Margie - posted on 10/28/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
Hi, I have just joined this group and have an 11 year old (first year of middle school) girl. She tested into the gifted program in the first grade and has always been a highly socially functioning gifted child. So while we have always taken advantage of our states (Missouri's) extrcurricular and school based gifted functions I have not done a lot of research on the emotional aspects of the gifted. This year we have really been encouraging the grades that we know she can achieve and stressed how important maximizing that potential is for attaining her future goals (ie college of her choice and the means to attend those institutions). In parent teacher confernces the "delta" teacher showed us her stress level questionaire that showed she does have elevated stress levels. And asked us if she has ADHD. I feel aweful if i have stressed out my 11 year old, and of course she doesn't want to talk about it. How do you maintain that fine line of expecting the childs best without adding to their stress levels??? Thanks.