psychmom Posted February 6, 2012 Share Posted February 6, 2012 First one: http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/i-hate-hearing-about-your-gifted-child/ And a thoughtful response: http://awayfromtheoven.com/2012/02/02/so-you-hate-hearing-about-my-gifted-child/ I felt really discouraged after reading some of the comments from the first blog. While I can understand that it's annoying to hear other people brag, it bothers me how dismissive people are of the concept of giftedness. Everyone seems to have a story about someone they know who was so smart but turned out so poorly! So therefore they make it seem like it's not an important trait at all or that it is undesirable. This seems so wrong to me--giftedness is just one aspect of a person, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. If a child is gifted in athletics or art rather than academics are we so dismissive? I truly hope I don't brag about my children. I love them dearly and of course I like to talk about them, but believe me, I know they are far from perfect. After all, I live with them. With my dd7 in particular, it was really hard to brag about her reading at a young age when she wasn't toilet trained until she was 6 (and actually still has problems--but that's another story!). In fact, when people comment about how bright she is, I often feel the need to make a comment about one of her weaknesses just so it doesn't seem like I think she is somehow superior to others. I'm trying to break this habit, but it's hard. Anyway, sorry to rant, but I know many of you can understand these feelings! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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