Gifted children are often misunderstood or not what people expect. I think often the stereotypical “nerd” or “geek” is what our culture think when they hear “gifted”. I also believe the average opinion is that it is easier to parent these children. They are academically higher so they should be easier to reason with, better behaved, and have a mild temperament. I am not saying parenting gifted children is easier or harder- just not what might be expected. These children are often intense, extremely sensitive, and emotional. But they also have a keen insight, sense of humor, quick to learn, and I love working with them.
I just read an article written by a gifted teacher (thanks LeeAnn for sharing) about what she wants other people to know about these children.