When my daughter was eight years old I figured
out that the end of soccer season was a real problem for her. It took me a while to put it all
together. At the start of the school
year, everything was fine. She got along
with her sister. She was happy enough to
go to school. She could tamp down her perfectionist tendencies long enough to
get her homework done. She could get to sleep and stay asleep. Then mid-November tempers flared, homework
took forever, and she couldn’t sleep, became moody, and didn’t want to go to
school. Oh my.
Turns out she really needs exercise to
keep herself balanced mentally. And I mean
all out completely exhausting physical exertion. What a valuable lesson for her,
and one she has been able to embrace over time.
She learned to take on sports year round, and later to take up running,
something you can almost always do. She
trained for a marathon in high school, and played high level club ultimate
(Frisbee) for years. She chose a college
in southern California, so she could do outdoor activities, such as hiking and
unicycle riding, year round. And when she
moved to New York City for her first job, finding a gym was her top priority,
followed by joining the work yoga group and two different dancing groups.
And it turns out this is not unusual
for highly gifted children! Who knew?
Come join us in November for a discussion of the psychomotor overexcitabilities
found in many gifted children and how these relate to AD/HD. Learn more!