Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Even grownups need blanket forts — June 13, 2017
  2. {Book Review} Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget — May 11, 2017
  3. Overthinking causes grey hair — May 1, 2017
  4. Twelve years of twice-exceptional — April 10, 2017
  5. Observations on Gifted, the movie — April 6, 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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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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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

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