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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Games to Get You Moving

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Whether it's the weather, a packed schedule, or just a comfortable couch, sometimes it can be difficult to get up and get moving. While full of energy, kids can struggle with the motivation to leave their video games or engrossing novels. Calling it exercise or homeschool PE doesn't usually win over many fans, either. Yet movement is such an important part of our overall health that we can't afford to leave it out of our routine. Kiddos with a psychomotor excitability, those with ADHD, or sensory seeking children can all find tremendous benefit from getting up and moving. The key, at...

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RLL #83: [Audioblog] Socialization and Your Gifted or Intense Child

RLL #83: [Audioblog] Socialization and Your Gifted or Intense Child

As homeschooling parents of these intense, quirky, brilliant kiddos, we are often asked about socialization. It doesn't seem much of a problem when these kiddos are constantly sharing their latest discovery or talking about subjects of interest at length with us, and overall getting along just fine with us here at home. Where it can sometimes be a problem is in outside social situations, where all those strengths can push kids, and even their parents, away from our gifted and intense kids. Today on the podcast, listen as Colleen shares an audioblog — an article that first appeared on the...

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This is Why Your Gifted Child Struggles to Fall Asleep

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I love sleep. Truly, deeply, passionately love it. I fantasize about days when I can sleep in with no alarm set for the next morning. I've been known to schedule a day around the possibility of getting a nap. I collect soft blankets and pajamas, fuzzy socks and pillows, anything that may add to the absolute and total bliss of getting to lie comfortably and rest. I even planned my wedding to take place late in the evening so that I wouldn't have to wake up early on such a big day. I seriously love sleep. But I have three kids - three gifted kids - and as anyone with gifted kids...

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Using Time4Learning to Homeschool When Home Changes

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As you can imagine, and I'm sure you can relate, I am in a lot of homeschooling groups on social media. A lot. You don't hold this gig for more than a decade without finding plenty of support, right? From curriculum suggestions to co-op bylaws, there is a group out there with someone who has the exact information you're looking for. It's also a place where lots of parents come to share their homeschooling predicaments.  At least once a week I see posts from parents who are divorcing and wondering how they'll  be able to continue homeschooling. Dividing custody means...

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RLL #82: Celebrating Books with Mary Wilson

RLL #82: Celebrating Books with Mary Wilson

    Can you imagine having a guide to infuse fun into your homeschooling and make literary discussions come alive every month? Today, Colleen chats with Mary Wilson about “found” poetry, book/movie matchups and the possibility of great adventures with book clubs!  Mary's "Celebrate a Book" guides can help create family-friendly gatherings that bring whimsy and delight to readers of all ages and ability. This is a fun conversation about celebrating all things BOOKS!   Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: Bardsy (free writing template printables in addition to...

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RLL #81: [Audioblog] Managing Perfectionism: 10 Tips for Helping Your Child

RLL #81 Managing Perfectionism: 10 Tips for Helping Your Child

Perfectionism often goes hand in hand with the strengths of our gifted and twice-exceptional kids. After all, they tend to excel when they're young and we naturally reward achievement. But when they start to struggle with perfectionism, we need to have tools to help them manage it.  Listen as Colleen shares an audioblog — an article that first appeared on the site — giving a picture of what perfectionism looks like with gifted kids, what the effect can be on them and offers ten practical tips to help your child manage perfectionism, even in the areas they naturally excel...

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Forget the Box | Embracing Your Child’s Otherness

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If you've spent any time around this website at all, you know that this is the place where we have and love quirky kids, different kids, outlier kids, outside-the-box kids. Our kids are statistically divergent, anomalies, the far ends of the bell curves, the "some" that are left out of "one size fits most". Our kids are the different ones, often standing out, rarely blending in, usually requiring more, too often offered less. Our kids can be exhausting, draining. We exhaust our bodies, our emotions, our resources just trying to keep up with them, advocate for them, meet their needs and...

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Math Games to Multiply The Fun!

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If any single subject causes kids and homeschool parents to suddenly start shaking in their boots (freshly muddied boots from a recent nature walk, of course), it's math. Not just math. Math.  Math is a polarizing subject, either eagerly entered with a love of formulas or survived by the befuddled whose paper sees as many tears as eraser marks. Math can be tough, intimidating, but math is also necessary. Fortunately with the freedom we enjoy as homeschoolers, we have the option to explore various ways of learning math, including games. I know, I know, what could...

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RLL #80: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? with Blake Boles

RLL #80 Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School with Blake Boles

    We speak a lot around here about lifelong learning, that self-motivated pursuit of knowledge not based on a required set of circumstances but learning for its own sake.  When our kids are younger, they usually seem pretty content to follow our lead in how to do this. But as our guest today explains, once these kids hit adolescence, their needs change, and they want to be more peer-centered and useful to the broader world. Listen in as Colleen speaks with Blake Boles, author of "Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?" about self-driven learning for our kids,...

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