You are Not a Teacher

Raising a gifted child is interesting, to say the least.  Teaching a gifted child is even more interesting!  Especially if they’re twice-exceptional.   Here’s the thing: you are not a teacher when you homeschool a gifted child.  You are a guide, a mentor, an alarm clock, a chauffeur – but you are not a teacher.  That’s because gifted kids often learn in different ways than neurotypical kids, and the traditional teaching model may not work.



Emerging Social Anxiety


“Mom, my stomach feels weird,” he said.  Cue nurse mode: “are you getting sick?” I asked, already scanning for a good place to pull the car over and wondering where I put that barf bag that I kept just for this reason.

“No.  I’m just scared to go to this outing.”  I wanted to cry.  Why does it seem like my children are fighting my own demons instead of triumphing and conquering the world like kids should?



Should We Grade Skip As Homeschoolers?


The research and anecdotal evidence out there is pretty clear when it comes to gifted students in traditional school – acceleration of some sort is needed for gifted students.  Grade skipping – jumping students ahead one grade or more – is one kind of acceleration, and often the easiest for the schools to deal with.

What about homeschooled students?  Do they need to skip a grade?  Should homeschool students graduate early and go to college at a young age?  It depends.



The Crisis You Don’t Hear About


If I need a cardiologist, I can have my pick of them around here.  Dermatologists are a dime a dozen.  Oncologists, neurologists, and even urologists are easy to find.  I can make an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon and get in to see him within 2 weeks.

That’s not what I need right now.  That’s not why I’ve spent hours searching my health care’s website and cursing the provider search function.  I gave up in frustration and asked for help in a local parent’s group: we need a developmental pediatrician.