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Monday, September 16, 2013
Taking Cover from My Gifted EF 5
Homeschooling is a breeze!
Yeah, sometimes it gets a little gusty....
Okay! Yes! Sometimes I do feel like I am in the midst
of a tornado, my brain spinning
from the torrents of emotional
intensities assaulting me
from every angle and I
don’t knowhow to
at all of the
questions swirling around
Do you have an emergency shelter to take cover when your gifted tornado becomes blustery enough to register on the Fujita Scale? Let’s face it.... when you are homeschooling your gifted child, you need a ‘Happy Place’ to shelter you from the storm. Yes, sometimes you just gotta hunker down until it all blows over. Do you have an emergency shelter? A ‘Happy Place’?
If you are like me, you envision a huge, jetted tub overflowing with sweet-smelling bubbles just ready for you to luxuriously drop in. Your crystal flute sitting within reach full of chilled champagne. Soft, classical music is playing in the background and ...... CUT! This scene isn’t for real. Who has time for this? Not me! I know, it is not my ‘Happy Place’ either. The only time I get to hunker down and chill in my bathroom is when I grab my smart phone and I go sit for a quick pee and a 1/2 a game of Solitaire. But, parenting and homeschooling a gifted child is not easy and we really do need time to ourselves to relax and recharge.
I don’t really have one place or one activity that I use to escape from the storm, but I know full-well that my child needs the best of me, and I need to make sure I am at my best to meet his needs and challenges. So, everyday, I purposefully find moments, here and there, to recharge and relax. While watering the plants outside, I take long, deep and full breaths and exhale slowly. Or when I take a fresh load of laundry out of the dryer, I’ll take a moment, close my eyes, and bask in the warmth and sweet scent of the clothes (while refusing to think about having to fold them and put them away soon). When I bend down to pick up dog toys or teenage clothing off of the floor, I take the time to stay bent over and touch my toes with my hands and stretch my back. Sometimes I just step to the window and look out at nature and wonder about it all. Just watching two birds flitting around together can put a smile on my face if I let it. Mentally, I try to find these moments throughout the day, create new ones and use them as an opportunity to breathe, stretch, smile and relax.
My absolute favorite form of realigning my brain is getting in my car, alone, opening the sunroof, and blasting my favorite songs to just within one decibel of breaking the city loud-noise ordinance. This works even better under the cover of darkness when I can belt out the words to each song, pretending that I am a rock star on stage in front of my multitude of fans, and no one can see me acting like an ever-loving fool.
For an even more effective version of my driving-and-singing-rock-star technique, I engage this when my 14 year-old gifted son is in the front seat. I crank up my tunes, belt out the words accompanied by waist-up-only dance moves. Safety first: I only engage the singing and dancing while stopped at a traffic light. *evil grin* My son begins to shriek from embarrassment and he then dives into the backseat. You know that medical science has proven that deep belly laughs are good for your health!
Oh well, laugh if you must, but it works for me. I return home happy and ready to tackle another storm.
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