Recognizing Giftedness in Our Children and Ourselves

Recognizing Giftedness

Recognizing the giftedness in our children often leads to our seeing the giftedness in ourselves. Follow these stories of parents as they recognize the giftedness in their children and then realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Recognizing Giftedness2e in the Family - Loving the Alien in Us ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

One of the first things that you read about when you start to learn about what it means to be neurologically different, is that it can feel like being an alien, the veritable 'Stranger in a Strange Land'.

In our family, it was both a shock and a relief to realise that when we were looking for answers to why our children were developing outside of the box that we were also finding the answers for ourselves as well.

Recognizing GiftednessDiscovering the Giftedness in Our 2e Kiddo ~ BJ's Homeschool (Betsy Sproger)

Here's the story of how we discovered that our daughter, adopted and an only, was gifted, and twice exceptional.

Recognizing GiftednessHow to Spot a Gifted Kid ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)

Tests are not the only way to measure intelligence. In fact, they are rarely necessary to determine giftedness when you know what to look for. For many kids, their unique asynchronous attributes punch you in the face letting you know where they fall on the gifted spectrum. Parental observation and experience is often spot on when determining a child's giftedness.

Journey of Discoveryrecognizing giftedness ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)

It wasn't long after my first peek into the rabbit hole that I understood what I was looking at, and in the blink of an eye, I had been tossed into that hole, and away we went. I learned by trying to help my son that not only was he very definitely gifted, I was, too.

Recognizing GiftednessJust Like...Me!? ~ Random Everyday Blessings (Tabitha Ferreira)

I’ve been noticing a trend with my two oldest over the years that has nagged at me but not really worried me. I thought it was a phase. Maybe it still is a phase, but this new style has highlighted the issue. The issue? Underachievement!

Recognizing GiftednessMy Child is Gifted. (Yes, I'm That Mom.) ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)

G-g-g-g-ifted.
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.
In fact, I'm the parent of three gifted kids. And today I'm going to tell you how I know.

Recognizing Giftedness

Recognizing and Nurturing Giftedness in Your Child ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
You see her, weighing in on a debate with her big brother about the pros and cons of war, while holding onto her lovey, and with cheeks still flushed from the temper tantrum she just threw ... that no, now was not time for a snack. I see it too.  I live it, right along with you – you’re not alone. I like to think that both nurture and nature play a role in my kiddos and their giftedness. Nature made them who they are, and it’s up to me to nurture those dichotomies and help them channel their intensities for good.

Recognizing GiftednessRecognizing Giftedness in Diverse Populations ~ The Fissure (Emily VR)
At first, for some, discussing this might feel uncomfortable. It should make us uncomfortable. If we can get past the initial stigma of the “gifted” word, and if we can defend that advocacy, then we can admit that common screening practices are far from perfect, and that they need our immediate attention. If we ignore this problem, we are failing the children – our children – most in need of help.

recognizing giftednessReflections in a Pond: Recognizing Giftedness in Our Children and Ourselves ~ Teach Your Own (Lori Dunlap)
Somehow the “gifted” label seemed like something that only applied in school, something that didn’t really have any relevance once I reached adulthood. As I see myself reflected back to me in my son these days, it’s so very clear how much he’s like me when I was his age, and how much we have in common even now.

Recognizing Giftedness Second Chances: Recognizing Giftedness in Our Children and Ourselves~ Atlas Educational (Lisa Swaboda)
Through my children, I discovered myself. Though my realization came late in life, I still feel blessed in finally understanding. My mother died in her early 50s never realizing why she felt "different" and that pain will linger with me forever.  Now I know.  Now I understand so much.
And I owe it all to my children.

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Resources for Giftedness and Living with Gifted Children

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A Blog Hop is a way to discover and follow blogs, as well as share your own. Every month or two, we pose a topic, our blogging members discuss it, and we link to their posts. GHF blog hops include bloggers from around the world, all of them committed to articulating the unique concerns, needs, and perspectives of gifted/2e families, especially (but not exclusively) those who choose non-traditional education for their kids.

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