Strawberries Planner

2016 Printable Planners

Strawberries Planner

I love printable planners for organizing my business and homeschool because they offer the most flexibility. (I use a different calendar for everyday to do lists.) I can print off the pages I need as often as I need them and am not locked into the order someone else creates in a pre-printed planer. I’ve created these lovely 2016 printable planners for my shop and they are now available for instant download.

Each printable planner is 150 pages with three options for the monthly calendar so you can choose the one that works best for you – one page vertical, one … Read more »

Gifted and Female - Gifted-2e, Stealth Dyslexia and a Mother’s Support - Nicole’s Story

Gifted/2e, Stealth Dyslexia and a Mother’s Support – Nicole’s Story

Gifted and Female - Gifted-2e, Stealth Dyslexia and a Mother’s Support - Nicole’s Story

When did you know you were different from other children? Is there a particular event that stands out?

I knew pretty early that I was different from other children. I believe I was about 3 to 4 years of age. My first friendships with children seem to be of most frustration. I remember trying to mingle more with their parents than my age peers. I also wanted to interact with children years older than me, mostly 4 years older, though they were too old and weren’t really interested in befriending a 4 year old. (I don’t blame them.) I don’t really … Read more »

Gifted and Female - Gifted, Depressed and Embracing Individuality - Julia's Story

Gifted, Depressed and Embracing Individuality – Julia’s Story

Gifted and Female - Gifted, Depressed and Embracing Individuality - Julia's Story

This story is told anonymously. I have given the author the name of Julia (not her real name).

When did you know you were different from other children? Is there a particular event that stands out?

Probably around 3rd or 4th grade.  I had lots of trouble making friends after moving across the country.

When did you understand that it was giftedness that made you different?

Not until I was an adult with my own children.  I grew up thinking something was wrong with me.  I was even different within my own family, even though I believe they were also gifted.

What are your primary … Read more »

Gifted and Female - Gifted, Different and Imposter Syndrome - Vanessa's Story

Gifted, Different and Imposter Syndrome – Vanessa’s Story

Gifted and Female - Gifted, Different and Imposter Syndrome - Vanessa's Story

This is part of Gifted and Female – A Series of Personal Stories.

When did you know you were different from other children? Is there a particular event that stands out?

There was never a single moment of awareness, but more of an ever-present sense of being different. Without an understanding of what made me different, I experienced an inner belief that there was a core part of what makes up an individual that was fundamentally missing from me. Growing up with two brothers who were also identified as gifted meant that I experienced these feelings much more intensely in school … Read more »

Gifted and Female - Giftedness, Loneliness and Faith - Christy's Story

Giftedness, Loneliness, and Faith – Christy’s Story

Gifted and Female - Giftedness, Loneliness and Faith - Christy's Story

This is part of Gifted and Female – A Series of Personal Stories.

When did you know you were different from other children? Is there a particular event that stands out?

My first memories of being different were of being rejected. I remember sitting on the floor of a school classroom working on a group project and the other kids making it very clear they thought I was different, and that different was not ok.

I started homeschooling in grade seven because the rejection in school was too hard to live with and despite the wonderful fun I had pursing my own … Read more »

The Reality of Holiday Overwhelm for Highly Sensitive Children

The Reality of Holiday Overwhelm for Highly Sensitive Children

The Reality of Holiday Overwhelm for Highly Sensitive Children

I’m a highly sensitive person with a highly sensitive child. I’ve written often about this topic and even have a page devoted to parenting a highly sensitive child on my site. (The idea of what it means to be highly sensitive is covered in the books The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them.)

So the idea of the highly sensitive person is something I’m well aware of and deal with on a regular basis.

But sometimes I forget how many adjustments we’ve made to our … Read more »

Creating Meaningful Christmas Traditions

Creating Meaningful Christmas Traditions

Creating Meaningful Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a time when each family enjoys its unique traditions. While some Christmas traditions are passed on from generation to generation, others are born out of a desire to do something new and meaningful. Here are some ideas for creating your own Christmas traditions.

Family Christmas Activities

Read aloud a Christmas book or story each day. While it is fine to include fun books, look for some with richness and depth. Depending on the ages of your children, you could choose pictures books such as The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey or short stories from collections such as the … Read more »

4 Tips to Simplify Christmas Gift Giving

4 Tips to Simplify Christmas Gift Giving

4 Tips to Simplify Christmas Gift Giving

There are seasons in everyone’s life when gift giving is made more challenging by a lack of time. Whether there is a new baby in the house, illness, travel or an overload at work, the task of shopping at a variety of stores over several days or even weeks is daunting. If you are having one of those years and need to simplify Christmas gift giving, here are some gift giving ideas design to streamline the process while still providing enjoyable gifts for everyone on your list.

Online and Gift Cards

Truly the easiest thing in the world is simply to shop … Read more »