My view: The joys and challenges of raising a gifted child
Chandra Mosely and her daughter, Nya.
August 23rd, 2012
10:24 AM ET

My view: The joys and challenges of raising a gifted child

Editor's note: We here at Geek Out! found this perspective on gifted children from our colleagues at "Schools of Thought" quite interesting. Do you identify with the struggles of being gifted and having parents who are not always prepared for the realities of a high IQ? Chandra Moseley is a working, single mom. A resident of a Colorado city, she makes sure to expose her gifted daughter to small-town living through weekly trips to the Rocky Mountains.

My daughter, who is 5, was identified last year as "gifted.” Well, I honestly had never properly understood what being "gifted" meant. I naively thought, "Oh, my baby is so advanced, she is just so smart!”

For those of you who are truly unaware of what being gifted means, let me help you understand.

Gifted students are defined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) as those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.

The part of the definition that’s missing – and what I so desperately needed to understand – is the social and behavioral issues that may come with giftedness.

For one thing, my daughter, Nya, is a perfectionist. She gets frustrated even if she only slightly draws outside of the lines. She also gets unnerved by certain loud noises (buzzing or toilets flushing) and even the seams on her socks.  I’ve had to turn her socks inside out because the seam on her toes irritated her so much. I thought she was just being fussy.

I became aware of Nya’s giftedness through Rev. Regina Groff, a family member’s minister, who noticed the way Nya was coloring when she was just 2. Rev. Groff has gifted children of her own and recognized Nya's frustration each time she drew outside of the lines. That type of frustration and overexcelling is all part of the perfectionism characteristic of being gifted. Just that simple act of frustration revealed her giftedness at the right time that day.

There are other characteristics of giftedness that for many, including my daughter, are telltale signs – excessive energy, unending curiosity, emotionally advanced, early and superior language skills or a need for perfectionism. Gifted children might have supersensitivities, and that’s what was going on with the loud noises and her socks.

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  1. Alexandra Vargas

    Hi, thank you very much for this post, specially to Chandra, my six years old daugther is also a gifted child, and I feel very identified by your history, is sad that in my country we don´t have schools that help us with her studies, the people and teachers don't really understand her, it's been dificult to understand myself, how I should to control the situacion, but I will keep trying with much love. Good luck and thank you again for share your history.

    September 11, 2012 at 11:36 am |
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    August 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  3. Robert

    Her kid is gifted? Who really cares? Just about every other parent has an alleged gifted kids. At what point are they just simply kids? I mean seriously, bass road is gifted thing around like it's meaningless.face it most of these kids are just slightly above normal.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  4. wrenthefaceless

    What does this article have to do with 'Geek Culture' exatly?

    August 23, 2012 at 11:17 am |