Loving the Unexpected Gifts of Giftedness



Life's challenges often bring unexpected gifts. This certainly holds true when parenting and educating gifted and twice-exceptional kids. Read GHF's latest blog hop to discover the unexpected joys, kindnesses, and pleasures these unique children bring to our lives.


unexpected gifts6 Ways Having a Gifted Child Changed My Life ~ Sallie Borrink Learning

Caroline's giftedness frankly drives much of our lives. Parents of gifted children (or children with significant health needs) will understand this. My entire life has morphed into something I never saw coming. I never thought I would be writing about children who are wired differently. I never thought I would be writing about giftedness and twice-exceptional children. This very website you are reading is what it is because I have a gifted child. So having a gifted child has changed my life. How? Here are six ways.

unexpected gifts10 Things to Understand and (maybe even eventually) Love about Homeschooling a Gifted Kid ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis Cox)

I have been homeschooling for more than a handful of years now and have had many ups and downs. When there are downs, they are mostly because I have difficulty interacting with my son and prefer to control the flow of our homeschool day. When there are ups, they are because I have learned to understand the needs and wants of my child. Here are the 10 things that I have learned to understand and love even as they continue to challenge me.

unexpected giftsA Love Letter to Giftedness ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

Dear Giftedness, You've been here so long that I can't remember life without you. We've had a tumultuous relationship, haven't we? I haven't always appreciated your presence, and god knows I've wanted to send you back more than once. But it hasn't all been challenge and chaos, and it's time I let you know just what about you I enjoy and respect.

unexpected giftsAsynchronous Beauty ~ Go School Yourself (Chavva Olander)

The obstacles of raising asynchronous learners are far outmatched by the rewards. Through our lifestyle of boundless and completely personalized learning, my daughters have the opportunity to grow and develop without the imposition of external forces reminding them how they measure up, whether they're ahead or behind, and what they're too old or too young for.

unexpected giftsComically Gifted ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)

Gifted children are not gifted across the board and do not always excel in all areas—there's intellectually gifted, musically gifted, artistically gifted, gifted in science or math or technology. And just in case you may not have thought about it before, I believe we also have comically gifted children and adults, too.

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The Gift of Giftedness ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)

There are a lot of things written about the challenges that come with raising gifted and intense children -- in fact, I write about them regularly. But what about the gifts? The unexpected joys that come with parenting outliers? There are so many of those, too...

unexpected giftsGrateful for All of It, No Exceptions: Loving the Unexpected Gifts of Giftedness ~ Teach Your Own (Lori Dunlap)

The Buddhists say that life is filled with 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows, and to those of us raising gifted children, this may seem a bit on the low side. I haven’t exactly kept count, but I’m pretty sure that during some of our more intense weeks we’ve hit at least 10,000 (maybe even 12,000 on a few occasions.)

unexpected giftsKeepsakes ~ Sprite's Site (Jo Freitag)

I am loving the unexpected gifts I am finding among the humorous greeting cards and thank you notes. They are much too precious to discard!

unexpected giftsNot Returning This Gift: How the Gifted Label Unexpectedly Helped My Child...and Me ~ The Fissure (Nikki C.)

The gifted label validated what I already knew, and it gave me peace of mind. After so many professionals had treated me like one of “those moms,” I no longer had to question whether I had done the right thing by pulling my son out of our school.


unexpected giftsQuick Wit and a Bone to Pick ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)

One of the most delightful perks of raising gifted children is their sparkling wit and offbeat sense of humor. Intellectual sarcasm and zany one liners are the social currency in this house of gifted outliers. The second most enjoyable and unnerving aspect of the gifted child is their love of argument. Sometimes I get into the joy of sparring with my child but other times I am left a mentally drained casualty victim of a drive-by diatribe on the pitfalls of the militant third wave feminists who are controlling Tumblr and Twitter. It is exhausting.

unexpected giftsThe Unexpected Gift of Giftedness: Homeschooling ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)

I expected homeschooling to be hard. I expected the first year of homeschooling to be scary at times. I expected to learn a lot about myself and about my son. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with homeschooling.

unexpected giftsYou Can't Return Your Gift ~ Atlas Educational (Lisa Swaboda)

Being called gifted is ironic because giftedness holds many unexpected surprises. Who doesn't like to receive a gift? Everyone does; but peeking inside is when the real adventure begins. There are no give backs with this one. For better or worse, your gifted child is stuck with all of the dreads and sorrows as well as the highs and exhilaration that come with giftedness. The trick is finding the good.

Resources for Living with Gifted Children


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The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Gifted Children
The Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children
Twice Exceptional—Smart Kids with Learning Differences
Gifted Cubed -- The Expanded Complexity of Race & Culture

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.

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