July 07, 2015

Traveling with exceptional children

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By Kathy Kuhl The young businesswoman walked by me at San Diego airport last month. She paused, turned, looked at the baby in my arms, beamed, and said, “She’s absolutely perfect.” I thanked her, but felt compelled to add, “She cried all the way from New York.” “She’s beautiful,” the woman said, smiled again, and […]

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May 26, 2015

Strangers: how should your child respond?

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By Kathy Kuhl A scary video on Facebook launched a good conversation, for once. It showed an experiment repeated with several children. A stranger with puppy approached a child at a playground, chatted, let the child pet the puppy, and invited the child “to come see the other puppies.” In each case, the parents had […]

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May 12, 2015

Your child’s mental health

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by Kathy Kuhl Sometimes when children struggle with learning challenges, they also struggle with their mental health. I’ve talked with hundreds of homeschooling parents and a few have told me that their children suffer from depression, anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder. Don’t assume… Don’t assume that if your child needs professional help, that means you […]

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April 28, 2015

My Dyslexia: Review of Philip Schultz’s memoir

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By Kathy Kuhl Book Review: Philip Schultz’s My Dyslexia In 2008, at age 63, after a long career writing, Philip Schultz won a Pulitzer prize for Failure, a volume of poetry. Four years before, when one of his sons was diagnosed with dyslexia, Philip realized he was dyslexic, too. After a lifetime of struggles with […]

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February 17, 2015

Too busy, Mom & Dad?

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“What can I get done while I’m resting?” I wondered. “Unclear on the concept,” my husband commented. Sometimes, parents get too busy. Then the world becomes more frustrating. At least it seems so, because we get tired and grumpy, like a toddler who needs a nap. We find our stomachs are in knots, we have […]

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February 03, 2015

Harnessing a passion for cartoons: a review of Life, Animated

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Review of Ron Suskind’s Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism Audiobook read by Ron and Owen Suskind Review by Kathy Kuhl Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism is a revealing portrait worth the time of anyone interested in family and communication. In the first chapter, “Growing Backward,” author Ron […]

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November 18, 2014

Thankful for your kids? Do they know?

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by Kathy Kuhl Are you thankful for your children? Do they know it? Some kids have no clue what their parents like about them. Some parents would be horrified to know this. We keep our eyes on our long term goals for our kids. So sometimes when our children fail, we speak up at such […]

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October 15, 2014

Why change the menu for struggling learners

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By Kathy Kuhl When little Timothy* (name changed) gave me a big smile, I was surprised. When he hugged me, I was floored. Though I’d known him since his birth almost four years before, been to his home often, and regularly been hugged by his parents and sister as they greeted me, Timothy rarely even […]

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October 08, 2014

Secrets of Social Success

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(Part 3 on finding the right extra-curricular activities) By Kathy Kuhl Last time, I wrote about helping your child with learning challenges get ready for their new group (a club, scouts, choir, or the like.) But for some kids, getting the work done and getting the gear together is the easy part. It’s the social […]

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December 06, 2013

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: Review of John Gottman’s book

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Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D., with Joan DeClaire. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. 220 pages. Review by Kathy Kuhl How do your children deal with feelings—their own and other people’s? Not being able to deal with emotion wisely can cripple your children’s future. John Gottman, offers […]

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