A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend and Janet L. Gore
Great Potential Press Inc.
ISBN: 0910707529
http://www.giftedbooks.com/

Book Review: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children

The joy of having a gifted child frequently pales as the child enters the preteen years. Sometimes the rollercoaster ride of parenting a child that is slightly different from her/his peers starts even earlier. ‘A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children’ takes mom and dad through various aspects that are surefire stumbling blocks. They include discipline, peer relationships, over- and underachieving, stress and dealing with out-of-control emotions.

What makes ‘A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children’ so valuable is its reliance on popular parenting materials to adapt a workable parenting plan for the gifted child. Moreover, this very fact also makes the book entirely readable and useful for the parent whose child is either not gifted or has not yet been recognized for her/his giftedness.

The reader should know that the authors do not write in a conversational or ‘girlfriend’ style; instead, this is a borderline scholarly book. It does not lend itself to reading over a cup of tea or a bag of Doritos, but instead requires the use of a highlighter, notebook and page markers. This is the kind of parenting book that is valuable for years to come and will most likely require repeated reading as a child’s behavior and actions change. It applies to the teen as much as it does to the nine-year old.

A note to Christian/religious parents: Faithful parents sometimes make the mistake of forcing a child into a predefined mold of what a ‘spiritual child’ should look like or how s/he should act. While this book is decidedly secular in approach, it nevertheless has a lot of bearing for the Christian parent as well.

Remembering that a child was given individual gifts, abilities and strengths (that might set her/him apart from peers) goes a long way to avoid exasperating a smart or gifted child. This book is sure to help the faithful parent chart a due course.

Sylvia Cochran

Sylvia is a writer, born and raised in Germany. Having been exposed to a variety of religions and traditions due to travel and study, Sylvia has been a student of the Bible for more than ten years and has for the last four years taught in small groups about Biblical principles, practical Christianity, Christian parenting, as well as the spiritual use of money.

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