Resource Roundup: Parenting Gifted Children
Resource Roundup: Parenting Gifted Children
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

Raising gifted children is no easy task, and sorting through the many articles and books made for parents can be time-consuming and overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most trusted and promising resources, all about raising children to be the best they can be. Even though no parent will have the exact same experience, education experts and parents who have “been there, done that” can give valuable insight into the lives of these kids and how to best foster their creativity, talents, and relationships with others.

Books:

  • Parenting Gifted Children 101 by Tracy Ford Inman, Ed.D., and Jana Kirchner, Ph.D. Serving as a nice introduction to the world of giftedness, this easy-to-read guide provides parents with some of the best resources and advice for raising gifted children. This “introductory course” can supply parents with the tools they need to better understand and help their gifted kids be successful in all settings.

  • Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out by James R. Delisle, Ph.D. This book focuses on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness and highlights some of the common issues gifted children and their parents face.

  • Raising Children With Grit by Laila Y. Sanguras. Parenting children to be strong, passionate, and successful involves a lot of time and effort. Raising Children With Grit outlines how to help children define and build their passions, through interest-building activities and an emphasis on curiosity.

  • Differently Wired by Deborah Reber. Raising an exceptional child comes with its challenges, and Reber anticipates and tackles each one with helpful how-tos, giving parents the advice they need to hear and ideas for changes they might want to implement.

Organizations:

  • The National Association for Gifted Children has a variety of resources, articles, events, and publications all centered around the growth and and development of gifted children.

  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted works to serve the social and emotional needs of gifted students while supporting research, development, education, and connection in gifted communities.

  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth promotes the cause of gifted children by researching, hosting seminars, producing a bimonthly magazine, and more. Parents can find support as well as browse talent search programs on its website.

  • The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a great tool for educators and parents who want to support gifted children and education. They also run #gtchat on Twitter, where people interested in gifted education can discuss resources, questions, and more.

Blogs:

  • Gifted Guru, by Lisa Van Gemert, has practical resources, tips and tricks, book and product reviews, and engaging articles for people who are passionate about gifted education.

  • Crushing Tall Poppies explores the depths of giftedness and provides a sense of community for parents of gifted children. The blog’s creator, Celi Trépanier, also runs a great Twitter account perfect for parents interested in learning more about gifted education.

  • Gifts for Learning, created by Carol Bainbridge, is great for parents new to the world of giftedness, or anyone who want to find more information about the traits and needs of gifted kids.

  • Raising Lifelong Learners compiles some of the best resources and ideas for parenting gifted children. As the parent of four gifted or twice-exceptional kids, Colleen Kessler knows what challenges gifted education brings, and uses her experiences to help other parents advocate for their own children.