Wow. There is so much I could write to you guys right now. I’m going to try not to go crazy and off topic but if I do, it’s a gifted thing. First off, communication is a huge strong point and a giant red weak point. Let’s focus on the good first.
As a quick side point, this might not be exactly like your child, but it is like a lot of the gifted children and teens I was with in school as well as myself. So. Communication. Gifted kids LOVE to talk. Notice how that is in bold and italics? Some people (I’ve actually heard this), round it off as ADHD or ADD, etc. It’s not. It’s our electrical wires in our head buzzing full with electricity and nowhere to store the extra so it bubbles forth as words. Words and ideas that sometimes don’t make sense or connect very well. (E.g. I was young and I connected making friends with smelling feet, I have no clue why. Every time I would see a person, I wanted to talk to them but min went from person talk feet instead of stranger talk friend. Therefore, if I wanted you to be my friend, I made you smell my feet. Sending out an apology here.) It’s okay though. Go along with it. A lot of gifted kids are sensitive, so if you’re tired of the talking, try a simple “Mommy/Daddy had a good day too. It was long. Maybe we can talk later?” Help your gifted kids to connect their ideas in a logical way. I’m not saying to underestimate their intelligence. Make things clear, but tactful.
Now, the negative side. Especially if you have a gifted teen. NEVER, I repeat, NEVER ask them to express how they are feeling. That’s probably a no go. Ask what or why or how something happened. Your need for a straight out answer will not correspond to their need to express themselves in a round about way, most likely tearfully and for an hour or two until, finally, at the very end, they get to how they’re feeling. Don’t just ask “What’s the matter?” A gifted child normally doesn’t know. They just know what happened and what the result was and what got them there. Gifted children are not always logical, but analytical. They base a lot on emotion but explain it as cause and effect. They like step by step directions but will skip to the end and go back to read in between the lines later. In other words, if they’re offended, they probably won’t be in a few minutes after they have thoroughly analyzed the situation from everybodies viewpoint. We normally talk before we think, making it hard to express ourselves. Just keep talking to us though, you’ll get the whole story later. 🙂
This difficulty to express oneself can sometimes lead to feeling isolated, left out, awkward, etc. You will have problems with that. It’s ok. My next post will be talking about that, based on some personal and very recent experiences. But basically, if you help your child with communication and are open to listen, you will have a very bubbly child. It can cause some problems, but we get over things fairly quick. So my advice: don’t be afraid of words, keep talking, keep listening, and enjoy the stories you’ll make to keep for a lifetime!