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10 Things I Love About Homeschooling: A Gifted Kid’s Perspective

10 Things I love about homeschooling

Since I began homeschooling so many years ago, I've uncovered some unexpected surprises  and benefits to this lifestyle. Some of the most beneficial unexpected perks may be similar to yours, too… staying up late and sleeping in, rolling with the ins and outs of being a family, not punching an outside time clock, family relationship building, etc. I’ve written about those things before, and I’m sure you’ve read them on many blogs. I decided that it was time to hear what the kids think about homeschooling.     So I asked Trevor. After all, he’s the original reason we’re...

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The Anxious Parent of the Anxious Child

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I like to say that I hold several Google University degrees. I am an incessant, constant, chronic researcher. I cannot seem to ever learn enough or have my curiosity quenched. What's that beautiful flower growing on the side of the highway? What ever happened to that child actor from that one movie I saw in the early 90's? How common is my birthday? And did anyone ever discover what was on page 47 in National Treasure 2? But for as many interesting tidbits and factoids I'm able to find that feed conversation, my vast and varied browser history also feeds a very real struggle -...

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Toxic Positivity When Raising Gifted Kids

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If only I had a dollar for every time someone found out about my children's giftedness and scoffed, "Wow, that must be nice." I'd be quite the wealthy woman. Comments about how easy we must have it when raising such smart kiddos, dismissals of our struggles because our kids must have it so easy, the (false) belief that if our kids are bringing home A's on all of their tests, there's nothing really to worry about. I'll pause while all you parents of gifted kids finish laughing hysterically.  The truth is that raising gifted kids is often an entirely different experience than sitcoms...

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Great Gifts for Children with Anxiety

All children combat anxiety from time to time. Watching a scary movie, overhearing a frightening news segment, or hearing a ghost story from a friend. The shadows in our basement used to freak me out when I was a kid and I could feel the fear rise up in my throat when I had to go down into the laundry room alone. This kind of childhood anxiety is normal.   But, if you’re a parent of children with anxiety – true anxiety that affects every aspect of their life – you know that it’s a struggle. I had one of my kiddos come out the other night as I stayed up late working. She just needed...

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RLL #99: Guest Host Shawna Wingert Reads from Raising Resilient Sons

RLL #99: Guest Host Shawna Wingert reads from Raising Resilient Sons

We all want to raise our kiddos to bounce back from adversity, stand up for what’s right, and nurture their relationships — helping them grow into the strong individuals they’re meant to be.  The goal (and sincere hope) of Colleen's book, Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident and Emotionally Intelligent Family, is to help parents to do just that! Listen to today's special episode with guest host Shawna Wingert, of Different by Design Learning, as she shares the first chapter of this timely and important book. Links and Resources from Today's Show:...

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Your Gifted Kid Might Break You

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"Oh, NO!" I sobbed, hot tears of desperation streaming down my face. "I can't take another one!"  My two-year-old had just glanced up at the clock and announced what time it was. The clock used only Roman numerals, and she was right.  Her older brother, my middle child, had been identified as profoundly gifted just a year earlier, though the struggles had been going on for much longer. I'd thrown myself into researching giftedness, intensity, overexcitabilities, teaching methods, parenting styles, and hyper-specialized therapists. We love him dearly, but know the difficulties...

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Mislabeled Behavior And Giftedness

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"But... what's wrong with him?" I was sitting across from the counselor we'd been seeing every week for six months, desperation leaking from my eyes and filling the small room with a heaviness we both felt. On the walls were graduate degrees and charts that identified emotions with childrens' faces, the bookshelves were brimming with diagnostic manuals and parenting helps and countless books about understanding difficult people. None of them helped. "I don't know."   This was the response, the honest, earnest response I heard from a man who was professionally trained and licensed to...

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Stocking Stuffers for Gifted Kids

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Stocking stuffers can be so frustrating. It can be difficult to find quality gifts to include in the stockings hung by the fire with care, with such limited space and already over-stretched budgets. It's tempting to just buy a bag of candy and toss in some socks (which I would love for myself), but when you've got gifted kids they're not always so easily pleased. If a trinket doesn't hold their attention or challenge them, they'll toss it aside and you'll have wasted your money. Gifted kids don't just need novelty, they crave it. I'm sharing a handful of novel stocking stuffers that...

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RLL #98: Enjoying Literature with Kendra Fletcher

RLL #98: Enjoying Literature with Kendra Fletcher

Nearly every level of learning involves literature in some form, but the study of literature is really more than simply reciting plot lines or following themes. In this podcast, Colleen speaks with Kendra Fletcher, long-time homeschooler and teacher of all things literature, on how enjoying the study of literature helps our kids to see it's importance for themselves and for humanity. Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: College For All (Use the code CODE250 for RLL listeners, making the cost $250 per month for the life of enrollment!) Kendra Fletcher’s website Preschoolers and...

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Resiliency Resources

Resiliency Resources

Welcome, parents looking to build resiliency in their kiddos! In my latest book, Raising Resilient Sons, I share stories, strategies, and encouragement to help you raise your child to be compassionate, empathetic, and emotionally intelligent. This topic is near and dear to my heart and I, as mom of four children myself, have searched for years to find resources that would help me build resiliency in my own kiddos.     Resiliency is something all parents want their children to thrive in, but also something we struggle to help them with. Seeing your child fall triggers the impulse...

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