Learning to Identify “Noise”

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I have often found that mothers with gifted kids and/or homeschooled kids tend to be research fiends. We manage to gather many facts about programs, opportunities, and requirements. We amass huge amounts of data. We also talk to anyone who has a view on a subject that might impact our children. Unfortunately there are many  [read more] …

Summer Sojourn

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Thoughtful parents walk a fine line when helping their children plan summertime. We do want those in-between months to be enriching. We hope they will pump a needed breath of fresh air into our days. We need them to provide a creative pause in our child’s life (and our life as well). However, in certain  [read more] …

Forget About College!

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I know it is counterintuitive, but to have the best results in college admissions, you need to forget about college as you make decisions about extracurricular activities. Too many people focus on the final goal and lose sight of what is truly important – the development of our children. Among other things, we want our  [read more] …

Leave Room for Delight

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Delight is a fragile thing. Like a tiny plant pushing up through the earthy crust, it needs space and light and nourishment. Crowd it, cover it up, or fail to water it and it dies. Busyness is the enemy of delight. A too-full schedule has the same effect that we see when weeds choke out  [read more] …

Shrink Their Impossible!

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Helping children push past their own preconceived barriers has been part of my job description for a long time, but my art teacher recently gave me a fabulous visual of this vitally important concept. He drew a horizontal line on the board with a vertical dividing line one fourth of the way in from the  [read more] …