Bullying

LG FINAL 2 Bullying and Gifted 2E Kids

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In my second non-fiction parenting book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient, I explored the complex interaction of gifted kids and bullying/relational aggression. The book is unusual in that I address the issues in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings (i.e., homeschool co-ops).

Note that my school author talk for this book is geared for tweens and teens and includes mention of G/2E issues but is designed to address bullying more broadly. (Read more or see “Presentations” below.)

"Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families" by Pamela Price | Available 15 July 2015 from GHF Press

Although researchers have given us some valuable information about why gifted kids are targeted and how they may experience relational aggression more deeply, I’m more interested in the stories of families who have overcome the pain of bullying and uncovering what techniques other parents can do to help provide comfort, relief, and resolution. (And, yes, I’m exploring what makes some gifted kids effective bullies, too.)

If you’re curious as to why I’d single out gifted/twice-exceptional (“2E”) kids for my research, please see the following links:

Presentations

If you’re interested, I am available to travel and speak on this topic, schedule permitting. Thus far I’ve spoken at national and regional conferences and middle school settings.

Contact me here.

Take The Survey

Early in the research process, I began collecting stories and anecdotes about the impact of bullying and relational aggression upon gifted and/or twice exceptional (“2E”) kids and their families through a non-scientific online survey. You may still tell your family’s story, if you wish, through the survey instrument:

Parents and guardians: If you have something to say on that topic, I invite you to participate in my non-scientific survey.

Educators, gifted adults and other stakeholders in the welfare of gifted children: I welcome your input on this topic as well. However, because the survey is designed specifically for parents and guardians, you may prefer to use the contact form or leave a comment below.

Follow Along on Pinterest

As part of this project, I’m collaborating with Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on the creation of a Pinterest board. You can see it here.

Anti Bully Pulpit a Pinterest board by RedWhiteandGrewDOTcom and Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Read More

Over on my Facebook page, I’ve got a note up with a list of books that myself and many of the parents recommend. See also StopBullying.gov if you’re in the midst of dealing with a bullying issue and need solid advice ASAP.

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28 thoughts on “Bullying

  1. Deb Dowell says:

    The sad fact is that gifted children are not only bullied by other children, they are also bullied by adults. Growing up as a gifted child I ran into this from a few teachers and it would be a year-long torture. Both of our children are gifted and I noticed a huge change in how teachers and staff related to them. The teachers were more overt in their attacks on gifted kids. My daughter was willing to let the teacher stand in front of the class teaching things that were very very wrong. After class she would teach her friends what was corrrect and what was not. Our son, on the otherhand, didn’t want his classmates to learn garbage and, in a very diplomatic way, ask the teacher an “I had heard once…” type question. Some responded in a positive manner, others threw him out of class. Some office staff were vicious. I actually had to remove both children from a school due to office staff behavior. Other parents in the same school had restraining orders against certain staff. While our son did not go to college, our daughter and I both did. Even in graduate school, we both ran into bullies. Me in seminary, she in medical school. Bullies are the product of their early environments and their own need to feel they have a sense of power somewhere, anywhere. Unfortunately, I believe the only way to end the creation of bullies is early (before age 2) intervention in family life. Most bullies are not born, they are made. And, the only thing a bully understands is a bigger bully. How sad.

  2. […] Pamela Price is both a board member and an author with GHF. Additionally, she is a prolific gifted and lifestyle blogger with her Red, White & Grew site. Currently, Pamela is working on a book about bullying and the gifted child. […]

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