Gifted children often exhibit characteristics and behaviors that are different from those of other children. Giftedness, after all, is not just about being smart. Being gifted affects everything a person says, does, thinks, and feels.
Parents who discover that their child is gifted can be relieved to learn the reason for their child's differences, but they also often feel anxious and apprehensive about the parenting journey that lies ahead for them. That journey will not look like the ones that other parents travel. When they seek out information to guide them along the way, they find that there is a tremendous amount of it available, and it can be overwhelming to try to weed through it to learn what they need to know to parent a gifted child effectively and compassionately—a child who most likely is not just different from other kids but who is different from other gifted kids as well. Where does one even begin?
The Essential Guidebook for Parents of Gifted Children is designed to introduce parents to the topic of giftedness in a way that is both preliminary and sophisticated. The book is not just for those new to the subject of giftedness, however; it breaks new ground in its discussions of gifted children's intensity, sensitivity, and asynchrony, shedding new light on these topics for those who are already familiar with them. It also examines the concepts of identification, multiple intelligences, twice-exceptionality, underachievement, perfectionism, idealism, and more, including educational practices that both help and harm gifted children, all at a level that is both advanced and yet accessible to everyone. It offers parents the opportunity to learn the fundamental truths about giftedness in the same way that we want to provide information to our gifted children—a way that is intelligent and innovative and never dumbed down. It speaks to parents directly to help them become the best possible stewards of the complex, precocious, amazing children in their care so that those children will grow up with an appreciation both of their gifts and of the efforts of the adults who nurtured them along the way.
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