child. They might even think that you are That Parent.
Well, folks, I am.
I am the parent of a gifted kid.
Today, I’m talking about it.
My Kid is Gifted. (Yes, I’m THAT Mom.)
I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. I’m right there, in the throes, with all of you. And I want to help you if I can.
On this site, I write about homeschooling my gifted children, my little poppies. If you are wondering where the term poppies came from, you need to pause for a moment and read this article by Miraca Gross. It’s a classic.
I’ll be right here when you come back.
If so, you’ve come to the right place. These kids have become one of my life’s passions. Today, I’m sharing some of the posts I’ve written in the hope that they will help you on your journey.
What is giftedness?
The word gifted comes with many myths and misconceptions. I wish everyone would talk about giftedness more, even if they don’t love the label because talking about it increases understanding.
Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children [Guest Post for Raising Lifelong Learners]
Giftedness: Myths vs. Reality [Year Round Homeschooling]
7 Things I’ve Learned from Raising a Gifted Child [Guest post for Boston Mamas]
6 Truths About Gifted Kids [iHomeschool Network]
On realizing your child is gifted
We knew our son was different from the very beginning. We knew he was gifted for a few years before we were comfortable saying the word at home. Giftedness is a journey and there is never a dull moment!
Let’s face it: Parenting can be hard, and so it makes sense that parenting a child different from the norm would be super duper hard and it IS. Be sure to find a community of parents so that you have a strong support network. I am thankful every day for Raising Poppies– it’s like a breath of fresh air to connect with folks in there!
Testing your child is a personal decision, based on your unique child and family. I cannot tell you whether or not to test, but I can tell you how our family came to the decision, and I can also tell you a bit about school-based school psychologists.
What I Wish I’d Learned: A School Psychologist Learns About Giftedness [Guest Post for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum]
Parenting and educating a twice-exceptional child can be tricky business. Often, folks only want to see one part of the child. Others may believe that your child is so intelligent that they do not need help. Other times, people can only see the weakness and not the giftedness. The reality is, many children are twice-exceptional.
Little Kids with BIG Worries [Simple Homeschool]
Homeschooling Children with Sensory Stuff [Year Round Homeschooling]
Riding the Waves of Anxiety [Year Round Homeschooling]
When Your Child Has Sensory Processing Disorder [Year Round Homeschooling]
Educating a gifted child can be challenging. Public school may work well for some, private for others, etc. Many parents of gifted children homeschool for all or part of their children’s education.
I never set out to homeschool. As a school psychologist and product of public education, it was never on my radar. It has been the most expected, most wonderful journey of our lives so far.
Cait’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 7-, 6-, and 4-year-old) [Simple Homeschool]
Homeschooling a Square Peg [Year Round Homeschooling]
Resources and Support
When we first started on this gifted journey, I read everything I could get my hands on. It’s how I deal with stress. Here are some of my favorite resources.
It’s okay to be THAT mom
The trouble with the word gifted is that it conjures images of neatly wrapped packages. It implies one has been given something, something better.
That’s simply not my reality. Our reality is not as neat and clean. It’s messier. And exciting. And frustrating. And amazing. And confusing. And, sometimes, it’s scary.
Gifted children are no better than their peers, they are just different. And just like other populations that differ significantly from the norm, gifted children need support in order to thrive.
I think it’s perfectly okay to be THAT mom, the mom of a gifted kid.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Are you THAT mom, too? How did you first recognize giftedness in your child? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram