Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Self-care and YOU — October 10, 2017
  2. Caring for your soul in this age of fear — October 2, 2017
  3. At the intersection of creativity and life — October 1, 2017
  4. Homeschooling: acquisition of skills or accumulation of facts? — September 18, 2017
  5. Sometimes it’s just hard — September 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 — 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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Oct 10 2017

Self-care and YOU

Long walks. Hyperventilating into a paper bag. Meditation. Locking yourself in the bathroom with the vent fan on high so no one can hear you scream yourself hoarse into a towel. Journaling. Hooking up a barrel of wine to the faucet so you not only have hot and cold running water, but your favorite red …

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Oct 02 2017

Caring for your soul in this age of fear

Hey you. How’ya doin’? Hanging in there? One foot in front of the other and chin up and all that? Yeah. The world right now is a jagged rock of shit tumbling down the WTF avalanche bouncing around inside of an out of control dumpster fire, so I feel ya. I’m struggling too. Hand to …

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Oct 01 2017

At the intersection of creativity and life

  Years ago, way back in the dark ages of raising young boys, I did a lot of scrapbooking. Like, a lot. It was my hobby of choice and I loved it. Still do, I just don’t have the time and space I once did to indulge, plus I vowed not to spend another cent …

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Sep 18 2017

Homeschooling: acquisition of skills or accumulation of facts?

It’s that time of year again. That time of year when I get just a wee bit crazy (erm…crazier), and it’s not because I’m still scanning the horizon for the Disaster of the Day. It’s the start of “this is the curriculum on which we agreed, now shaddup and go do your work.” Hold me. …

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Sep 13 2017

Sometimes it’s just hard

I woke with a headache this morning. I hate waking with headaches, starting my day off in pain. My migraines begin as I sleep, weaving their way into increasingly disturbing dreams, until I jolt into consciousness at the bleating of my alarm clock. I slap it off, drink some water to clear out the cotton …

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Sep 09 2017

Fall fell

When the world around you is drowning or burning or looking up at the sky waiting for aliens, it’s mighty tough to write something with a touch of snark or any level of complaint. There are far too many others out there drowning or burning or tumbling down the boulevard like a tumbleweed or enduring …

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Sep 01 2017

Anxiety and gifted adulting and aw hell get me off this rock

My emotional over-excitabilities are at a forest fire level lately. Kinda like a red-flag warning, EF5 tornado of red-hot flame, tearing across the prairie to Laura and Pa level of out of control. I am supremely proud of the fact that I have not lost my shit 1) online, 2) with my sons, 3) with …

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Aug 24 2017

When your 2e kid is a non-traditional learner

Office of Redundancy Department Administration File under: High Priority Tag: DUH! Of course your 2e kid is a non-traditional learner, that’s practically the description of 2e. That’s why they struggle in school, that’s why they struggle with life, that’s why we pulled Andy to homeschool 5 1/2 years ago. When he was a toddler, he was …

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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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Aug 01 2017

The elder I want to be

I wasn’t originally going to write about today’s topic of gifted elders. I’m not a gifted elder, I didn’t want to write about my parents, and I didn’t think I had anything to contribute to the topic. But a long conversation with several women whose opinions I deeply respect convinced me otherwise. And so here …

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