This book offers a different perspective on parenting gifted children: what not to do. Most books for parents of gifted youngsters focus on what adults should be doing, but not many hone in on how inadvertently we push our children to be more "normal," or more "reasonable," or even, sometimes, more exceptional. The author takes common mistakes that parents make (mistakes that even she admits to making with her own children) and discusses why these are harmful to gifted children, and she offers better, healthier approaches that will help gifted children become comfortable with who they are and strive to be all that they are capable of being.
As a bonus, one of the author's three now-adult children has written a postscript to each chapter, discussing what it was like to be a gifted child dealing with the particular issue at hand. This additional insight is an enlightening and invaluable part of understanding gifted children.
"A unique feature of this book is that it includes the reflections of her now-adult children and credits them as co-authors, adding to the book's depth and authenticity."
- Judy Smith, Oregon Parent Meet-Up Coordinator
"One of the best practical guides for raising gifted children, combining the charm, richness, and humor of personal family experiences with a gifted educator's practical knowledge. It could be titled 'Gifted Children: The Missing Instruction Manual'".
- Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
"I love this book and the way the author, who has a doctorate in gifted education, wove important, current research about giftedness into stories of raising gifted children, accompanied by fascinating personalized narratives from her successful grown-up gifted children. This is a resource for parenting gifted children that I highly recommend!"
-Sally Reis, Ph.D., Professor, University of Connecticut
"With understanding and humor...the author describes her gifted children, her successes and mistakes, and offers practical suggestions that feel like a conversation with a good friend. Her now grown children add welcome perspectives to her ideas."
-Jane Hesslein, Educator and Parent
2012 Legacy Book of the Year Award-Winner!