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You Are Not Alone: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum & Community

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Allen Ginsberg once wrote, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

He worked for peace and outlived many of his buddies, showing that he valued something stronger than destruction.

I have seen the best minds of my generation (+/-) participating in the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF), which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary of providing resources and support for gifted and twice-exceptional families.

I once met an astoundingly gifted child who was the oldest sibling in a really cool family. Most of his gifted community lived under the same roof, and his eyes were moist with appreciation as he quickly understood that I understood him.

I told him, “There are other people like you. Is it important for you to meet them now, or is it enough to know that they exist?” He replied that it was enough to know that they exist. I don’t have to pose this question with GHF members; they already know they have community.

GHF exists as a key bridge for families transitioning from school districts that can’t meet a child’s needs to begin and continue homeschooling with alternative community supports.

Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of GHF, noted “We like to think that community is GHF’s strength – it’s why we exist, and we hope it addresses the feelings of isolation and the need to reinvent the wheel.”

You are not alone, and you can save time. As my partner Sara reminds me, perhaps we are also saving brilliant minds from being wasted. And, being understood has serious emotional consequences — community can save lives and, with life on a time axis, can reduce years spent in depression.

Moments of peer support, from validation on the GHF Facebook Page to a new perspective from a blog, make the daily impacts of asynchronous development more understandable.

I am proud to be an institutional member of GHF, and I encourage you to consider membership.

It’s not about being among the best minds of a generation, although some people have to deal with that (and it can be challenging from children)…

It’s about having a community to help navigate educational and social development in a way that honors moving at your own pace to your fullest, internally motivated potential.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear about your community. How do you find the support you need for your family?

GHF Community

This post is part of the The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hop. Click the picture to read more great posts from GHF’s contributors.

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  • Caitie November 17, 2014, 4:27 pm

    “It’s about having a community to help navigate educational and social development in a way that honors moving at your own pace to your fullest, internally motivated potential.” <— Yes, to this. Great post, Bob! Happy 10th anniversary, GHF 🙂

  • Carolyn November 17, 2014, 8:36 pm

    A large part of it is not feeling alone. I think another part of it is to feel like your 2e/pg child isn’t a freak. Then, there’s the parental part about actually needing advice and resources. Thanks for the post.

    • byamtich November 17, 2014, 8:38 pm

      Totally! Kids need to know that the adults in their lives aren’t freaked out by their intensity.

  • Paula Prober November 18, 2014, 12:37 am

    Nicely done, Bob.

  • The Cardinal House November 18, 2014, 1:22 am

    Bob, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and your FB posts/comments in various groups/pages we share. I LOVE your perspective and positive energy. Thank you!

    • byamtich November 18, 2014, 3:26 am

      Thanks! Your latest blog was hilarious, wise and kind.

  • Amy Golden Harrington November 17, 2014, 8:30 pm

    GHF has been a wonderfully supportive community for me as well. I like the comment that it is enough to know that others like us exist. We have still yet to meet an age peer for my kid but I do think they exist.

    • byamtich November 17, 2014, 8:36 pm

      I’m so grateful for GHF! It’s easier when it is a contemporary age-peer (wouldn’t local be cool too!), but multi-generational networking and reading history can be rich as well.

  • Celi Trepanier November 18, 2014, 7:26 pm

    We just can’t underestimate how important belonging to a group, a community, is to us, and I really don’t want to think about where my family would be without GHF. And thank you, Bob, for being such a dynamic, positive force in GHF.

    • byamtich November 18, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Thanks Celi! There are over 17 reasons I support GHF. Putting them in categories, community tops the list. I also like an inner circle where we can joke about giftedness without having to hedge, defend, and explain all the time.

  • Maggie November 18, 2014, 7:57 pm

    it really is true, but also heart-breakingly astonishing that just knowing there are other people Ike you in the world is enough for our kids – at least they think it is until they meet a peer or near peer (outside the family).

    • byamtich November 19, 2014, 4:47 pm

      Yes, some social-emotional development can only happen with a “peer or near peer” (love that phrase!), even if they are not age-mates.

      Hopefully, peer or near peer interactions within families, even sometimes under one roof, can be positive as well. Some of my favorite work is helping families get to the root of what they really care about when they talk to each other.

  • Pamela @RedWhiteandGrew November 20, 2014, 2:29 am

    Thank you so much Bob for your thoughtful post, your work with families, and your sponsorship of GHF. It means so much to so many of us.

    • byamtich November 20, 2014, 4:24 am

      Thanks Pamela! This is the coolest work in the world.

  • Jo Freitag November 21, 2014, 11:48 pm

    Well said, Bob! It is SO important to know you are not alone!

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