Gifted Children and Sensual Overexcitabilities: A Parent’s Guide

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This continues our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, the focus is on gifted children and sensual excitabilities.      What Are Sensual Overexcitabilities? Sensory overexcitabilities are relatively easy to understand, but not always easy to recognize in our children. Essentially, Its an intensity and heightened awareness of one or more of the five senses: Sound Sight Taste Touch Smell For example, children may be overwhelmed and nauseated from certain smells or resist the feeling of shoes and socks. Or, conversely, your child may seek out...

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The Gift of Giftedness

The Gift of Giftedness - The Positives to Parenting Gifted Children

If you’re the parent of a gifted child, then you already know about the difficulties that come along with raising outliers. Maybe your child is intense, struggles with anxiety, has trouble making friends, or is a bit overexcitable. The challenge is real, and it’s often difficult for others to understand. But, it’s really kind of amazing to be parenting a gifted child, too.   There are so many things that I love about parenting gifted children, though I know that I don’t talk about them enough. Have you ever noticed that we, as parents, tend to focus on the things that aren’t...

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The Impact Of Bullying On Gifted Children

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We hear about bullying a lot these days – it’s in the media, talked about at schools and co-ops, and is written about in books. But, what does bullying mean? What is the difference between bullying and being mean? And why does it matter?     Bullying Vs. Being Mean Kids can be mean to each other as they figure out their world, and establish friendships. They can also be mean when something doesn’t go their way, or they are dealing with some kind of disappointment. This isn’t bullying. It’s important that your son or daughter know that it’s not nice to call people names, or that...

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Great Games for Teens and Their Families

Great Games for Teens and Their Families

I remember sitting across from my then young, teen son at Bob Evans Restaurant on a chilly winter evening. He was grinning... something I hadn't seen in weeks. We were playing cards, chatting, and enjoying each other's company -- no agenda -- and we had amazing conversations. Right then I vowed to find more things he and I could do together.   I started with games because they were easy, and could be played at home and on the road. Great Games for Teens We love to play games as a family, and here are some of our teen's favorites. They might be a great inspiration for your family,...

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5 Ways to Enjoy Homeschooling Your Gifted Child

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Homeschooling a gifted child is definitely different! It’s filled with excitement, curiosity, amazing opportunities, and a chance to build a close connection with your gifted child. However, it’s not without its challenges too. So how can you enjoy homeschooling your gifted child this year and avoid the stress?      Keep reading to discover the realities of homeschooling gifted children. Get my top 5 tips for enjoying the journey with your gifted learner this year. Plus, get the scoop on my favorite resources for successfully homeschooling your gifted child. Gifted Kids Are...

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Does My Gifted Child Really Need a Label?

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I know, I know. We're in modern times and people aren't really into labels these days. Never before in history have we enjoyed a society so willing to acknowledge and embrace an individual's uniqueness. Personality tests and enneagrams and DNA heritage tracking make it possible to understand oneself in ways that never existed in previous generations. We are not only free but encouraged to explore what makes us us and appreciate every unique detail that goes into our makeup.  It's no surprise, then, that with this celebration of the individual comes the often-heard complaint...

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Are You Letting Fear Stand in the Way of Your Homeschooling?

Fear and Your Differently Wired Kids Learning

When we try to fit our homeschooling into a box of others' making, we fail. And we ruin things for the kids and ourselves. But why do we default so often to that boxed curriculum or the school-like co-op our friends love when they both make our kiddos miserable? Or worse, keep them in an education setting -- be it a co-op, traditional school, magnet school, online program, whatever -- that isn't a fit for them and is conditioning them to loathe, rather than love, learning? Fear.     Are You Afraid To Homeschool Your Gifted And Twice Exceptional Child? We are terrified of all the...

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100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

Look, we get it. Gifted kids are statistically fairly rare. It's not every day you meet a child who has memorized the periodic table or who can hold their own in a political discussion on the playground. A child with a high IQ can be a bit jarring to encounter, we know. We're fairly used to the stares, the gawking, the raised eyebrows and even the guffaws. But what we can never get used to are the comments. Oh, the comments. People often confuse unique with novelty and have quite a bit to say about - or even to - our gifted kids, treating them like specimens, or worse - competition....

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Homeschooling and Public Schooling | Differentiating for Your Own Kids

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Spend a solid five minutes with the parents of gifted kids, and you're like to hear the term "differentiating" tossed around at least a few times. It's the golden standard for kids of varying gifts and abilities, the seemingly-perfect answer to the seemingly-endless question, "What do I do about my kid being so different?"  Got a kid who is a few grade levels ahead in math? Differentiation. Is your daughter reading chapter books while the rest of the class is still sounding out phonics? Differentiation. Maybe your asynchronous son excels in science but still struggles with...

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Harry Potter Homeschooling with Waldock’s Wizards And Wands

Harry Potter Homeschooling

Are your kids begging to read Harry Potter? Do they love all things magical and desire with all their hearts to attend Hogwarts? I’ve got the next best thing! Get ready to homeschool with Harry Potter using Waldock’s Wizards and Wands homeschool curriculum.     This complete curriculum includes six core subjects, four fun electives, tons of resources, and even some cool ideas for making your homeschool more magical. Get ready to dress up as your favorite characters, learn all about magic, and taste some fun Harry Potter recipes too. Your whole family is going to love this...

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