Welcome to the wonderful world of having a gifted/2e child! I know it doesn’t feel wonderful at times. It sometimes feels overwhelming, frustrating, and bewildering. The reality is these children offer us a unique opportunity to grow as individuals and parents. Below is a collection of posts that I hope will encourage you as you seek to effectively parent your own gifted/2e child.
I also have one extensive page dedicated to resources specifically about parenting 2e children. Children who are 2e have their own set of unique needs and I address many of those on that page.
Parenting Gifted and Twice-Exceptional (2e) Children
These are general posts I have written about giftedness/2e children since understanding my own child is gifted. This list includes posts primarily about parenting and family.
Gifted Children Don’t Know Life Any Other WayWhen You Begin to See Your Child as a Problem to Be Solved6 Ways Having a Gifted Child Changed My LifeAdjusting Expectations as the Parent of a Gifted ChildGiftedness and Family RelationshipsLiving Simply with a Gifted ChildThe Joys of a Gifted ChildGifted Children and TransitionsOf Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a Gifted Child, and a Husband Trying to Keep Up
Gifted/2e Children Testing and Therapy
There are many opinions regarding whether or not children should be tested for giftedness. We opted for testing for some very specific reasons which I explain in these posts. I also explore the positives and negatives from our experiences.
Discovering Your Child is Gifted – Does it matter?Should I Have My Gifted Child Tested?No One Understands Your Child Like You – The Downside of Gifted Child TestingOccupational Therapy for Dysgraphia or Writing Problems
Gifted/2e Children and Learning, Education, and Homeschooling
Having a gifted or 2e child will have a tremendous impact on your educational choices. These posts deal with testing, learning, education, and homeschooling a gifted/2e child.
The Loneliness of Homeschooling a Gifted ChildGifted Children in the Classroom from a Teacher’s Perspective100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Gifted DaughterClassical Conversations Negatives and Why We Didn’t JoinGifted Children Who Don’t Fit Grade Level Parameters5 Tips for Homeschooling a Gifted ChildRelaxed Homeschooling Curriculum for a Creative Gifted ChildHomeschooling Curriculum for Gifted/2e Visual-Spatial LearnersThe Day I Called the Public Elementary School – When Homeschooling is HardMy Child Hates Busy Bags (and Other Gifted Child Realities)Wholesome Reading for Visual Learners
Raising Gifted Children in the Christian Faith
In this series, I looked at the unique challenges we have faced raising a gifted child in the Christian faith. Church settings are often a challenge for gifted/2e children. Gifted children also face truth, questions and death differently than neuro-typical children. How do we effectively disciple our gifted children in the Christian faith? What do we do when meeting our child’s needs runs directly contrary to the expectations of a church’s leadership and membership? How do we handle the tough spiritual questions that often come much earlier than we would expect?
Raising Gifted Children in the Christian FaithThinking about Gifted/2e from a Christian PerspectiveDisciplining Gifted and 2e Children in the Christian FaithGifted and 2e Children at ChurchGifted and 2e Children Asking Hard Spiritual QuestionsChildren Who Struggle with Church – An Update
Books on Parenting Gifted Children
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Revised EditionParenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted ChildrenEmotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings (2nd ed.)Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and AdultsRaising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success HandbookThe Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and UnderCreativity and GiftednessMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders
Perspectives on Parenting a Gifted Child – A Series of Personal Stories
I find it very helpful to learn about the experiences of other parents. I asked parents to share their stories about what it is like to parent a gifted child. The result is an interesting mix of stories that are completely different, but also share numerous similarities.
Perspectives on Parenting a Gifted Child – A Series of Personal StoriesThe Key Was Understanding Twice-Exceptional (2e) – Sallie’s StoryWriting at Age 2 Wasn’t in the Baby Books – Kathleen’s StoryMissing the Gifted Overexcitabilities – Doresa’s StoryProfoundly Gifted is a Whole New Ballgame – Cait’s StoryEmbracing the Gifted Label – Renee’s StoryParenting Multiple Gifted Children – Heather’s Story
Gifted and Female – A Series of Personal Stories
All gifted children face challenges, but gifted girls face their own unique set. I asked for stories from gifted woman and received this wonderful group. These women wrote about their experiences and what they would tell parents of gifted daughters. The following stories are honest and thought-provoking.
Gifted and Female – A Series of Personal StoriesGiftedness, Loneliness, and Faith – Christy’s StoryGifted, Different and Imposter Syndrome – Vanessa’s StoryGifted, Depressed and Embracing Individuality – Julia’s StoryGifted/2e, Stealth Dyslexia and a Mother’s Support – Nicole’s StoryEmbracing Multipotentiality as a Gifted Adult – Heather’s StoryDiscovering Giftedness as an Adult – Mary’s Story
Parenting a Differently Wired Child
Before I realized Caroline was gifted, I wrote quite a bit about children who are wired differently. These posts are also highly relevant to the gifted child as well.
Identifying and Understanding the Red Zone with Your Spirited ChildThe Reality of Holiday Overwhelm for Highly Sensitive ChildrenWhen Attending Church is Painful – Highly Sensitive Children and AdultsRaising a Highly-Sensitive and Spirited ChildRaising a Spirited Child and Feeling Like a Bad MotherGetting Spirited Children to Sleep and Related ChallengesRaising and Embracing Your Spirited ChildEncouragement for Parents of Differently-Wired ChildrenHighly Sensitive Children, Shy Children, and Spanking
Homeschooling Children Who Learn Differently
We homeschool because we believe it is the best choice for our daughter and family. These are posts I wrote about homeschooling before I knew she was gifted. They touch on many of the same issues and opportunities faced by gifted parents.
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling a Right Brained ChildHomeschool Curriculum for a Right Brained, Spirited ChildA Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative, Dreamer ChildMust Have Items for Homeschooling a Creative GirlWhy I Homeschool in the Afternoon and Not the MorningTeaching Our Spirited, Active Child to ReadOur Family’s Experience with MinecraftAre You Choosing the Wrong Learning Materials for Your Child?