100 episodes

The Raising Lifelong Learners podcast helps parents -- especially homeschooling parents -- encourage their differently-wired kids to learn, explore passions, cultivate creativity, and become fascinated by the world around them. Join host Colleen Kessler -- educational consultant, gifted specialist, author, and speaker -- for interviews, audioblogs, tips, and encouragement to help your differently-wired kiddos become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they want to know if they can just view their world with play, passion, and fascination.

Raising Lifelong Learners Colleen Kessler

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 132 Ratings

The Raising Lifelong Learners podcast helps parents -- especially homeschooling parents -- encourage their differently-wired kids to learn, explore passions, cultivate creativity, and become fascinated by the world around them. Join host Colleen Kessler -- educational consultant, gifted specialist, author, and speaker -- for interviews, audioblogs, tips, and encouragement to help your differently-wired kiddos become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they want to know if they can just view their world with play, passion, and fascination.

    RLL #118: Accepting Our Quirky Kids As They Are (not how we want them to be)

    RLL #118: Accepting Our Quirky Kids As They Are (not how we want them to be)

    Parenting gifted and twice exceptional children can bring an entire host of fears and guilt, when our children are struggling or not typically developing. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, I am thrilled to welcome Denaye Barahona, Ph.D. We discuss our shared experience as moms coupled, with our expertise in supporting neurodiverse children. We consider the importance and gift of authentically accepting our kids as they truly are.

    • 48 min
    Encouraging Empathy In Our Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids

    Encouraging Empathy In Our Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids

    Empathy is a word we emphasize a lot when it comes to our children's social and emotional development, but what does it really mean? Even more so, how can we encourage empathy in our gifted and twice exceptional children? In today's episode, Colleen and Shawna tackle the topic of empathy, 

    • 30 min
    RLL #116: A Conversation With Dr. Meg Meeker About The Unique Needs Of Our Children

    RLL #116: A Conversation With Dr. Meg Meeker About The Unique Needs Of Our Children

    This encouraging and informative conversation with Dr. Meg Meeker, is all about her expert perspective on meeting our children's individualized needs. She is bit of a hero of mine, so I am thrilled to share this episode. 

    • 47 min
    RLL#115: Does my gifted child really need a label?

    RLL#115: Does my gifted child really need a label?

    At some point most parents of gifted kids will ask, “Does my gifted child really need a label?” In this audioblog episode, Collen tackles this question and looks at the pros and cons of giving your gifted child the "label."

    • 23 min
    RLL#114: Supporting The Social and Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Twice-Exceptional Kids

    RLL#114: Supporting The Social and Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Twice-Exceptional Kids

    How do we best support the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and twice-exceptional kids? In today's episode, Emily Kircher-Morris of The Neurodiversity Podcast joins Colleen to discuss the specific, intense needs of our neurodiverse children and how we can best help. 

    • 59 min
    RLL#113: The Powerful Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

    RLL#113: The Powerful Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

    Homeschooling a gifted/2E child is often far more about helping our children develop confidence as learners than it is teaching any one subject. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, we talk about the relationship between confidence and learning, as well as some of the ways we can intentionally help our children in this area. 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Lindsay photog ,

The best!

I listen to a lot of podcasts about autism, homeschooling, and Christian motherhood and this is one of my favorite by far! I love Colleen’s insight and joyful personality and the guests she brings on the podcast are high quality. Ever episode is great! I’m preparing to homeschool my 2e son this fall for the first time, and I feel much more confident having listened to RLL.

Dpippen ,

🙏🙏🙏

Colleen was the first person to open my ideas to the idea of twice exceptional kid. Having resources to address these needs is so valuable! Thank you for creating space to process these complex issues in education!

ColoradoEmily ,

So thankful!

I feel like I have found my people in Raising Lifelong learners and Colleen. I am so thankful for the work she does. I am parenting and homeschooling a twice exceptional autistic/ADHD boy and his NT sister. I left a 15 year career in education and a system that wasn’t working for my son. I feel like I have a lot to learn about homeschooling!

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