Everything: Gifted and Talented

Feb 17 2014

Our homeschool motivation is just out of reach…because reasons


Because reasons. Because reasons is now my go-to explanation for when life goes pear-shaped sideways and things don’t get done. It’s shorthand for “I am in so far over my head that it would take a couple hours plus at least one bottle of wine to even give you the backstory and frankly I am …

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Jan 26 2014

When everything is a battle, which ones do you choose?

when everything is a battle...

“Pick your battles.” Every mom has heard that piece of advice, starting from the very first time her precious snowflake uttered the word “NO!” with a vehemence not to be believed, in a volume rivaling that of an F-16, with a stomp of a foot and crossing of arms foreshadowing the teen years. I’ve been …

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Nov 15 2013

Seth Godin, please stop using the word gifted

Seth Godin, please stop using the word gifted

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Words matter. Words may be a clunky method of exchanging thoughts and ideas with others, but it’s the best and most efficient manner of sharing. It is too easy to be careless with the words we use. This is …

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Nov 11 2013

Pinterest and the myth of holiday perfection

pinterest and the myth of holiday perfection

I lurves me some Pinterest. I’ve been on the site a long time; I can’t remember how long, but it was back when they were only allowing a few people in at a time and needed an invite. I scored one and never looked back. It’s purty pictures and the absolute best way to enjoy …

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Nov 06 2013

NAGC bound

Tomorrow I leave for a few days, toddling on down south to Indianapolis, for the annual National Association for Gifted Children conference. It’s my first time to go, and I’m presenting at that. Well, co-presenting. But it’s on homeschooling gifted kids, and I kinda sorta almost know about that, so it’d be worth your time …

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Oct 14 2013

Nine things I love about homeschooling my 2e son…and four things I despise

GHF blog hop homeschooling a 2e kid

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with homeschooling since the moment we pulled A from school. Hell, even before we pulled him. It’s a mental tug-o-war, a high-speed cha-cha, played out daily in my head. I love you I hate you get out never leave. At least the I love you never leave list seems to be …

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Sep 16 2013

{GHF Blog Hop} Self-care while homeschooling

GHF blog hop self care

The irony is not lost on me, that I am breaking my self-imposed self-care hiatus from my blog to write about self-care. (That is irony, Alanis!) (And if it’s not irony, hush, I’m tired.) Fall has fallen with a resounding thud here in Chicago, and with it comes Operation I Will Not Be As Unreasonably Cold As …

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Aug 19 2013

How to homeschool JUST LIKE ME

how to homeschool just like me

Forty-eight hours from now our schooling year begins. I will have one young son hopping on the big yellow cracker box, headed to a year of fourth grade, and another that will need to be dynamited out of bed to begin grade seven-or-whatever-it-is-when-you’re-a-Stealth-Schooler. This school year arrived on the doorstep far too quickly for my …

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Aug 02 2013

Start with compassion

start with compassion

Us and them. That’s actually the title of a back to school article in Chicago Parent, about “talking to your kids about special needs.” There are so many things wrong with that title I don’t even know where to start. Given that the article was written by a special needs mom, I have to believe …

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Jul 31 2013

Parenting without a net

parenting without a net

I hate being patronized. Treated with a gentle smile and empty eyes and insincere words. It happens in only one area of my life, because as a flutist and teacher and writer and volunteer I am treated with more respect. Parenting. Or rather, a female parent. As a female parent I am patted on the …

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