Cara Maclean, MAWellness Coach
Hi there, I’m Cara!
We’ve got something in common: kids, one or more, who don’t fit the typical mold. I know from experience that having a child (or two) who’s different from the norm can be a fascinating, curious adventure and an isolating game of unknowns.
Our kids are intense, to say the least. It takes immense amounts of patience, insight, and trial by fire to figure out the best path ahead for you, your family, and your children.
I’m here to support you in navigating the journey of giftedness and twice exceptional children. (Twice exceptional, often noted ‘2e’, means children are gifted with learning challenges.)
It’s easy to feel that you’re alone riding the emotional roller coaster and solving this puzzle of best practices. Don’t reinvent the wheel and don’t wait till you’re burnt out to give yourself the support and rest you need!
I help reduce the amount of worry, stress, and potentially endless research you need by:
Giving you an overview of the landscape of giftedness and twice exceptionalism. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? What should you expect next?
Caring about YOUR wellbeing! If you’re burnt out, you can’t be the parent your kids need. And they need you to be super patient, honest, and consistent. (A sense of humor helps too, and if you’re exhausted it’s hard to stay light.)
Guiding you in being an advocate for your children, yourself, and your family. There will always be moments in school, social settings, and really anywhere where you’ll need to speak up for what your children and you need. It’s ok to be “that” parent. (Welcome to the club!)
I’m also a registered yoga instructor, teaching at my favorite local studio. Yoga is a big part of my own self care. It informs my view of wellness, but you don’t have to be a yogi to work with me. When I’m not writing and working, I love to garden, run, mountain bike, read (read and read), and experiment in the kitchen.
My boys are 11 and 10, and they graciously gave me full permission (along with my husband) to write about our family experiences. They also love to run, bike, and read… and play video games when allowed. (They’re not allowed very often as I argue they need something to complain about when they look back on their childhood.)