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16 Apr A 16 Year Old’s Guide to Colleges

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. Be sure to check out the first part of Lisa’s college road trip journey! We were 5 minutes into the student-led tour and I knew the school wasn’t the right place...

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16 Apr A 16 Year Old’s Guide to Colleges

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. Be sure to check out the first part of Lisa’s college road trip journey! We were 5 minutes into the student-led tour and I knew the school wasn’t the right place...

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08 Apr The College Road Trip

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. It’s the only fun part of the college application process: the college trip. It’s the chance for your child to dream before the harsh realities of test scores, class rank...

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11 Feb Brains or Beauty? Raising a Gifted Girl

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_898" align="alignright" width="300"] From the New York Times piece “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?”[/caption] I gave my 13-year-old daughter makeup for Christmas. I slipped powder, a makeup...

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11 Feb Brains or Beauty? Raising a Gifted Girl

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_898" align="alignright" width="300"] From the New York Times piece “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?”[/caption] I gave my 13-year-old daughter makeup for Christmas. I slipped powder, a makeup...

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11 Feb Brains or Beauty? Raising a Gifted Girl

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_898" align="alignright" width="300"] From the New York Times piece “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?”[/caption] I gave my 13-year-old daughter makeup for Christmas. I slipped powder, a makeup...

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14 Jan Saying Goodbye to the Wise Role Model

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_872" align="alignright" width="284"] Image from kidsedustuff.blogspot.com[/caption] I have a new year’s resolution. This year I am going to give up on being the parent I want to be. I am...

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29 Oct Helpful or Over-Involved?

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. My middle son is a junior in high school. It’s time for him to start thinking about college. To help the process along, his school invited a speaker from Colleges...

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24 Sep Doing Homework the Wrong Way

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. There is a right way to approach your school work and a wrong way. The right way is to plan ahead, break the project down into manageable pieces, allow enough...

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20 Aug That’s Just Not Fair

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. “That’s not fair.” It’s my daughter’s motto. It is usually followed by a list of reasons why my request (to walk the dog or clean her room) is unfair and...

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23 Jul Motivating Without Grades

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. My oldest son didn’t get his first letter grade until he was a senior in high school. His elementary and middle schools did not give grades. In high school, the...

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30 Apr I Won’t Try to Fix You

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. Four years ago, I sat in the library of my children’s school and said a small prayer. “Please don’t let that happen to us,” I thought. I was listening to a psychiatrist...

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26 Mar Parental Expectations

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. When my sons were in elementary school, I argued with the teachers every year to get them the instruction that they needed. When they reached middle school, I found the...

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what does gifted mean

12 Feb What Does “Gifted” Mean Anyway?

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. In high school, I was identified as a gifted and talented student by the Research and Guidance Laboratory for Superior Students at the University of Wisconsin. I know this because...

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15 Jan The Perfect Test

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. At my son’s kindergarten parent/teacher conference, his teacher played a game with my husband and me. She put 3 marbles on the table and asked us to close our eyes....

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gifted anxiety

13 Nov High Anxiety in My Gifted Child

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. Which of the following is a symptom of anxiety in a gifted child? a. An eye twitch b. Pacing in circles c. Fighting with her mother The answer? All of the above. The eye twitch and...

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29 Aug Fostering Resilience in Gifted Children

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. “Raising Successful Children”—who could resist that title? I immediately began to asses my parenting skills after I saw Madeline Levine’s opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times. According to...

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31 Jul Hunting for Gifts

By Lisa Hartwig Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco. Some gifted children are easier to identify than others. My middle child is a mathematically talented student. It’s hard to overlook a kindergartner who is multiplying and dividing double digit...

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