Summit 2019

SESSION 2: Kate Arms & Jen Merrill | How to Avoid Burnout When Raising a 2e Child

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Parenting complex kids can be an exhausting and bumpy ride. Kate and Jen have harnessed powerful learning through their own journeys and education, and created a parent self-care road map including a “parenting survival toolkit,” that is a saving grace for countless 2e parents. Kate and Jen address some of the most challenging parenting concerns from guilt and insecurity, to judgment and overwhelm. Kate and Jen are an upbeat and validating duo that believes in the power of connecting with other parents on similar paths, and the key to thriving vs surviving - feeling truly listened to, and exactly how to get that need met.

Kate ArmsKate Arms, J.D., CPCC, ACC, is a leadership and life coach at Signal Fire Coaching, writer, and teacher. As a coach, she specializes in helping gifted, sensitive, and creative people harness their many passions and sensitivities and use that energy to thrive at work and home. She runs the Thrive with Intensity programs and developed the Side by Side Model of Healthy Relationships. She is the parent of four gifted kids, three of whom are twice-exceptional and a different three of whom are triplets. Her parenting journey has included periods of reluctant homeschooling and advocacy within public and private school systems.

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Jen MerrillJen Merrill is a writer, blogger, flutist, and gifted family advocate. The mom of two boys, she homeschools her twice-exceptional teen while happily sending his brother off to high school every morning. She is a music educator by trade, with degrees in music education and flute performance. Jen justifies those degrees with a large private flute studio and as principal flute of the North Suburban Wind Ensemble. In addition to writing on her long-time blog, Laughing at Chaos, she can be found at An Intense Life, and has published articles in the Understanding Our Gifted Journal, the 2e Newsletter, and the Huffington Post.

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