Finding Your Community

What is a Blog Hop?

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.

Read on to see what these awesome bloggers have to say about the importance of finding a community for yourself and your kids!


Both Normal and Extraordinary ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

Isn't that what we all want? To be both normal and extraordinary?


maggieBuilding Communities ~ The Learning Lab (Maggie McMahon)

Community is less of a tribe and more of a series of coinciding groups – often overlapping and frequently filling different needs.

kathleenCommunity ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

Finding other parents that understand our journey is particularly invaluable when no mainstream parenting book comes close to covering the variations in the journey. I must admit, I'm a bit of a reader and researcher (you might have noticed), so when I'm faced with a new situation, my instinct is to find the 'right' book. It should tell you a lot when I say I threw away all my parenting books. I threw away books.

careFinding Community ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)

Sitting on the verge of pneumonia, it's pretty easy to see where community would be really handy. But, you see, I get sick - really sick - probably once every two or three years. The last time was spring of 2012, and before that.. I don't even remember. So having a physically present community isn't an issue terribly often. It'd be nice, yes, but being able to connect, even if it's just digitally, with other people who are there, have been there, or just get it, is so incredibly necessary. Let me give you an example.

colleenFinding Community: Building a Support System Online and In-Person ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)

Community is important for every parent needing to bounce ideas off of others that have been where they are, but parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children often feel isolated and alone, despite their conversations with local friends and families. Online groups, blogs, and forums can help in complementary and different ways, making them as valuable as in-person groups. Have you found YOUR community?

joFinding Your Community: Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of GHF ~ Sprite's Site (Jo Freitag)

Gifted, 2E twice exceptional, and homeschooling families are all minority groups. It can be hard to find a community of like minds for people in any of those three groups and even harder if you are simultaneously in two or more of the groups. And if you also belong to an ethnic, racial, social or religious minority the search is even more difficult.

GHF: A Community for Asynchronous Learners ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)

While one local homeschool support group leader laughed in my face at the preposterous thought that my 4 year old could read Magic Tree House Books on his own and had completed Kindergarten Maths, the GHF community embraced me and helped me understand that I was not alone.

celi The Gifted Community ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)

Our gifted community is overflowing with people who have been there, done that, and they lend their support and knowledge freely and compassionately.


{Giveaway} A Little Community During the Holidays ~ (Jade Ann Rivera)

The holidays can be a lonely time for gifted and twice-exceptional families during the holidays. Thank goodness for the compassion and humor these families can find online at the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum!

madeline Grad School: Finally Fitting In ~ Madeline's Musing (Madeline Goodwin)

When I told my then-best-friend in Southern Oregon that I was going to take college classes at 13, her immediate response was “Why don’t you stay at your own level?” I replied, “I am staying at my own level.” That is a good example of the attitude I was met with at every turn for the next five years.

nicoledHave you found your community? ~ Patchwork Poppies (Nicole Diatto)

When I finally found my community, my "tribe", I felt liberated. It was like hitting the lottery. My heart fluttered with joy! Here were these people who walked a very similar path as me. Their children were much like mine, and it was as if a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.


carolyn Kaleidoscope Eyes and the Quantum 2e Revolutions ~ A 2e Fox Revived (Carolyn Fox)

There have been quantum 2e revolutions in terms of educational, technological, and social networking opportunities and it's been nothing short of astounding.

Let's Talk about Giftedness and Community ~ (Pamela Price)

One parent that Price reached out to about the topic said: "I would love to find a community for my gifted child. We live in a small, rural town. The reality is, there aren’t many- if any- kids like mine in town. I would love for him to feel a sense of community, to know others like him, to be able to express himself freely and without reservation.

Over Thinking Things and Community christy~ Christy's Houseful of Chaos (Christy Knockleby)

Over thinking can make it hard to interact with other people. Over thinking can mean worrying that what you will say because you can see the many ways that it could be misinterpreted. It can also mean saying something thinking it is clear as can be only to discover no one listening can understand it because they haven't thought about the three steps it took for you to get to that clear-as-day thought.

caitlinThe Quest for His Community ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)

I've found my community, but what about his?

We Are So Unrelatableamyh ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)

When you are a radical unschooling, freethinking atheist, unconditional parent to an agnostic atheist tech prodigy and an emotionally intense violence aficionado, weapon wielding brony, then your world becomes pretty small and seemingly unrelatable.

doresaWhy Professor X Needed a School for the Gifted ~ Key Destiny Academy (Doresa Jen)

Going back to my "mutant roots" let's talk about why Professor X, of the X-Men, needed a school for the gifted - and why us mere humans need such a community as well.

You Are Not Alonebob ~ Bob Yamtich

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.


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