Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Changing and Growing

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Changing and Growing

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Someone once said: "Change is inevitable; growth is optional." As we wrap up this editorial year, we bring our series on diversity to a close. I hope these articles have given you an appreciation of the many and varied strengths and talents that exist among all children, youth, and adults. As we began this series in March, I highlighted four key themes or messages that influenced our planning and our conversations with authors. These involved: moving beyond narrow labels and categories to characterize people ("making it safe to be gifted in your own way"); recognizing that our rapidly changing world brings us all into daily contact with diversity; confronting the tendency to feel ill-at-ease or apprehensive when we encounter differences; and, respecting differences in ways that enable us to find value in every person's strengths and uniqueness. I fear that, in society today, there often seems to be intolerance of differences, declining civility, and polarization and antagonism where there should be creative dialogue for inclusion and acceptance. As advocates for children and youth who are unique in their strengths and talents, we can provide leadership for respect and growth on a larger scale, and rise to the challenge of nurturing young people who will be "open and affirming" in the future. …

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