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Coping When Extended Family Doesn’t Get Giftedness

We started this chat with an endearing blog post from long-time #gtchat participant, Jo Freitag on her blog ~ Sprite’s Site. One of the storylines on Jo’s blog has followed the lives of the Tweet family and their gifted tweetlets. Tweet and Retweet, the parents, have had to cope with friends and family who simply don’t get ‘giftedness’.

Stories were related of less than satisfactory family relationships and strategies were shared on how to cope with family members who could not accept the idea of giftedness. The discussion entailed twice-exceptional children, homeschooling choices and the wide-range of sensory issues gifted parents must face. A full transcript may be found here.

Links:

A Review of Research on Parents & Families of Gifted Children (1983) from Davidson Gifted

Gifted Families Yahoo Group (Australia)

Resources for Parents of Gifted Children from SENG

Gifted Children, Gifted Parents

Texas A&M Edu Psych “Gifted 102” Class for Parents of Gifted Children  Dr Suzy Carroll

Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted 

A light-hearted view of family matters from Jo Freitag’s Sprite’s Site

Life in the Asynchronous Family (Kearney)

Family Counseling with the Gifted 

If This is a Gift, Can I send it Back?” book from Jen Merrill

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