From The Editor:
By Celi Trépanier, MEd
It’s common. I’d say quite pervasive. Actually, I think most everyone has been infected with it before. It’s called imposter syndrome. Have you had it?
It’s a beast of an affliction because it can hold us back from being all we can be and doing all we are capable of accomplishing. All of us—you, me, the world—lose when imposter syndrome has us in its grips.
I’ve had it; I have it. Can I really call myself a writer? My writing hasn’t won any awards. How can I be a writer if I still make grammatical errors? Yeah, no. I’m not a real writer; I just write stuff. Right? Yes, that’s right, and that is called imposter syndrome.
In “What If My Kid Isn’t Gifted After All?,” the GHF Journey’s featured article, GHF writer, Mary Paul, a noted writer and mother of three gifted children, discusses imposter syndrome in a different realm. As Mary states, “Imposter syndrome takes many forms, but this one has to be the oddest I’ve encountered. I’m going to call it Imposter Mom Syndrome—because it’s not really about me, it’s about my kid.”
Imposter Mom Syndrome. How many of you have been saddled with this strain of imposter syndrome? We hear other moms talk about their gifted child’s accomplishments, and then we compare. And our children may come up short in comparison. But as the popular saying goes, “If you’ve met one gifted child, you’ve met one gifted child.”
Read the rest of Mary’s article for a more detailed look at Imposter Mom Syndrome. If you’ve got Imposter Mom Syndrome, you’ll find solace and support from Mary Paul’s perspective on this phenomenon.
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