Jen Merrill on 2e Parenting: Take Care of Yourselves

Increasing focus is being paid to twice-exceptional learners — those who are gifted but also face learning challenges — and how to best support their needs and provide better learning environments. A common thread in virtually all successful approaches is the presence of a parent advocating for their 2e child.

But in these cases, who is taking care of the parent?

Jen Merrill has twice-exceptional kids. She has advocated for them, homeschooled one of them — and burned herself out in the process. Now the author of If this is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional is focused on helping fellow parents of 2e kids. Merrill chatted with 2e news about what parents can do to support themselves wh...


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