I clearly remember the day we found out our son was gifted. We made an appointment for testing after receiving some rather unexpected news from the preschool classroom that our heretofore sweet-natured 3 year old was experiencing frustration in the classroom. He was a precocious talker, so we wondered if circle time might be just a little bit boring?
After a full morning of testing, our son was happy as a clam doing brain teasers with the "learning doctor." And we learned on the spot that he was way off the bell curve. "Profoundly gifted."
As he went to sleep that night, he wistfully asked, "Mommy, will I ever see Dr. Fred again?" And Michael and I asked each other, "Now what?"
I dug in and started learning all I could about kids like ours. Luckily I was working part time then, so I had time to research the myriad resources (some much better than others): websites, books, parent forums, school research. I made appointments with experts. We invested hours and hours. And it was all so hard. I felt like I was reinventing the wheel. And I felt alone. It's hard to talk about your kids' intellectual giftedness without sounding like you're bragging.
But fast forward nearly 12 years. And here's the good news. It doesn't have to be so hard. In fact, this "gifted" life is crazy fun once you access the best resources and learn some basics, like recognizing when typical parenting advice isn't likely to work for your family and, at all times, trusting your parental intuition! And I've already spent hours and hours of my time learning all I can so you don't have to--I'm happy to pass what I've learned along to you.
So my nutshell advice for NOW WHAT?
Start here: Guiding the Gifted Child by James Webb.
And let's schedule some time together.