Giftedness Can Present Itself In Many Different Ways

I try to post about all things gifted once the dust has settled, tears have dried, and the head stops spinning.

Give Me A Minute – Got A Few Things To Say

Parenting, Giftedness, Education, Life...there will be no rhyme or reason to this post. It is what we, around here affectionately call "verbal vomit". (You know, when you really

Absolutely Infected

Original Story Date: January, 2011 In this age of advanced medicine and powerful, albeit controversial, childhood immunizations, I find myself chuckling here on the sidelines of the game

We cannot go it alone, nor should we try. As a parent of a gifted kid you will have questions (you may not want to ask them, or even admit that you have them) and the longer you sit with unanswered questions, the more worried, anxious, stressed you will become.


Gifted kids have their own set of unique needs, socially, emotionally, physically, and yes, academically. Getting those needs identified is normally the first step (sometimes it is more like validation and confirmation), and finding a way to meet their needs is the next step. Resources for gifted kids are out there, and connecting with these resources may just be the first step towards your gifted kid finding their tribe!


Parents of gifted kids need support and resources. The gifted kids themselves, need support and resources. But what about once those gifted kids grow up? Do they stop being gifted? Do their needs just magically go away? Do they all of a sudden lose their giftedness? Well, gifted kids become gifted adults, and some can eventually come full circle and find themselves the parent of a gifted child (still a gifted adult). Those gifted kids then move several more decades along in life, and one day they find themselves as a gifted elder. (never having lost their giftedness, but in many cases their “gifted needs” have been forgotten, overlooked, neglected, or just not acknowledged. Knowing that giftedness doesn’t wane across the lifespan, acknowledging a gifted being’s needs for their entire life is crucial. And the time to start acknowledging those needs is now.

“We did not hear the word gifted as a child. We thought we were odd. Even as we age, it is difficult to say aloud, “I am a gifted adult.” We realize the differences in our reasoning, but mostly in our feelings. When loved ones hurt, we feel physical pain. A breathtaking sunset brings tears to our eyes. We lie awake at night, wishing we could set things right in the world. We labor to internalize the wisdom of Candide to tend our own garden; and, when we do so, it is with an intensity that could ignite the universe.”
Joy Navan

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