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If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional Paperback – August 2, 2012
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I laughed so hard that I almost woke up my husband in the next room over. There is so much truth here, and encouragement, for those of us living in the 2e world.
For parents of 2ekids - gifted and LD - getting up in the morning can be a struggle. You are continually looking for `the' magical answer; the one thing you can do to make your child normal. The day finally comes when you realize that there is no easy solution. And then you cry.
That is why I want to highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with twice-exceptional children. The tears won't stop ... they'll just turn into tears from laughing so hard and the sheer joy of knowing you aren't alone. You see, Jen Merrill will make you laugh and laugh and laugh.
Jen's dry sense of humor and ability to lighten up the conversation will have you wanting more. She gives down-to-earth advice and draws you in with her empathetic wit. Not everyone will take the same path that Jen did as they travel life's journey as the parent of a twice-exceptional gifted child, but finally there is a guide to help you find your way.
Buy the book. You know you want to and now you don't have a good reason not to buy it. Isn't it time you cried some tears of joy! And I'll bet that after you read If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?, you will be holding your child in your arms ... and smiling.
Filled with little gems through which the reader has flashes of recognition and finds comfort to know that he or she is not alone out here, this is one of my favorites:
"the [school] district's GT program is more for high-achievers, and not exactly for gifted students. Gifted students can be high-achievers, but not all high-achievers are truly gifted. I swear I'll say it until my lungs hurt, but gifted is wiring. Parents who desperately want gifted kids really want high-achieving kids, because if they truly had gifted kids with the (hmm, what descriptor shall I use?) interesting wiring, they'd be rocking under their desks, quivering like the rest of us. It ain't all sunshine and roses, folks. Some days make me want to stab a rainbow."
Merrill gives voice to many of this reviewers own frustrations as she describes her family's journey from institutional schooling to homeschooling.Read more ›
But they aren't all like that. This book nails it - NAILS IT - what it's like to raise a gifted and 2e child. With her biting wit, Merrill has shared parts of her story in a way that will make you laugh until your sides hurt and cry on the same page.
My copy is kept by my front door with the requirement that anyone who walks in the door read it (it's a fast read). I've sent copies to extended family members. If my child was in school I would take copies to his teachers and the administrators at his school (I, like the author, have had to jump into homeschooling because regular school couldn't keep up).
Buy it. Read it. Laugh, cry, and know that you aren't alone.
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Great book to comfort desperate parents of 2e kids! It's good to know we are not alone in this journey.Published 9 months ago by Mike
The power of one parent of a 2e child providing insight to another should not be underestimated. This book is the equivalent of a cocktail, a shoulder to cry on and a big hug from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jade
Raising these kids is so so so very different than raising a high achieving straight A kid. The latter is what everything thinks gifted means but it's so not. Gifted = wiring. Read morePublished 19 months ago by #saveyourkid
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The hardest part of reviewing this book is truly the fact that I have no clue what the best part of it is. Read more
This book is repetitive and all over the place. It is short and unhelpful and was not even slightly entertaining. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Abby L.
Jen Merrill describes what it is like to be the parent of a gifted child. Having finally discovered that there was a whole slew of books about giftedness, the emotional intensity... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by D. Yon
We are new to the world of 2E. I came upon Jen's blog, at which time I saw she had written a book. I figured some comedy may help ease me into this new realm. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Juleslynn79