Declining the Table

“I don’t want to eat at the table tonight – I want to take a tray to my bedroom” said Sprite
“There- I have now finished my Latin homework!”
“I beg your pardon?”I said “I have not seen any sign of you working on Latin homework.”
“There, see – Decline table” said Sprite “DONE!”

“She makes me SO cross!” barked Intellectual Dabrowski “Sometimes I don’t know whether she is lazy or being smart aleck or if she is genuinely having problems doing her homework. I am sure she really does understand it. And if she does need extra help she could always visit these sites”

Trescolumnae Joyful Latin Learning
http://tconline.trescolumnae.com/

http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/

All about the Latin Language
http://www.learnlatinquickly.com/index.html

“I thought that was a very creative response!” said Imaginational Dabrowski “But I guess the teacher would not be satisfied with it.”
I made a mental note that I need to discuss the pros and cons of ‘Pleading the Pink Slipper’ with Sprite and post about it in a blog post soon.

This discussion about Mensa and tables and invitations to a seat at the table was very timely for me.
I had just enjoyed a #gtchat session with guest expert Lisa Van Gemert
http://lisavangemert.com/index.html

http://www.giftedguru.com/

from American Mensa http://www.us.mensa.org/

The Storify transcript, overview and links will be posted soon on the #gtchat blog at http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

There was a theme of sharing together around the meal table in the
Cheetah Conservation Foundation News Fall Issue
http://cl.publicaster.com/ViewInBrowser.aspx?pubids=9223%7c627%7c63871%7c7941&digest=EzPi%2bOW4B%2fOs1wjVhx7Y3A&sysid=1

Lisa Conrad asked on her Gifted Parenting Support blog ‘Is there a place at the table for parents?’
http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/is-there-place-at-table-for-parents.html

And the Institute for Educational Advancement replied with a warm invitation
Parents, please take a seat at our table.
http://educationaladvancement.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/parents-please-take-a-seat-at-our-table/

I would love to see other organisations also expressing invitations like this as parents have a great deal of knowledge understanding and experience that they can bring to the table!

One thought on “Declining the Table

  1. I totally agree with you, Jo. I have been overwhelmed with the kind responses my blog post has been getting from organizations who are reaching out to parents and are cognizant of parents’ feelings about their children. It is my sincere hope that more will set a place at their table for parents.

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