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What’s it like raising a gifted child? Researcher wants to know.

Every parent has ups and downs. But parents of gifted children have a particular experience that is shaped by their child’s personality, their school’s accommodation of the child’s needs, and the level of support they get from family and friends.

A researcher in Australia wants to learn more about how parents feel about raising a gifted child (or children). Natalie Rimlinger is a Ph.D. student at Australian National University. She says that while there have been many investigations into gifted children and their needs, very little is known about the everyday experience of raising gifted kids. Natalie is looking for parents from anywhere in the world who are willing to complete an anonymous, online survey about life as a parent of a gifted child.

To participate, you must have a gifted child in either primary or elementary grades. If you believe your child is gifted, that’s enough to participate. Your child’s being formally identified as gifted is not required.

Because the survey asks questions about your interaction with your child’s teacher, you should only participate if you consider your child to have one primary classroom teacher, not a team of teachers. Homeschoolers can also participate.

Since this school year has just started, you can complete the survey based on your experience last year, or wait a month or two and fill out the survey based on the new school year once you’ve formed an impression.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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  1. Jennifer Jones
    February 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Its a living Hell when you are a low income single parent living on a budget, and your child excells in everything.. Todate I am working two jobs to get money for the Ben Carson Summer Camp $580.00 Tuition . I need support (Ms Mcclarity Jones (404) 660-2701.
    Nevertheless, I Will aloow my child to continue to dream of becoming a Doctor…………………

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I wish you continued strength and salute your efforts to support your child’s dreams. I hope you will look through the posts on this site under the “Competitions and Scholarships” category. There are organizations out there looking to help you. Jack Kent Cooke and the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship both come to mind. The Emory Summer Science Academy also offers financial assistance.

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