Parents of gifted kids need peace of mind.
Not to feel alone. Judged. Powerless.
That’s why we created Our Gifted Kids.
VISION: To create a global village of parents and carers of gifted children; to remove the stigma of being gifted and support parents to help their family thrive.
MISSION: To nourish parents and gifted children by creating a global hub for the gifted community; a safe space of belonging, resources and support. To advocate for gifted children and improve educational resources, support and community understanding.
Who is Sophia?
The CEO – Mum – Avid Traveller
As a parent of three gifted children, I have been where you are now.
Wondering what to do and where to get help, feeling alone and isolated, and ‘one of those parents’.
Wondering what alternate reality I’d just fallen into?
I remember like it was yesterday, that slightly manic and hysterical laugh I had as the psychologist explained the results of my child’s assessment and said the words ‘in twenty years I’ve only seen 2 or 3 kids like your son.
On the way home my husband and I had more nervous laughter, and tears as we felt totally overwhelmed with this new unknown world we were stepping into…
I have three gifted kids, They are all different.
I’ve met awesome parents, teachers, professionals and a bunch of awesome gifted kids. I don’t feel alone or isolated any more, I have a community where we all value each other’s quirks and can just be ourselves.
But, and there’s always a but, right?
I kept meeting and talking to parents who had been through similar or different traumatic experiences as they went though that journey of figuring out ‘what was wrong’ with their child, why they ‘weren’t fitting in’, ‘behaving properly’ and then trying to find answers and help.
Every time I heard about the terrible toll this was taking on parents and children and families it broke my heart. I thought, someone needs to do something about this, it’s not right. Parents need help, these kids need understanding and support. This needs to change.
But that someone didn’t turn up.
So, I took the leap.
I have had a varied career, easily adapting and mastering different areas of work, and in recent years I’ve been knee-deep in motherhood. I don’t have everything figured out but I’ve figured out a lot. Enough to know that as soon as you have it figured out your kids change the rules! lol
I worked as a policy advisor for an education minister, so I understand policy creation, I worked as a political campaigner, so I understand bringing people together, I worked as a program manager for an exciting charity that worked with vulnerable teenagers, so I understand projects, and bring together the people to make it a success.
I decided to use these skills to create Our Gifted Kids.
A place where parents and carers of gifted kids can belong, find community, connection
Our Gifted Kids brings parents and experts together so we can help these awesome little folk thrive.
If you’re a parent, check out the stories of other parents in Our Tribe and think about adding your own.
We collect and share stories so that we can start a conversation and change perceptions of giftedness and parenting gifted kids. It’s important that teachers and policy-makers understand the journey that kids and parents go through.
If you’re a professional working with gifted kids, I’d love to connect.
You can dive deeper into my career on LinkedIn and connect with me there or through our contacts page – I’d love to get in touch and work with you.
the support squad
Commander of the Skies
& Dance Parties
Likes: Keribal Space Program, Surviving Mars, Minecraft, dancing, cooking, lectures about stuff his parents will never understand and The Martian
Dislikes: turning off KSP, Surviving Mars and Minecraft,
Sustainability Director & Chief Acrobat
Likes: birds, nature, gymnastics, her
The Little Ninja
Wreaker of Havoc & Chief of Security
Likes: pasta, sushi, chocolate, electronics, mess, mud
Dislikes: getting in the shower, getting out of the shower, pesto on his pasta, not having pesto on his pasta
The Other Half
Master of Pancakes and Chief Funnyman
Likes: Running, lots and far, our resident ultra marathon runner, occasional video gamer with kids, and electronics tinkerer
Dislikes: people chewing loudly
The One Who Leaps
CEO, Founder and Head of Groceries
Likes: Travelling (especially on trains), reading, rainy days, potting about the garden and walks in the forest.
Dislikes: car seat designers, injustice
The Door Bell
Head of Delivery & On-Site Security
Likes: fetching, treats, pats, walks on the beach, dinner warmed up
Dislikes: birds/cars/people near the house, running on treadmills
Acknowledgment of Country
OGK HQ is on the ancestral lands of the Kaurna people. We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders of the community and extend our recognition to their descendants.
We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Sourced here
It was so much fun to talk to Nadja, host of Unleash Monday Podcast, about my journey and all things gifted!
The way we work
Some of the fine print.
Our Gifted Kids is independent and we recommend things that work with our kids and our community’s kids.
Our views are not swayed by dollars, you are either a good fit for our community or you are not, reviews will always be honest.
We do have to pay the bills though so you may find advertising or paid editorials – these will always be clearly marked and our intention is to promote companies or individuals who share our values.
The whole point of Our Gifted Kids is to bring together parents and the people or stuff that’s going to make life easier for you to parent your gifted kids. So we’re ok with advertising good products or services if that 1) makes it easier for you to find them and 2) helps us achieve our aim.
Any companies advertising on Our Gifted Kids have no connection with this site and do not otherwise influence content.
Links to other websites may sometimes be affiliate links designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to other websites (so we can pay the bills!).
This means that if you purchase something from that site after clicking over from Our Gifted Kids we receive a very-small percentage of the sale. Clicking through these links does not cost you any more than you’d already be spending.
Our Gifted Kids uses various social media platforms and are not responsible for what you post on our social media channels.
The views and opinions expressed on this site, our social media and podcast are our own, based on our experience. Any advice or tips offered herein are not a replacement for medical advice from a physician or other health care professional.
Giving back is also important to us and we donate to two, already chosen, charities at the end of each financial year.