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{Book Review} Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

{Book Review} Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

This is a sponsored post; I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I want you to know that all opinions expressed herein are my own. This blog post also contains amazon affiliate links. If you’d like to support my mission of gifted advocacy and education please visit my Amazon store for a list of carefully curated books and games for gifted children, families, and the professionals that serve them.

“Who might be a good friend for your child? What are the interests and characteristics of that hypothetical friend? Do friends even have to be other children? Do you need to consider the family (siblings, parents) of the child in question, or the social dynamics of groups of children? You might find yourself hanging out with some of these friends; what will that be like?” Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

If you’re a caregiver of a gifted or twice-exceptional child, my guess is that you’ve asked yourself these very same questions with a variety of responses.

Given the complex nature of these queries, you may also have wished that you had a resource to turn to for guidance. Corin Barsily Goodwin’s and Mika Gustavson’s new book, Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development is that resource.

WYOS-Front-Cover-202x300Moreover, when you read this book, you’re not only learning about socialization as it relates to gifted/2e kids; you have a chance to learn about the inner and outer world of gifted/2e kids in a deep and profound way that is tailored to parents. I often hear from parents who want resources that go beyond the basics of being gifted/2e. Here it is!

While reading this book, I enjoyed fresh connections amongst different facets of giftedness.

Particularly striking was how a caregiver’s attitude and history can help or hinder a child as they develop their own social abilities. This is critical!

Corin and Mika urge you to be honest with yourself about the reality of your child and the world they are living in. And they don’t stop there. They also provide you with a helpful and compassionate framework so you can assure yourself that you are.

You’ll learn about the stages of human social development and how the asynchronous nature of these children can create unforeseen complications for your family. And you’ll receive guidance on how to help your child draw upon their strengths to make meaningful connections with peers.

I particularly recommend Writing Your Own Script to parents with younger gifted or 2e children.

This book gives you a peek into your future, so you can get out ahead of it. It’s a virtual crystal ball.

Corin Barsily Goodwin’s and Mika Gustavson’s second book- Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development, is available now on Amazon. Learn more about the book, and the authors by liking their Facebook page.

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{Book Review} Gifted, Bullied, Resilient by Pamela Price

{Book Review} Gifted, Bullied, Resilient by Pamela Price

This is a sponsored post; I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I want you to know that all opinions expressed herein are my own. This blog post also contains amazon affiliate links. If you’d like to support my mission of gifted advocacy and education please visit my Amazon store for a list of carefully curated books and games for gifted children, families, and the professionals that serve them.

During my elementary and high school years I moved upwards of twenty times. I was the perpetual new kid who was also too tall, poor and gifted – a walking target.

Looking back, I can see how I was awkward to connect with. I was embarrassingly passionate about music and fashion. By the second grade I was endlessly studying pop stars and celebrities. Translating their looks from thrift store finds in the morning before school. I would obsess over teenagers I saw at the mall or on the street and scan them for style trends.

In my family’s home, Rock and Roll was like religion. I was introduced to groundbreaking artists as they emerged. Artists like the B-52’s, the Pretenders, and U2. There weren’t a lot of four-year-olds that could sing you Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics verse for chorus.

I was a weird little kid, and I knew it.

When groups of girls bullied me, I was devastated but I wasn’t surprised. After brief residencies at a couple different schools, I realized that kids everywhere were pretty much the same… and I was not. I expressed my devastation by withdrawing and losing trust in innocent friendly gestures.

Gifted, Bullied, Resilient by Pamela PriceBefore reading Pamela Price’s new book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families, I would reflect on that time and have no idea what could’ve helped. It also made it difficult to know if I was effectively supporting my students when they shared their experiences of bullying.

After reading Pamela’s book, now I know I needed two things as a child.

  1. Caring adults who listened without judgment and supported without caveats.
  2. Skills for processing my own intensity, complexity, and drive.

I also have a better understanding of how to speak with families about the impact of bullying and how they can embody resilience for their children.

The book is pleasurable to read and informative, a rare and delightful combination. I’m honored to count Pamela as a friend; I know first-hand how much of her heart is in this book. I watched as she scoured the research, sought out experts, and compassionately sat with families who were coping with the effects of bullying.

Read this book. It’s hard for me to imagine a person who hasn’t had experience with bullying. If you haven’t, you certainly care about someone who has. The strategies in this book and the low-cost suggested resources will help you be a better friend, parent, and teacher.

Pamela Price’s second book—Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families, is available now on Amazon. You can find Pamela at RedWhiteandGrew.com, Twitter (@RedWhiteandGrew), Pinterest, and Facebook.com/RedWhiteandGrew.

Click here to purchase Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families.