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Balancing The Schedule

Part 9 of Davidson Gifted Perspectives, a video series that examines a number of different gifted-related issues and viewpoints.

Balancing a family’s schedule can be difficult. Between school, doctor’s appointments, sports games, and anything else that comes along. But there can be some particular challenges that come with balancing schedules in a family with Profoundly Gifted or twice-exceptional children. Sometimes these kids are doing so many things and yet they are saying that they want to do more. How does that make sense? For example, during our parent consulting circle, a family shared that their 12-year-old is already taking a language class, playing an instrument, and participating in a travel sports league. On top of that, the Young Scholar, like many in our community, hates sleep and deems it to be unproductive. The student and their math teacher are requesting supplementation in the form of an extracurricular math class, but the family is understandably worrying about the possibility of burnout.  

While there is no black-and-white “should they do this activity or not” answer to be found in this question, one of our Family Services team members shares her thoughts on this topic and offers some considerations to help guide this journey a bit.