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Parenting Discussion Groups now forming (SENG)

August 31, 2010

Parenting Discussion Groups

Sept 28-Nov 16, 2010



CGA Members Only (JOIN NOW)

Cost: $100, includes book: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. Click here for excerpt from book. note: If you already own the book, the class cost is reduced to $75.

Class size is limited, REGISTER starting Sept 3, 2010. Registration deadline is September 22.

“ ‘Gifted and talented’ is not something you can take up lightly on free weekends. It’s something that’s going to affect everything about your life, twenty-four hours a day, 365 ¼ days a year,” said one gifted teen in the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb.

Webb’s book will be the basis of this fall’s SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Parenting Group, which will begin Tuesday, September 28th. The group will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 am at Coppell First United Methodist Church from September 28th – November 16th.

Last year’s group consisted of a dozen or so members led by a moderator who together explored topics from the book such as stress and idealism to twice-exceptional students (gifted children with behavioral problems or learning disabilities) and peer pressure . Group members had children ranging from kindergarten to high school, but the topics were applicable to all gifted children: Why does my child seem so sensitive? Why is my child such a perfectionist? I know she’s smart; why isn’t she making better grades? My child isn’t interested in what other kids are interested in. How can I help him find his niche?

In Webb’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, he dispels many of the myths of parenting a gifted child. He brings to light the distinct pleasures of parenting a gifted child such as helping them hone a specialized skill, to the more challenging issues like the child who wants to negotiate his punishment.

Participating in the SENG parenting group provides parents a safe haven to discuss the unique issues that come with having a gifted child. Some parents feel uncomfortable discussing these unique challenges with friends. Others know that the concerns they have are atypical for other children. It’s here that parents can receive education, support and advice to help their gifted child succeed at home, as well as advocate for them at school.

“The textbook was great, but it was just a starting off point,” said a parent participant from last year. “The discussion with other parents really put it into place.  Their experiences — what worked and what didn’t — provided a lot more insight into meeting my child’s needs and addressing different parenting situations.”

Many parents left feeling encouraged and a little wiser about what it means to be gifted and to be the parent of a gifted child. In Webb’s book, Carol Strip and Gretchen Hirsch summed up what the parenting experience can feel like: “Parenting a gifted child is like living in a theme park full of thrill rides. Sometimes you smile. Sometimes you gasp. Sometimes you scream. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you gaze in wonder and astonishment. Sometimes you’re frozen in your seat. Sometimes you’re proud. And sometimes the ride is so nerve-racking, you can’t do anything but cry.”

If you have any additional questions, please contact our SENG parent facilitators, Joan Bush and Julie Madigan.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2010 12:42 pm

    Being part of a SENG discussion group was a great experience for me. I learned so much about my children and our whole family. It was a safe place to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of raising these quirky little kids we love. The book was packed with useful information and I got great ideas from the fellow group members. I would highly recommend investing the time in a SENG discussion group for any parent of gifted children.

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    August 31, 2010 1:45 pm

    I participated in SENG last Fall and truly enjoyed it. I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about all things gifted but learned so much from our SENG sessions. My fellow SENG-ers were so helpful with their insights and ideas. I especially valued and still value the input and suggestions from parents whose children are older than mine. A great experience that I highly recommend. You won’t know how much you appreciate this group until you are actually participating in it.

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