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What are some good books, websites, and other resources for learning about parenting a gifted child?

Hello everyone,

I am a parent of a 5-year-old child who has been identified as gifted by his school. While I am happy and proud of my child, I am also a little overwhelmed with the responsibility of parenting a gifted child. I want to ensure that I am doing everything possible to support and nurture his abilities, but I am not sure where to start.

Can anyone recommend some good books, websites, and other resources that can help me understand how to parent a gifted child? I am particularly interested in resources that provide practical advice on how to help my child thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Any personal experiences or insights into parenting a gifted child are also appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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bernardo.wintheiser

Hello there,

As a parent of a gifted child, I understand the importance of nurturing their unique abilities and providing them with opportunities to learn and grow. One book that I found helpful was "The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything" by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle.

This book addresses the struggles and challenges that gifted teenagers face, such as perfectionism, underachievement, and social-emotional issues. It offers practical advice, encouragement, and resources to help gifted teens navigate these challenges and reach their full potential.

Another helpful resource is the website of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The website provides access to a range of research-based resources and materials for parents, educators, and policymakers. It also hosts an international conference where professionals can exchange ideas and connect with others who share similar interests.

Finally, I found it beneficial to connect with a local gifted education advocate or association, who can provide information on resources and opportunities in the community geared towards gifted children. By connecting with other parents of gifted children, we have been able to share experiences, resources, and support each other.

I hope that these resources prove helpful to you in supporting your gifted child's development and wellbeing!

rquitzon

Hi there,

I can definitely empathize with your situation. My daughter was also identified as gifted at a young age, and like you, I wanted to ensure that I was doing everything I could to support her academic, social and emotional development.

One book that I found particularly helpful was "Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children" by James T. Webb. This book provides practical advice on how to support your child's unique needs and challenges throughout their development. I found the section on understanding and managing perfectionism particularly useful.

In addition, I also found the website Hoagies' Gifted Education Page to be a great resource. It offers a wealth of information on gifted education, including articles, resources, and a community forum where you can connect with other parents of gifted children.

Lastly, I would also recommend finding a local parent support group for gifted children in your area. It can be incredibly helpful to connect with other parents who are going through similar experiences and share insights and tips.

Hope these resources are helpful to you in your parenting journey!

legros.aimee

Hello there,

As a parent of a gifted child, I understand the concerns and queries that come with parenting a child who has unique abilities and challenges. In my experience, one book that has particularly helped me understand and support my child is "The Gifted Kids Workbook: Mindfulness Skills to Help Children Reduce Stress, Balance Emotions, and Build Confidence" by Heather Boorman.

This workbook offers practical and interactive exercises that help your child develop mindfulness, emotional regulation, and resilience skills that can support their social and emotional growth. I particularly appreciated the section on helping gifted children manage anxiety, which can often accompany giftedness.

Additionally, I have found SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) to be a great resource for parents seeking support and education related to parenting a gifted child. SENG offers articles, webinars, and community forums that can help parents better understand and support their child's needs.

Finally, I would also recommend seeking out a gifted education specialist, who can offer insights and personalized strategies to support your child's academic and intellectual development. Often, these specialists are available through your child's school, but you can also seek out private specialists in your area.

I hope these resources prove helpful to you in your parenting journey!

syost

Greetings,

As a fellow parent of a gifted child, I understand the unique challenges that come with parenting a child with advanced cognitive abilities. One resource that has been immensely helpful to me is "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children" by James T. Webb.

This comprehensive book provides a wealth of information on how to foster your child's development academically, socially and emotionally. The book is easy to read and is filled with real-life examples from parents of gifted children, which I found to be very relatable.

Another excellent resource is the website of the Institute for Educational Advancement. This organization offers resources, programs, and strategies that help parents advocate for their gifted children's educational needs. Their research-backed resources have empowered me to navigate the education system and support my child's potential.

Lastly, I would recommend attending conferences on gifted children's development to learn from experts and connect with other parents. One annual conference that I have attended and gained immense insights is the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference.

I hope these resources prove valuable to your parenting journey!

lindgren.edwin

Hey there,

As a parent of a gifted child, I completely understand the feeling of being overwhelmed and uncertain about how best to support your child's intellectual and emotional development. One book that I found incredibly helpful was "Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults" by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski.

This book focuses on the unique aspects of the emotional and sensory experiences of gifted individuals and explores how parents can help their children embrace their giftedness fully. It also includes practical strategies for managing intense emotions and sensitivities, which can often be overwhelming for gifted children.

Another useful resource is the website of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. The site offers a variety of resources, including online courses, summer programs, and educational materials catered toward gifted children's unique needs.

Lastly, I found that building relationships with other parents of gifted children has been incredibly helpful in terms of sharing experiences, advice, and ideas. By connecting with other parents at school events or through community groups, I've found support and validation in knowing that I'm not alone in my parenting journey.

I hope that these resources help you in supporting your gifted child's unique needs and abilities!

boehm.denis

Hello everyone,

As a parent of a gifted child, I understand the challenges and self-doubt that can arise when raising a child with advanced abilities. One resource that I found helpful was "Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook" by Carol Fertig.

This book is an easy-to-read and comprehensive guide that covers almost everything a parent of a gifted child might face, from academics to social-emotional development. It provides practical advice and strategies for common challenges such as perfectionism, boredom in school, and social isolation.

Another useful resource is the website of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. It offers a wide range of information, including advocacy resources, research, and online communities for parents, educators, and gifted individuals.

I've also found that finding a mentor, teacher or educator who understands and can effectively work with gifted children has been beneficial for my child's success. Their expertise in working with gifted children has provided my child the opportunity for intellectual stimulation, challenge and growth.

Ultimately, it's important to remember that as parents, we do not need to have all the answers. Parenting a gifted child requires us to be open and continuously learning, as each child with advanced abilities has unique learning and emotional needs.

I hope that these resources help support you on your parenting journey with a gifted child!

gregoria37

Hi there,

As a parent of a gifted child myself, I can definitely understand the challenges that come with parenting a child with unique abilities. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend "The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?" by Maureen Neihart, Steven Pfeiffer, and Tracy Cross.

This book delves into the emotional and social aspects of gifted children's development, which can often be overlooked. I found this particularly helpful in understanding how to help my child cope with frustration, anxiety, and perfectionism, which are common challenges faced by gifted children.

Another great resource is the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. They provide online resources, forums, and programs that are specifically designed to support the education and development of gifted children. Their website has a wealth of information on topics such as advocacy, social-emotional development, and educational opportunities for gifted children.

Finally, I would recommend seeking out a psychologist or counselor who specializes in giftedness to help your child navigate any emotional or social challenges they may be facing. My child found the sessions particularly helpful in managing his stress and anxiety related to his advanced academic abilities.

I hope these resources prove helpful in supporting your gifted child's development and well-being!

bgaylord

Hello everyone,

As someone who has experience raising a gifted child, I know how daunting it can be to navigate their unique needs and abilities. One book that I highly recommend for parents is "Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential" by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Mark S. Lowenthal.

This book provides an insight into the different intellectual, emotional, and social traits that are common to gifted children and offers strategies for parents on how to foster their development. I found it especially helpful in understanding how to support my son's social-emotional well-being, as he struggled with making friends due to his advanced intellect.

Another great resource for parents is the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) website. It provides a wealth of information and resources, including webinars, online courses, and advocacy support for parents.

Lastly, I would also recommend considering enrichment programs for your gifted child to help them explore their interests and further advance their learning. There are a number of online programs as well as summer camps and extracurricular activities that cater specifically to gifted children.

I hope these resources prove helpful in supporting your gifted child's development!

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