Fortunately, books on parenting gifted children are available, and one of the very best is A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children.
- Defining Giftedness
- Characteristics of Gifted Children
- Communication: The Key to Relationships
- Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement
- Establishing Discipline and Teaching Self-Management
- Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress
- Idealism, Unhappiness, and Depression
- Acquaintances, Friends, and Peers
- Family Relationships: Siblings and Only Children
- Values, Traditions, and Uniqueness
- Complexities of Successful Parenting
- Children Who are Twice-Exceptional
- How Schools Identify Gifted Children
- Finding a Good Education Fit
- Finding Professional Help
James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries.
Great Potential Press, Inc. 2007
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-910707-79-4
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-910707-52-7
Guide Review - Book Review: A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
Three of the other chapters of the book -- one on communication, one on discipline, and one on the complexities of successful parenting -- are about parenting a gifted child. Each of these chapters provides specific strategies parents can use. Some of the strategies, such as setting limits, can also be found in the typical parenting book, but in A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children, the impact of those strategies on gifted children are usually provided. For example, the authors advise parents to avoid sarcasm since the intense sensitivity of many gifted children can cause them to be deeply hurt by it.
At some point, most gifted children will attend school and the chapters on school and education will help parents gain a basic understanding of both IQ and achievement tests and how schools use these tests to identify gifted children. One chapter describes the various programming options, such as differentiation, that schools use to accommodate gifted kids. This information is helpful for parents who need to advocate for their children to ensure that the children are getting appropriate educational services.
When parents first learn that their child is gifted, they may feel overwhelmed and unsure. The tone and language the authors use is both comforting and reassuring. Although the authors often refer to research, their discussions are clear and don't require any previous knowledge of giftedness, yet those who do have some knowledge of giftedness will still find plenty of useful information.
The one drawback to the book is that it does not have much discussion on profoundly gifted children. However, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is still one of the best books available on parenting gifted children. I truly wish this book had been available when my child was young.