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Hoagies' Blog Hop: The Power of Belonging

The Power of Belonging. We are all individuals, but we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.  Whether it's a family, a class, a school, a neighborhood, a state, country or civilization, belonging to something bigger than ourselves is an important part of our being.  But what if you don't feel you belong to anything?  Or you feel safe at home in your family, but feel so different from the rest of the kids in your classroom that you don't fit in?  What's the value of belonging?  What's the benefit of finding others "just like you?"  How does the Power of Belonging affect gifted children and adults?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Emotional Intelligence, Gifted Friendships and Forming Parent Groups, and even Gifted Elder Issues. Belonging is Important!

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Where do I belong? The gifted person’s lament by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Engaged, curious, and joyfully aware, young gifted children explore their world, expound upon what they discover, and push the limits with questions, intensity and passion. At some point, though, they realize that something is different about them. It might be their pace of learning, grasp of concepts, sensitivity, empathy, hyperfocus, or even their social immaturity. They hear adults comment about their abilities and differences, accompanied by frustration or astonishment or sometimes disbelief. But most importantly, these children realize that they differ from their peers and don't quite fit in. Something is amiss and they can't sort it out...
Parents Need Support Too by Heather in WonderSchooling
We see other people and their amazing kids who seem to have it all together, never yell, never fight, excel in sports, music, school… they have it all figured out, right? And it’s because they have some kind of parenting magic.

We see the special needs parents, the saints who sacrifice themselves for these precious kids, who advocate and fight for their children to see that they get the care and services they need. We celebrate with them and begrudge them nothing.

And then… where do we fit?...
The Gifted Extrovert by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Loneliness is an issue for all rainforest minds. But it’s so much trickier for extroverts. As you can see, extroverts are energized by groups of people. Humans are your fuel. Also, if you’re an external processor, which many of you are, you need a person to externally process with. It’s not very satisfying to talk out loud to yourself! And if the few people you do find, can’t keep up with you, even when you pump your brakes, you have no reliable source of rejuvenation and nourishment...
The Loneliness of "Fitting In" by Aurora Remember
I was extremely fortunate to be raised in a family and extended community who really “got me,” and it wasn’t until adulthood that I really realized just how rare that is for an outside-the-box thinker like myself...
Whether you have found belonging or are still looking for it, just know that it’s out there and with the wonders of the internet, it’s so much easier to find than it once was!...
Lonely No More by Chocky's Child
Growing up as a gifted child one of the greatest problems I faced was – well, to put it simply, loneliness. I found it difficult to fit in with the kids around me – the things that interested most of them, just weren’t the things that interested me – no judgement at all, there’s nothing wrong with the things they liked, they just weren’t things that appealed to me.

(And it hasn’t been all that much different as an adult to be honest.)...
Longing for Belonging by Jen, repurposed genealogy
To everyone who feels like a misfit,
Maybe, it’s because you see other people’s eyes glaze over whenever you try to share something that you’re passionate about. Maybe, it’s because every time you attend a social event, it reminds you of the pit you felt in your stomach when you would scan the lunch room wondering where you should sit. Maybe, it's because...
Belonging: My Casual SENG Testimonial by Pamela S. Ryan, guest blogger for Hoagies' Nibbles & Bits
We learn to translate our assessments into tones with lesser vibrational spectrum, and endeavor to hear them as if they are out native tongue. But here I was, having stumbled in from the urgent curtailed terseness of digital t the palatial broadness of analog (and a potentially infinite beyond). This was the moment I had spent my life reticently relinquishing hope for; This was the moment I regained the freedom to be alive, and the privilege to be—unfettered & unabashedly—...
The Power of Belonging: On Being African American and Gifted by a Formerly Gifted Student Parenting an Exceptionally Gifted Student, at The Grayson School
The good news is that culturally relevant teaching and appropriate teacher training can increase the engagement and motivation of underrepresented gifted students; Underrepresented individuals are more likely to join and remain in gifted programs in which they see themselves. (Worrell & Dixson, 2018). At The Grayson School (for gifted youth), my son’s English, social studies and music teachers have put together and presented rigorous and robust culturally relevant curriculums throughout the year (not just for Black History Month). When my son discusses what he has learned in these classes, he is excited and passionate...
Making Our Own Community - One Day at a Time by Betsy, at BJ's Homeschool
As a homeschooling twice exceptional family, we struggled to find community and a sense of belonging in a meaningful way for us. Also finding friendships for our 2e daughter was a challenge. I, too, was feeling somewhat isolated and wanting to find meaningful mom relationships for myself, too. We tried a number of different community activities, and some of them helped us to build a sense of belonging, one day at a time...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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