Mother and SonIf you are the parent of a gifted child, I don’t need to tell you what it’s like. But I may have to assure you that you aren’t alone. I remember when I was starting out on my journey through gifted parenting. More often than not, I felt like I had to be the only parent facing the issues I was facing.

I should add that this was back in the days before the World Wide Web. It wasn’t easy to find people who understood what I was going through. No parent of a gifted child should feel alone.  Not ever.

My journey started in 1988 when I learned I would finally be a mom, something I’d wanted for a very long time. The very last thing on my mind was the concept of giftedness. It wasn’t on my mind at all! After my son was born, I went from joy to confusion to concern and back to sheer joy.  Then my son had to start school.

That’s when I really started feeling alone and really needed some support. Fortunately, around this time Internet services like Prodigy became available. I jumped in and found some absolutely wonderful people, including Carolyn K., founder of the Hoagies Gifted Website. It was a small group, but we were able to share our stories and provide both support and advice. I know just how important that can be. And we had fun. That’s important too.

Although I had some long-distance support, I still felt alone, especially in the early days when I didn’t understand much about giftedness, but knew my son was not quite like most of the other kids his age. As bad as that was, though, it got so much worse once my son started kindergarten. I worked hard advocating for my son, and while I wasn’t usually very successful, I did manage a few times to get my son what he needed, and I learned a great deal along the way, knowledge I’d like to share with you.

So read my stories and know that although your experiences might differ a bit from mine, you are not alone.  Don’t let anyone tell you something about your child that you know is not true and enjoy being with your child. They grow up fast.

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If you are the parent of a gifted child, I don't need to tell you what it's like. But I may have to assure you that you aren't alone. I remember when I was starting out on my journey through gifted parenting. More often than not, I felt like...