Articles for Families

Parenting Lessons

by Shari Hill As we begin another year, we tend to reflect on the past. Though I find the “should haves," "could haves," and "wish I hads,” a waste of energy, I do have some constructive thoughts to share from parenting my own brood. I wish I knew then that... The...

Advocacy

by Edward R. Amend Summer is here — the SENG conference is coming and I am excited to have this opportunity to address the supporters of SENG in advance of my keynote at the upcoming conference. As I sat in front of the computer and reflected upon the message I hoped...

Encouraging Emotional Intelligence

Encouraging Emotional Intelligence Author: Steven I. Pfeiffer  Citation; From The SENG Update, October 2006    We know that in the U.S. today, the prevalence of mental health problems among children and youth — including those who are gifted — is alarmingly high. Some...

Focus on Learning

by Wenda Sheard Each school year brings new expectations. All over the world, parents and teachers tell children “earn good grades” and “do your best” in school. In the case of gifted children, however, giving such advice can be problematic. In this article, I’ll...

Teenager Logic

by Nadia Webb For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. -  H.L. Mencken Adolescence is a time of daydreaming about the future, sometimes fearfully, but usually with great optimism. This is developmentally as it should be. The job...

Teaching Gifted Learners to Manage Stress in High School

by Elizabeth Shaunessy Stress can be experienced by gifted high school students who are often guided to take rigorous academic preparation, such as the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment in college while concurrently in high...

Gifted Education: What I Wished I Knew Sooner!

by Carolyn Kottmeyer I started learning about gifted education by accident of birth: my first daughter’s birth. As with most things she’s taught me, I had no idea I was learning at first. Over the years, I’ve learned a great deal about gifted education; and there are...

What I’ve Learned from Parents of Gifted Children

by Arlene DeVries That bright enthusiastic parent who reaches out to you with a warm, “Hello,” seems to have everything going for him or her. Who would guess under that façade is one who may be experiencing feelings of frustration, alienation, and confusion about the...

Basic Recipe for Parent Advocates

by Mary Lovell Recipe Makes One Serving: As parents, we are our children’s first advocates* -- their first voice. Most parents advocate for their children in some way, but for those of us with gifted children, we often come to that point quite by accident. We find our...

Holidays and the Spiritual Side of Giftedness

by Sheri Plybon Each year as holidays approach, I have a sense of inner turmoil: the season of giving, captured by the intense commercialism to give presents to all relatives, friends, and a few acquaintances in the office Secret Santa. But the giving of a gift rarely...

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