My children are now grown and most of
the issues of raising gifted children are behind me. My parenting journey was
made easier by those who went ahead of me, but paused occasionally to reach
back and lend me a hand or pass on some advice.
Having been the recipient of so much wisdom in my time, I pause now and
reach back to help those who are following behind me. Won’t you please pause for a moment to do the
same? Are there parents with younger children who could benefit from your “been
there, tried that” moments?
My journey has been fascinating and made so much easier and
more enjoyable by the small group of parents with whom I had the pleasure of
traveling it. We read and discussed parenting books and gifted books; we attended
lectures on underachievement and anxiety; we organized outings for our kids to
the Chicago Fed and local museums; we agonized over gifted programming in our
local schools; and when the time came we helped each other through our children’s college application processes.
I wish for each of you a cohort of parents who understand
what you are going through and make your travels a little bit easier and a
little bit more fun! Won’t you consider
organizing or joining a CGCC event or group and finding or building a cohort of your own?
As always, if you have suggestions or questions, please be
in touch: NewenkaDuMont@ChicagoGiftedCommunity.org.