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Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
Mamas, I am heartbroken tonight Just had a long talk with my 8 yo gifted guy , after learning that he was crying at piano lessons today because he's getting teased at school. He told me he has no friends in his class (his one very good friend, who was in his gifted seminar, moved away this summer) and that everyone on the playground calls him "Elmo." His exact words were "I'm the dork in my grade. No one wants to be friends with me, because I'm different and they think I'm a geek"
He completely understands the reason behind why these kids are teasing him - because he's so much more intellectual and different from them. But that doesn't really make it any easier to deal with emotionally day in and day out.
I know that he's certainly not the first (nor the last, unfortunately) gifted kid to endure this sort of shunning and teasing. I'm at a loss for how to help him cope with it, though. How have those of you who have been here helped your child deal with this sort of thing?
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