Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted Children

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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, ...

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Overview

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:

  • 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.
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.

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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.

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"Understanding What Giftedness Is . . . And What It Is Not," is an engaging, interesting excerpt from Parenting Gifted Kids. This chapter looks at the many viewpoints, conceptions, and definitions of giftedness that exist. To read this sample chapter, click here
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593631796
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 296,777
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. James R. Delisle is a professor of education at Kent State University, where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in gifted child education. Delisle is the author of 11 books, including the best-selling Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook (with Judy Galbraith) and Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education. In addition, Delisle directs a program for gifted students in grades 7-8 in Twinsburg, OH. He is married to Deb Delisle, and they have a son, Matt, who lives and works in northern California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Understand What Giftedness Is ... and What It Is Not 1
Speaking of First Impressions ... 3
Reality Sets In 8
Avoid at All Costs 10
Just a Word on Leveling 10
Talking the Talk 12
Gifted Children Speak Out 15
Chapter 2 Know the Distinction Between "Better At" and "Better Than" 17
On Suffering Fools Gladly 18
Oh! The Silly Things We Do! 23
Loneliness and Being Alone: A Fine-Line Distinction 27
Gifted Children Speak Out 29
Chapter 3 Stop Paying Interest on a Bill You Never Owed 31
The Wonderful Wizard of OEs 34
The OEs in More Depth 35
The Journey Begins ... 44
Gifted Children Speak Out 46
Chapter 4 Take Charge of Your Child's Education 47
The "Error" of Inclusion 49
The Underground Guide to Getting Your Way 55
Conclusion 66
Gifted Children Speak Out 67
Chapter 5 Appreciate That Less Than Perfect Is More Than Acceptable 69
Always Read the P.S. 70
Conclusion 87
Gifted Children Speak Out 88
Chapter 6 Living the Nuanced Life 91
Nuance #1 The Myth of Underachievement 93
Nuance #2 The Straw Dog of Gender Bias 99
Nuance #3 Fulfillment Through Philosophy 103
Conclusion 108
Gifted Children Speak Out 110
Chapter 7 Deep Roots, Long Branches: Using the Past to Understand the Present 111
The Research Says ... 113
A Note About Depression 118
On Crossing Bridges Prematurely 123
The Gifted Adult as a Role Model 125
Conclusion 129
Gifted Children Speak Out 130
Chapter 8 Write Your Dreams in Pencil 133
Goal Setting That Matters 140
Get a Job! 146
And if They Don't Want to Go to College? 150
Stepping Back ... Stepping Out 155
Gifted Children Speak Out 157
Chapter 9 Make a Life, Not Just a Living 159
The Importance of Importance 161
Teaching Gifted Kids to Care: Character Development in Action 162
"Being" Versus "Doing" 169
Gifted Grown Ups Speak Out 171
Chapter 10 Life Is Not a Race to See Who Can Get to the End the Fastest 173
In Praise of Elitism 174
On the Other Hand ... 177
Closing Time 181
Gifted Children Give Thanks 185
References 187
Resources for Parents of Gifted Kids 191
About the Author 213
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    Fantastic Book - Lot's of good information!

    I'm using this book for a research paper assigned by my English teacher. James Delisle is one of my favorite sources. He gives very accurate and ery good information. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants/needs to learn about gifted children.

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