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Parenting Gifted Kids : Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children - James R. Delisle

Parenting Gifted Kids

Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children

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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.

About the Author

Jim Delisle has worked on behalf of gifted children and teens for more than three decades. As both a teacher and counselor, Jim learned how essential it is for gifted people to understand that giftedness is more than simply "being smart"--it is the height of one's thinking and the depth of one's emotions that are the hallmarks of growing up gifted.

Jim was a professor of education at Kent State University for 25 years and was selected by faculty and students there as a "Distinguished Professor", the University's most prestigious teaching award. To keep his college instruction "real", Jim taught gifted children in two middle schools one day each week for 16 years. The author of 17 books that have been published in multiple languages, Jim continues to consult with schools worldwide in an effort to increase awareness of the needs of gifted children and adults.

Introductionp. xi
Understand What Giftedness Is ... and What It Is Notp. 1
Speaking of First Impressions ...p. 3
Reality Sets Inp. 8
Avoid at All Costsp. 10
Just a Word on Levelingp. 10
Talking the Talkp. 12
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 15
Know the Distinction Between "Better At" and "Better Than"p. 17
On Suffering Fools Gladlyp. 18
Oh! The Silly Things We Do!p. 23
Loneliness and Being Alone: A Fine-Line Distinctionp. 27
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 29
Stop Paying Interest on a Bill You Never Owedp. 31
The Wonderful Wizard of OEsp. 34
The OEs in More Depthp. 35
The Journey Begins ...p. 44
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 46
Take Charge of Your Child's Educationp. 47
The "Error" of Inclusionp. 49
The Underground Guide to Getting Your Wayp. 55
Conclusionp. 66
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 67
Appreciate That Less Than Perfect Is More Than Acceptablep. 69
Always Read the P.S.p. 70
Conclusionp. 87
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 88
Living the Nuanced Lifep. 91
The Myth of Underachievementp. 93
The Straw Dog of Gender Biasp. 99
Fulfillment Through Philosophyp. 103
Conclusionp. 108
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 110
Deep Roots, Long Branches: Using the Past to Understand the Presentp. 111
The Research Says ...p. 113
A Note About Depressionp. 118
On Crossing Bridges Prematurelyp. 123
The Gifted Adult as a Role Modelp. 125
Conclusionp. 129
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 130
Write Your Dreams in Pencilp. 133
Goal Setting That Mattersp. 140
Get a Job!p. 146
And if They Don't Want to Go to College?p. 150
Stepping Back ... Stepping Outp. 155
Gifted Children Speak Outp. 157
Make a Life, Not Just a Livingp. 159
The Importance of Importancep. 161
Teaching Gifted Kids to Care: Character Development in Actionp. 162
"Being" Versus "Doing"p. 169
Gifted Grown Ups Speak Outp. 171
Life Is Not a Race to See Who Can Get to the End the Fastestp. 173
In Praise of Elitismp. 174
On the Other Hand ...p. 177
Closing Timep. 181
Gifted Children Give Thanksp. 185
Referencesp. 187
Resources for Parents of Gifted Kidsp. 191
About the Authorp. 213
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ISBN: 9781593631796
ISBN-10: 1593631790
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 1st April 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.31