Category Archives: Home Education/Homeschooling

The Joys of a Differently-Wired Child

The Joys of a Differently-Wired Child

So far in the 31 Days of Learning Differently series we’ve focused a lot on the challenges of homeschooling and parenting a differently-wired child. As I was reading some comments earlier today, I realized that I needed to also write about the joys of having a child who fits this description. As I mentioned in (Continue reading…)

Transitions and Your Differently-Wired Child

Transitions and Your Differently-Wired Child

We’ve had a couple of significant aha moments that changed our parenting. One I mentioned in a previous post had to do with Identifying and Understanding the Red Zone with Your Spirited Child. The other one we figured out a bit earlier and is probably even more important if you are raising a differently-wired child. (Continue reading…)

Adjusting Expectations as the Parent of a Differently-Wired Child

Adjusting Expectations as the Parent of a Differently-Wired Child

A few years ago I read an article that was both comforting and disconcerting. It was comforting because after reading it I understood our situation a bit better and I knew I wasn’t alone. It was disconcerting because I didn’t want to accept the reality of what it contained. The Restless Ones discusses children who (Continue reading…)

Parenting and Homeschooling as an Introvert

Parenting and Homeschooling as an Introvert

This was originally posted August 11, 2012, on my previous blog. Caroline was almost six and I thought that she was an extrovert at the time. I’ve since concluded that she’s more introverted, but did not alter the original post to reflect this. I’m posting it now to add it to my 31 Days of (Continue reading…)

Getting Spirited Children to Sleep and Related Challenges

Getting Spirited Children to Sleep and Related Challenges

This was originally posted oh my previous blog on December 4, 2012, when Caroline was six years old. I am adding it to my 31 Days of Learning Differently series. One of the most popular posts on this site is Raising a Spirited Child and Feeling Like a Bad Mother. (I wrote it when Caroline (Continue reading…)

Children Who Don’t Fit Grade Level Parameters

Children Who Don't Fit Grade Level Parameters

We’ve homeschooled Caroline from the beginning. Although we’ve wavered a bit here and there, we’ve remained committed to homeschooling, believing it is the best option for her for a number of reasons. Because we homeschool, there have been certain issues we haven’t had to deal with. For example, Caroline has a late September birthday which (Continue reading…)

Relationship Homeschooling and Your Differently-Wired Child

Relationship Homeschooling and Your Differently-Wired Child

When I started blogging in 2005, a woman named Karen with a blog named from the prairie left a comment on my blog which was then called Two Talent Living. I’m not certain how we initially connected, but I’m guessing it was through a website neither one of us would recommend now! LOL! Over the (Continue reading…)

Parenting, Personality and Learning Differences

Parenting, Personality and Learning Differences

Today’s guest post in the 31 Days of Learning Differently series is by Brenda from Schooling a Monkey. When my daughter, Monkey, was a baby, I had a lot of expectations for her. She would be obedient, she would never throw fits, and I would not allow her to whine. She would be peaceful, calm, (Continue reading…)

103 Ways to Learn from Experienced Homeschoolers

103 Ways to Learn from Experienced Homeschoolers

Do you ever wish you could pick the brain of experienced homeschoolers? Do you long for a better support network as you navigate your homeschooling journey? I’ve been there. I don’t have much of a homeschool support network in real life. I don’t really have the capability to travel to homeschool conventions. But I have (Continue reading…)

Adapting Curriculum to Fit Your Child’s Needs

Adapting-Curriculum

Today’s guest post in the 31 Days of Learning Differently series is by LaToya Edwards. When I first started homeschooling, I worried about how I would meet the needs of my oldest son. He loves to learn and is very smart, but he cannot be still. If I literally try to hold him still, something (Continue reading…)

My Child Hates Busy Bags (and Other Differently-Wired Child Realities)

My Child Hates Busy Bags

I know some of you will think I am exaggerating, but when Caroline was just over two weeks old I told David she looked bored. And she did. I went out that day and bought a Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym. She LOVED it. From the time she was tiny, she always wanted (Continue reading…)

The Need for More Margin in Families with Differently-Wired Children

The Need for Margin

Many years ago David and I read the books Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives and The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. Both impacted us in profound ways. David and I took steps to reduce our overload and increase our margin. We (Continue reading…)