A Parent's Guide to Gifted Childrenby James T. Webb, Arlene DeVries, Edward R. Amend, Janet L. Gore
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. The four authors of this award-winning book, who have decades of professional experience with gifted children and their families, provide practical guidance in areas such as: characteristics of gifted children; peer relations;… See more details below
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. The four authors of this award-winning book, who have decades of professional experience with gifted children and their families, provide practical guidance in areas such as: characteristics of gifted children; peer relations; sibling issues; motivation & underachievement; discipline issues; intensity & stress; depression & unhappiness; educational planning; parenting concerns; finding professional help; and much, much more.
Robert V. Heckel, Ph.D., ABPP
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The Importance of Parents
Parents play an essential role, particularly in a gifted child's early education years. Being a gifted child can be joyful, but sometimes it is painful, too. Parents can help children know that other family members share their abilities, concerns, and ways of viewing the world. They can also help gifted children develop an appreciation for many ordinary things and everyday people, as well as a sense that they have a place in the world. Perhaps most importantly, parents can make their home a stimulating and safe harbor where gifted children know there are always people who love them, who understand their dilemmas, and who care.
Our experience and interpretation of the research leads us to believe that the most effective guidance and problem prevention lies with caring, knowledgeable, and supportive parents. Intellectual development and emotional reactions begin in infancy and preschool years, and many major behavioral patterns are set by the time the child reaches school age. In the early years, birth to ages four or five, it is the child's parents who provide virtually all of the support.
A solid home foundation is especially important when gifted children feel out of place with the surrounding world. Home can be a haven--a place to recharge one's batteries--where adults help the child to untangle and comprehend the many perplexing behaviors that exist in the world outside. When home is that kind of refuge, and when one or two other adults, such as teachers, neighbors, or others, emotionally support a gifted child's self-concept, these children usually survive, and even thrive, despite sometimes difficult or eventraumatic events. Support and encouragement at home not only guide the gifted child, but also give the child models of inner strength that he can call on later.
Ideally, as a child gets older, parents and educators will work together. Certainly, teaching is a significant part of developing talent from year to year, but we believe that parents are particularly important in the long-term outcome of gifted children. Where there are insufficient educational opportunities, parents can provide enrichment and can negotiate with schools to help ensure that there is a match between the educational program and the child's interests, abilities, and motivation to learn. And good parenting--in which parents understand, nurture, guide, and advocate for their high potential child--can overcome a year or more of mediocre or even negative school experiences.
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