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RLL #102: A Conversation about Connection with Shawna Wingert

Today, we begin featuring a new type of podcast episode at Raising Lifelong Learners with Colleen Kessler, what we’re calling “A Conversation About.”  Colleen will be meeting with Shawna Wingert of Different By Design Learning at least monthly to discuss topics, common struggles and questions that come up often with our quirky and “outside-the-box” kiddos and families. 

This week’s conversation centers around connection: how important it is to foster connection with your kids, encourage the relationships between siblings, and build a culture of connection as a family and as part of your community.

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Why Connection Matters Is So Important For Our Gifted And Twice Exceptional Children

It seems obvious, but the reality is that the connection we create with our kids can make all the difference in their overall sense of self. Our children’s ability to relate and connect is a fundamental skill for learning and in life. 

In fact, studies have shown that a child’s ability  to connect with their teacher is one of the most important factors in their overall educational success. How much more so when we think about the role of a parent in a child’s life.

While I don’t think any of us would disagree that connection is important, how do we intentionally create an environment of connection with our children?


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The Role Of Connection In Social Emotional Skills

Quirky kiddos often struggle with social interactions and constructs. What is clear is that the connections we foster in our family dynamic can help to create a foundation for our children’s ability to connect outside our home as well, in the world.

Connection shows our kids that they are safe, they are understood, they are protected, they are capable of learning, and that they are secure. This positions them for success in both their education and in life.


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How Do I Create An Environment Of Connection For My Child?

Today’s episode of the Raising Lifelong Learner podcast answers this question and  shares so much more. Shawna and I discuss practical examples of taking the concept of connection and make it a reality for our families. Please join us. 


RLL #102: A Conversation about Connection with Shawna Wingert


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