Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children
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A gifted education Legacy Award winner, Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children provides a humorous, engaging, and encouraging look at raising gifted children today. James R. Delisle, Ph.D., offers practical, down-to-earth advice that will cause parents to reexamine the ways they perceive and relate to their children.
Dr. Delisle puts forward 10 tips to parents of gifted children—ideas that reflect attitude and approach and allow for introspection and change, rather than quick, do-it-tonight solutions. Some topics of interest include understanding a child's giftedness, working with the school system, dealing with perfectionism in gifted kids, and being adult role models for children. Along the way, stories from gifted children and their parents provide insight into the lives of these individuals.
What sets this book apart from other books for parents of gifted kids is its expansion beyond mere platitudes. Dr. Delisle's tips go beyond the basics, focusing on attitude, reflection, and subtle changes, rather than specific, cookie-cutter recipes for action. The 10 tips suggested and expanded upon in this book include:
For additional advice on parenting gifted kids, see Barefoot Irreverence, Encouraging Your Child's Math Talent, Encouraging Your Child's Science Talent, Encouraging Your Child's Writing Talent, and Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties.
- understanding what giftedness is . . . and what it is not;
- understanding the differences between gifted kids and their agemates;
- understanding the personality traits of gifted kids, including overexcitabilities;
- taking charge of your child's education;
- understanding the issue of perfectionism in gifted kids;
- examining social nuances and myths related to giftedness;
- examining the similarities parents share with their gifted children;
- setting reasonable goals;
- helping gifted children make a difference in the lives of others; and
- remembering that gifted children are kids first and gifted second.
Read an Interview With the Author
Author James Delisle, Ph.D., talks candidly about his experiences with parenting and teaching gifted kids, and how he used those experiences to write Parenting Gifted Kids. This interview offers a personal, insightful look into the life of one of the nation's most popular experts on gifted children. To read a transcript of his interview, click here.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - May 17, 2006
Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children by James R. Delisle (Professor of Gifted Education at Kent State University) is an informative and “parent friendly” reference for enabling a truly gifted child to expressively and productively achieve their life goals, develop sound character, and generally enjoy their life. Examining overly excitable children, the type of gift granted to each child, working with the school system, dealing with perfectionist children, being a positive role model, building a child’s character, and helping kids achieve their set goals and dreams, Parenting Gifted Kids is very highly recommended reading, especially to all new parents of a gifted child.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest BookReview - June 18, 2006
Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children by teacher, counselor, college professor, and parent James R. Delisle is an expert collection of tactful and educated approaches to children. Deftly examining and exploring the findings of child-psychology and his experiences of over thirty years of working with children, Professor Delisle offers his readers a cogent understanding of giftedness in children, how to work with the school system, dealing with perfectionism in gifted children, being an adult role model for children, building a child’s character, and helping kids achieve their goals and dreams. For its clear, concise, and incalcuable practical information, Parenting Gifted Kids is very highly recommended for all parents, counselors, and teachers of a gifted child.
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