Posted by: ACFE Inc | July 13, 2011

Are you ready to celebrate National Parenting Gifted Children Week?

SENG WEEK Definition

It’s official–the third week of July (this year, the 17th-23rd) is National Parenting Gifted Children Week (NPGCW), dedicated to all that it means to be the parent of a gifted child. This week, the celebration of both the sweetness and the struggle of parenting these exceptional kids is co-sponsored by the non-profit organization SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). I have long been a fan of SENG; their mission of empowering gifted children (and adults), and fully supporting these talented individuals to meet the great potential they have before them is one that is close to my heart. To this end, they have  a wide variety of resources available to parents of gifted kids: from parenting groups to a large library of articles, and a yearly conference.

This year, their conference in Seattle will coincide with NPCGW, and I can’t think of a better way to honor what it means to raise and support our gifted kids. Often we have a tendency, particularly with intellectually gifted children, to focus on the educational aspect of their giftedness. Are they being challenged in school and should they be more so? Could they be getting more out of their academics? How can we better engage them intellectually while still allowing them to be kids? But what I appreciate about SENG, and which is reflected in their conference, is that gifted kids need to be supported not only intellectually but socially and emotionally as well. SENG notes on their conference page that “SENG supports strong gifted education programs, but we believe the emotional piece is the foundation for the development of healthy, happy, well-adjusted, appropriately educated, and contributing gifted members of society.” Their conferences and resources reflect this, and I deeply appreciate their emphasis on the need for balance in recognizing the needs of gifted children.

In recognition of National Parenting Gifted Children Week next week, each day I will highlight a different resource that I have found invaluable in raising, education, and advocating for the rights of gifted children. But before the week even begins, I urge you to visit NAGC’s site dedicated to NPCGW. As always, they are ready with advocacy suggestions for how to not only recognize this week but make it into an opportunity to engage local representatives and media and raise awareness about the needs of gifted children. Let’s get those letters to the editor written, and use this week to call attention to how we as a country can better encourage, empower, and ultimately benefit from the unique talents and abilities of our gifted children.

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