Be Your Gifted Child’s Coach

I was reading this wonderful article by Atul Gawande about coaching, and it resonated with me because I believe firmly in coaching. If you’re really good, you get a coach. Think about it: what professional athlete do you know of who doesn’t have a coach? In Gawande’s article, he talks

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The Perils of Perfectionism

When I was learning to quilt, the only consistent about my stitching were the mistakes. A friend reassured me that the famous and fabulous Amish quilters always placed a deliberate mistake in their quilts in recognition that only God is perfect. After that, whenever I made a mistake (often), I would

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Words, Marvelous Words

Before I get off of books and words completely, I have two sites to share today. They are opposites, in fact, and the perfect place to send gifted word-o-philes to play. The first, Save the Words, allows you “adopt” old, obsolete yet fabulous words in order to prevent the pedestrianization

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Inviting New Books into Your Life

The last post looked at how to find new homes for books you no longer needed to live with. This post focuses on the other end of the dynamic – how to invite new books into your life. And if you are parenting gifted kids, this is information you will

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Bread upon the Waters – Giving Away Books on Purpose

Gifted people tend to gravitate towards books (not always, so no hate mail from misobibliists –  I just made that word up, to be honest, and spellcheck is yelling at me in red squiggly lines). Sometimes all this bibiophilia creates a problem. Recently, I was in a used bookstore with

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Teacher Learns some Lessons

I just finished six straight days of training teachers how to teach the gifted. The classes were large – between 150 and 175 teachers, which is fun, and I was struck with a few thoughts that I want to share: 1)      This strikes a chord with people. Many teachers expressed

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Finding Sanctuary in an Unsafe World

Welcome to the SENG Blog Tour, if that is what brought you here today! National Parenting Gifted Children Week is hosted by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). Download SENG’s free NPGC Week ebook, The Joy and the Challenge: Parenting Gifted Children, and get the low-down on the tour.

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Easy Peasy Stuff to do with Kids

I was on tv this morning talking about simple things to do with kids at home this summer. I thought I’d put the directions for the beanbags here. To make them, take a scrap piece of fabric that is one inch wider than you would like the bean bag to

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10 Reasons You Should Memorize Poetry

You should memorize poetry, and I’m going to share ten reasons why. This is general advice that is good for everyone in manner of “wear sunscreen.” I love poetry. I’m not just saying this because it sounds good at cocktail parties to say you love poetry. I truly love the

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The Goldilocks Effect

In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks seeks the chair, food, and bed that are just right for her. She doesn’t take the big bowl of porridge just because it’s bigger, and she doesn’t take the bigger bed just because it’s larger. She takes the ones that

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Groupwork Groupthink

I just returned from Mensa’s Annual Gathering in Portland, Oregon, where I spent five days surrounded by smart people, including dozens of smart kids. It was challenging and fun and exhausting. We ran a focus group (well, my best friend, Patricia Bear, an LPC, ran the focus group) with our

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