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...
100 Hints That Your Child May Be Gifted

100 Hints That Your Child May Be Gifted

Admit it, you’ve thought about it. You see your precious little one handling blocks with expert dexterity. Your heart swells as they garble through their ABCs. Your pride and joy is walking already or handles math problems with ease and you wonder, Could my...
Stargazing with Kids and Think Outside Boxes

Stargazing with Kids and Think Outside Boxes

“It’s the perfect night to look at the stars, Mom.” My five year old has wanted to travel to space since he was a teeny tot. He loves reading books about space, watching documentaries about celestial bodies and space phenomenon, and going outside to...
Gifts for Geeky Moms

Gifts for Geeky Moms

These gifts for geeky moms are the perfect way to show mom how much you care. Even though she may be a little geeky, she is still the loving and caring mom you know…. and she deserves only the best gifts!   I found some fun, sentimental, and useful gifts...
Gifts for Hobbit Lovers of All Ages

Gifts for Hobbit Lovers of All Ages

In honor of all of the Tolkien fans out there, I have gathered some fun gifts for Hobbit lovers. There are some really interesting ideas on this list. I was able to find some great books written by Tolkien as well as some other gifts that are handmade. One of my...
Getting Kids Outside with Think Outside Boxes

Getting Kids Outside with Think Outside Boxes

There’s nothing I love more than spending the day on a hiking trail with the people I love most — my family. For years and years, from the time my oldest (now almost 16!) was a teeny tot, we participated in a local parks system’s “hiking...
100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

Look, we get it. Gifted kids are statistically fairly rare. It’s not every day you meet a child who has memorized the periodic table or who can hold their own in a political discussion on the playground. A child with a high IQ can be a bit jarring to encounter,...
The Best Homeschool Geology Study Ever

The Best Homeschool Geology Study Ever

I have a confession to make. Shhhh… don’t tell my kids, but I really don’t like geology. Really. I know it’s kind of hard to believe as I share science activities all the time, but I much prefer any kind of life science. In fact, geology was...
RLL 31: Should I Test My Child for Giftedness?

RLL 31: Should I Test My Child for Giftedness?

  The testing question… it comes up often in conversation and consults, but as a listener asked again recently, Colleen thought it worth revisiting in a podcast episode. Testing your child for giftedness is a personal choice and everyone has different...
RLL 30 Andrew Peterson: Being Students of Our Children

RLL 30 Andrew Peterson: Being Students of Our Children

  Amazing things can happen when we trust our children, become students of them and their interests, and encourage them to follow those passions. In this episode, Colleen talks to Andrew Peterson — Christian music artist, author, speaker, and Founder of The...
RLL 29: Giving Your Kids the Attention They Each Need

RLL 29: Giving Your Kids the Attention They Each Need

Sometimes it’s a challenge to give each of your kiddos the attention they need individually when you’re raising more than one. When one or more of those kids has special needs or demands more attention than others, though, it can feel impossible to give...
Preschool STEAM | The Lizzy’s World AR App

Preschool STEAM | The Lizzy’s World AR App

My five year old grumbled something unintelligible when I told him he needed to get to bed early because we had to be up and out the door to take his sisters to their theater classes and big brother to an acting intensive, and that Daddy wasn’t going to be home...
RLL LIVE | More About Anxiety

RLL LIVE | More About Anxiety

Anxiety is such a common challenge with our gifted kiddos that I get asked about it again and again. Here’s a second video in response to further viewer questions about anxiety in children, particularly in gifted children. This conversation originally appeared...
RLL 28 Sarita Holzmann: Using Books to Make Learning Come to Life

RLL 28 Sarita Holzmann: Using Books to Make Learning Come to Life

Books can be a great way to get kids excited about learning. GREAT literature can go even further and make learning come alive for the whole family. Today, Colleen talks to Sarita Holzman, founder of the Sonlight Curriculum all about using books to ignite a love of...
The Non-STEM Gifted Kid

The Non-STEM Gifted Kid

You’ve got an image already conjured up in your mind, a stereotype if we’re honest, of a gifted kid. She’s got glasses, probably, or maybe he’s even wearing a bowtie and suspenders. She’s at the chalkboard solving a math problem several...
RLL 27: Challenging Gifted Kids vs. Pushing Them

RLL 27: Challenging Gifted Kids vs. Pushing Them

Parents of gifted kiddos often worry whether they’re challenging their kids enough or pushing them too hard. In this episode we examine the difference between pushing and appropriately challenging our kids, while acknowledging that those who aren’t raising...
RLL LIVE | Anxiety and Gifted/2e Kids

RLL LIVE | Anxiety and Gifted/2e Kids

Gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos often struggle with anxiety. Join us as we chat about what that might look like and how we can help our kids out. This video was originally recorded on Facebook Live. To see real-time comments, watch it here.   Links and...
RLL 26 Tiffany Dahle: Cooking with Your Kids

RLL 26 Tiffany Dahle: Cooking with Your Kids

  There are so many wonderful benefits to getting kids in the kitchen early on, but have you ever thought about cooking as a way to build confidence and combat perfectionism? Really! Today, Colleen talks to Tiffany Dahle, author of The Ultimate Kids’...