The Gifted Lagniappe Series

Lagniappe is a Cajun French word that means a little something extra, a little extra gift, a bonus, or something more—kinda like getting a 13th donut when you paid for a dozen. As parents of gifted children, seems like we were given a little lagniappe with our gifted children, wouldn’t you agree?


A little lagniappe indeed. Goodness knows our gifted children can be a little more intense, a little more emotional, a little more curious, more challenging, more sensitive, more exhausting—just a little more—or a lot more.  That was the lagniappe you were thinking of, right?

As I was writing and rewriting—and rewriting my book, Educating Your Gifted Child; How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling, there were some sections that just didn’t make the final edit, but to me, they are still important and I really wanted to share with you these little nuggets of information, these little extra gifts, this gifted lagniappe.


Although these topics didn’t make it into my book, they are worth sharing because they are often that gifted lagniappe that comes with our gifted children. Through my involvement with gifted children, I have discovered that despite these topics being common issues with gifted children, and though many parents of gifted children had expressed to me the sentiment, yeah, we experienced the same thing, it seems I have not often seen these topics discussed or written about in length in gifted literature.

My “Gifted Lagniappe Series” will include a post on each of the topics listed below, each published separately. I hope you will follow this series of posts, and I would love to hear your stories and personal experiences with these less-talked-about topics. And if you want to know the rest of the story, check out my book, Educating Your Gifted Child; How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling.


The Gifted Lagniappe Series

It’s a Funny Thing: A Gifted Child’s Sense of Humor

The Gift of Gab

Peers–Enriching the Social Life of Your Gifted Child

“Teacher, that’s not quite right!” When Gifted Children Challenge Authority and Their Teachers

Envy and Your Gifted Child


13 Comments on “The Gifted Lagniappe Series

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  3. Looking forward to, right now, “The Gift of Gab.” My son just won’t stop even when directed not to by his parents or teachers. It’s a constant stream of consciousness – both positive and negative. I wish it were posted today b/c tomorrow morning were having a meeting about this very topic.

    • Oh Erica, I’m so sorry about the timing of that post, but I can offer you this–the talking will lessen dramatically when they become teenagers and then you may sort of miss it 🙂

      Good luck with your meeting!

      • No need to apologize. I’ve only recently discovered your blog. The breadth of information and testimonies provide with with immense support. Sometimes its hard to see the forest through the trees but your site is helping. Thank you.

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