Hello! I am so excited and honored to be contributing to The Shopping Mama! I’m at the beginning a life-long journey supporting my bright children. I don’t have a road map, but I’m trying to create one! Please join me!
Support and Community. These things are crucial to our well-being. When we are pregnant, we read websites, blogs, endless books and go to classes to learn about our pregnancies and how to give birth. Next, we learn what to do with a newborn- more books, websites and resources about how to feed, clothe and bathe your baby. Then, we learn how to take care of our toddlers- more books, websites, mommy & me classes and other resources. Wonderful support and a great sense of community.
After you have successfully survived the infant and toddler stages, you are generally on your own. Then, you start to notice your child’s distinct personality traits. Maybe it’s your three-year old reading chapter books. Maybe it’s your 4 yr old doing multiplication. Or, perhaps, it is your 5 yr old mastering complex science topics with ease. Your child stands out- and you are left thinking: what do I do? Where are my websites, books, resources, classes- where is my community?
Good news! Communities are out there- you just have to search a little harder. I’m still at the beginning of this journey and I know I have a lot to learn. Though many of these resources contain the word “gifted,” even if your child isn’t labeled, they contain wonderful tips and ideas for everyone seeking to enhance their child’s learning.
Here are websites that I’ve found extremely helpful:
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page. This website is the gold standard for all things related to gifted children. There are hundreds of resources there for parents, students and teachers. You can learn about everything from testing to books; from games and toys to schools. It is a great starting point- and I always recommend that friends check out this site when they notice their kids are needing more.
SENG- Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. Their website says it best: “SENG seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them, about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons.” So important, because being bright isn’t only about what you can learn. Check this site out for tips and resources!
Prufrock Press. A publishing company supporting gifted and advanced learners- they have in-depth magazines, books and other resources. A great place when you want to know even more!
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Another great site, full of resources for parents of gifted kids! Even if you’re not a homeschooler, there is so much to learn- especially with summer at our doorsteps. They have information on activities and ways to challenge your kids.
Supporting your bright children becomes much easier when you don’t feel isolated and alone- We ALL need community!
Do you have great resources for your children? Please share!