Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Down on my knees — August 8, 2017
  2. The elder I want to be — August 1, 2017
  3. Never say never…but this time I mean it — July 17, 2017
  4. The seesaw of boredom and burnout — July 1, 2017
  5. Even grownups need blanket forts — June 13, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. I DON’T brag about my gifted kid — 283 comments
  2. That time The Today Show mocked gifted kids — 135 comments
  3. What I wish others knew about parenting twice-exceptional kids — 70 comments
  4. Gifted kids are not like other kids — 61 comments
  5. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Kids: An Interview with Christine Fonseca — 49 comments

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Aug 08 2017

Down on my knees

There is a level of gratitude so rare that it is nearly impossible to describe. It is so deep and so profound that it reaches into your soul, digs in its tendrils, and squeezes until you cannot breathe or think and all you can do is fall to your knees. Fall to your knees, curl …

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Aug 01 2017

The elder I want to be

I wasn’t originally going to write about today’s topic of gifted elders. I’m not a gifted elder, I didn’t want to write about my parents, and I didn’t think I had anything to contribute to the topic. But a long conversation with several women whose opinions I deeply respect convinced me otherwise. And so here …

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Jul 17 2017

Never say never…but this time I mean it

  The universe has laughed and smacked me upside the head every time I’ve ever said “never” about something. Don’t believe me? Never leaving Colorado (HAHAHA! 2011) Never homeschooling (HAHAHA 2012) Never moving again (HAHAHA 2015) See? You’d think I’d learn. I say “never,” the universe takes that as a challenge and cracks its knuckles, …

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Jul 01 2017

The seesaw of boredom and burnout

There’s a fine balance between boredom and burnout, and I’m getting better at finding it. I’ve discovered that it’s a see-saw and I ride that sucker like a bucking bronco. I’m white-knuckling the handles right now; maybe one day I’ll have the courage to ride one-handed and swing my hat around as I hoot and holler at the top of my lungs.

In the meantime, it’s a helluva ride.

Jun 13 2017

Even grownups need blanket forts

A few weeks ago, on the cusp of final exams, one of my flute students came into her lesson, collapsed onto the chair and wearily declared: “When I’m done with finals I’m building a blanket fort and binge-watching Netflix for 12 hours.” It’s been that kind of spring for all of my students. It’s been …

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May 11 2017

{Book Review} Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget

I’m privileged to have a foot in both the homeschooling and public schooling worlds. I have a 7th grader in public school, a homeschooling high schooler, and I teach flute lessons to all ages, from all educational settings. And what I see is disturbing. The students I have in public high school are so stressed and …

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May 01 2017

Overthinking causes grey hair

“Turn your brain off.” “Quit thinking so much!” “I can hear you thinking, shush!” “Your brain is trying to derail you, ignore it.” “For the love of all things holy and green, shove a sweaty sock into your brain’s talk-hole to shut it up!” I’ve said these phrases and variations on them to every one …

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Apr 10 2017

Twelve years of twice-exceptional

It’s been a solid dozen years of twice-exceptional life here in the House of Chaos. Our son was 4 when we first had him evaluated for giftedness and we heard “likely twice-exceptional.” In that time we’ve done all the interventions, made all the changes, and upended our lives so as to scaffold our son into adulthood. …

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Apr 06 2017

Observations on Gifted, the movie

The following is a movie review for which I received no compensation other than entrance to a pre-release screening. I had the opportunity to see Gifted last night, before tomorrow’s official release. It’s taking me some time to unpack my thoughts and emotions on it, because, well, it’s giftedness. It’s something about which I’ve advocated …

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Mar 29 2017

It’s just a number

<General sibling bickering. This is the soundtrack of my life these days.> Andy: “…well, because I…Mom, what is my IQ number?” Me: “Oh dear son, I know your number and I am not sharing it with you.” Andy: “Why not? I deserve to know!” Me: “For this very reason. Your IQ number is just that, …

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