I was thoroughly surprised when I opened my mailbox yesterday to my April 2011 issue of Parents magazine. Why so surprised? Check out the cover. In the upper left hand corner, there is a headline for "How to Tell if Your Child is Gifted".
I was even more delighted when I read the article and it contained valuable, insightful information on parenting the gifted. They included quotes from Sylvia Rimm, Joseph Renzulli and other respected minds from within gifted community. They also directed parents to resources such as Hoagies.com and the National Association for the Gifted.
What I was happiest about was the actual, real definition of the gifted they provided. Not the standard "every child is gifted in their own way" line that we so often hear to make parents feel better about their individual child. Every child is a precious gift, true, but not every child is gifted in the clinical sense of the word. Thank you, Parents magazine, for helping create awareness on what it means to be gifted as well as directing parents of the gifted to resources which help them parent their special needs child.