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

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

by James Delisle
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Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted Children

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.

Educational ResourceRead 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.Check Out a Sample Chapter From This Book
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593631796
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 472,274
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Understand What Giftedness Is ... and What It Is Not1
Speaking of First Impressions ...3
Reality Sets In8
Avoid at All Costs10
Just a Word on Leveling10
Talking the Talk12
Gifted Children Speak Out15
Chapter 2Know the Distinction Between "Better At" and "Better Than"17
On Suffering Fools Gladly18
Oh! The Silly Things We Do!23
Loneliness and Being Alone: A Fine-Line Distinction27
Gifted Children Speak Out29
Chapter 3Stop Paying Interest on a Bill You Never Owed31
The Wonderful Wizard of OEs34
The OEs in More Depth35
The Journey Begins ...44
Gifted Children Speak Out46
Chapter 4Take Charge of Your Child's Education47
The "Error" of Inclusion49
The Underground Guide to Getting Your Way55
Gifted Children Speak Out67
Chapter 5Appreciate That Less Than Perfect Is More Than Acceptable69
Always Read the P.S.70
Gifted Children Speak Out88
Chapter 6Living the Nuanced Life91
Nuance #1The Myth of Underachievement93
Nuance #2The Straw Dog of Gender Bias99
Nuance #3Fulfillment Through Philosophy103
Gifted Children Speak Out110
Chapter 7Deep Roots, Long Branches: Using the Past to Understand the Present111
The Research Says ...113
A Note About Depression118
On Crossing Bridges Prematurely123
The Gifted Adult as a Role Model125
Gifted Children Speak Out130
Chapter 8Write Your Dreams in Pencil133
Goal Setting That Matters140
Get a Job!146
And if They Don't Want to Go to College?150
Stepping Back ... Stepping Out155
Gifted Children Speak Out157
Chapter 9Make a Life, Not Just a Living159
The Importance of Importance161
Teaching Gifted Kids to Care: Character Development in Action162
"Being" Versus "Doing"169
Gifted Grown Ups Speak Out171
Chapter 10Life Is Not a Race to See Who Can Get to the End the Fastest173
In Praise of Elitism174
On the Other Hand ...177
Closing Time181
Gifted Children Give Thanks185
Resources for Parents of Gifted Kids191
About the Author213

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I first heard James Delisle speak at a gifted education conference many years ago. His inspirational speech about helping gifted kids as they struggle with social acceptance, schools that care little for their needs, feelings of being different, and the challenge of finding peers and supportive adults ... brought the audience to a standing ovation. After reading this book, my reaction was the same as I felt when hearing that first speech. If you are looking for ways to support and understand your gifted child, this is a great source of ideas and inspiration. Dr. Delisle really "gets" gifted children, and his book is a must read!
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