Holiday stress is an issue that affects many families with gifted members. This week, Jade Rivera joined us to search for ways to alleviate this stress and enjoy the holiday season. Jade is an educator and consultant who specializes in gifted education for highly sensitive, asynchronous learners. She is hosting a Community Call on November 10th “Holiday Stress & The Gifted Family” for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
Many factors come into play when talking about why gifted children find the holidays difficult to enjoy. The disruption in their daily routine, high expectations of others, perfectionism, empathy for the less fortunate all contribute in some way to the anxiety they feel.
It is possible to prevent many of the negative reactions experienced during the holidays with planning in advance by talking to children and family members about expectations and what to do when it just gets to be ‘too much’. Developing a plan beforehand is key to experiencing a happy holiday season with your family. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
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This Halloween, Banish The Boo & Conquer The (Worry) Monster! by Dr. Dan Peters
A Recipe for a Peaceful Holiday Season from SENG Gifted
Dear Parents: Here’s How to Survive & Thrive at the Holidays from Pamela Price at Red, White and Grew
Happy Crappy Holidays! by Celi Trepanier of Crushing Tall Poppies
oliday Tips & Tricks for High Maintenance Introverts by Amy Harrington
Keeping my Sanity Through the Holidays with a 2E Child by Care Martin
Naked Holidays: Stripping for Low Stress by Wenda Sheard
Pinterest and the Myth of Holiday Perfection by Jen Merrill at Laughing at Chaos
Surviving the Christmas Season by Jo Freitag at Sprite’s Site
Last week, Jen Merrill, author of If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back? was our special guest. She is a longtime friend of #gtchat and it was particularly gratifying to chat with her. Jen’s book, published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, is a humorous look at life with a twice-exceptional child. As many parents can attest to, you have to laugh or you would cry, and cry and cry.
During the chat, Jen revealed that The Incredibles is one of her favorite movies because “It’s a GT family succeeding BECAUSE of their OEs [over-excitabilities], not despite them. They came out of hiding to use those gifts to help society. And society came to appreciate those gifts, even though they themselves didn’t have or understand them.”
After years of trying to work within the public school system, Jen eventually decided to homeschool her older son which has worked out well for her family.
Mona Chicks of Seattle summed up the joys of raising a 2ekid with this, “Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength I’m gonna need bail money to go with it.”
A full transcript of the chat can be found at http://txgifted.org/gtchat-transcripts .
Links from the chat:
Jen’s book at Amazon in print and for the Kindle ~ http://goo.gl/UMLKt
Jen’s book for the Nook ~ http://goo.gl/Adn4B
Jen’s blog, Laughing at Chaos ~ http://goo.gl/OT22t
More books from GHF Press ~ http://goo.gl/bfIjP
Jo Freitag has discussion notes on ‘The Incredibles’ ~ http://goo.gl/W57It
Articles on #Gifted & #2ekids from @GiftedHF ~ http://goo.gl/pw7qp