Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. A long and winding road — February 19, 2018
  2. Don’t buy green bananas — February 10, 2018
  3. I love sleep. And caffeine. And wine. — February 1, 2018
  4. Goofus and Gallant reimagined — January 22, 2018
  5. 2e Tuesday: What your twice-exceptional teen should probably know before leaving home — January 16, 2018

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 — 72 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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Feb 19 2018

A long and winding road

For some reason, I have several friends with newborns right now. I see their posts on Facebook about sleepless nights and my heart goes out to them. I remember those days and nights far too well. Ok, full disclosure…I don’t remember those days and nights very well at all, because sleep deprivation is real and I’m …

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Feb 10 2018

Don’t buy green bananas

I have a healthy gallows humor. It’s my main coping mechanism, how I manage what life throws at me. If I can laugh at the frustrating, make the irritating absurd, and find any glimmer of amusement at the frightening, then I win. I have more power over the fear and uncertainty. It doesn’t always work, …

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Feb 01 2018

I love sleep. And caffeine. And wine.

Dive deep into your head and conjure up the most hipster coffee shop you possible can. A converted garage, reclaimed wood with metal accents, beans roasted on site, perfectly crafted pour-overs. Straight out of central casting, it’s full of writers and artists poking at computers and sketch books while others chat about upcoming adventures. It’s …

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Jan 22 2018

Goofus and Gallant reimagined

This is the story of two young men. Age peers, but there the similarities diverged, much like the path in the woods. This is the story of Goofus and Gallant. Gallant was a fine young chap, admired by his peers and adored by adults. He was the best at nearly everything he tried, and actively …

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Jan 16 2018

2e Tuesday: What your twice-exceptional teen should probably know before leaving home

Or before you get sick of them and throw them outside to fend for themselves because you hit your limit and you just want to live your own life now thankyouverymuch. But you won’t do that because the neighbors tend to stare if you throw cereal bars out at the children rapidly becoming feral in …

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Jan 09 2018

A dozen years of words

Time flies when you’re having fun deep in the parenting trenches, wondering if you’ll ever see the light of day, and if the walls of said trenches are greased or just layered in the tears of previous years. Regardless, time flies. The hours are long, the days are short. Sunrise, Sunset. You get the idea. I …

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Dec 30 2017

I challenge you to connect

I started picking a Word of the Year back in 2011. I chose strong, which ended up being the perfect word for that personal shitstorm of a year. 2011 was so chaotic, so outrageous, so terrifically bad that it truly became comical. I say that with seven years of perspective; at the time I wasn’t so …

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Dec 12 2017

{2e Tuesday} Looking Inward

Twice-exceptional. Gifted plus…something…that masks or challenges the strengths. That something can be anything…a physical disability, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Autism, anxiety and depression, mental illness…the list can go on and on, and usually does. When you have a twice-exceptional child, you’re thrown into the deep end of the parenting pool. And because 2e is still …

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Nov 13 2017

I see you

  Mislabeled. Misdiagnosed. Misunderstood. Missed. Unidentified. Invisible. Hidden in plain sight. Twice-exceptional. I see you. I see you in the classroom, rarely living up to your “potential.” I see you wanting to succeed, but struggling against your own self. I see you out there in the world, working so hard only to appear average-to-middling. I believe …

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Nov 06 2017

The 23rd Mile

I am in no way a runner. Not even a little. If you see me running, I recommend you give serious thought to joining me, as I am very likely running from something with fangs or a creature moaning braaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnsssss. I thought about wanting to be a runner a few years ago and gave that …

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