Book Review: Counterfeit Kids by Rod Baird

“Our children are initiated into the college cult, introduced to the “make or break” importance of getting into a good college, almost from the time they are born, so that by the time they enter high school they are rigid faithful followers, but by the time they are upperclassmen they know the game, one way … Read more

Goodbye 2012 , Hello 2013! Here’s to an Uplifting and Uncomfortable New Year!

I have a heart full of gratitude for those who have helped make 2012 such a wonderful year. Thank you. I have a son who is always reminding me to get out of my comfort zone and keep growing. I have friends and family, near and far,  who support me when I take baby steps to … Read more

Words from Frances Zomer, aka Thiel Fellow Chris Olah’s Mom

Interview with Frances Zomer, aka Thiel Fellow Chris Olah's mom

Who knew…

  • That your baby could speak in complete sentences before 18 months?
  • That you could have a baby that preferred household appliances to toys?
  • That at four your toddler would ask questions, as most four year olds do, but supply his/her own detailed answers, such as, “Where does that sod grass come from?” The “mommy answer” is, “From a farm sweetie.” Apparently this wasn’t good enough and 4 year old Chris constructed his own theory, “For you to understand, picture your cookie sheets, only deeper and longer. They are in a greenhouse. They put soil in the trays and then grow the grass and roll them up.”

What’s a parent to do?

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Introducing Interviews with Parents of Thiel Fellows

Introducing interviews with parents of Thiel Fellows at

Since Dale received the Thiel Fellowship,  as a parent of a Thiel Fellow, I’ve gotten questions about our parenting journey such as:  How did we help him get involved? How did we make him self-motivated? What do you do with self-motivated kids? How do you help a kid that is smart beyond you and gifted? … Read more

Y is for Yell Yes!

Part of the ABC’s of Learning Beyond School Series. Brought to You  by the Letter Y. Yell Yes? Yes! When invitations, opportunities, new eXperiences come your way, yell,  “Yes, I’ll try that.  Yes, I’m  in.” When challenges, obstacles, bumps,  or frustrations come along to make things hard, yell,  “Yes, I can deal  with this. I … Read more