Seeing Our Children As Individuals
One of the key takeaways from my time with Dr. Meg Meeker is the importance of really seeing and responding to our children as individuals. In fact, Dr. Meeker shared that research shows that individualizing our approach to teaching our children increases their overall success.
When we acknowledge that a child needs more gross motor activities than worksheets, or that our son needs more time doing something active together rather than talking with us, we are helping them learn and develop in the best possible way.
We also help them figure out their place in the world.
Feeling Discouraged As A Parent Of Quirky Kiddo
It’s so easy to feel discouraged when your child is struggling.
One of the things that Dr. Meeker was very clear about in this conversation is how important it is to avoid comparison and focus on our own lives. She was very direct in how she views the pressures we face in this day and age.
“I encourage parents to get off social media as much as I encourage teenage girls to do the same. It’s just demoralizing.”
Become A Student Of Your Child
It was particularly encouraging for me to hear Dr. Meeker echo my closely held belief that one of the best ways we can help our children, is to become a student of theirs.
She mentions the importance of taking time to really pay attention to what is happening emotionally with our kiddos, before jumping to any conclusions. Even better, she encourages us to ask ourselves why we believe the struggle is so real, from our children’s perspectives.
Meeting The Unique Needs Of Our Children: A conversation with Dr. Meg Meeker
Learn about all of this and more from Dr. Meg Meeker in this very special episode. I can’t say enough about the depth and everyday practicality of her wisdom.
Links and Resources from Today’s Show:
- Sponsor: Royal Fireworks Press
- Michael Clay Thompson Gifted Curriculum
- Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community
- Dr. Meg Meeker Online
- Dr. Meg Meeker’s Courses
- Free Resources From Dr. Meg Meeker
- Strong Mothers, Strong Sons
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
- Your Kids At Risk
- Raising Resilient Sons by Colleen D. Kessler
- Parenting Gifted Kids
- Tips for Motivating Gifted Kids
- Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids
- RLL #71: Resiliency and Why Our Kids Need It
- The Learner’s Lab | A Raising Lifelong Learners Community for Gifted / 2E families
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