Everything: Twice Exceptional

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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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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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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Nov 17 2014

{GHF blog hop} To Be Both Normal and Extraordinary

  Most Fridays during the school year we’re at our homeschool co-op. It’s a warm (in company, the buildings are freezing, but that’s why I have a down coat), comforting, supportive day for us. It’s the first (and still only) place Andy can hang with peeps like him, where we can both let our freak …

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Jul 22 2014

It’s all about connection

As I write this, I’m heading home from the annual SENG conference. I had to stay an extra day because the airline was demanding all my organs for a Sunday afternoon flight, and so I had quiet hours in which to think, something I get maybe once in a never. My brain was all flustered that I …

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May 19 2014

{GHF blog hop} You must be 21 to read this post

I’ve joked for years that parents with a gifted or twice-exceptional child in their care need their own private vineyard. I’ve also been heard to comment that wine should come out of a third tap on the kitchen sink. And I may have, once or twice, indicated that my roundtables on 2e for the Chicago …

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Jan 26 2014

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

“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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Oct 14 2013

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

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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Aug 02 2013

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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Jun 14 2013

Summer camp, rubrics, and tall poppies

So I’m really struggling with something. The boys are in summer camp with a local school district. They call it summer school, but let’s face it, unless you’re in one of the remedial classes offered, it’s summer camp. Neither boy is taking anything academic, just fun and games and some running around. I send them …

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