Giftedness Disguised

Giftedness Disguised

School was going to be amazing for my son. I just knew it. He was a thinker. A tinkerer. A doer. He loved learning and had an insatiable thirst to know everything about everything. Always asking questions. Always starting a project. Always wowing those he met with his...
Games to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

Games to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

Teaching kids about mindfulness is an important skill for them to master. It will help them navigate the world and everything it can throw their way. Including mindfulness tasks and activities throughout the week is an essential step. One way to do this is by using...
When You Just Aren’t Comfortable Getting Help for Your Child

When You Just Aren’t Comfortable Getting Help for Your Child

I love talking with parents of gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos. Apart from the comradery and the peace that comes with knowing you’re not alone in this often-difficult journey, it’s so uplifting to encourage them, hug them, to be there when the...
Teaching Character Through Literature | Beautiful Feet Books

Teaching Character Through Literature | Beautiful Feet Books

A few years ago, my daughter (then nine) stumbled across a table filled with the most beautiful books she had ever seen (her words) at a homeschool convention she was attending with me. She begged me to stop everything I was doing and go over to the booth with her to...
RLL #47: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie C. Martin

RLL #47: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie C. Martin

  Are you an introvert? Guess what?! You’re not alone! Today’s guest, Jamie Martin, is the brilliant mama behind the website Simple Homeschool and has just released a new book called The Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet...
RLL #46: Homeschooling Quirky Kids with Cynthia Heren

RLL #46: Homeschooling Quirky Kids with Cynthia Heren

  Cynthia Heren joins Colleen today to talk about what it’s like in the trenches homeschooling differently-wired kiddos. She gives us a peek into her schedule, the rabbit holes her family dives down, and how they incorporate online learning and Minecraft...
Gifted Kids Are Gonna Gift

Gifted Kids Are Gonna Gift

I shrug a lot, shake my head with a smile, even chuckle. My kids are a blast. They’re different and difficult and quite the handful, but at the end of the day I don’t know what I’d do without the constant excitement of their excitabilities or the...
Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers

Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers

Throughout the year we are met with a list of loved ones to buy gifts for…. this takes thought, time, and creativity to find that perfect gift. The goal is to find that meaningful gift that they will love and use. This list of gift ideas can help you do just...
The Best Homeschool Typing Program | Typesy Homeschool

The Best Homeschool Typing Program | Typesy Homeschool

I cringe every time I sit near my kids as they use their chromebooks or the shared desktop computer. Hunt and peck. Hunt and peck.  It’s excruciating.  In fact, since typing takes them so long, in most cases my kids just use talk-to-text when they need...
Smart Kids Still Need Help

Smart Kids Still Need Help

Parents, teachers, friends and mentors… let’s talk. We have a generation of brilliant, gifted, amazing kids who are having (and are going to have) significant crises over the next days, weeks, and months. These kids, the ones we’ve nurtured and shuttled from...
RLL 45: Homeschooling Special Needs Kiddos with Faith Berens

RLL 45: Homeschooling Special Needs Kiddos with Faith Berens

Are you homeschooling a kiddo with special needs? You’re not alone. It can be a challenging adventure, for sure, but today’s guest, Faith Berens, has some wonderful insight and tips for parents who are homeschooling their special needs kids.   Links...
Books to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

Books to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

To help keep all of these wonderful mindfulness resources in one place, I have gathered some of the best books to help your kids learn mindfulness at home.   We already know how reading can help children learn. So why not combine the incredibly helpful topic of...
Taking Care of Injuries on the Trail | Think Outside Boxes

Taking Care of Injuries on the Trail | Think Outside Boxes

It’s no secret that anxieties are strong in my home. With creativity and intelligence abounding, my kids have no trouble imagining plenty of worst case scenarios or developing healthy fears of illness and injury. If I’m being honest, I’ve been known...
Passions, Pressure, and Letting Our Kids Let Go

Passions, Pressure, and Letting Our Kids Let Go

When my son was about 5 years old, he fell in love with birds. I can’t remember now how it all started, but suddenly, he was a tiny John James Audubon, pointing out species and identifying calls. He spent hours emerged in bird books, and once, when he met a volunteer...
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...
Surviving the Elements | Think Outside Boxes

Surviving the Elements | Think Outside Boxes

Any time the kids are outside long enough, either in a backyard, a park, or out camping, they start gathering sticks and scouting locations for shelters. Maybe it’s all those episodes of Alone we watch on the History Channel, maybe it’s the number of...
RLL #44: Rooted Childhood with Meghann Dibrell

RLL #44: Rooted Childhood with Meghann Dibrell

If you scroll through your Instagram feed and wish for slower, more meaningful days, or dream of better connections with your kids like those gorgeous images, this is the episode for you. Meghann Dibrell talks to us about cultivating a rooted childhood for your kids,...
I Hate My Son’s Headphones

I Hate My Son’s Headphones

My son has a sensory processing disorder. He is an avoider – sounds, smells, textures. There’s a lot in our world that hurts him, a lot of situations that are overwhelming for him, a lot of sensations and stimuli that you or I take for granted related to...
Using Time4Learning with a Busy Middle Schooler

Using Time4Learning with a Busy Middle Schooler

A few months ago my eleven year old asked me if she could try something new for her homeschool lessons. She’s always been a box-checker, someone who wants a clear-cut list of plans and a chance to hole up in her room and just get it done so she can get on with...
Why You Should Keep Attending Homeschool Conventions

Why You Should Keep Attending Homeschool Conventions

Okay, so you’re a pro by now. You’ve been homeschooling for years now, you’ve got your systems in place, your preferred curriculum selected, and you are living in the sweet spot of a homeschool veteran who knows what they’re doing. You’ve...
Come Meet Me (and Many Others) at Great Homeschool Conventions!

Come Meet Me (and Many Others) at Great Homeschool Conventions!

Winter is fading. The snow is melting (a little), the birds are singing, and Spring is just around the corner. I love this time of year not just because of the warmth that is headed my way, but because it signals the beginning of convention season with Great...