Once upon a time, a long time ago, a parent would send their child off to school knowing they would have all the educational tools they would need to get the education they require. In today’s world, however, we all know parents must play a much more active, integral part in our children’s education. Gone are the days of small teacher-to-child ratios and “individualized attention” within the school system.
My almost-teenage son, Nickolas, continues to amaze me at every turn. He is a “gifted” child. I shy away from using this term when discussing him, but truthfully, that best sums him up best when discussing his academic acumen. And, as other parents of gifted children will recognize, it takes a different kind of strength and understanding to get through to our children.
Fortunately for me, his second grade teacher, Mrs. Maughan, saw his potential and recognized not only his way of digesting information (quickly and with prejudice), but recognized that I as his parent might need a bit of help parenting this brilliant child of mine. She introduced me to SENG.
SENG stands for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. SENG has been around since 1981 as a support group and resource for parents with gifted children. “Today, SENG focuses not only on gifted children, but also on gifted adults. Many schools, communities and organizations focus on the intellectual needs of gifted individuals. SENG brings attention to the unique social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, which are often misunderstood or ignored” according to their website.
Their “continuing goal is to help gifted children and their families not only obtain important knowledge, but also to understand and accept themselves and others in ways that value, nurture and support them in families, schools, workplaces, and communities.” Jim Webb, a satisfied SENG parent.
One of the many ways in which SENG reaches out to the community is through their webinars – they coined SENGinars. They host one on an almost weekly basis and they often try to find new and engaging ways to help parents and students navigate through life and education.
National Parenting Gifted Children Week
This year, in honor of National Parenting Gifted Children week, SENG will offer one free SENGinar recording (a different one each day) from Monday through Thursday, of that week (a $40 value). Each SENGinar will be available to download for free through their online SENG store.
Here are their topics:
• Monday, July 22 – Bootcamp for Determined Advocates
• Tuesday, July 23 – Forging Partnerships with Teachers and Why They Often Don’t Work
• Wednesday, July 24 – Parent Engagement in Promoting a STEM Identity Among Gifted Black Students
• Thursday, July 25 – This Isn’t the Child I Dreamed of Raising
For details on how to participate, visit their . I for one am happy to have found a resource such as this to help me parent my gifted child.