The Raising Lifelong Learners podcast helps parents — especially homeschooling parents — encourage their differently-wired kids to learn, explore passions, cultivate creativity, and become fascinated by the world around them. Join host Colleen Kessler — educational consultant, gifted specialist, author, and speaker — for interviews, audioblogs, tips, and encouragement to help your differently-wired kiddos become lifelong learners — children who know that they can find the answers to anything they want to know if they can just view their world with play, passion, and fascination.

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Building Self-Esteem in Kids

Building your child’s self-esteem or sense of self-worth is an important aspect of raising resilient kids. While healthy self-confidence is a part of positive self-esteem, these two terms are not interchangeable. Self-confidence applies in specific contexts, subject areas, or social situations where your child has developed a particular strength or learned to face new challenges…
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Test Your Homeschooled Child

I remember struggling with the question so many parents come to me online or in-person to ask… Should I test my child for giftedness? Should I test my child for dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, or any number of things? If you are homeschooling your child, it’s important to keep a couple of things…
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Motivating Your Struggling Learner

Homeschooling your gifted kiddo was supposed to be a breeze, right? After all, they’re super smart, driven, and independent… right? Well, maybe not. Gifted kiddos are just as different from each other as they are from neurotypical kids, and they’re often 2e, or twice-exceptional, too. 2e kiddos are hard to tease out because their struggles…
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Should I Homeschool My Twice-Exceptional Student?

A reader shared that she is considering homeschooling her twice-exceptional student after watching her daughter “crumple” in the public school system – loosing her enthusiasm for learning and her ability to thrive in a public school setting. What about you? Are you considering homeschooling your twice-exceptional, gifted, or otherwise quirky kiddo? Public Schools and Twice-Exceptional…
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