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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Things I Wish I Knew Back Then...

Things I wish I knew back then. Join those of us who've been around the block for a while, to learn what we wished we'd known! Wish you'd done something differently? Glad you did something you did? Not sure what would have been better, but you'd love to arrive at today in a different set of circumstances? 

Hindsight isn't always 20/20, but it certainly doesn't hurt!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Gifted 101, and Educational Options.

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!

Don’t Give up on Yourself and Your Rainforest Mind by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Don't quit. Don't stop striving. Don't stop growing. Don't stop believing.

Don't give up on yourself.

Even if you have been told over and over and over that you're too sensitive, too dramatic, too smart, too quiet, too noisy, and too weird. Even if you think you're too old or too young or too whatever. Even if you're overwhelmed by politics or racism or natural disasters or anxiety or depression or physical disabilities. Even if you procrastinate....
The One Thing I Wish I Had Known Before I Began This Crazy Journey by Gift-Ed Connections
On one of the whiteboards in my classroom I have a schedule for the day. It keeps me on track and helps my anxious students to prepare for what's coming next. Aspects of the agenda change but some are constant, like the second to last item which is the time in the day that I set aside to "Honor the Spirit" where I acknowledge each of my students (and sometimes collectively) for the virtues that I saw in them that day. It used to be the last thing on the agenda but on some of those crazy days that end with a boisterous activity or intense game, it would get lost somewhere between cleaning up and getting out of the door on time. It has become too important to forget.

I wish I had known years ago how important it is to...
What most parents of gifted children wish they had known about college by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Raising a gifted child is full of surprises. Emotional intensity, asynchronous development, and advocating within the schools, to name a few, become routine challenges most parents face. But just when you think you've got it figured out and life gets a little more predictable, college looms on the horizon.
But why should this be a challenge? After all, getting into college should be a piece of cake for your child. Right?...
Things I wish I knew back then… by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
Honor Self.

A young client I worked with recently commented, “The schools won’t change, so I guess I will have too.” Thankfully, I am schooled in giftedness and I could assist in developing the understanding that one does not have to give up giftedness, as if it were possible to do so. Rather, the student and I could work together with the parents to find resources and advocates within the system. If our search proved unsuccessful within that learning environment, we would find other ways or environments which supported individual needs.

It was not until much later in life when I realized I was a gifted adult that I learned to honor self...
Things I Wish I Knew Back Then by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
Mistakes in my past litter my path like leaves in the fall. For those of us that “know” we’re right, the first thing I wish I knew in my youth was that other people’s ideas are just that — other people’s ideas. They aren’t wrong if they disagree with me. They just have a different viewpoint. The reverse is true, as well. My ideas are not wrong just because I disagree with someone else. On the other hand, I have a right to my opinions and don’t have to be flexible to the point of changing my opinion to please others. I can voice my opinion and drop it. Even more radical, I can keep my opinion to myself.

Other things I wish I had known...
3 Survival Tips when Parenting Gifted Preschoolers by Heather in WonderSchooling
The early years of parenting gifted kids can be tough. You're probably sleep-deprived, frazzled, questioning your parenting skills, asynchrony is in full force, and all around you, people are telling you to "enjoy every moment" and to "let them be little".
Meanwhile, you're wondering what in the world you're going to do with a 4 year old who reads a math dictionary for fun while his friends are playing pirates and house.

My oldest is now 7 and has come a long way in the last couple years in his ability to regulate and connect with others. It's still not easy, but the worry and doubt of ages 3-5 have mellowed a bit, so I thought it might be helpful to share what helped and grounded us along the way.

1 - Find Your Tribe...
Understanding the Gifted Self: If Only I Had Known… by Carol Bainbridge, in Gifts For Learning
My first introduction to the gifted thing came from my son’s preschool teacher, Mrs. Marovich, who told me my son was gifted. She asked me what I was going to do about his education. My response? Smiling, I said, “All children are gifted. I’m going to send him to public school when he’s 5. What else would I do?” She told me that I might want to learn a little about gifted kids and rethink my plans. Little did I know that learning about giftedness to understand my son better would lead me to totally rethink my life and my identity...
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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