Surviving the Middle School Years with your Gifted Child

Dear Mr. Taibbi: My son is a new middle schooler in sixth grade. He is a gifted student and, as such, we signed him up for the pre-AP classes. I knew there would be greater challenge for him there but I did not expect the kind of challenge we have encountered. It’s like he’s a different kid. We argue all the time. He wants us to be less hands-on than we were in elementary school, and I think that is a good idea. But then he complains about having to do any homework at all which is something I don’t recall happening much in elementary school. He’s never been a really organized kid, but when we were more hands-on, we were able to help him compensate for that. Now the arguing about school work is driving us crazy. I don’t know how much of this new attitude is just his becoming a “typical teen” or a conflict of differences in our personalities that both of us will have to work through. Any suggestions?

If this scenario sounds familiar, please read “Surviving the Middle Years with your Gifted Child” by Christopher Taibbi, M.A.T. in Gifted-Ed Guru.

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