I have a well meaning friend that fancies herself an educational specialist who cannot seem to stop herself from constantly lecturing me that I should stop labeling my child. She thinks that I am obsessed with trying to create some odd little freak and that I "should find a hobby and get a life." She firmly believes that because my parenting and educational choices are different from hers then I am doing something wrong. What she doesn't get is that her generic parenting and educational advice just does not apply to us. I am not a parent who was searching for a label but rather, I am an involved parent who finally realized that educating my son at home was our only choice...at least for now.
Being gifted is not a label...it's a lifestyle.
Co existing with gifted children completely alters your life because, at least in my case, they are incredibly intense, sensitive and emotional. Everything they experience is amplified and therefor one must navigate carefully so as not to create more stress and anxiety than necessary. My children are not sheltered from real life but, instead, they are experiencing it in a different way than most. I am constantly gleaning more insight as to how my kids tick.
It is a daily learning lesson.
Some days are delightful...mostly when we stick to our regularly scheduled program. At home everyone is happily playing and learning independently or collaboratively.
When we venture out one never knows what to expect. They might be enjoyable or they might seem like wild animals that need to go back in their cage.
Life is unpredictable with precocious kids replete with many highs and lows and a lot of confusion...on my part, not theirs. I am understanding more and more how to head off disequilibrium before I have too many overexcitabilities to deal with it once. The hardest part is when we schedule outtings with our "normal" friends and I feel like I have to constantly explain the idiosyncracies. It is easier being around our like minded gifted homeschooling friends because they get it...all of it, and I don't need to constantly apologize for my unique and sometimes challenging children.