See what kept stopping me was that I felt a little ashamed. Knowing I'd share that post, hoping others would, I felt...like I was being a braggart? Maybe like I was being immodest or obnoxious? I don't know why. I'm gifted. My kids are gifted. I know there are parents out there that would love to 'make' that situation happen. I know that there are a lot of people that would consider it a 'privilege' or ideal...they need to read Jen Merrill's book.
Because I will tell you, it's not about being 'smarter', knowing more, or being better. It's just about how you learn, and no one should feel bad about how they learn. Now, I can't place the blame solely on those outside the gifted community. I have many, many, many facebook pages/communities that pop up on my feed daily. I have multiple forum emails that come in my email. I mostly read and move on because others have more expertise or because I have an opinion I know to be unappreciated (ie do not give your 2 or 3 year old curriculum, even gifted kids learn through play, play with them). I see, from SOME, a pretty nasty attitude. I have to emphasize the some because most people I know personally-the one's I've made friends with and a ton besides those-are absolutely not like this. But in some of the posts I see this elitist attitude and I know others have picked up on it and thought "well gifted people are jerks!"
|Quoting Lady Gaga-aw yeah. Those shoes are awful.|
It's not something I ever planned on running around screaming "I'm GIFFFTTTEEEDDDD" but I shouldn't feel 'icky' talking about what it's like to parent and teach gifted kids as a gifted adult. No one should feel bad discussing the various issues that come with being a gifted adult. If you aren't all 'I'm giftedddd you arenn'tttt' there's nothing to feel bad about. I am me, I was a gifted kid and you don't grow out of it. That means there are things you have to adjust for, deal with, live with as an adult. I should and will bring it up when it's relevant. I should not feel bad about bringing it up, I will be working on not feeling embarrassed or like I'm bragging when I talk about or write about those issues.
It doesn't make me more awesome, more important, or more interesting, all of that comes from just me being me ;)