I think that every parent will find today’s episode enlightening and helpful! But, if you have a son who you would describe as ‘outside the box’ — whether he has learning challenges or falls in the gifted range — this is especially for you! Colleen Kessler comes from both a professional background (an EdM in gifted studies, and much more-) and personal experience — raising four children who are “differently wired.” Colleen is an award-winning educator, educational coach and consultant, international speaker, and passionate advocate for the needs of differently wired kids. I learned so much from Colleen and I think you will, too!
Our chat is drawing from Colleen’s most recent book, Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom’s Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Family. (find link in Notes, below) You’ll want to also check out Colleen’s website where she has so much to offer!
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MORE ABOUT COLLEEN:
Colleen Kessler believes that you are the absolute best teacher there is for your gifted, twice-exceptional, or otherwise differently-wired kiddo. The author of more than a dozen books for parents, teachers, and children, award-winning educator, educational coach and consultant, and passionate advocate for the needs of differently-wired kids, Colleen has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular podcast and website Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as The Learner’s Lab, a membership community of support, social and emotional education, and creative thinking lessons for differently-wired kids and their parents.
Colleen’s brand-new book, Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom’s Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Family is available now wherever books are sold! Other recent titles include 100 Backyard Activities That are the Coolest, Dirtiest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever!, Raising Creative Kids: A Collection of Creativity Prompts for Children, and The Anxiety Toolkit: 96 Ways to Help Your Child Calm Their Worries.
Colleen lives in Northeast Ohio with her reading specialist husband, four delightfully differently-wired kiddos, pug, bearded dragon, red-eared sliders, and an ever-changing assortment of other small animals and insects. You can find her online at RaisingLifelongLearners.com.
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My book, BOY MOM, was released in August of 2019 (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers) and is full of practical advice and helpful resources for raising boys. It’s great for personal reading, or to use as a study for small groups!
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