RLL 38: Happy New Year

RLL 38: Happy New Year

  It’s a new year and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to tackle it head on and enjoy my kiddos and our new puppy, all while making this podcast and site the place where you can find all you need to help you parent and homeschool those...
The Anxious Parent of the Anxious Child | Using Social Stories

The Anxious Parent of the Anxious Child | Using Social Stories

You know that old saying about apples and trees and how they don’t fall far? As the parent of an anxious child you are most likely looking in a mirror as you watch them tense up, explode, or collapse under the weight of their very overwhelming feelings. You...
Embracing Art and Its History for Kids With Sensory Issues

Embracing Art and Its History for Kids With Sensory Issues

Gifted kids, while they share real estate on the far right side of the IQ bell curve, don’t tend to share much else. “If you’ve met one gifted kid, you’ve met one gifted kid,” right? Some love math and science, some love music and...
Homeschooling Because of Mental Illness

Homeschooling Because of Mental Illness

It’s no secret – homeschooling is on the rise. It’s becoming wildly more popular, accommodating, varied, and even – dare I say? – mainstream. Gone are the days of stereotypes and denim jumpers, homeschoolers are as different as they are...
The Gift of Giftedness

The Gift of Giftedness

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...
Nurturing Your Gifted Toddler

Nurturing Your Gifted Toddler

The pediatrician looked up from his checklist and asked, “how many words can she say?” and I kind of looked at him funny. “It’s okay if she’s not saying a lot right now. She’s only 18 months, so don’t panic. Language will...
The Lies Anxiety Tells You

The Lies Anxiety Tells You

I’ve written quite a bit about anxiety, and to be honest, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It’s a topic that’s very close to my (rapidly beating) heart and very present in my home. I am an anxious parent of an anxious child. I face...
Homeschoooling a Kid Who Is Smarter Than I am

Homeschoooling a Kid Who Is Smarter Than I am

It’s happened often enough that I don’t take offense anymore – person discovers I’m homeschooling only one of my kiddos, person inquires as to why, person discovers my kiddo is classified as profoundly gifted, person is either wildly interested...
RLL 37 Connie Albers: Finishing Strong

RLL 37 Connie Albers: Finishing Strong

  Ever worry that you’re not going to be able to do this homeschool thing all the way through high school? Me too. Colleen is talking today with Connie Albers — homeschool mom of five adult children. All of those kiddos have homeschooled, gone through...
Tracks in the Snow | Think Outside Boxes

Tracks in the Snow | Think Outside Boxes

“What made those tracks in the snow, Mom?” Isaac, my five year old, peered intently at the ground near his feet. The footprint was likely made by one of the many stray cats that roam our neighborhood at night, but his simple question reminded me that there...
Star Wars Gifts That Are Out of This World

Star Wars Gifts That Are Out of This World

Do you have Star Wars fans in your home? We do. Lots of little Star Wars fans… I’m always on the look out for cool gifts to give them that they’ll love. Check out these amazing Star Wars gifts I found. There are so many unique toys, games, and...
RLL 35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn’t Do

RLL 35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn’t Do

People ask often how I do it all. I try to tell them that I simply don’t — that there are balls I drop regularly, but I’m not sure they completely believe me. In today’s episode, I tell you all the things I don’t do. The home and...
Learn Basic Coding Skills | Coding Foundations

Learn Basic Coding Skills | Coding Foundations

“Did you know that your son can solve a Rubik’s Cube with his eyes closed?!?” “Trevor just found FOUR four-leaf clovers in 15 minutes! That’s insane!” My oldest thinks algorithmically. Algebraic thinking has always come easily for...
RLL 34 Ginny Kochis: Cultivating Critical Thinkers

RLL 34 Ginny Kochis: Cultivating Critical Thinkers

  We really want to encourage critical and creative thinking in our kids — especially with so many things going on in the world that require us to think clearly and make informed decisions. Ginny Kochis has some great tips for developing these skills...
STEM Gifts for Science Loving Kids

STEM Gifts for Science Loving Kids

How many of you — like me — have kiddos who will get all excited about science gifts if they find them under the tree?  Just look at all of these great STEM gifts. You can launch rockets, make perfume, build structures, and even program robots. These...
Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs

Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs

Kids are natural tinkerers… they can learn so much just by fiddling around with things. It’s why I love the art of strewing so very much. Putting things out for the kids to discover is a great away for them to find new things to get excited about and rabbit trails to...
RLL 33: The Holidays and Your Differently-Wired Child

RLL 33: The Holidays and Your Differently-Wired Child

  The holidays are coming and I know — if you’re like me — that you’re gearing up and trying to figure out how to make it happy, fun, and successful for all your kids, you, and the rest of your extended family. In this chat, I’ll...
Fire Up Your Kids to Take Risks | Think Outside Boxes

Fire Up Your Kids to Take Risks | Think Outside Boxes

Some of the best gifts we can give our kids are the freedom to take risks, try hard things, get hurt, and attempt seemingly impossible tasks. Really.   According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,* anxiety disorders affect over 25% of children...
Managing Your Child’s Intensity During the Holidays

Managing Your Child’s Intensity During the Holidays

Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to the holidays. My birthday kicked everything off, followed by Thanksgiving, several other family members’ birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and more birthdays. Time was an exciting blur from late November through...
Great Books to Read With Your Kids in November

Great Books to Read With Your Kids in November

November is an exciting time of year. We have bountiful harvests, Thanksgiving, and many more fun days to celebrate. To take advantage of the excitement, I created a list of great books to read with your kids in November. Did you know that there’s a day just to...
Strengthen Kids’ Brains and Bodies | Think Outside Boxes

Strengthen Kids’ Brains and Bodies | Think Outside Boxes

More than 70% of the Earth is made up of water, yet only a small percentage of that water is drinkable. This  simple fact fascinated my kids the other day, and led to some big juicy conversations around our table at our morning time. We were diving into our latest...
Gift Ideas for Young Geology Lovers and Rockhounds

Gift Ideas for Young Geology Lovers and Rockhounds

First, we dove into one incredible Homeschool Geology Study Unit… Then we discovered some Geology Books that we could simply not live without… Now, I’m excited to bring you one more way to get kids fired up about geology — these are the best...
Books to Help Kids Learn about Geology

Books to Help Kids Learn about Geology

We’ve been on a geology kick lately. The kids are exploring rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils, and I’m even teaching a group of pre-k kiddos all about it at our homeschool co-op. It’s been so interesting.     If you haven’t read...
RLL 32 Anne Guarnera:  Raising Globally-Minded Kids

RLL 32 Anne Guarnera: Raising Globally-Minded Kids

  Raising globally minded kids in today’s world is important as the world grows closer and more connected. Today Colleen talks with Anne Guarnera about bringing language and cultural learning into the home and homeschool effortlessly, and what it’s...