episode-eighty one: All things gifted with Lisa Van Gemert

Jon and Heather welcome Lisa Van Gemert to the Fringy Bit!  Lisa (aka the gifted guru!) is an educator, author, speaker, and mom of gifted kids, not to mention a bit gifted herself.  Together we talk about (you guessed it) all things gifted.  This episode is packed full of resources, insight, humor, and good stories.  Enjoy!

mentioned in this episode:
the gifted guru
Perfectionism by Lisa Van Gemert
Back to normal
Frixion pen
Iowa acceleration scale
growth mindset
the slight edge

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

episode eighty- june and may suck

You read the title... June and May suck. In this episode, Jon and Heather talk about/rant about the summer, awards, and schools along with all around difficulties of this time of year. Also an updated account of KBear's sleepover.

mentioned in this episode.
     Paris spider-man
     SEA homeschoolers 2018 confrence     
     The Expanse
     parents of twice exceptional children Facebook group
     Julie bogart



episode seventy-eight: 2e Emotions

Ahh . . . emotions.  They are complex and wonderful things.  Gifted emotions are intensely complex and wonderful.  2e emotions are confusingly intensely complex and wonderful and not-so-wonderul!  Join Heather and Jon as they talk about emotions and our differently wired kiddos and maybe pick up a strategy or 2 to help you and your fringy kid identify and regulate in the magical world of emotions.

Mentioned in this episode:
     SENG conference  July 20-22, 2018

episode seventy-seven: Existential Depression

Gifted people tend to ask the big questions:  What is the purpose of life?  What happens after death?  What is the point of it all?  The big questions that don't have easy answers, or maybe don't even have answers at all.  These questions, the recognition that the world isn't always as kind or put together or just as it could be, can create some existential depression.  Heather and Jon explain more about existential depression and ways to help you and your kids through it.

Mentioned in this episode:
     the Habitat podcast

episode seventy-four: depression 101 - how to help your kids

Join Heather & Jon as they talk about ways to identify depression in your kiddo, and first steps toward helping them improve their mood.  This is the first in a 3 part series all about depression - but not worry, while it sounds like it'll be a depressing few weeks, The Fringy Bit wouldn't be The Fringy Bit without the humor, so even in the midst of the gloom we'll bring the light side!

Mentioned in this episode:
Elite Dangerous

episode seventy-three: what's it like to live with dyspraxia?

Join Heather & KBEAR (!) as we talk all things dyspraxia.  KBear shares her experiences living with dyspraxia and we consider ways you might recognize if your child has this type of different wiring.  As an added bonus, hear how we normalize talking about different wiring and maintain positive feelings of self-worth in the midst of the challenges of being different.

As a side note - apologies for the occasional sound distortion.  As we share, people with dyspraxia tend to have fluctuating vocal volumes, which made it a bit challenging to get the mix just right for our dear KBear.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Let Me Talk app

episode seventy-two: Impulsive Blurts of Rightness

Does your gifted kid have a tendency to correct every. little. thing.?  Ahem . . . Or maybe you do?  Join Heather and Jon as they discuss that incessant need to be right or perfect or to just not be able to let things go.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom's books:  What Do You Do With a Problem?  With an Idea?  With           a Chance?
     Deb Douglas' book:  The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners

episode seventy - dysgraphia

Join Heather and Cub (!) as we talk about dysgraphia . . . what is it?  How do you know if your child (or you) may have it?  What do you do about it?  Jon was busy working, so Heather had the pleasure of recording with Cub, who happens to have a touch of the ol' dysgraphia himself.  So in this episode, you get to hear the experience of dysgraphia from a parent's perspective and from one of our fringy kiddos!

Mentioned in this episode:

episode sixty-seven: Fringy Grandparenting & a Smackerel of Finances

Welcome Grandad (!!) to the Fringy Bit talky bit!  Heather & Jon chat with Roger Boorman, so yes, you get 2 handsome English accents for the price of one, about what it's like to be the grandparent of these fringy kiddos of ours.  Just in time for holiday family gatherings, join us as we consider strategies to nurture relationships and understanding with our extended families.  As an added bonus, we managed to take advantage of Grandad's decades of experience as a financial planner to get a little general financial advice, too!  Enjoy!

episode sixty-four: unfair advantage? or accommodation?

In this episode, Heather and Jon talk about hidden disabilities and the mindset shift needed to view and advocate for accommodations for our fringy kids appropriately.

Gifted, 2e, ADHD, Autism, SPD, Executive Functioning Issues, Other Neurodiversities

Mentioned in this episode:
Children Come First Conference
Wisconsin Association of Talented & Gifted
The Wilderness
Dr. Ross Greene

episode sixty-three: embracing intensity

Heather & Jon welcome Aurora Remember to the podcast this week!  Together we chat about managing our intense personalities as adults, differences between intense men and intense women, and enjoy a few laughs along the way.  A quick note - we recorded this interview pre-concussion and apologize that we weren't able to air it before the fall challenge mentioned in the podcast.  Be sure to check out her site for other great resources!

Mentioned in this episode:
Aurora Remember
Self Reg
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Talk Like Ted
The Explosive Child
How to Be an Adult


Keeping our cool is freezing our aliveness
— David Richo