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Developmental: Adolescence

Ask SENG: Parenting gifted teens

This article provides answers to some of parents of gifted adolescents' most frequently asked questions. ...

Parenting: Parenting Strategies

The Overbooked Child: Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Hard?

More and more children, like adults, are involved in far too many activities. In this article on Psychology.com's website, David Elkins cautions against over-scheduling your child. ...

Parenting: Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents: Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Thomas Greenspon, who provides a wealth of advice related to perfectionism. ...

Tips for Parents: Perfectionism

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Thomas Greenspon, who describes a number of characteristics of perfectionism. ...

Tips for Parents: Perfectionism and the Profoundly Gifted Child

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Elizabeth Meckstroth, who offers insight into perfectionism by outlining several valuable parenting strategies for dealing with profoundly gifted children who demonstrate perfectionist tendencies. ...

Tips for Parents: Perfectionism Resources

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. It provides a number of excellent strategies regarding a parent's approach to their child's perfectionism. The 11 tips contained here are based on information gathered during a facilitated discussion with parents of profoundly gifted young people. Also included is a collection of resources on perfectionism. ...

Tips for Parents: Risk-taking and Risk-making

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Jim Delisle, who provides advice for overcoming perfectionist tendencies that may hamper exploration. Delisle discusses strategies parents can use to get their children to explore new options, even when it means they may not be the very best in this area. ...

Tips for Parents: The Roots of, and Recovery From Perfectionism

This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Dr. Thomas Greenspon, who outlines the dangers of perfectionism for families. Many gifted children, and their parents strive for excellence, in their academic efforts, as well as in the home. Greenspon offers tips on how to take perceived failure in stride, in order to continue to excel. ...

Social/Emotional: General

Helping Adolescents Adjust to Giftedness

This article discusses challenges to adjustment and coping strategies. The adjustment section discusses ownership, dissonance, taking risks, competing expectations, and more. ...

Vulnerabilities of highly gifted children

This article by Wendy Roedell points out that although good social adjustment, emotional maturity, and healthy self-concepts are realized by many intellectually gifted children, this same group of children is uniquely vulnerable to a variety of adjustment difficulties. Problems of uneven development, perfectionism, adult expectations, intense sensitivity, self-definition, alienation, inappropriate environments and role conflict are explored. Roedell concludes that the degree of success at these adjustments depends to a great extent on environme ...

Social/Emotional: Perfectionism

"Healthy Perfectionism" is an Oxymoron!

In this article, Thomas Greenspon discusses the idea of perfectionism and the impact that it has on today's society. ...

Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism

Written by Michael Pyryt, this article provides advice on how to help your gifted child handle perfectionism. ...

Interview with Thomas Greenspon on Perfectionism

The following Q&A on misdiagnosis was written by Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D, a psychologist, author, marriage and family therapist nationally known for his work with gifted and talented children, adults, couples and families. ...

Support Materials: Book Reviews

Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It (formerly titled Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism)

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Thomas S. Greenspon's book Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism (the new edition is titled Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It). ...

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - When Gifted Kids Don't Have All The Answers by Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith explains what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process. Then they take a close-up look at gifted kids from the inside out-their social and emotional needs. Topics include self-image and self-esteem, perfectionism, multipotential, depression, feelings of "differentness," and stress. ...