Books: Advice from Teens on Growing Up Gifted

Being gifted is tough. It is also tough being the parents of a gifted child. To help gifted children and parents of gifted children understand what to expect growing up gifted, Robert A Schultz (Ph.D) and James R Delisle (Ph.D) have published the book: If I’m So Smart, Why Aren’t the Answers Easy? It is based on surveys from more than 5,000 gifted young adults. This book sheds light on the day-to-day experiences of those growing up gifted. In this book, you will read about gifted teenagers sharing their experiences with giftedness, including friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, and worries about the future. This book provides readers with a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. It is a valuable book for gifted teenagers looking to reflect upon their own experiences and for parents and teachers looking to hear directly from other gifted children about the topics gifted teens face daily.

What’s in this book?

Chapter 1 – What is Giftedness?

Chapter 2 – Friends, Peers, and Fitting in

Chapter 3 – What do you Expect?

Chapter 4 – The Many Stories of School

Chapter 5 – Family Life

Chapter 6 – A Look Toward the Future

Chapter 7 – Questions and Answers

Read a sample of the book from Prufrock Press.

About the Authors

Robert A Schultz is professor of gifted education and curriculum studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where he directs the CIGI (Curriculum and Instruction Gifted) program and coordinates doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction and early childhood education. A man of many hats, Bob also travels the country as a consultant in gifted education and curriculum development/evaluation, working with families and teachers addressing social/emotional needs of the gifted and developing education plans for gifted and highly/profoundly gifted individuals; teaches in public schools; and conducts research in and writes about giftedness–especially from the perspective of children, teens, and young adults (with more than 100 articles and book chapters and three books under his belt).

James R Delisle has worked on behalf of gifted children and teens for more than three decades. As both a teacher and counselor, Jim learned how essential it is for gifted people to understand that giftedness is more than simply “being smart”–it is the height of one’s thinking and the depth of one’s emotions that are the hallmarks of growing up gifted.

Jim was a professor of education at Kent State University (Ohio) for 25 years and was selected by faculty and students there as a “Distinguished Professor”, the University’s most prestigious teaching award. To keep his college instruction “real”, Jim taught gifted children in two middle schools one day each week for 16 years. The author of 17 books that have been published in multiple languages, Jim continues to consult with schools worldwide in an effort to increase awareness of the needs of gifted children and adults.

Jim can be reached at


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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