GRO Gifted Parenting Talk Single – Session 4
Session 4 – How to talk everyone else….Family, Friends, Doctors and Mental Health Professionals
How to talk everyone else….Family, Friends, Doctors and Mental Health Professionals
Your child has been identified as gifted. Parents may greet this information with a mixture of pride and apprehension. Though some are excited to share the news, others are hesitant, even fearful to do so. What does it really mean and if you tell people, how will they react? Many parents of gifted children are afraid to bring the subject up, are battle weary from feeling like a failure as a parent because their children are so complex and do not behave like other children their age, or are so worn out by bad advise they just start to isolate thinking no one is ever going to understand. So often parents go to “professionals” for help, only to be told that giftedness is a non-issue, and if they just parented differently their children would act like others their age. Though many parents understand the whole person aspect of giftedness, unfortunately, most people do not. Even friends and relatives often don’t realize that things that helped them be successful parents, won’t work for you with your children. This problem is exasperated by the current emphasis on standardization. There is no longer room for sensitive child to dream, for the creative child to create or the curious child to learn what they want to learn. This session will provide parents with language and information to help create empathy and understanding for both the child and themselves as parents.