Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

She was standing off to my right, patiently waiting for me to finish other conversations. As I walked toward her, her smile broadened to fill her face.

“I came to this homeschool convention to go to all the seminars about learning disabilities because I was sure our son had at least one. Now I know he’s picture smart, body smart, and nature smart. He’s not disabled! He’s smart!”

That might be when the tears began to flow. I’m not sure. I am sure that I was with a greatly relieved and deeply encouraged mom. I was humbled to be God’s messenger of hope.

Children with word-smart and logic-smart strengths tend to do well in school. Because reading, writing, speaking, listening, math, science, and answering questions are such large components of schooling, it comes naturally to them. They appear to be smarter than other children. That’s not necessarily true. They’re just smart in school-smart kinds of way.

This mom’s precious son had struggled to learn well and didn’t like school. Even homeschooling didn’t solve all the problems. At her wit’s end, she was ready to make major changes in curricula. More significantly, she and her husband had begun to dream shallower dreams for their son. Their expectations were lower, their joy was tempered, and their concern and grief was real.

Praise God He directed this mom to my seminar about how children are smart in eight different ways. She left knowing her son could learn and would learn easier when methods matched his particular smarts. She was already thinking of topics within subject matter that would appeal to him more and ways of adapting curriculum they owned so he’d enjoy it more and be more successful.

Every time our paths crossed at the convention, this mom enthusiastically proclaimed “Thank you!” She told me she didn’t attend any seminars about learning disabilities and, instead, found great value in other teachings. So grateful!

What perspective do you have about your children’s learning strengths and challenges? Would you like to change it? Would they like you to? What are you waiting for?

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