Kate shared her experiences in working with gifted learners and provided us with several tips and tools for us parents to help support our children as they develop emotionally and socially. We also had a short question and answer period to address specific parenting questions.
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Some key takeaways I took away from the evening include:
- Six Seconds - It takes six seconds for the chemicals in our lizard brain, our amygdala, to clear out of our system before our wizard brains, our frontal lobes, can kick in and help us analyze our thoughts. So when we recognize that we are afraid, take six seconds to breathe in and out (i.e. Dragon Breaths) to calm yourself down and then think. Visit the Six Seconds website.
- EQ Coach App - Kate recommended using this free app to help you and child reflect on their feelings and develop your emotional intelligence. The free version includes 24 cards with questions on one side and more in-depth questions and explanations on the other side. The paid version includes 64 cards and the ability to add notes on the cards for $1.99. Learn more about the EQ Coach App.
- How to Address Perfectionism - Kate also recommended Moving Past Perfect by Thomas S. Greenspon as resource for parents to help move their children (and themselves!) move through their perfectionist tendencies and toward happier, more fulfilling lives.
- High Protein Snacks - Lastly, Kate mentioned some research by Dr. James Webb, founder of SENG, that shows that gifted children display low levels of glucose because of their increased brain activity. Providing kids with high protein snacks (instead of sugar) can help address behaviors that are frequently misdiagnosed as ADHD or anxiety. Read Dr. Webb's book "Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders".