Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Overthinking causes grey hair — May 1, 2017
  2. Twelve years of twice-exceptional — April 10, 2017
  3. Observations on Gifted, the movie — April 6, 2017
  4. It’s just a number — March 29, 2017
  5. Prettier When Wrapped: What’s So Difficult About Being Gifted? — March 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 — 133 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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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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Mar 13 2017

Prettier When Wrapped: What’s So Difficult About Being Gifted?

Here, a gift for you. Don’t open it just yet. Admire the wrapping. Isn’t it pretty? Shiny and admirable? See how everyone is envious of your gift? How did it get that way, all perfect corners and crisp folds? No one wrapped it, no one demanded that outer cover that so many admire, it just is. But …

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Mar 12 2017

Silver noisy swear-stick 

I’m a simple pup. I don’t need much. Kibble, belly rubs, a nice poop without anyone watching (AVERT YOUR EYES!!!). I have a pretty good life, which is a good thing for an elderly dog to say. Once upon a time I was a stray, so yeah, I know how good I have it. My family …

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Mar 06 2017

Reimagining Chaos

So. I’m back. Miss me? Has anything happened since the beginning of November? Is the world still spinning? Anything different? I am. Different, I mean. Kinda. Sorta. More or less. I’m not the same person I was back then. Pfft, I’m not the same person I was at breakfast, because I just finished eating a …

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Nov 10 2016

On hiatus

Nov 09 2016

The end of the world as we know it

With the exception of a quick one-off post last week about my beloved Cubs finally winning the World Series (something I had to do, as I’d made over 30 references to them and their losing streak over the last decade), I have been quiet here. I could rattle off several dozen reasons why, but it …

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Nov 03 2016

There is joy in Mudville

Since starting this blog nearly 11 years ago, I have made no fewer than 34 references to my beloved Chicago Cubs, nearly always referring to the heartbreaking and apparently unbreakable losing streak, and usually mentioning the end of the world or hell freezing over. That streak is not only broken but shattered. And because it’s the …

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