Here you are. You found my blog. What’s it all about?
Well, first thing I want to say, to make this clear, is this blog is simply not about how great my kids and I are. Like most people, we’re pretty great in some ways. I love to help people learn things about parenting and education, I sing OK, and I make a mean plate o’ pasta. My kids are pretty darn smart in many ways, and they can be funny and wise and creative, and I adore them. But that’s pretty much what any sane parent is going to say, right? So believe me, my purpose here is not to put us on a pedestal. I have a very bad sense of balance, anyway.
So there’s that word we have to get past. You know, the G-word. If you hate that word (as I do), read this piece about why I advocate for gifted children, this piece about what “gifted” is and this piece about why I homeschool my kids. The thing is, I’m stuck with the word. I hate that it implies a value judgment, and that by using it you seem to be implying that other kids “have no gifts,” which is ridiculous. The word that better describes the sorts of kids I write about, non-neurotypical, is a mouthful and makes you sound like you’re trying to confuse people. Or you could say that they suffer from “Asynchronous Development Syndrome,” but that makes it sound like their noses are crooked. So let’s agree just to stick with the stupid G-word and not blame me for it. I’m just the messenger.
What I like to write about most are things that I have discovered or that other people have discovered that might help others be happier, healthier, more insightful parents. Sometimes my pieces range into discussing our homeschool life, but again, I’m not doing this to insult your schooling choices. So please read on.
If you want to know more about me, you can visit my personal website. I even have some embarrassing photos there.
To find more of my writing, you can find me regularly in Growing Up in Santa Cruz, on this blog, and in a variety of gifted education and homeschooling publications. From 2009 through 2012, I wrote as the Gifted Children Examiner. I also write for various print publications. My first book, From School to Homeschool: Should You Homeschool Your Gifted Child?, was released by Great Potential Press, fall 2012.
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Thanks for visiting. May you have the stamina to keep up with your kids!