Great Homeschool Conventions and Great Homeschool Speakers

Great Homeschool Conventions and Great Homeschool Speakers

Great Homeschool Conventions always promise to put on quality events. They listen to homeschool families and are always incredibly responsive to the ever-changing needs of the community, making sure to truly have something for everyone. If you check out their...
Finding Books for Your Gifted Readers

Finding Books for Your Gifted Readers

The best thing about having gifted readers is also the hardest thing – they are voracious. They inhale books, consume them, and aren’t even done chewing on their last novel before they’re begging for more. Parenting a gifted child comes with...
The Social Benefits of Online Gaming

The Social Benefits of Online Gaming

There’s a lot of information and opinion out there about online gaming, warning us, the parents, not to let our children rot their brains and spend their days on these video games. The big bad wolf is no longer outside, threatening to blow our house down –...
WriteShop to the Rescue | When Unschooling Isn’t Enough

WriteShop to the Rescue | When Unschooling Isn’t Enough

Homeschoolers these days sound like they’re ordering a Starbucks treat when describing their educational styles. “I’m Charlotte Mason-inspired with a little Waldorf  and wildschooling mixed in, sprinkled by gameschooling and very unschool-y...
RLL #57: Protecting Our Kids From Porn with Kristen Jenson

RLL #57: Protecting Our Kids From Porn with Kristen Jenson

  In today’s highly connected world, kids are being exposed to pornography at younger and younger ages. Oftentimes, by the time we’ve sat down with our kids to have a conversation about what they may come across online it’s too late. Filters...
Don’t Stifle the Polymaths

Don’t Stifle the Polymaths

“So what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a simple question, innocent enough. It’s a great icebreaker from young children up to teenagers, a great way to learn a lot about someone in a small amount of time. There’s nothing...
RLL #56: [Audioblog] Disclipline and Your Intense Child

RLL #56: [Audioblog] Disclipline and Your Intense Child

  Do you feel like all you ever do is yell at and correct your intense child? That for every time you praise him, you’ve already berated him 15 times? And, are you completely exhausted before you’ve finished your first cup of coffee? Yeah… me too. This...
Coming to GHC – The Real Mom Tour!

Coming to GHC – The Real Mom Tour!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this! For the last few years at Great Homeschool Conventions, I’ve joined my dear friends Pam Barnhill and Sarah Mackenzie for a panel discussion, addressing questions about everything related to homeschooling,...
RLL #55: Helping Your Child Manage Perfectionism

RLL #55: Helping Your Child Manage Perfectionism

  So many gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos struggle with perfectionism, and untreated perfectionism can lead to other problems like low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and even eating disorders. Finding ways to talk to your kiddos is important, and keeping...
Falling Unexpectedly in Love With Homeschooling My Gifted Child

Falling Unexpectedly in Love With Homeschooling My Gifted Child

I’ll admit to having harbored some pretty unfavorable opinions towards homeschooling in the past. I was not only a product of public schools, I was a fan. An extreme extrovert, I’d absolutely loved school, my classmates, all of the extracurricular...
Games to Help Kids Control Their Anger

Games to Help Kids Control Their Anger

When it comes to the powerful emotion, anger, things can get a little bumpy. Usually, this stems from the fear of not knowing. Instead of living in a state of wonder (I wonder if….. I wonder when…. I wonder how…..), let’s give our kids the...
How I Homeschool With a Chronic Illness

How I Homeschool With a Chronic Illness

I love getting to contribute here at Raising Lifelong Learners. My kids are like your kids and I share a lot about them, what works for their overexcitabilities or anxiety or unique needs that come with giftedness. I’ve shared about discovering their giftedness,...
Great Resources for Curious & Creative Homeschoolers

Great Resources for Curious & Creative Homeschoolers

There was a time when I looked forward to poring over the ads and mapping my conquests out in a post-turkey haze, gearing up for the bargains I would snag on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Now, my bargain-hunting tends to be restricted to tapping away at the...
RLL #54: Homeschooling Through Tough Times

RLL #54: Homeschooling Through Tough Times

  Let’s face it — homeschooling differently-wired kiddos is challenging. Parenting them is challenging. But, when life hits you from all sides, and you have highly emotional, anxiety-filled, and otherwise differently-wired kids to parent through it,...
Cultivating Creative Thinking

Cultivating Creative Thinking

Creative thinking is a crucial skill for kids of all ages. Teachers and parents need to include critical, creative, and logical thinking games, activities, and puzzles into their teaching and conversations with children.     No matter how old a child...
Great Gifts for Fortnite Fans

Great Gifts for Fortnite Fans

You’ve seen groups of kids erupting into spontaneous dances. You’ve heard the cries of the kids across the street, screaming into their headsets about “Battle Royale” and “Top 10”. You see the faint blue light under the door and...
RLL #53: A Magical Homeschool with Jessica Waldock

RLL #53: A Magical Homeschool with Jessica Waldock

  Parenting and homeschooling a differently-wired kiddo is tough. When you’re homeschooling a gifted only child, it can be exhausting. You need to stay a few steps ahead of your kiddo as you’re the only one they’ve got to play with, learn from,...
What Exactly is Deschooling.. and Do I Need to Do It?

What Exactly is Deschooling.. and Do I Need to Do It?

I haven’t always homeschooled. In fact, I spent a decade and a half working in the public school system and never even considered homeschooling. My brilliant son handled any school work that was handed to him, so I assumed that school would be a breeze for him...
The Perfect Mom Bag | Lily Jade

The Perfect Mom Bag | Lily Jade

Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s cool, but not cold. It’s sunny, but a soft, filtered sun shining through trees with a backdrop of fluffy clouds. It’s the time of the year that kids are back in school, so us weird homeschoolers get our...
Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety [RLL#51]

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety [RLL#51]

I’m willing to bet that every person reading this has experienced anxiety, depression, or stress at one point or another in their life. And I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. For as many as one in eight children, though, anxiety is a daily...
The Unmeasured Executive Functioning Issue

The Unmeasured Executive Functioning Issue

My oldest. Pause for a deep sigh. If you have a child with executive functioning issues, you know that deep sigh. It’s equal parts irritation, frustration, and humor, incredulous, exhausted, and determined. Kids with executive functioning deficits or issues...