In the midst of raising an often emotionally intense, perpetually curious, and sometimes quirky gifted child, you may face the additional daunting task of advocating for their welfare. It was not something you bargained for - yet, it takes on a vital, necessary role in your parenting journey. You find yourself advocating at school merely to offset your child's increasing boredom and sense of disconnection; sometimes pleading in desperation for administrators to take giftedness seriously. You field questions and critiques from family and neighbors, and find yourself explaining (apologizing?) about asynchronous development and social immaturity, and why your child doesn't fit the mold. And through it all, you walk a fine line between targeted advocacy and trying to offset any accusation of bragging or appearing insensitive about the needs of neurotypical children.
We all need to raise our voices and advocate for gifted children. The shaming, widespread misunderstanding, and marginalization of their needs must stop. If we don't speak up, then who will?