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Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.

Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.
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Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.

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Episodes

RLL #52: Overcoming Perfectionism and Finding Joy in Homeschooling

10/2/2019
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How do YOU fight back against perfectionism and recapture the joy of the homeschool you dreamed about? In this episode, Colleen tackles a listener question related to this topic and offers some practical tips for keeping the joy and fun alive.

Duration:01:04:55

RLL #51: [Audioblog] Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety

9/11/2019
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I’m willing to bet that every person reading this has experienced anxiety, depression, or stress at one point or another in their life. And I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. For as many as one in eight children, though, anxiety is a daily struggle. Today's episode is an audioblog -- a popular post about an important topic brought to you in audio format so that you can listen on the go. Pop over to the post itself to leave comments or questions. >> Helping Your...

Duration:00:30:41

RLL #50: Homeschooling a PG Kiddo from a Teacher's Perspective with Mariel Howsepian

9/4/2019
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Think all teachers are against homeschooling? That's actually pretty far from the truth -- I've met many current and former teachers who have chosen to homeschool their kiddos just like today's guest. Mariel Howsepian and her husband Pete are lifelong learners living in Southern California where they homeschool their profoundly gifted daughter. Pete's held many different jobs throughout the years, but now he adventures with their daughter during the day while Mariel works as a public school...

Duration:03:06:09

RLL #49: Reflections on Anxiety

8/22/2019
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Over the years, Colleen has talked extensively about her youngest daughter's struggle with anxiety, and so has her daughter. Today, Sara writes in with a great question, prompting Colleen to reflect on the earlier years in their anxiety journey. Listen to find out what she'd change, if anything. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, send an email, or leave a voice mail message below. Your question might be the next one featured on the show. Show notes for...

Duration:01:48:13

RLL #48: [Audioblog] What is an Intense Child?

5/29/2019
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If you have an intense child, you probably know it. Call them spirited, emotionally intense, difficult, high needs, or challenging…it doesn’t matter. You know them and you’re tired. And defeated. And sure you're doing everything all wrong because those parenting books other parents swear by just don’t work for you. The intense child is more – more emotional, more energetic, more sensitive, more empathetic, more focused, more distracted, more, more, more – than other children. Read or...

Duration:00:34:21

RLL #47: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie C Martin

5/8/2019
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Are you an introvert? Guess what?! You're not alone! Today's guest, Jamie Martin, is the brilliant mama behind the website Simple Homeschool and has just released a new book called The Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy and we're talking all about the beauty to be found in introversion, how and when to step out of one's comfort zone, and the freedom that homeschooling brings to introverts. You'll love this episode -- I hope it brings you encouragement.

Duration:00:49:30

RLL #46: Homeschooling Quirky Kids with Cynthia Heren

5/1/2019
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Cynthia Heren joins Colleen today to talk about what it's like in the trenches homeschooling differently-wired kiddos. She gives us a peek into her schedule, the rabbit holes her family dives down, and how they incorporate online learning and Minecraft (yes, Minecraft) into their days.

Duration:01:05:18

RLL #45: Homeschooling Special Needs Kiddos with Faith Berens

4/17/2019
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Are you homeschooling a kiddo with special needs? You're not alone. It can be a challenging adventure, for sure, but today's guest, Faith Berens, has some wonderful insight and tips for parents who are homeschooling their special needs kids.

Duration:01:04:23

RLL #44: Rooted Childhood with Meghann Dibrell

4/10/2019
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If you scroll through your Instagram feed and wish for slower, more meaningful days, or dream of better connections with your kids like those gorgeous images, this is the episode for you. Meghann Dibrell talks to us about cultivating a rooted childhood for your kids, and her work to help you make that happen. As usual, the conversation on the show takes detours down a few rabbit trails, and Meghann and Colleen end up talking a bit about her daughter's anxiety and the ways hidden...

Duration:01:00:48

RLL #43: Getting Your Kids Outside with Justin Wren

2/19/2019
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Sometimes it seems difficult to get our kids outside when all they want to do is lounge around inside the house. But, studies show that time outside increases creativity and cognitive functions, so it's important to get kids outside as much as we can. Today Colleen talks with Justin Wren, one of the founders of Think Outside Boxes, a subscription box that gets kids outside and engaging in nature in cool ways.

Duration:02:17:12

RLL #42: What It's Like to be Homeschooled with Best Friends Molly and Ella

2/12/2019
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Ever wonder what your homeschooling kiddos really think about this life? Today, Colleen talks to her daughter Molly and best friend Ella all about what it's like for these 10 and 11 year olds to homeschool, what kinds of things they're involved in, and what their thoughts are about how other people view homeschoolers and what they're missing out on by not being in a school. This was a fun one -- it's alway a blast to hear what kids are thinking, and these two girls are an absolute...

Duration:02:01:55

RLL #41: Homeschooling "Fringy Kids" with Heather Boorman

2/5/2019
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Raising kids "on the fringes," or gifted, 2e, etc can be isolating and confusing. Therapist and author Heather Boorman joins Colleen on today's episode to talk about how helping kids see their differences can help them be the amazing people they're meant to be. Her 13yo son joins the conversation too, giving some great advice to help teens who feel isolated find friends with similar interests.

Duration:03:52:43

RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler

1/29/2019
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There are so many homeschooling moms that start to worry as their kids get into middle school and high school that what they've done up until this point isn't enough. Or that they're missing big pieces of learning, content, or skills that they should have been teaching all along. Today, Colleen talks with her sixteen year old son, Trevor, about some of his experiences so far, and gets his insights about homeschooling, self directed education, hope, and more. You're not going to want to miss...

Duration:02:49:33

RLL #39: Trusting Your Childs Lead with Sara Hall

1/22/2019
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It can be scary to homeschool an outside-the-box learner. Differently-wired kids beat to the tune of their own drummers, and that can be problematic when we go into it with a set expectation for how things will be. It is hard to trust our kids AND ourselves with this totally alternate path to education... In today's conversation, Colleen and Sara Hall chat about just that. How it's not our job to fit our kids into a box. It's our job to help them see how amazing their out-of-the box...

Duration:02:33:11

RLL #38: Happy New Year -- News and Updates!

1/15/2019
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It's a new year and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to tackle it head on and enjoy my kiddos and our new puppy, all while making this podcast and site the place where you can find all you need to help you parent and homeschool those differently wired kiddos amazingly. In today's episode, we'll talk about some new formatting, new features, and you'll get a preview of things to come. I can't wait to share it all with you and to hear your feedback!

Duration:01:40:44

RLL #37: Finishing Strong with Connie Albers

12/11/2018
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Ever worry that you're not going to be able to do this homeschool thing all the way through high school? Me too. Colleen is talking today with Connie Albers -- homeschool mom of five adult children. All of those kiddos have homeschooled, gone through college at a major university, and are now doing great things. You're not going to want to miss this inspirational chat. It will encourage you as you look towards the long term in this homeschooling gig.

Duration:01:02:24

RLL #35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn't Do

12/4/2018
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People ask often how I do it all. I try to tell them that I simply don't -- that there are balls I drop regularly, but I'm not sure they completely believe me. In today's episode, I tell you all the things I don't do. The home and homeschool balls that get dropped. Above all, friends, remember that you're not alone and that you are doing an amazing job.

Duration:01:48:32

RLL #34: Cultivating Critical Thinkers with Ginny Kochis

11/20/2018
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We really want to encourage critical and creative thinking in our kids -- especially with so many things going on in the world that require us to think clearly and make informed decisions. Ginny Kochis has some great tips for developing these skills without adding something new to our already full homeschool parenting plates. Check it out, and let me know how YOU teach critical thinking in your home and homeschool. You can leave a comment below or send a voice message. I'll share more tips...

Duration:02:25:56

RLL #33: The Holidays and Your Differently-Wired Child

11/13/2018
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The holidays are coming and I know -- if you're like me -- that you're gearing up and trying to figure out how to make it happy, fun, and successful for all your kids, you, and the rest of your extended family. In this chat, I'll share some of my thoughts about navigating the holidays with your differently-wired kiddos, and simple tricks you can do to make it great (or at least bearable) for all.

Duration:00:28:04

RLL #32: Raising Bilingual Kids with Anne Guarnera

10/30/2018
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Raising globally minded kids in today's world is important as the world grows closer and more connected. Today Colleen talks with Anne Guarnera about bringing language and cultural learning into the home and homeschool effortlessly, and what it's like living the adventure of a bilingual family.

Duration:02:23:07