Homeschooling is wonderful. Homeschooling is hard. Homeschooling is a great way to build relationships with your kids. Homeschooling is challenging because you spend so much time with your kids. I love homeschooling. I think I stink at homeschooling.
Have you ever thought any of these statements? You can’t see it, but my hand is raised. I have thought each and every one of these statements. Truth be told, I’ve probably thought them on the same day. I truly love homeschooling, but staying motivated can be hard.
This is one reason I love homeschool conventions. I appreciate the dedication of the speakers to equip and encourage homeschool parents, but attending a convention is not always convenient or even desired (introverted homeschooling mom here). This is where blogs and podcasts can help fill in the void.
Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom – Podcast Version
Podcasts aren’t the newest thing around, but they are fairly new to me. I’ve been wading into the world of podcasts since I discovered that I can actually listen to audiobooks and retain the information. These podcasts are all on my to listen list because I have seen them recommended over the last few months or I am familiar with the podcaster’s other work.
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The Durenda Wilson Podcast – Durenda Wilson also has a book that is on my to read list called the Unhurried Homeschooler. With a daughter entering her junior year of high school, I really need to fight the hurried feeling that is creeping into my thinking.
The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast – Pam Barnhill is the woman behind this podcast. She also has the Your Morning Basket podcast that I discovered when I read her book Better Together earlier this year (highly recommend the book). The genius behind this podcast is how it shows that homeschooling is not a cookie cutter, it can be whatever you need it to be.
Raising Arrows – Home Management for the Homeschool Mom – I’ve followed Amy’s blog for years now and she has a heart for encouraging homeschool moms that shines.
At Home with Sally Clarkson – Chances are if you have been homeschooling for any length of time, you have heard of Sally Clarkson. She is a veteran homeschool mom who has dedicated herself to encouraging and equipping moms to embrace motherhood with intention.
Risen Motherhood – Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler are two podcasters I have never heard of, but the description of their podcast speaks to me. I found this podcast in a “related podcasts” rabbit trail in iTunes.
A weekly podcast for moms. A space to remember we are not alone in our experiences, be challenged to have joy among the chaos, remember grace covers guilt, and seek the truth of the gospel above all else. This is a podcast for the imperfect mother, still learning, still growing and still fully recognizing she doesn’t have it all together – but comes everyday, to the base of the cross, to seek the one who does.Description of the Risen Motherhood podcast on iTune
The Homemaking Foundations Podcast – Jami Balmet is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. I love to catch her Stories. She talks a lot about reading and I find that to be motivating, her goal is bigger than my own lofty annual reading goal.
Don’t Mom Alone Podscast – Heather MacFadyen comes highly recommended in a few groups I’m in. I look forward to checking out her podcast. I love the community building mindset I see in her description and the episode titles.
The Smiling Homeschooler Podcast – I’m all for laughter and smiles. Todd Wilson is well-known and well-liked on the homeschool convention scene.
Mom to Mom Podcast – A relatively new podcast, but I love the titles I’ve seen so far. The podcast is produced by three moms – Kate Battistelli, September McCarthy, and Jamie Erickson.
Joyfully Homeschooling – Misty Bailey is the creator of this podcast. Her blog is Joy in the Journey and she is known for being honest and open. This is something I value highly in people. We are all struggling with something at some point in our homeschool journey, sharing it with others helps lessen the load and also encourages others who may be struggling with the same thing.
The Busy Mom – Heidi St. John encourages moms to focus on what matters and brings relevant information to help them deal with issues in our culture from a biblical standpoint. This podcast is more in the equipping category, but I hope it encourages you to be bold in your faith and firm in your resolution to give your children a foundation that won’t fail them.
Glorious in the Mundane Podcast – Hosted by Christy Nockels, she is currently doing a series called Come Magnify the Lord with Me. From my experience, the most soul refreshing comes from praise and worship. Knowing God and trusting His will for our lives brings peace. And what homeschool mom doesn’t find herself needing peace at some point? The first episode I plan to listen to is Season 3, Episode 58 – When Our Worries Turn to Worship.
Cultivating Grace – Infuse your homeschool with grace, grace for you and grace for your students. The episode titles of this podcast from Lara Molettiere are a lovely mix of encouragement and practical.
Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast – This is a brand new one to me. These titles resonate with me – His Grace is Sufficient, Trusting God Through Changing Seasons, When You Feel Like Quitting, and Cultivating a Grateful Heart. I look forward to hearing these!
The Homeschool Solutions Show with Pam Barnhill – Maybe you just need some practical help with something to keep you going. Check out the titles of this podcast and see if there is an episode for you. New shows post each Friday and cover a wide range of topics with a wide range of guests.
That is it for my list, but there are even more podcasts out there. Just doing a quick search for homeschool in my Podcasts app brought up a plethora of options beyond the list above. For sake of brevity, I chose to focus instead on those podcasts that had been recommended to me or I found in some other way over time.
Happy listening! Share your favorites in the comments, what podcasts must I check out?