5 Expectations Parents Of Atypical Learners Need To Let Go Of

5 Expectations Parents Of Atypical Learners Need To Let Go Of

Sometimes the hardest part can be letting go of our own expectations. The reality is, it can be one of the very best things you can do for your atypical child. These are 5 areas of our lives that we need to adjust or let go of entirely, in order to thrive.     If there's one thing I've learned as a parent to four atypical kids, it's that have to do what you have to do with your child. It may not look the same as another family, and that's OK! You letting go of expectations just might be the very best thing you can do for your homeschool, your child, and your own sanity!...

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Practical Strategies For Helping Anxious Kids

Practical Strategies For Helping Anxious Kids

This is the final episode in our series, all about anxiety. Today we're going to talk about strategies and tools we can use to help our children cope. These are practical takeaways we can use to help our kids manage their anxiety.   We want our kids to know that there's nothing wrong with them. They're not broken. They're not bad. Their brains are just wired in a different way. It's Not Your Fault and You Are Not Alone Something that can help our children is to make sure they know that they're not alone. They're not broken, they're not wrong, or bad because they worry so much. It can...

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Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Children

Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Kiddos

It's Monday morning and the week is already going sideways. The oldest has told me that he absolutely cannot do the work that we've chosen (together) for him, and the next oldest is avoiding her math like the plague. The twice-exceptional struggling reader is melting down because, well, books, and my youngest is taking advantage of everyone's distraction and wreaking complete and utter havoc.     I have gifted kids -- so why aren't they just working? Don't gifted kids love to do their work? Well... not always. Learning strategies for gifted kids are sometimes different than...

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Anxiety and Learning: What You Need To Know

anxiety and learning

This continues our series, all about anxiety and atypical children. Today, we are talking specifically about the impact of anxiety on learning.      Anxious kids are anxious kids all aspects of their lives, including learning.  When it comes to work, homeschool, traditional school, private school, and anxiety, it can be hard to determine what we are actually dealing with.  Are we dealing with the anxiety? Are we dealing with school and all of the expectations? Or, is it the internal pressure that our kids put on themselves? The answer truly is yes, it could be all...

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Anxiety In Children: Physical, Emotional, and Behavioral Symptoms

symptoms of anxiety in children

This continues our new series, all about homeschooling a child with anxiety. Today, we discuss the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of anxiety in our children, as well as how we can help.       Last week, we talked about the difference between stress, anxiety, and perfectionism, how they all feed into each other, and what we can do to recognize which one we're dealing with in our children, or even ourselves.  Today, we're going to focus on the various symptoms you may be noticing in your child. The Emotional Symptoms Of Anxiety in Children Let's begin...

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100 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them

100 Ways To Tell Your Kids You Love Them

We had a tough day last week. The house was a wreck. Dishes piled up in the sink. Rice from the rice bin was scattered everywhere. And the kids’ room… oh my. The floor was covered – pillows, blankets, used pull-ups, stuffed animals, trash, LEGO – you name it, and it was somewhere on that floor.   I sent the girls in to clean, and told them that they needed to get it done, and then we could play. They worked well for awhile, but then it deteriorated. By the time the day was over, the house was mostly clean, but we were all frustrated and angry with each other. There may have been...

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Anxiety vs. Stress vs. Perfectionism: Helping Our Children Cope

This new series is all about homeschooling a child with anxiety. Today, we kick it off with a discussion of the differences between stress and anxiety, as well as the impact of perfectionism on our gifted children.       Anxiety is a topic that comes up often, especially when we're raising neurodiverse, gifted and twice exceptional children. These kids struggle with big worries, and we want to make sure that we're aware of it. This helps us recognize any signs of it getting worse so that we can be proactive and help our kids before it becomes debilitating. I don't say...

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Growing Gardens with Kids (includes free printable garden journal)

Growing Gardens with Kids - with Free Printable Garden Journal

Growing gardens with kids can be a lot of fun. We’re currently babying some seeds of our own as the kids are excited to grow their own salad garden this summer with the seed pods we started earlier this spring. While we wait for the seeds to sprout and be ready to plant in the garden outside, I wanted the kiddos to think about how they’ll arrange their plot of land.     Thank goodness winter is finally over – we can get outside every single day and go hiking, visit our favorite nature center, plant fairy gardens, and harvest our own vegetables. The seed pods we used are...

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Navigating Summer Learning With Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids

summer learning

Summer is just around the corner. Navigating the summer months with your gifted and twice exceptional child can bring on a new level of challenges. These ideas can help.   Are you a family who sticks with a more traditional homeschool schedule where you start in the fall, go all the way through spring, and then take a couple months off in the summer? Or are you a family who schools year round? Maybe every day you do something small to keep yourselves going. You toss in projects, field trips, and excursions throughout the year, or maybe you keep a more strict schedule.  There are...

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Why Community Is So Important For Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids

community for gifted and twice exceptional kids

A strong community is important for homeschooled kids, especially if they're gifted or twice exceptional. This is why it matters so much and how you can find the right community for your family.      Thirteen years ago, when we first started homeschooling, we didn't know any other families who homeschooled. There were a lot of homeschool blogs. There were websites and books that talked about homeschooling.  But we personally didn't know anybody who homeschooled. We came into homeschooling because school wasn't working out for our kids. It was not a situation that was...

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