Podcasts

Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners — children who know that they can find the answers to anything they’re curious about? This is the podcast about all of that and more! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination…

RLL #79: [Audioblog] Mislabeled Behavior And Undiagnosed Giftedness

RLL #79: [Audioblog] Mislabeled Behavior And Undiagnosed Giftedness

The frustration is real; your intense kiddo might be having outbursts you can't explain, or doesn't relate to others his own age or has a sensitivity to stimuli that is overwhelming, or any combination of the three or more!  None of the professionals can seem to...

RLL #78: College For All with Trent Thompson

RLL #78: College For All with Trent Thompson

  Have a gifted student who is not being challenged enough? Maybe they are especially gifted in certain areas and able to work ahead? Can you imagine what he or she could do at age 18 after having already finished their bachelor's degree while in high...

RLL #77: Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children

RLL #77: Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children

  The label "gifted" conjures up images of beautifully wrapped presents with neatly tied bows, images that are a stark contrast to the reality of giftedness: asynchrony.  There can be huge differences between a gifted child’s physical, intellectual, social,...

RLL #76: Creating the Adventurous Family with Rachel Rainbolt

RLL #76: Creating the Adventurous Family with Rachel Rainbolt

   Gentle parenting, natural homeschooling and simple living can seem like lofty goals for many of us, but are they really?  Colleen explores these ideas and more with Rachel Rainbolt of Sage Family, who has created a lasting culture of connection and...

RLL #75: [Audioblog] Dear Tired Mama of Gifted Kids

RLL #75: [Audioblog] Dear Tired Mama of Gifted Kids

It’s been a long day already, and you haven’t even taken your first sip of coffee. You didn’t get to bed until well after midnight because the oldest couldn’t shut his mind down and wanted, no needed, to talk about every single, swirling thought he’d ever...

RLL #74: Solving the Transcript Problem with Maya & Nina Serna

RLL #74: Solving the Transcript Problem with Maya & Nina Serna

  In this episode, Colleen meets the Serna family to discuss how self-directed learners Maya and Nina solved a real-world problem in the course of their studies. Maya and Nina realized that there was a genuine need among teen homeschoolers to track learning and...

RLL #71: Resiliency and Why Our Kids Need It

RLL #71: Resiliency and Why Our Kids Need It

  Resiliency is the ability for any of us, including our kids, to bounce back from adversity.  The potential for happiness or success comes from how we take snippets of those bad days, turn ourselves around and bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy,...

RLL #70: More Than Enough with Kara Anderson

RLL #70: More Than Enough with Kara Anderson

  Ever feel overwhelmed or scared that you just might not be doing enough in your homeschool? Not seeing those Instagram families in your own home?  Feeling a little drained by those wonderful but intense learners? In today's podcast, Colleen speaks with...

RLL #68: Self-Directed Education with Peter Gray, PhD

RLL #68: Self-Directed Education with Peter Gray, PhD

  Today, Colleen speaks with Peter Gray, PhD and author of “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.” Peter and Colleen discuss his journey to understanding how...

RLL #67: Ideas for Nurturing Our Kids’ Strengths

RLL #67: Ideas for Nurturing Our Kids’ Strengths

Research shows that when we encourage our learners to pursue their interests and utilize their strengths in their learning, we can also see gains in areas that they aren't as strong in.  Colleen dives a little deeper into understanding what strength based...

RLL #64 What to Do When School Doesn’t Work

RLL #64 What to Do When School Doesn’t Work

    School choice is extremely personal.  It really comes down to what you are most comfortable with, what you can afford and what kinds of sacrifices you are willing to make with regards to this decision for educating your differently-wired kiddos. In...

RLL #63: Creating a Business with Kids with Sara Tullos

RLL #63: Creating a Business with Kids with Sara Tullos

  Subscription boxes are a wonderful way to add learning opportunities for your curious kids. Typically arriving monthly, they add extended play (and learning!) about once a month on topics like cooking, crafts, even inventions!  But what do you do when your...

RLL #61: Let’s Talk About Anxiety

RLL #61: Let’s Talk About Anxiety

Anxieties are high. Kids are worrying. Adults are worrying. We’re all kind of in this big ole anxiety boat together. We could really use some solidarity and support right now. While recorded before COVID-19 hit, in this episode I talk about five simple things you can do with your anxious kiddos to help them right now.

RLL #60: Raising Differently-Wired Kids with Debbie Reber

RLL #60: Raising Differently-Wired Kids with Debbie Reber

  Differently-wired kiddos require a major shift in parenting philosophies and practices, and today's guest is no stranger to shaking things up. Debbie Reber, founder of the Tilt Parenting podcast and author of Differently-Wired: Rasing an Exceptional Child in a...

RLL #59: [Audioblog] Gifted Kids Are Gonna Gift

RLL #59: [Audioblog] 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 quick wit...

RLL #57: Protecting Our Kids From Porn with Kristen Jenson

RLL #57: Protecting Our Kids From Porn with Kristen Jenson

  In today's highly connected world, kids are being exposed to pornography at younger and younger ages. Oftentimes, by the time we've sat down with our kids to have a conversation about what they may come across online it's too late. Filters aren't enough. We...

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