Parents of gifted children meet roughly once a month to discuss a specific book or article that is of interest to the group. Come to all the discussions, or come to only those that specifically pertain to you. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the cover on Amazon before your run out the door! The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!
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CGCC Westmont Daytime Parenting Book Discussion
Generally meeting the first Wednesday of the month at the Commons in Westmont.
Registration is required
September 1, 2021: Lifelines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light by Melissa Bernstein
October 6, 2021: Insight Into A Bright Mind by Nicole A Tetreault link
November 3, 2021: TBD link
December 1, 2021: TBD link
February 2, 2021: Gifted Lives: What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up By Joan Freeman link
September 4, 2019: The Curse of Genius link
October 2, 2019: Smart but Scattered
November 6, 2019: Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child Into a Successful Adult
December 4, 2018: The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connect World by Jordan Shapiro.
February 12, 2020 (date changed, originally scheduled for February 5): How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk OR How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
March 4, 2020: Raising and living with gifted kids
April 8, 2020: Movie Month!!! Captain Fantastic
May 6, 2020: Finding Good Mentoring Relationships for your kids
June 3, 2020: Differently Wired by Deborah Reber
August 5, 2020: Out of Sync by Stephanie Tolan
October 7, 2020: Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out by Jim Delisle
November 4, 2020: Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization by Scott Barry Kaufman
December 2. 2020: The Gifted School: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger
February 3, 2021: The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
March 3, 2021: The Power of Self Advocacy for Gifted Learners by Deb Douglas
April 7, 2021: Super Powered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence and Resilience by Renee Jain and Tsabary Shefali
For more gifted book ideas, see our Gifted Book list in Resources.
CGCC Book Club & Virtual Coffee
Join hosts Violeta Balan and Katherine Peterson, SENG Model Parent Group Facilitators and board members in an online book club conversation created to support your journey as parents of gifted children. Usually, this conversation club meets bi-weekly on Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 10:30 am, but it occasionally takes some breaks.
At past meetings, in 2020, we have discussed "Giftedness 101" by Linda Silverman, "The Highly Sensitive Child" by Elaine Aron, "The Strong, Sensitive Boy" by Ted Zeff, "Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG" by various SENG Authors and Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski (editors). Depending on the book and the preference of the group, we have discussed one book for multiple meetings and sometimes we have also had just a social hour.
In 2021, we started our discussions with the topic of Mindfulness and we read Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. We also had the pleasure of hosting Prof. Kane for one of our meetings. We then discussed the practice of Self-Compassion and read the book with the same title Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff. This book club is currently taking a break from meeting at least until June 2021. Our next read will be Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah Reber.