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Happy Mother's Day and an introduction from Carole Jones

May 08, 2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A rollercoaster. That is the one word that describes my experience as a 2e parent. My “ride” started 12 years ago when I noticed my 15 month old starting to speak in whole sentence instead of just baby talk phrases. I was amazed at his capabilities at that age, as I am today.

Being a parent of a gifted child, you embrace the highs of their achievements and endure the lows, which can be dramatic. One of the most important pieces of advice I received was from a retired special ed professional was to “find your people”. When my son started Kindergarten and I realized the uphill journey he was to endure, that is exactly what I did!

I went to any meeting that involved gifted and accommodating learning disabilities. I attended seminars and workshops, created a parent support group with another parent called SOS for 2e (Supports, Options and Solutions) and finally landed at the door steps of the Chicago Gifted Community Center.

I have the honor of being elected President of CGCC this coming year. I am proud of this organization and our mission to help all gifted families and students create a community, so no one is without support. To me, the most important part of the rollercoaster is to have “your people” who you can talk to when things are going great and a shoulder to cry on and figure out solutions when it seems the world is crashing down on you.

Since COVID-19, the world is a much different place and never has there been a time that a community for supports was needed more than right now. As I start with my new responsibilities, I want to thank Newenka DuMont, the past president, still active Board Member and a founder of CGCC, for her past contributions which are numerous. Lastly, I want to honor the mothers for the strength and determination that you display day in and day out. You are an extraordinary group of moms determined to make a difference. Enjoy your special day and below is a quote:

“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.” – Happy Mother’s Day!

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The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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