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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 #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...

RLL #56: [Audioblog] Disclipline and Your Intense Child

RLL #56: [Audioblog] Disclipline and Your Intense Child

  Do you feel like all you ever do is yell at and correct your intense child? That for every time you praise him, you’ve already berated him 15 times? And, are you completely exhausted before you’ve finished your first cup of coffee? Yeah… me too. This...

RLL #55: Helping Your Child Manage Perfectionism

RLL #55: Helping Your Child Manage Perfectionism

  So many gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos struggle with perfectionism, and untreated perfectionism can lead to other problems like low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and even eating disorders. Finding ways to talk to your kiddos is important, and keeping...

RLL #54: Homeschooling Through Tough Times

RLL #54: Homeschooling Through Tough Times

  Let's face it -- homeschooling differently-wired kiddos is challenging. Parenting them is challenging. But, when life hits you from all sides, and you have highly emotional, anxiety-filled, and otherwise differently-wired kids to parent through it, you're going...

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...

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