Supporting Exhausted Parents of Gifted Children

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”

~ Jerry Blumengarten

After insisting that ‘duct tape’ was not the answer, the moderator introduced the first question of this chat which involved considering why parents of gifted children are so exhausted. The responses were varied and not always expected. “They are often screaming into the wind trying to get assistance for the very child who is exhausting them at home.” “Because gifted and 2E kids do not have an off-switch – they are on full pace full intensity 24/7!””They’re often married to OTHER gifted people, which adds an entirely new layer to the whole dynamic.” “Even finding a sitter can be difficult!” The full transcript can be found on this blog.

Participants offered some strategies to help parents deal with the stress. “Just keep swimming. Find a tribe, read the books, have a plan A-Z.” “Cut yourself some slack. It’s not about being super parent.” “Do not rely on traditional parenting advice! Time outs and giving choices never worked for me!” “Don’t worry about the opinions of people who don’t live under your roof: friends, family, teachers, bosses, etc.”

Links:

Why Parenting a Gifted Child Is Lonely

Teaching Techniques for Inattentive and Overactive Children (Silverman)

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: Lost Treasures

Parenting Gifted Children

Probably 5 Challenges of Raising Gifted Children (That You Never Thought Of)

How to Recognize a Parent of a Gifted Child

Gifted Children: Where to Find Help

“I Don’t Brag About My Gifted Kid” from @laughingatchaos

“If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?” by @laughingatchaos via @GiftedHF

“Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children” from @GiftedHF

“Parenting a Gifted Child Is …” from @SENG_Gifted

A Parents’ Guide to Gifted Children (Webb, Gore, Amend, DeVries)

Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children (DeLisle)

Cybraryman’s Coping Strategies Page  

Books and Book Reviews from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners

Giftedness 101 by Linda Silverman

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Posted on June 12, 2013, in Emotional intensity, family, parenting, Parents and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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