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Life with Gifted Children:
Infinity & Zebra Stripes

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...I couldn't put your book down. I stayed up until almost 1 a.m. reading it. That's really something for someone who usually goes to bed at 9! It was a page turner. … Something in each chapter spoke to me. I kept reading things that were so valuable. Our [four-year-old child ] does so many of the things you mentioned in your book. And the crazy thing is we're seeing even more of it in [our one-year-old child]. … Reading Life with Gifted Children was a real wake up call to me to start thinking of options NOW for our girls. … The section at the back with all of the resources is going to be a great place for us to start. … I don't know what our girls' education will end up looking like — but I do know that your book has really opened my eyes to options... Your experiences [written about in the book] are already helping us be better parents for our girls.

 —Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist. This excerpt is from a letter recieved by the author.

"Wendy Skinner's book on advocacy for gifted children will hit home with every parent of gifted children. She is able to describe in loving detail the hurculean efforts it takes to succeed in understanding and advocating for your child. THIS BOOK IS A HOME RUN! I laughed and cried throughout each chapter as the author was able to put to words what I have felt like as I have navigated our sons school life (and otherwise). Reading this book will also help parents of gifted children in that it will help you save time and learn how to appropriately make sure that the school hears you when you are speaking on behalf of your child"

—Andy Karetsky, parent of a gifted son. Andy wrote this spontaneous review for Amazon.com.

“This unvarnished chronicle of life with two gifted children strikes just the right balance—reach out for information, stay aware of the bigger picture, and do not leave the development of gifted children to chance...sage words for beginning parents, and seasoned insights for those more experienced, including teachers.”

—Robin Schader, Ph.D. Parent, grandparent, and Parent Resource Specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children and Neag Center for Talent Development, University of Connecticut.

 “A mother’s emotions are clearly portrayed during pivotal revelations of her children’s true abilities...Readers will see hints of their own children through the vignettes offered of Ben and Jillian—an inspirational read for parents and teachers alike.”

—Kristin R. Stephens, PhD, Duke Gifted Newsletter.

 "One of the habits I wish I’d developed when our son was younger was that of keeping a journal, of recording the stories of our family’s past. So many times I would like to remember details of those early years, not from the perspective of now, but as I experienced them then. Because Wendy Skinner did keep a journal as her children grew, her journey in Life with Gifted Children: Infinity & Zebra Stripes reads like a well-paced novel..." 

—Lisa Rivero, Author of A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents, The Smart Teen's Guide to Living with Intensity, Creative Home Schooling, and A Resource Guide for Smart Families and The Homeschooling Option.

(For Lisa Rivero's full review, go to http://everydayintensity.com/2011/09/01/the-story-of-life-with-gifted-children/)

 “Every parent of a gifted child would do well to read this book.  It helps to assuage the feelings of isolation that come with parenting a gifted child.  If I had read this book, or had a Wendy to talk with, when I was raising my gifted son, life would have been much less turbulent.”

—Lea Trimble, GAMbit, The Gifted Association of Missouri.

 “This work is an excellent part of our continuing interest in providing parents and professionals with a deeper understanding of our greatest human resource, the gifted children in our country...It describes in detail the happy events and the vicissitudes of parenting two active gifted children. This is not a fairytale account “and all lived happily ever after.” It details the struggles, the successes and failures of seeking but not always finding answers and solutions that would best serve their two children, both gifted but with sharply differing needs and interests.  Wendy does not hold back in describing her efforts that at times frustrated teachers, principals, her husband and herself. I feel that this is one of the real strengths of this book. It is very real and indicates that despite setbacks and unexpected problems, persistence pays off and that answers are indeed available. It emphasizes that there are those who share her desire to provide the best experiences possible for all children, including the gifted. She also stresses that children are works in progress and one’s efforts are always needed. Informative sources are described and readings that have been helpful are cited. A most useful and readable book. I highly recommend it. ”

—Robert V. Heckel PhD ABPP, Feedback, a publication of the South Carolina Psychological Association.