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 #53: A Magical Homeschool with Jessica Waldock

RLL #53: A Magical Homeschool with Jessica Waldock

  Parenting and homeschooling a differently-wired kiddo is tough. When you're homeschooling a gifted only child, it can be exhausting. You need to stay a few steps ahead of your kiddo as you're the only one they've got to play with, learn from, and do things...

RLL #52: Overcoming Perfectionism and Finding Joy in Homeschooling

RLL #52: Overcoming Perfectionism and Finding Joy in Homeschooling

  How do YOU fight back against perfectionism and recapture the joy of the homeschool you dreamed about? In this episode, Colleen tackles a listener question related to this topic and offers some practical tips for keeping the joy and fun alive.   ...

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety [RLL#51]

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety [RLL#51]

I’m willing to bet that every person reading this has experienced anxiety, depression, or stress at one point or another in their life. And I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. For as many as one in eight children, though, anxiety is a daily...

RLL #49: Reflections About Anxiety

RLL #49: Reflections About Anxiety

  Over the years, Colleen has talked extensively about her youngest daughter's struggle with anxiety, and so has her daughter. Today, Sara writes in with a great question, prompting Colleen to reflect on the earlier years in their anxiety journey. Listen to find...

RLL #47: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie C. Martin

RLL #47: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie C. Martin

  Are you an introvert? Guess what?! You're not alone! Today's guest, Jamie Martin, is the brilliant mama behind the website Simple Homeschool and has just released a new book called The Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy and...

RLL #46: Homeschooling Quirky Kids with Cynthia Heren

RLL #46: Homeschooling Quirky Kids with Cynthia Heren

  Cynthia Heren joins Colleen today to talk about what it's like in the trenches homeschooling differently-wired kiddos. She gives us a peek into her schedule, the rabbit holes her family dives down, and how they incorporate online learning and Minecraft (yes,...

RLL 45: Homeschooling Special Needs Kiddos with Faith Berens

RLL 45: Homeschooling Special Needs Kiddos with Faith Berens

Are you homeschooling a kiddo with special needs? You're not alone. It can be a challenging adventure, for sure, but today's guest, Faith Berens, has some wonderful insight and tips for parents who are homeschooling their special needs kids.   Links and Resources...

RLL #44: Rooted Childhood with Meghann Dibrell

RLL #44: Rooted Childhood with Meghann Dibrell

If you scroll through your Instagram feed and wish for slower, more meaningful days, or dream of better connections with your kids like those gorgeous images, this is the episode for you. Meghann Dibrell talks to us about cultivating a rooted childhood for your kids,...

RLL #43: Getting Your Kids Outside with Justin Wren

RLL #43: Getting Your Kids Outside with Justin Wren

Sometimes it seems difficult to get our kids outside when all they want to do is lounge around inside the house. But, studies show that time outside increases creativity and cognitive functions, so it's important to get kids outside as much as we can. Today Colleen...

RLL 41: Homeschooling “Fringy Kids” with Heather Boorman

RLL 41: Homeschooling “Fringy Kids” with Heather Boorman

Raising kids "on the fringes," or gifted, 2e, etc can be isolating and confusing. Therapist and author Heather Boorman joins Colleen on today's episode to talk about how helping kids see their differences can help them be the amazing people they're meant to be. Her...

RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler

RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler

There are so many homeschooling moms that start to worry as their kids get into middle school and high school that what they've done up until this point isn't enough. Or that they're missing big pieces of learning, content, or skills that they should have been...

RLL 39 Sara Hall: Trusting Your Child’s Lead

RLL 39 Sara Hall: Trusting Your Child’s Lead

  It can be scary to homeschool an outside-the-box learner. Differently-wired kids beat to the tune of their own drummers, and that can be problematic when we go into it with a set expectation for how things will be. It is hard to trust our kids AND ourselves...

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 differently wired...

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 college at...

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 homeschool balls that get dropped....

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 without...

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 share some of my thoughts about...

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 like living...

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 reasons...

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 each of your...

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...

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