THE GIFTED PARENTING JOURNEY



Some excerpts from recent reviews

 

"Dr. Post is a master writer. She has brought forward a genuine gift, the impact of which will likely ripple for decades to come... Prepare yourself to feel validated, seen, and heard. Her poignant questions for self-reflection are masterfully phrased to touch even the most guarded among us. The action steps are realistic and achievable. Once navigated, readers will find their parenting style shift to one that is more attuned, flexible, resilient, and intentional, stemming from great self-understanding." - Heidi Lack, Ph.D. A.T.R.-BC, Clinical Psychologist, Art Therapist, and expert in giftedness, twice-exceptionalities, and misophonia.

 

"Take the best, most trusted parenting book and adapt it to parenting gifted children, and you will have The Gifted Parenting Journey... Easily, this is the only book you will need to make you the best parent and advocate for your gifted child." - Celi Trepanier, M.Ed., author of Educating your Gifted Child.

 

"Oh, how I wish I had this book when I was just beginning my own gifted parenting journey. From the very first paragraph of the introduction, it is clear that Dr. Post is a kindred soul and truly 'gets' the complex rollercoaster ride of parenting gifted children... I am so excited to have this book to recommend to parents of the gifted children whom I counsel. It will truly make all the difference." - Tina Harlow, LCSW, Child and Family Therapist specializing in giftedness.  

 

"As great as the professional benefit I received from reading Gail's book, I acquired a deeper understanding of my personal journey as a parent... I reached insights that were new and transformational for me. This was an unexpected gift for which I am profoundly grateful." - S. Abigail McCarrel, LCSW, DCSW, family therapist.

 

"This book is both comprehensive and carefully crafted... She covers topics I have not seen in other books on gifted children and provides specific questions for parents to explore along with strategies to implement. Gail documents her recommendations thoroughly and also writes in a warm, approachable style." - Paula Prober, M.S., Psychotherapist and author of Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-being of Gifted Adults and Youth.

 

"The Gifted Parenting Journey addresses myriad experiences of parents of gifted learners - alongside careful consideration of supportive measures for families. Dr. Gail Post discusses many complexities, drawing upon decades of professional practice as a clinical psychologist... Readers will find vignettes, information about giftedness, and plenty of recommendations that will serve them well over the years." - Joanne Foster, Ed.D., Award-winning author of Being Smart about Gifted Learning and six other books.

 

"It is my wish that every school present a family of a gifted child a copy of The Gifted Parenting Journey. With this invaluable book in hand, parents would understand the challenges, as well as great pleasures, of raising a gifted child." - Deb Gennarelli, M.Ed., Gifted Education Specialist/Consultant and author of Twice-Exceptional Boys: A Roadmap to Getting it Right.

 

What sets this book apart is Gail Post's directly addressing how parent self-awareness enhances the effectiveness of parenting the gifted children for whom they advocate. Her more than thirty years as a clinical psychologist working primarily with gifted children, adults, and families makes her parenting advice not only excellent and helpful; it also connects the importance of the parents accepting their own high intelligence, past experiences, and the views they bring to the awesome responsibility of guiding a gifted child... I see this book as an essential companion book to a parent's gifted child arsenal." - Deborah Ruf, Ph.D., high intelligence expert and author of Five Levels of Gifted.

 

"Your child is gifted. Now what? Gail Post gives parents of gifted children the answer in her new book. Dr. Post's comprehensive guide shows parents how to encourage and foster their children from the very start, allowing parents to make informed decisions." - Joanne Emery, ELA Coordinator and learning Specialist at the Kent Place School, and co-vice president for publications with the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children.

 

 


The Gifted Parenting Journey addresses the needs and emotional life of parents of gifted children. Gifted children can be overwhelming; parents must navigate a maze of heightened intensity, asynchronous development, and astonishing intellectual abilities. They also must cultivate advocacy skills for tackling the often predictable disappointments awaiting their child in most schools. These challenges can trigger a range of emotions that are not always easy to discuss with friends or professionals unfamiliar with giftedness. As a result, parents of gifted children often struggle in relative silence, reluctant to voice their concerns. 

 

While many excellent books about raising gifted children are available, most focus on the child, but pay little attention to the parent's unique experience. This book, instead, guides parents along their gifted parenting journey. What they might experience, worry about, and feel. What nags at them, stumps them, and evokes their greatest concerns. What deep emotions fill them with dread and envy and regret. How they can weather and even thrive despite roadblocks to their child's education, criticism from others based on stereotypes of the gifted, and their own self-doubts. Understanding their thoughts, assumptions, and feelings - and distinguishing these emotions from what their child needs - is key to making informed parenting decisions.

 

The Gifted Parenting Journey addresses the challenges parents of gifted children face and recommends how to find the guidance and support they need. Cultivating self-awareness, though, is central to the gifted parenting journey. Throughout this book, parents are invited to discover more about their deeper emotions and motivations, what influences their attitudes and expectations, and how certain reactions are elicited in response to the gifted experience. Readers are prompted to explore questions that should increase self-awareness, and are offered both practical tools for managing their emotions and guidelines for improving their parenting skills.

 

This book combines the latest research and theory, clinical insight based on decades of experience as a psychologist, and vignettes from situations parents of gifted children routinely face, along with some of my experience as a parent. In addition, findings from a recent online survey of 428 parents of gifted children, initiated for the purpose of this book, describe what other parents want readers to know. While this book is specifically geared toward parents of the gifted, it also offers guidance for anyone interested in understanding gifted children and their families: grandparents, extended family, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals. The guidance, support, and increased self-awareness acquired through this book should enhance parents' well-being and confidence along their gifted parenting journey.