On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Kathy Kuhl about how we can offer our children encouragement in school and life. Kathy offers creative solutions for parents teaching children with learning challenges. She provides parents resources, support, and insight. A veteran homeschooler and former teacher, she knows the help you need. After homeschooling her son (a creative, distractible dyslexic with great perseverance), Kathy interviewed 64 parents homeschooling students with learning disabilities. Then she wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook equipping parents to teach children with dyslexia, attention deficit, autism, giftedness, and other challenges. Her encouragement is rooted in experience, research, and biblical principles. She can help you customize your children’s education to their needs, strengths, and gifts.
“The biggest one that I’ve seen for myself is accidentally discouraging my child with my tone of voice or my words. Sometimes, I’ve used a tone that just sounded like I was annoyed or angry with the child and I wasn’t,” Kathy says. “Maybe I was worried about my uncle in the hospital or angry that the repairman just tried to rip me off, but if I’m still annoyed about it and it comes through my voice, all the kids know is mom is mad and they think it’s their fault. We can accidentally discourage them with that tone of voice, and sometimes, just even with our facial expression.”
Listen to the podcast for more insights and suggestions about how to encourage, not discourage, our kids.