Gifted Parenting Books and Resources

Having resources at your fingertips is important when raising a gifted child.  I can almost guarantee that you will feel lonely and isolated at times – from your adult friends and their (same-age) children. So far, my favorite overall book (listed in the below Amazon carousel) is Dr. James Webb’s 5 star A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children.

Unfortunately, this book seems to be out of print but you can still find used versions. The book delivers specific suggestions on dealing with problems ranging from overexcitability, intensity, finding balance, asynchronous development (throwing a tantrum one moment, discussing the virtues of Benjamin Franklin the next), and even depression in gifted kids.

A Parent’s Guide To Gifted Children

Best of all time resource! The late Dr. James Webb was recognized as one of the most influential psychologists nationally on gifted children and was the founder of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Inc.). All of his books are wonderful.

Raising Your Spirted Child: A Guide For Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic

My copy of this book was DOG EARED. This is an older book but the concepts of overexcitabilities haven’t changed. I got this book when Lucy was a toddler, and do your self a favor and get it if you have a gifted child with overexcitabilities.

Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide From the National Association for Gifted Children 

Comprehensive guide covers acceleration, homeschooling, underachievement, twice-exceptional students and post high school.

Emotional Intensity In Gifted Students 

A book I read multiple times when working through emotional regulation with my gifted kids. Special worksheets, checklists, and tip sheets are included. This book helps parents and teachers learn how to interact and guide gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior.

Parenting Gifted Children 101

Introductory course to parenting gifted kids. If you have a young gifted child or recently identified gifted child, start here! Topics include myths about gifted children, characteristics of the gifted, the hows and whys of advocacy, social and emotional issues and needs, strategies for partnering with your child’s school, and more.

Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics

With increasing numbers of students receiving gifted services every year, it’s more important than ever for differentiated instruction to go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice—it must truly challenge and support learners on all levels: academic, social, and emotional. 

Here are a few of my favorite resources for parenting and education of gifted children

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