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This powerful book stresses the author's underlying belief in: (1) the importance of unconditional love and a secure environment, (2) respect for each child's uniqueness, and (3) support and nurturance of the children's talents. Ten chapters offer stories and examples from the author's own family, including mistakes she made and comments from her three now-adult children. This powerful book stresses the author's underlying belief in: (1) the importance of unconditional love and a secure environment, (2) respect for each child's uniqueness, and (3) support and nurturance of the children's talents. Ten chapters offer stories and examples from the author's own family, including mistakes she made and comments from her three now-adult children. Parents will gain knowledge about common vulnerabilities that characterize gifted children from early childhood into adulthood, along with advice for providing appropriate nurturance and guidance.


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This powerful book stresses the author's underlying belief in: (1) the importance of unconditional love and a secure environment, (2) respect for each child's uniqueness, and (3) support and nurturance of the children's talents. Ten chapters offer stories and examples from the author's own family, including mistakes she made and comments from her three now-adult children. This powerful book stresses the author's underlying belief in: (1) the importance of unconditional love and a secure environment, (2) respect for each child's uniqueness, and (3) support and nurturance of the children's talents. Ten chapters offer stories and examples from the author's own family, including mistakes she made and comments from her three now-adult children. Parents will gain knowledge about common vulnerabilities that characterize gifted children from early childhood into adulthood, along with advice for providing appropriate nurturance and guidance.

43 review for 10 Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family's Perspective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Betty-Anne

    When I started this book, I was hoping for some insight into what to look for in a child, partly to determine whether testing for giftedness was something that should be done. The toddler son of a close friend displayed behaviors which to me, hinted at more than average intelligence, but I knew little or nothing about the nature of giftedness, and was seeking a starting point. I felt that a family perspective was just what I was looking for. Heilbronner offered that, and much more. The author, he When I started this book, I was hoping for some insight into what to look for in a child, partly to determine whether testing for giftedness was something that should be done. The toddler son of a close friend displayed behaviors which to me, hinted at more than average intelligence, but I knew little or nothing about the nature of giftedness, and was seeking a starting point. I felt that a family perspective was just what I was looking for. Heilbronner offered that, and much more. The author, herself gifted and the mother of three gifted children, is also qualified in the teaching of gifted children. Additionally, she has furthered her education in the field. Her ability to link her parenting experiences to her academic knowledge gives the book depth and offers a unique viewpoint. There are many things to appreciate in this book. The first of which is the clear, concise writing that both Heilbronner and her children use to get their message across. It makes for an easy, understandable read, which is critical to someone newly navigating the waters of possible giftedness. The tone of the book is friendly and appealing – definitely reflecting the coaching and guiding methodology of a mother/teacher. While demonstrating that each child is different – clearly illustrated by the stories from her children – the author gives good guidelines on how to recognize and interpret behaviors in gifted children. She also provides workable strategies for how to deal with these behaviors, always to the benefit of the child. It is worth noting that many of these behaviors and resultant strategies are applicable to children who are not necessarily gifted, as well. The format of the book is also very appealing. Each of the major points are allocated a chapter of their own, which makes it easy for the reader to pinpoint behaviors that maybe relevant to them. When I was finished with the book, I passed it on to my friend, and advised her to read the introduction, and then skip directly to Chapter 5 before she read anything else. It’s easy to think that Chapter 5 was written precisely for her son. This particular format also makes the book relevant to persons with varying degrees of knowledge about giftedness in children, from the complete novice like me, to someone with more widespread understanding, searching for more information on a particular topic. The differing perspectives of the author’s children, who provide anecdotal evidence of the main points in each chapter, add to the appeal of the book in several ways. First, they provide an opportunity to see the strategies in action, as it were, as well as to see the results on the child in question. Secondly, the input from the children add a richness to the book that lifts it way above what might have been merely a textbook type offering on gifted children. Overall, I truly enjoyed the book, and felt that I learnt a lot from it. I was excited to pass it on to my friend, and I’m looking forward to the benefits to her and her son. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in understanding gifted children and how best to help them achieve their fullest potential. However, I would also recommend it to anyone who is looking for workable strategies to deal with certain behaviors in any child. There is also a great list of references at the end of the book to provide additional information on the subject.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Livesonabike

    This is an excellent intro to giftedness and some associated challenges and joys. It does repeat a lot of information (twice exceptionality, overexcitabilities, growth mindset, perfectionism, anxiety...) from other books, so it may not be worth reading if you're already familiar with the topic. The "bonus content" of the book is short essays by the children under discussion, talking about their experiences in retrospect. This is an excellent intro to giftedness and some associated challenges and joys. It does repeat a lot of information (twice exceptionality, overexcitabilities, growth mindset, perfectionism, anxiety...) from other books, so it may not be worth reading if you're already familiar with the topic. The "bonus content" of the book is short essays by the children under discussion, talking about their experiences in retrospect.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I don't think my kids are gifted, I just saw this book listed as a giveaway on LibraryThing and it sounded interesting. I'm glad I won it because a lot of the ideas apply to parenting in general. The chapter on introverts/extroverts really struck home with me (ex. thinking your child needs tons of friends when introverts are usually fine with just 1 or 2). And I also liked the chapter on creative children, since I have one of those. Overall, a good read. I don't think my kids are gifted, I just saw this book listed as a giveaway on LibraryThing and it sounded interesting. I'm glad I won it because a lot of the ideas apply to parenting in general. The chapter on introverts/extroverts really struck home with me (ex. thinking your child needs tons of friends when introverts are usually fine with just 1 or 2). And I also liked the chapter on creative children, since I have one of those. Overall, a good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Excellent resource that I've shared with many parents. Excellent resource that I've shared with many parents.

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