10 Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child by Nancy N. Heilbronner
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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.


About Nancy N. Heilbronner

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Nancy Heilbronner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Leadership at Western Connecticut State University, where she teaches and advises in doctoral level courses in talent development, creativity, and statistics. She is on the Board of the Connecticut Association for Gifted Children and also serves on committees for the National Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Heilbronner became interested in gifted and talented education when her own children were identified as gifted. She was a teacher of the gifted for 10 years at both the elementary and middle school levels. She earned her Ph.D. in gifted education from the University of Connecticut, where she worked with leaders in the field. Since then, she has been active in researching and publishing in the field of gifted education. Dr. Heilbronner is the recipient of a number of research grants. Her previous book, ThinkData, coauthored by Drs. Joseph S. Renzulli and Del Siegle, is a guide for teachers of gifted science students. She has also authored numerous parent and teacher articles on gifted children, gifted education, and science education. In addition, she has lectured and provided dozens of professional development and parenting workshops on these topics throughout the United States. Dr. Heilbronner has been extremely active in her community, serving as the president of her school's PTA and on other steering committees for not-for-profit organizations. A breast-cancer survivor, she also served on steering committees for local breast cancer fundraising organizations. Additionally, she started a parenting group in her community that focused on parent education and advocacy for gifted children. Dr. Heilbronner lives with her husband, two cats, and a puppy in rural Connecticut. She is the parent of the three co-authors of the book and is now happily anticipating her first grandchild.
Published August 1, 2011 by Great Potential Press. 180 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships.

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