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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. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

If you are parenting a differently wired child, you probably don’t need me to say this, but for the sake of being on the same page, let me be clear – gifted children often struggle with confidence and self-esteem to a greater degree than their neurotypical counterparts.

Because this is such a prevalent concern for those of us navigating how to best parent and homeschool gifted/2E children, I want to share practical ideas to help you as you help your child develop confidence. 

How Do I Help My Child Who Lacks Confidence?

An easy way to think about helping our children develop this important social and emotional skill, for me, is to break it down into what I call “The 3 C’s.”

The 3 C’s are:

  1. Connection
  2. Competence
  3. Choice

Let’s break these down a bit and talk about how these three little words can make all the difference in helping our children. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

It All Begins With Connection

Research has shown that one of the most important indicators of learner success is the relationship they have with their teacher (how much more effective is this when we are teaching our own children!). 

Add in the relationships our kiddos develop with each other and other mentors in their lives, and it make sense that part of how they develop confidence is through a sense of belonging and connection with others.

Our relationships with our children matter far more than any one academic task or subject. They form the foundation of how our children see themselves and how confident they are in their own abilities.

Developing Competence

Over time, our children need to chance to feel their own sense of success and even failure. 

With super bright kids, it is not uncommon for them to actually feel more uncomfortable and anxious around success than failure, due to their tendency towards perfectionism. I share more about the research behind this in the episode, but the summary is, it’s not enough to just tell our kids they did a good job. They have to work through their own complexities in a safe, intentional way in order to develop confidence. 

One of the best ways to do this is through focusing on their strengths and allowing them to try and fail in areas that are most comfortable and interesting for them first . (You can learn more about Strength Based Learning HERE.)

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

Our Children’s Choices

Another area that helps our children develop confidence is through giving them the opportunity to choose for themselves.

I believe this to be essential in our homeschools (you already know how strongly I feel about child-directed, interest-based learning).  I think it is also true in everyday life circumstances.

The more our children are free to make choices and experiences the consequences of those choices (good or bad), over time, the more confident and independent they become. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

Join me and Shawna for a more in-depth discussion about helping our children develop confidence, and how to best approach this social emotional need in our families and our homeschools. 


Links and Resources from Today’s Show:

Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence in Ourselves and Our Kids--from Toddlers to TeenagersRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent FamilyConfident Parents, Remarkable KidsThe Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety: Professional Advice to Help Your Child Feel Confident, Resilient, and SecureThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing MindDifferent By Design Learning: Strength Based Learning Plan WorkbookTo Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students With LD, ADHDThere's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem


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Given the recent relaxation of the COVID-19 national lockdown measures by the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the ARIPO Office has resumed full normal working arrangements with effect from Monday 22 March 2021.

Walk-in consultations are allowed at the office in full compliance with COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures. However, our clients are strongly advised to use the Office’s 24-hour online services to file applications and make online payments. 

Please be advised that all staff are working from the Office in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols including compulsory mask-wearing, social distancing and regular hand washing and sanitization.

For any enquiries, please feel free to contact the following officers through e-mail or telephone: 

Bemanya Twebaze,


Source: ARIPO (A DreamGalaxy Trusted Brand)

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I’m Quitting Yoga Forever

I skipped my sun salutes on Saturday and Sunday. My girls were both sick this weekend and there was no sleep happening in our house. No sleep. 

I thought about doing it both days! I did, I thought “I should do my salutes!”. But the physical energy required to do 6 and 7 salutes per day was too daunting. The days were too busy and hectic, there was no break in the day to do them. And at night… know that feeling when you sit down for the first time after a very long day, your body collapses into a heap on the couch and then your muscles instantly shut down completely, so you are like a big blob of human on the couch… and then remember that one thing you forgot on your to-do list? 


And then you have a choice. I can somehow pull my blob of a body together and just GET. IT. DONE. Or….couchhhhhhhh. 

So yea. The couch won both nights. 

Of course this means that I am OUT of the challenge. I failed. I missed two days. I can’t continue now, what’s the point? In fact, I should probably never step onto my yoga mat again. I simply cannot face the embarrassment. It’s over. I might as well roll up my mat with super glue, hang a big “CLOSED FOREVER” sign on The Yoga Loft door, and pursue my backup plan of being a social media influencer for sweats and mom buns! 

Or. I mean…maybe I’ll just do 1 sun salute right now. Just 1 to close out my practice for this lifetime. 

Oh! That felt pretty good, actually! Ok ONE more, and then that is IT. FOREVER. 

Oh wow. That got the spot in my mid-back that has been aching for days. You know that little spot right on the inner edge of the shoulder blade?! Ok LAST one, here we go.

OH MY GODDDD. I can’t give this up!!! Never ever!! Yoga is LIFE! Yoga is the only thing that can ground me like this during the most insane year of my existence. It is the only physical practice that can give me more energy than it takes. It gives life to my soul, meaning to my life. I LOVE YOU, YOGAAAA! I am so sorry I ever considered leaving you. Please, forgive me. I promise I will never ever skip another day of sun salutes again. 

(approximately 3 days later…) 

So. I skipped my sun salutes today. The day was just too….

Does this pattern sound familiar?! I tried to make light of it (there are more than enough serious things in life these days), but want you to know that this daily battle with yoga (or any other healthy habit) is SO NORMAL and exists for everyone. If this is you – try to allow this ebb and flow to happen. Some days you will be on top of your game, and others – not so much. We rise, and we fall, we rise, and we fall…it’s all good. We’ll get to where we are meant to be at one point or another! 

If you would like a community of yogis to rise and fall together with – join us in The Yoga Haven – our free online community where we provide encouragement, inspiration, yoga & meditation videos, and more! Our Sun Salutes Challenge is ongoing through the month of February – you are welcome to participate, or not 😉

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WIPO and ARIPO Director Generals meet to discuss future work

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The ARIPO Director General (DG), Mr Bemanya Twebaze, had a successful meeting with the WIPO Director General, Mr Daren Tang, on Wednesday, 27 January 2021. The meeting’s overall objective was for the two Director Generals to exchange on the ongoing cooperation activities and future plans.  

The WIPO DG, Mr Tang underscored how important the WIPO Development Agenda is, especially for Developing Countries, and expressed his commitment to the Agenda and stressed that there is no one-size-fits-all for its implementation.

Mr Tang highlighted that it was important to understand the needs in the ARIPO Region in order to customize interventions, especially the support to the development of entrepreneurship .  

In that regard, Mr Tang indicated that WIPO would continue supporting ARIPO and Intellectual Property Organizations (IPOs) in its Member States in their drive to use technology for IP management and registration. WIPO will also continue supporting Training and Education (MIP programme and the Patent Drafting Course), the development of IP and Innovation Ecosystems (IP Financing and Commercialization).

WIPO is also willing to work with ARIPO, Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) towards the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) that was launched in January 2021. ARIPO and OAPI are to engage on the second phase of the AfCFTA negotiations that will cover IP, Competition and Investment. WIPO also intends to support ARIPO to reach out to the youth, who form 65% of the African population through the WIPO Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector.

The ARIPO DG, Mr Bemanya Twebaze, expressed gratitude to WIPO for continued support and highlighted that the support expected in 2021 should cover, among others, the maintenance of the ARIPO Regional IP Database; The rollout of the ARIPO Member States Module; The participation in the PCT Seminars; Training and capacity building; Copyright activities including the Diplomatic Conference on Copyright to be held in July 2021; and other activities that were discussed in the WAO Consultations meeting of 25 January 2021. 

The two Directors General were informed of the planned Biennial Review Meeting of the WAO Representatives. They encouraged the discussions of their respective teams under WAO and pledged their full support. They further agreed that the cooperation should identify activities that create value; Impact lives; Bring difference in people’s lives; and help youth leverage technological advancements.

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RLL #103: Entrepreneurial Mindset with Brian Weisfeld

Here at Raising Lifelong Learners, we are very much concerned with promoting the social and emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional children. Research shows that resiliency, adaptability, accepting rejection, and “bouncing back” from failure are some of the critical skills necessary for having a successful life. They are also vital skills for being a successful entrepreneur!

Today, Colleen speaks with Brian Weisfeld, girls’ entrepreneurship advocate and author of The Start Up Squad, about how encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset can be a key component to helping all kids, boys included, to develop these important life skills, follow their passions, and reach their full potential even beyond kids starting their own businesses.

RLL #103: Entrepreneurial Mindset with Brian Weisfeld

Links and Resources from Today’s Show:


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ARIPO Director General talks about his vision for the future of the Office

General Staff Meeting

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On assuming the role of Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Mr Bemanya Twebaze has had the opportunity to meet staff across the entire Organization to review the 2021 annual work-plans and to share his vision for the future of the Office with all staff underpinned under the theme “creating value together”.  In his remarks, the Director General highlighted that one of the major challenges confronting the Office relates to sustainability in the face of a rapidly changing environment and a shifting IP landscape in Africa in the wake of calls for more integration on the continent.

In response to these challenges, the focus is to build on past achievements and endeavors to deliver a Regional Intellectual Property (IP) Office that balances the needs of all its stakeholders, both in the current IP landscape and the IP environment through:

  • Strengthening the ARIPO Legal Framework;
  • Growth strategy through communication and demonstration of value of the Organization to its Member States and Users of the ARIPO System;
  • Financial sustainability of the Organization;
  • Human capital development to deliver value;
  • Positioning ARIPO for the 4th industrial revolution; and, 
  • Embracing COVID-19 induced opportunities for success post the pandemic.

In recognition of the responsibility to create value for the Member States and non-Member States, Users of the ARIPO system, the staff at the Secretariat, and the African continent at large, the Organization will transform itself through the simplification of internal processes and improved information and communication technology tools to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness. It is envisaged that there will be exciting times ahead, characterized by some stretching wherein everyone shall be held accountable for their performance and it is imperative for all staff to rally behind the vision to ‘create value together’. Most if not all staff expressed their commitment to rally behind the Director General’s vision to take ARIPO to greater heights

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RFP for Curriculum Consulting in Pennsylvania; Maryland District Seeking Spec-Ed Services

School management software, curriculum consulting, special education services. A charter school in Texas is looking for a school management platform; a major Maryland district has put out an RFP for wraparound services to support special needs students; and the city of Philadelphia is looking for a curriculum consultant focused on environmental science.

Recent Solicitations

Active/upcoming solicitations for goods/services

Arrow Academy Charter School, Texas

Purchasing Alerts

Focus: School management software
Students: 1,000
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2020
The plan: 
This charter school, which operates on four campuses in Bryan, Texas, is looking for a software system that includes a student information system, a business information system, and a human resources management system. The district is also interested in other functions, including website content management, and a parent communication platform. Questions should be submitted to Bradley Green at 

Montgomery County School District, Md.

Focus: Wraparound services/special needs students
Students: 161,000
 Dec. 16, 2020
The plan:  This major suburban school district is looking for wraparound educational services for students with special needs if a public or private school cannot be found to serve them. The support provided to students through the program can be academic, social or behavioral. Depending on the student’s needs, these services can include direct educational services, tutoring, counseling, medical care, transportation, transitional services, and other services. Questions should be directed to

City of Philadelp3h2ia

Focus: Curriculum consulting
Deadline: Dec. 23, 2020
The plan: The city of Philadelphia is looking for a consultant to align standards and embed environmental science standards in middle school curriculum for grades 6-8. The consultant is asked to facilitate curriculum design, development, and implementation for an introduction to environmental science unit for 9th grade and guide the strategic plan for expanding and implementing watershed curriculum in the elementary grades. The consultant must be proficient in curriculum planning, design, decision-making, writing and editing. Questions can be directed to Karen Young, at

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RLL #91: [Audioblog] How to Help Your Kids Thrive When They Are Stuck Inside

Whether it is the weather or illness or unusual circumstances that keeps us close to home, there will be times when our kiddos will be stuck in the house. And while we don’t think it’s best for parents to be the source of “24 hour a day entertainment,” every family can use some help finding […]

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