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Supporting The Social and Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Twice-Exceptional Kids

 How do we best support the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and twice-exceptional kids? In today's episode, Emily Kircher-Morris of The Neurodiversity Podcast joins Colleen to discuss the specific, intense needs of our neurodiverse children and how we can best help.      The Unique Needs Of Neurodiverse Children There are specific needs that are a part of a gifted and twice-exceptional child's development that require a unique approach. These include: The Distinctive Friendship Needs Of Gifted/2E Children Existential Crisis And Gifted Children Appropriate...

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When Your Homeschool Day Is Going All Wrong

When Your Homeschool Day Is Going All Wrong

We've all had them. This is what real homeschool moms recommend for when your homeschool day is going all wrong. Special thanks to my friend, Amy Sloan of Humility and Doxology, for putting together this amazing compilation!     We’ve all been there. Sometimes the homeschool day just seems to be going all wrong. Everyone is grumpy. The kids seem to have forgotten everything they have ever known. They’re more interested in fighting with Mom or with each other than they are interested in actually just doing their work. What’s a homeschool mom to do on those terrible, horrible, no...

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The Powerful Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

 Homeschooling a gifted/2E child is often far more about helping our children develop confidence as learners than it is teaching any one subject. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, we talk about the relationship between confidence and learning, as well as some of the ways we can intentionally help our children in this area.      If you are parenting a differently wired child, you probably don't need me to say this, but for the sake of being on the same page, let me be clear - gifted children often struggle with confidence and self-esteem to a...

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Dear Tired Mom of Gifted Kids

It’s been a long day already, and you haven’t even taken your first sip of coffee. You didn’t get to bed until well after midnight because the oldest couldn’t shut his mind down and wanted, no needed, to talk about every single swirling thought he’d ever had.   At four a.m. you were violently shaken awake by the six year old who just needed to hear you say, yet again, that it was highly unlikely that the sun would explode whilst she slept. And what scientific proof you had to back up your stance. You finally got her settled again, snuggled next to your slumbering husband when the...

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What If Your Child’s Doctor Or Therapist Doesn’t Support Homeschooling?

What If Your Child's Doctor Or Therapist Doesn't Support Homeschooling?

 In this bonus episode, Colleen and Shawna answer a homeschooling mom's question about doctors, therapists, and homeschooling. What do we do when doctors don't support our decision to homeschool? How can we prepare for therapist visits and doctor appointments? When is it time to switch to a more homeschool friendly doctor?     Because this is a five week month, we are digging into a question that we are both frequently asked by homeschooling moms (particularly those who are homeschooling gifted and 2E children). "Laura asks, How do you share homeschooling as a priority when...

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Strewing in Your Homeschool to Spark Curiosity

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I walked into the kitchen to find my youngest two kiddos (9 and 6) deep in concentration at the table. Glancing at the pile of tiny clay food, it was clear that they'd been up awhile. These two are early risers. I'm not. For my own sanity, and to keep them out of trouble (bright and creative minds are uniquely dangerous when it comes to too much unsupervised time), I started strewing things for them to discover a few years ago.     Put simply, strewing is leaving something out for the kids to discover, piquing their interest. Putting things in the path of your kids -- spreading...

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What Does A Gifted Homeschool Graduate Really Think About Homeschooling?

What Does A Gifted Homeschool Graduate Really Think About Homeschooling?

Have you ever wanted to ask a homeschool graduate what they thought about their homeschool experience? Are you curious about what an adult life after homeschool looks like? I get all the answers from Samantha Shank, a brilliant homeschool graduate, highly successful business owner, and highly gifted, eclectic learner.     I absolutely adored my conversation with Samantha Shank, from Learn in Color. Not only is she a homeschool graduate, she is also an obviously gifted, eclectic thinker, whose enthusiasm for learning is contagious. These are some highlights from our time...

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Why Homeschooling Helps Your Gifted Child Thrive

Why Homeschooling Helps Your Gifted Child Thrive

  Education and achievement doesn’t have to look like school, and it doesn’t have to follow a prescribed path. In this audio-blog episode, Colleen shares the reality of rethinking achievement and how homeschooling helps our gifted children thrive.      Making The Decision To Homeschool My Gifted Child As someone who worked in the school system and loved it, making the decision to homeschool my oldest son, so many years ago, was not easy. I had so many preconceived notions of what defines success and academic achievement, especially for gifted children. Now, as my...

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I Just Want My Son Back | What it Feels Like When Your Child is in Crisis

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This is an electrical outlet in the emergency room. You'll notice it looks different from what you're used to seeing - it's not only covered for safety, but locked. There is no way to access it. There is no way to charge my phone while we wait. There is also no way for a child to harm themselves with it.     This is what the outlets look like in the specialized rooms in a closed corner of the emergency room, where children are taken when they are brought in during a behavioral emergency. This is where children are taken when they attempt suicide, become so manic they're...

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A Quick Guide To Homeschooling High School For Gifted Children

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 Homeschooling high school, particularly when your child is gifted and twice-exceptional, has its own unique set of challenges and rewards. This quick guide provides encouragement, practical tips, and real examples you won't want to miss!     A Guide To Homeschooling High School For Gifted Children One of the very first questions I'm asked about homeschooling high school is, "What do I do about course credit and transcripts?" It is always a top concern, especially for parents who graduated in a more traditional high school setting. The good news is, this is actually one of...

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