144: Supporting Your Gifted Child


Is your child gifted?


Do you wonder if they’re gifted but aren’t quite sure?


Do you want to know how to support your gifted child’s learning in a way that doesn’t pressure them or make them resist working with you?


If so, this episode will help.


I have to say, I wasn’t sure where this one was going to end up.  I was really uneasy about the concept of giftedness from the outset, perhaps because the way I had previously come into contact with it was through our conversation with Dr. Allison Roda, from whom we learned how some parents manipulate the Gifted & Talented program in New York City to perpetuate segregated education.


But even so, I tried to go into the research with an open mind.  What if it’s just the G&T programs as they’re set up in New York City that are the problem, not the entire concept of giftedness itself?


The good news is that there’s a good deal of evidence on what kinds of programs benefit gifted children.  And in this episode I end up arguing that we shouldn’t just put gifted children in them, but that all children would benefit from learning using these methods.



You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher

I also wanted to remind you that the You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher workshop starts this coming Monday September 13!


If you’re the parent of a child who’s old enough to ask questions through the end of elementary school and you want to:

  • Support their intrinsic love of learning and confidence as a learner…
  • WITHOUT doing worksheets or curriculum, (unless your child enjoys doing them!)…
  • WITHOUT just spending your time on reading and math, but instead…
  • Using your child’s interests as a jumping off point to deep, intrinsically motivated learning…

Then you BELONG in the You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher workshop!


In just five days you’ll see how they really can learn all the traditional school subjects through their own interests, and gain the confidence you need to know you’re giving them the best possible start, whether you’re:

  • Homeschooling
  • Public or private-schooling
  • Not working or are working full-time outside the home

We’d love to see you in the workshop – and it’s totally free!


Just click the picture below to learn more and sign up.



About the author, Jen

Jen Lumanlan (M.S., M.Ed.) hosts the Your Parenting Mojo podcast (www.YourParentingMojo.com), which examines scientific research related to child development through the lens of respectful parenting.

Her Finding Your Parenting Mojo membership group supports parents in putting the research into action in their real lives, with their real families. Find more info at www.YourParentingMojo.com/Membership

She also launched the most comprehensive course available to help parents decide whether homeschooling could be right for their family. Find out more about it – and take a free seven-question quiz to get a personalized assessment of your own homeschooling readiness at www.YourHomeschoolingMojo.com

And for parents who are committed to public school but recognize the limitations in that system, she has a course to help support children's learning in school at https://jenlumanlan.teachable.com/p/school

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