YMB #91 Active Kids 2.0: A Conversation with Larissa Maloney

Want your kids to get moving and maybe you aren’t so good at moving yourself? Larissa Maloney joins us on today’s podcast to talk about why getting our kids moving is important to their learning. She also gives some fun tips on how to inspire them to get going. Enjoy!

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It finding that passion within yourself is so important. So the moms of the house need to find what makes them light up. And if that’s getting outside in any way, if that’s, you know, getting in the gym and just stretching that’s enough, This is your morning basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day.

Hi there everyone. I’m Pam Barnhill and welcome to episode 91 of the, your morning basket podcast. I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, on today’s episode, we are getting physical. We are getting physical with a Larissa Maloney. She is a mom of two, soon to be three, and she owns the website Active Kids 2.0. Now Larissa has been active her entire life. And she started playing volleyball when she was 13 and then became a professional beach volleyball player, which sounds like the perfect job to me. But she started teaching physical fitness and then saw a need at the beginning of the pandemic and started bringing physical fitness classes to families online so that other families could get active as well.

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And so today on the podcast, Larissa and I are going to be chatting about why physical fitness is so important and how you can fit it into your homeschool day when you have a lot of kids and not necessarily a lot of time, Larissa has a few really fun ideas for us. So I think you're going to enjoy this episode of the podcast. Now, if you would like to come on over to the, your morning basket community, you can find a link to that at members.Pambarnhill.com. You can join the community, or if you're already a member, come on over and join us. And we're going to have a conversation thread for this episode of the podcast and kind of chat together about all the different ways we can bring more physical fitness into our kids' lives and help get the kids and maybe even mom and dad, just a little bit active. So do come join us at the free homeschooling community at members.Pambarnhill.com. And now on with the podcast,
Larissa Maloney is a former professional beach volleyball athlete, personal fitness trainer and coach. This mom of two with one more on the way has been mentoring and coaching kids for over 15 years. She has a passion for helping our youth become happier and healthier people. Larissa is the owner and creator of Active Kids. 2.0 an online membership site designed specifically for kids to take classes like dance, karate, and so much more. Larissa, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you, Pam. Oh, what an introduction. I loved it. You said everything.
I got it all fit in there. So, well, could you start off by telling us a little bit more about you and your background in personal fitness?
Sure. So I was originally born in Buffalo, New York. I have to add that in there because I am a huge football fan and I'm a big Buffalo Bills fan. So I always have to add where I'm from because that always stays with me. But I grew up in a town called Ormand beach, Florida. It's right next to Daytona beach, Florida, which is the East coast of Florida. So I grew up in a family of yes, sports and athletics. My mom and dad both played sports in college and high school. And we started off, I have a brother, an older brother as well. His name is Ben and we started playing sports at a very young age, probably about four or five-ish. We started off playing basketball. So that was my sport. Growing up, my go-to sport was basketball. Believe it or not. I really thought that I was going to be the first girl in the NBA. So that, yeah, it was that intense. So having my sports background, I mean, was I the first girl in the NBA? Absolutely not. But I ended up picking up a volleyball along the way. And I ended up playing volleyball in high school. I started very, very late. I started my freshman year of high school, which is extremely late.
That's 13, 14 years old, starting a sport. You're, you know, you're late, you're late to the game. Right. But I started it then and I ended up getting a volleyball scholarship to play at a school in South Florida called Lynn university. And after playing, I went on to play professional beach volleyball. So it's, it's just funny how it just worked, but all of a sudden volleyball came on my radar and I picked it up and I ran with it. I know a big part of that was my mom introducing me to the game at a young, you know, not at a young age, but at an age where I was open to trying new things. At 13, 14 years old, she took me to a University of Florida volleyball camp and that they were at that time. I mean, they still are the best of the best.
So I literally sat there and saw those girls. And I was like, I want to be just like them. And there were black and brown girls playing volleyball. And that was another thing that said, huh, that had me saying, I want to be just like them because they look like.
So you saw some role models that you liked out there.
Absolutely. Absolutely. So that is my athletic background. I've been coaching since my senior year of college as well. So coaching and mentoring, I started my personal fitness journey around that time too. So it all comes hand in hand. After I got off of the pro circuit, I started a family, I got married, I have two awesome kiddies. I have a third one on the way. And I went into the teaching realm after I was with my kids for a few years. I said, you know what? I want to still, you know, I was still coaching volleyball, but I want to do it on a bigger level. So not so much a bigger level, but impact even more kids. Right. So I went back and I said, how about, you know, I do fitness instructing for high school and coach high school at the same time. So that is what I did. And this is the crazy story of how Active Kids 2.0 was born.
Okay. So I'm going to stop you for a second because it's so interesting to hear your story. And I'm going to contrast it with mine a little bit, because I was always the last kid chosen to play volleyball when I was in school. And I don't know what it was about the coach. I went to a very small high school, a very small rural high school. And the coach there, all she ever did with us was volleyball. Like we did nothing else.
Sometimes she would take us outside to run the track. And my favorite part of going outside the run, the track was like, when her back was turned, I would cut across the middle. So I would pass her again faster. But so I'm in high school in, I'm always the last one chosen for the volleyball team, because I'm just abysmal at it.
And I go, I get my one credit of PE that I need. And I come back the next year and the only class. So like, totally small school, the only class that will fit in my schedule is PE. So they have to put me in a PE class. It's the only class I can take. So I show up at the coach's office with my schedule change to give to her, she takes one, look at me and she says, what are you doing back here? You already have your PE credit. I said, this was the only class that would work. So she turns around and walks away. God bless her. She was a hundred years old if she was a day. And she goes down to the library and signed me up to be a library aid for the whole year, which I love, I really loved that. I never had to play volleyball ever, ever again, but you know, I hear you. And one of the things I promise you, there's a point to this story. Your parents encouraged your activity and you know, out of that encouragement, blossomed, you know, your own career as a professional beach volleyball athlete, which just sounds like the best job ever. And now you're paying it forward to all of these other kids and sharing this. And so I can really see like how important it is for parents to be the one to encourage kids. Like, you know, there has to be somebody in a kid's life to encourage them and tell them like, this is what's important.
This is what you need to do. And it's just, you know, paid forward and forward and forward from that encouragement. So that's so off awesome. And people just please encourage your kids to get up and move. Don't let them be the kid that the coach looks at and says, what are you doing here?
I love that.
So was it after you had your own kids that you started realizing that young people do need this kind of encouragement?
Yes. Well, I mean, yeah, that kind of went hand in hand, but I've been mentoring kids for over 15 years now. So I always knew that young kids and even older kids need that encouragement. They need that motivation, even that inspiration. And I feel like that I am, I have been that person for them and I love that.
And, you know, and that has brought me to Active Kids as well. And just me doing, you know, being the face of active kids has really brought the attention of such a bigger audience that I could have ever dreamed of. You know? So it's, it's been amazing. The amount of kids' lives that just, you know, we've impacted just by providing, you know, these classes that we provide.
So I think that sometimes we kind of feel like, okay, we know this already, but I want you to reiterate for me, if, for nothing else than maybe to motivate some of the moms out there to get, you know, to prod their kids up off the couch,
why is it important for kids to grow up, being active? Okay. So, you know, it's, we it's, it is a priority in our house. My little ones have no choice about the matter. And I'm so glad that they love it. Right. But, you know, I know that there are families and kids that do not love it.
So that's when the motivation, the inspiration talks need to be had. I'm a big fan of modeling the behavior for your children. If your children see that you're sitting on the couch all day and they see that, you know, you're putting in your body unhealthy snacks, you're, you know, on your phone all day, they're going to want to emulate that.
So instead of that, getting outside with your kids and, you know, playing these different sports, taking walks and having fun and being interactive, and it, it, it doesn't have to be through, you know, sports or anything like that, because that might not be your, you know, your kid's thing, that they might not have any interest in sports. And that is okay, but as long as you're being active with them and you're making it fun, there's, there's no limit to it. So I've, when my little kids were young, we used to, we used to go on trail walks and we used to walk. We used to walk along this trail at a park and I used to bring a bag of dinosaurs. I used to stick a whole bunch of dinosaurs in my bag, and we used to call it the dinosaur trail. And so we used to walk and I used to say, look, look over here to the right. I said, I think I see a stegosaurus and the kids would say, you know, where, where, and then, you know, out of the bag, I would throw a little dinosaur in the bushes and make the bushes move. And they find a little toy dinosaur, you know, like things like that is, is, you know, it doesn't have to be so intense, so sport-oriented, it's just getting outside and enjoying each other, enjoying nature and the fresh air, and you're moving your bodies. So you're, you know, you are getting healthier, but you're doing it in a way in which it's fun and keeping your kids healthy at the same time.
I love it. Yeah. So I've started putting, go for a walk on my kid’s daily list. So, you know, it's like, okay, you can't finish the list until you go for a walk.
And usually, you know, I go on that, walk with them, cause I'm trying to move more and I'm not very sports-oriented, but getting out and moving, getting out in the sunshine, listening to an audiobook, that seems to be our family's favorite thing to do while we walk. I love that. Yeah. Or a podcast. So very much so.
Well, how much activity do you think is a minimum that a family should aim for in a day?
Yeah. So 60 minutes is the minimum and that's not 60 minutes out riding your bike, you know, that's the whole day. So if you walked, you know, down the street and back, you could include that in your minutes. You know, if you, the kids were out on the playground for 15 minutes, that includes in your minutes. So that's the full day. That's not just a whole 60 minutes at the same time.
Right? Yeah. It doesn't have to be like a straight 60 minutes. You can break it up at different parts during the day.
So I have a Fitbit that actually will measure like my number of active minutes for me. Yeah. So that, that is one of the ways that I kind of keep, keep track of what I'm doing. Well, what advice do you have for parents who really don't see themselves as athletic or active?
Yeah. And I get that all the time as well. And it of it, you know, it piggybacks on what I said before. You know, if your kids see that you are active, that they will be active too. And I like the happy medium, I've talked to a lot of moms where they say, you know, sometimes they have to compromise, which is, which is great. You know, how about we go for a walk and then I'll do this with you, you know, kind of thing. Or how about we spend 15 minutes on doing something that you enjoy. Let's spend 15 minutes on something that I enjoy too, but making sure you find something with being active that you actually enjoy. So if, if I presented to a mom, you know what, we're going to get fit. And we're going to do 30 minutes a day of karate classes or boxing classes.
And this is what we're going to do five times a week. You know, a mom that does not like sports or working out is probably going to say, wow, coach Larissa that sounds horrible. So finding that passion within yourself is so important. So the moms of the house need to find what, what makes them light up.
And if that's getting outside in any way, if that's, you know, getting in the gym and just stretching that's enough, you know what I mean? So making sure you find the passion within you, because my mom, she, she loves watching sports, but does she like playing them? No. Just, you know, does she like running? Oh, absolutely not.
I’m with your mom.
Right? But, but I tell her all the time, I say, mom, you have to find something that you enjoy because you have to stay active because it's not only helping your body, but it's helping your brain as well. So you have to find that thing.
I think that I'd like, you are totally speaking my language. If I am running, it is because there is something chasing me. But you know, when I was a child, I did not like playing the volleyball. But when I came to be an adult and we moved away. So you mentioned being in South Florida, we lived in Tampa for 10 years. And one of the fabulous things about Tampa is it, believe it or not, it's an ice hockey town. It's an skating town. And that was one of the things I always wanted to do as a little child. I did not want to play volleyball, but I wanted to skate. And so I went, when I was an adult, when I was about 25 years old, I took up ice skating for the very first time.
And I skated for about eight years until I got pregnant with my daughter, Olivia who's 15 now, but it was my sport. It was what I did. I would be in the ice rink at 6:00 AM on a Sunday morning. So I could skate with my team or I could practice my ice dancing or something like that. And, you know, I absolutely loved it.
I can't do it now. There's no ice anywhere close to me at the moment. But then, so I started dancing. I took up tap dancing, and now that's what I do. So, you know, I think it's so important moms, especially if you've never done anything before, and you dread the idea of getting outside and, you know, walking or running or lifting weights or anything like that. But you like the idea of taking a dance class. I would just encourage you to, and now with so many online for adults, it's so easy to get into a dance class where it didn't use to be.
Absolutely.
Yeah. Yeah. So definitely find what you love. Okay. So we've talked about making it a game for your kids by throwing the dinosaurs or whatever other little fun things you can make it doing it with them and modeling for them and setting an example, which I absolutely love. We've talked about finding the things you love to do, and I'm sure you're going to tell me, find the things that your kids love to do as well. Right?
Absolutely. That is the next step. I'm pretty, I'm a fan of letting my kids try out everything. Okay. Now I just coming home today. I picked up my little, my little boy and he said, Hey mom, you know, what about T-ball? Do you think it's boring? Or do you think it's fun? You know? And I said, well, you know, I never, I've never played it, but I think you would probably enjoy it. Do you want to try it? And he said, yeah. Okay. So the next time we go out, we'll, we'll be trying out T-ball you know what I mean? Yeah. And just listening to what your little ones say and what they want to explore. My, my little girl she's so sassy. Let me tell you, so she's very vocal with what she wants and what she does not want, but, you know, we put her in soccer at three because my husband is, he is a former professional soccer athlete. So yeah. So we put her in naturally we put her in soccer at three, three or four or something like that. Cause my older one was in soccer. His name is Finn and she absolutely hated it. Like she was on that field wanted nothing to do with the ball. She wanted everything to do with the planes that were flying by the rainbows that were shining. You know what I mean? So allowing them to pick and choose, you know, what they want to try and, you know, presenting them new opportunities. I think you can't go wrong. And then eventually they're going to stick to something. Yeah, exactly. And that is, and that is another reason why active kids are so great is because we offer so many online programs where the young kids, they don't really know what they like just yet. They can try it all and then, you know, they could stick to it all if they wanted to, or they could stick to one of the programs that we have and, you know, grow, grow, and grow with the program and progress with the program.
Yeah. And you know, I think it's like, you wouldn't want your kids to read just one kind of book. You know, if they pick up mysteries or they pick up, you know, Hank, the cow dog, and we love Hank the cow dog, or if they pick up historical fiction or only science fiction and say, this is the only kind of book I'm ever gonna read or will I read this book? And I don't like it. So I'm never going to read any other book. I mean, that's not the kind of behavior you want to see encouraging your kids about literature. So you wouldn't encourage that behavior about sports and activity either. You know, you want to, you know, get them to try a wide variety of things and give, give lots of things, a chance if one thing doesn't work.
Absolutely.
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So what if you have, we have moms who are listening and maybe they have five, six, seven kids and they're just like heaving this big sigh and going, we just can't, we just can't sign up for the T-ball, you know, either it's a financial commitment that they make can't make at this point or, or it's just a logistics problem, you know, getting everybody into, like you can't have kids going in a bunch of different directions. So how can families who are not going to do sports or can't do sports right now? How can they get activity in every day besides just going for a walk?
That's a great question. I mean, right now I'm growing a family, you know, we have two, and it is crazy, you know, running them around to their different sports. So I can't imagine six or seven ready to run it around to a whole bunch of different things. But again, I mean, finding a program that, you know, still offers them that that outlet to move is just so important. I mean, I know when I have friends with big families, they're always out biking and doing things like that. I mean, I know that's, that's just a lot of my friends with big families. Do they all have bikes and they'd go out, you know, biking instead of, you know, just doing the walk or whatever. I don't know. It depends on where you live too. If you can get outside. I mean, there's, you can do a million things outside with a big group and your family and hiking and things like that. We went on a vacation in Colorado and I would love to live there even though I live in Florida and I, I love Florida, but Colorado is just so beautiful. And there's so many spaces to explore. I say, to explore your own city and really see what it offers. Like when we first got shut down and we couldn't really do much except go on walks and you know, except enjoy each other. We, we bought a little kayak and we put all, you know, put our two kids in it and we just kayaked down the river and with no one there and it was so peaceful and you know, me and my husband got our workout in with our arms and we had the kids rowing too. I don't know. You just have to get creative. And you know, if you guys enjoy outside, you know, and right now I have a, a couple of people up North that the weather isn't too great either. So I had a mom do like a live on Instagram and the weather was absolutely horrible. And she said, guess what we're doing today? We're doing Active Kids today because our kids can't be outside. So yeah. You have to pick and choose as a family, but just making sure you keep that, that movement aspect in your lives is so important.
Yeah. And that's what makes something like the, the online, the virtual video classes really good is that you can participate from your own home. You don't have to run kids around and it's all right there for you. Something else we've done before it's, we've used the, Wii fit. Oh yeah, yeah. To get some workouts. And we've done some of the little things on the Wii fit. I see that.
Have you seen the Dance, Dance ones where you dance and do it?
Oh my goodness. Yes. Those are awesome. Yeah. We had a subscription. We're big dancers here. I've got two kids who are in dance class and we, we love dancing. So that's a really good one, but we also love like the, you know, the hula hoop and the ski jumping. I actually got a Hulu for Christmas. Believe it or not. There's like a whole hula hooping is a thing.
Wow, I love that. Yeah. So that's something my kids come in and say, Hey mom, can I borrow the hula hoop and take it out to the yard? And so we let them take it out into the yard and do some hula hooping. So they're just, we also have some of the stretchy bands, which they, they love to use as well. So they'll like put the stretchy bands under their feet and, you know, do some bicep curls or, or something like that as well. And then we do planks during the school day. I have one kid who's in OT and the OT said he needs to strengthen his core. And so we'll set a timer and, or see who can do planks for the longest amount of time or something during the middle of the school day. So I think even just sneaking in little bits and pieces like that, sometimes
I love that making it fun. I love that plank thing. We did. We did a little challenge too, and it's very, very hard, but it was the song called Sally up. Have you heard of that? You know, I'm not going to sing it cause I'm a horrible singer. But throughout this song, it says, bring Sally up, bring Sally down. And every time it says, bring Sally up, you would do a pushup. And my, my kids just loved it. So they wanted to challenge themselves every day to see how far they could get it. Yeah. It was just fun. You know, it was challenging and it was fun.
Okay. I love that. And that kind of answers my next question for you, which was, you know, how do you squeeze some little bits of exercise into your day when you don't want to take a large chunk of your school time to do it? And so I think little games like that one are absolutely wonderful. You got any more?
Yeah, no that, no, that was a perfect one. That was a perfect one.
What else have we done? We, we do love playing challenges too, because obviously with competitive parents, we have competitive kids and my kids will not drop. And like I've, I've tried to stay up as long as I can and they beat me every time. It's crazy. Like the, the way kids' bodies work. It's just amazing, but we've done those plank challenges too.
We also do a lot of stuff with jump rope, you know, that's, you know, an old-school work, you know, workout method, but my kids love jump roping and we jump rope all the time. And you know, first it was, you know, things really teaching them how to do it and, you know, have them really catch onto how to do it.
But now we jumped rope all the time. Oh, that's such a good one. I can remember as a little girl, my grandfather would go out and he had the rope tied to a tree and he would swing it for me. And I would always see like a hundred before I stop. And just kind of like that, pushing myself to get to a certain point and then beat my record again.
Yeah, you're right. It's that competitiveness. So kids love that kind of thing, especially when kids get to those kinds of middle ages. So do you think there's a correlation between a kid being healthy physically and their ability to do well in the education sphere?
Yes, absolutely. And I feel like you can really, you can see it within your own kids if you're in tune, but you can really see it within yourself as well. You know, if you have, you know, a couple of days of not eating properly or you have a couple of days where you're not getting enough sleep or you have a couple of days where you're not being active at all, you absolutely feel it within your body and within your performance. So that either that's performance at work or that's performance at school, it goes hand in hand. So if you have that, you know that you're getting enough sleep, you're drinking enough water, you are getting enough activity during the day. You are going to thrive within whatever space you're in, whether, whether that's in school or whether that's in work. But if you notice that when one of those things are lacking, something about that aspect, either education or work is lacking as well.
Yeah. And you know what? I think that's one of the things we don't all it. Like we should think about it, but we don't always think about is like, Hey, after a couple of days of eating wrong or not work, you know, we're not moving. I won't say working out, but not moving or whatever. I kinda, you know, don't feel good. Our kids are the same way. I mean, there are people too, they're exactly the same. And so it's totally gonna show up and the way their brain works and how much energy they have and what they're able to do during the day and how they feel. And you know, so much of how kids act stem from how they feel. So it's totally going to show up in the same way. Yeah.
Well, tell us a little bit about active kids, 2.0, what inspired you to create an online space to encourage kids to be active?
Sure. It's, it's a cool story. It really is. So I told you guys, I went into the educator space, right? So I was working at a private school literally right down the street from me. So we went through what everybody went through in March. Okay. The crazy shutdown. And this is how it went for me on the Friday, we had a meeting and the principal said, just to let you guys know, you know, we might be going to virtual. We probably won't be, but we want to have this meeting just, just in case. Right. So I got home and I was like, Oh, okay. That's interesting. It's probably not going to happen. But that's interesting. Literally, a few hours later, I get an email. Okay guys, we're going virtual. Figure it out.
I think at that point we were all going. This can't happen. And then it did. So yeah. I think a lot of people will respond to that one.
Right. Right. Exactly. And so I was blown away because it wasn't just our school. It wasn't just our city. It wasn't just our, you know what I mean? This, everyone was going through this. So it was insane. So they literally said, figure it out. There was no direction. There was no nothing. It was, you need to figure it out. Good luck. Because we started to get on Monday. Yeah. Nope. What I did was that next morning I sat at my kitchen table and I wrote a couple of things down and I said, how am I going to instruct fitness to kids virtually? How, what does that look like? And how am I going to do this? So I sat down, I wrote down a couple of things. I said, you know, maybe on a Monday, we'll go out and do a run. They'll tell me there's time on a Tuesday. We'll do arm's arms and abs. On a Wednesday, we'll do stretching. Thursday, we’ll do something, something, something. So I wrote that down and I looked at it and I said, okay, this is horrible. I was going to say, miss Larissa, I would come and tell you my time. But I'm not sure I would. Yes. I know. I know. And kids would tell me some crazy time that they didn't do right.
And that mile in two minutes and 30 seconds. Exactly. So I literally crumbled it up and threw it away. I said, how am I going to do what I do when I am in my sessions with my students, I am extremely engaged. It's not a class where I throw out a whole bunch of balls and I say, go play. Now, everything is extremely structured. And I'm engaged. I do everything with them. So how am I going to do that at home? So I thought, okay. So my husband has made me and him a little home gym, okay. In our, in our garage. I said, what if I go live on YouTube and they can just do the workout with me.
Okay. And I said, okay, there's something here. So that's what I did. I said, I sent them messages, all my students, I had about 75 students at that time. And I said, I'm going to go live, listen, we're going to do this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. At the same time,
every day, we're going to do it at 9:00 AM. Okay. And then I had a teacher friend of mine from a local high school say, Hey, what are you doing? And I said, Hey, I'm just going to go live, do a workout. She said, can my kids do it too? Absolutely. It's like, it's, you know, it's, it's on YouTube. It's free. Right. I said, yeah, come join. So what I did was I sent a message to a PE forum as well. And I just said, Hey, if you guys are feeling a little stuck, this is what I'm doing. So you guys can hop on too, not a big deal. So Monday morning hit nine o'clock hit. I press play. I started warming up. And then I look at my computer. It literally like five people on. And I said, okay, students, what is going on? Because there should be 75 of you. And there's about five. So I finished with my warmup and then I go back, you know, I checked my computer just to see how many have popped on, have logged on. And then all of a sudden it was 50. Oh. I said, okay. And so I'd started to say, okay, this is how we're going to do the workout. And while I'm saying this, the numbers, all of a sudden start climbing, it was a hundred people than it was 200 people than it was 500 people than it was a thousand.
And then it went up to 7,000 people watching my session, my workout session.
That’s awesome.
I was speechless. And I'm still, I still am. When I tell people this story, because it was just wild. And I said, okay, we're doing this. I don't know if you here for me, but we're doing this right. So that's what I did. I did. I did Monday through Friday 9:00 AM. It was a 30 minute, 30 minutes, 25 to 30 minute workout. We did cardio on some days. And then we did strength on other days. And I did it consistently for about three and a half months until the end of the year into the summer, a little bit as well. And what I found was I got so many messages from students, schools, teachers, homeschool families, moms, kids saying how much they love the workouts and how, you know, this has become a tradition in our house. And it's not only me doing it. It's my mom and dad. It's my grandma and grandpa, we're all doing it together. You know, keep doing what you're doing. Can you shout me out in the videos and all of this?
So it really became a physical education, personal fitness community. And it was absolutely beautiful. I literally had people from Poland and Africa and Australia and England watching every day just to do these workouts. They were fun. I had my son come in a one day a week and he did dance challenges. Oh, we met, we had a blast. I mean, we were laughing. We got our laughs in. That's how we were losing weight by laughing too. Oh my gosh. It was really, really great. So at the end of it, I said, you know, one of my final videos, you know, I said, you know, I'm going to, you know, I'm going to take a break because I know everybody's on summer break. And then I got this flood of messages saying, you can't, you can't take a break. You know, this is, this is something that we've, it's been a tradition in our house, so you can’t stop now.
That's awesome. And so now you have eight other teachers who are teaching with you, right?
Yeah. So now we've built it into a full platform, full, online on demand platform. So now it's not just my cardio and shrink classes. We've added on karate and dance and gymnastics and cheer and yoga. And we're adding sports as well. So that's volleyball, basketball, soccer, and the nutrition portion of it too. So it's all-encompassing now and that's active kids 2.0
That's awesome. So it's activekids2.com is where you can find Larissa online, along with her other coaches. They're all of them together for all of the different sports and everything that they offer. And Larissa, thank you so much for coming on today and talking to us about the importance of getting up and moving, what it can mean for how we feel, and what it can mean for the future of our bodies as well. I appreciate it.
Absolutely. Thanks for having me on, I do want to give your audience something. Absolutely.
Okay. Yeah. I want to give them a seven day free trial and 10% off. And all they have to do is use the code morningbasket10.
Excellent. Okay. So morningbasket10. And we will put that in the show notes, along with a link to active kids2.com. So you can try that out for your family as well. So thanks Larissa.
Thank you so much. You guys follow me on Instagram at activekids2.0 and Larissa.Maloney. Thank you so much, Pam.
Awesome. And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to the Active Kids 2.0 Instagram or website, and also, and another peek at that coupon code, you can find them at the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are pambarnhill.com/YMB91. Now we'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another great morning time interview until then get out and get moving and keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Modeling a Healthy Lifestyle

Physical fitness is an important part of a homeschool education. Children need a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily. This can include participation in organized sports or it can be as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood together as a family.

Modeling an active lifestyle is important for our children. They are watching us, so if they see us living an active lifestyle they will want to as well. Families can sneak exercise into their day through friendly competitions like plank challenges, jump rope, and other simple activities.

Living a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and staying active will help our children stay focused and perform better in school, also.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:44] meet Larissa
  • [10:00] making exercise a game
  • [14:22] minimum activity
  • [15:10] importance of modeling an active lifestyle
  • [22:30] ideas for large families and sneaking exercise into the day
  • [29:25] activity and education
  • [31:20] Active kids 2.0 beginnings and offerings

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  • Enjoy the podcast & some thoughts…
    by rufocused from United States

    I enjoy listening to tips on starting and using morning time as I am just starting it this year. We have kind of done it in the past, but when you only have one child you tend to just call it bible, story time, etc… but now that my second one is old enough to join we’re going to have more of a true morning time. I did notice Pam mentioned CNN ten in one episode. CNN can be pretty liberal biased in the main news, I’m not sure if they curb that in the “CNN ten”, but thought I would mention the Daily Wire, which is from a conservative viewpoint (and often covers indoctrination in public schools) and could be fun to compare and contrast with CNN. Our family also recently discovered Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family which has a very Christian perspective, which has been refreshing as news can be so depressing sometimes! Just thought I’d throw that out there… but really do appreciate the perspectives and insights of these women who have been doing this for awhile!

  • Very helpful and pleasant to listen to.
    by Heather homeschooler from United States

    I have listened to many episodes of this podcast and have highly recommended it to others. It has been a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement. Pam has a great voice and presence and I love that she does not interrupt or talk over her guests. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

    Pam always has great great guests who bring great insights and encouragement! I so appreciate her down to earth style and ability to ask great questions! Keep up the great work!!

  • A wildly encouraging and equipping podcast for homeschool families.
    by Eryn Lynum from United States

    As a homeshool mama of four (Ages 2-9), Pam's podcast has been an increidble encouragement to me. Not only that, but I have discovered so many helpful resources for focusing on what is lovely and true during our homeschool days. I love that it is not overwhelming in nature, but instead a gentle help for moving forward one day at a time in our homeschooling adventure.

  • Best podcast for homeschooling/variety of topics
    by Bethetal from United States

    I love this podcast for so many reasons. (1) Pam is friendly, funny, humble and kind (2) She covers a multitude of topics (one at a time)- I have learned about nature notebooks, classical music study, narration, living books, Shakespeare and so much more. Whenever I have a question about a new (to me)HS term or practice, I come here to listen to Pam interview someone about it. Her interviewees have all been all-in on their respective areas of interest/expertise and I love the way she interviews/asks questions to really let the guests shine as they speak. I have changed the structure of my homeschool, found books for my kids and me, purchased materials, and found inspiration due to this podcast and I can’t recommend it enough! This podcast has shaped my homeschool in so many positive ways, most of which I probably can’t even articulate yet, as the changes have been done inside of me. Thanks, Pam!

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

    I love the variety of things that are talked about on this show for homeschooling - things that I would never even think about including or doing - with easy ways to do them. Very much recommend this podcast

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

    I am listening to the past episodes and loving it. This podcast has helped me develop my own homeschool. So many ideas!! I love morning time so much, we do a nightly family time so my husband and public school attending son. We do all the things instead of watching tv, playing ps4, and YouTube. My kids hang around me every evening asking if we are doing family time. I can tell they love it but don’t want to admit it.

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

    I am so excited Pam is back to her morning time focus for 2020. Our homeschool has been shaped by the rich ideas and practical wisdom shared here.

  • Yay! Morning time is back!
    by Homeschooler in Germany from United States

    I was so happy and excited to learn that Pam is shifting her focus back to Morning Time for 2020! I’ve missed the morning time exclusive podcast and can’t wait to hear her back in my earbuds.

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

    I absolutely LOVE this podcast and was so disappointed when I realized you were not actively producing it! I’m NOW relieved to know there is a whole year of episodes ahead! I’m beginning my homeschool journey with 4 little ones very close in age and my style falls somewhere in the Classical and Charlotte Mason. I found your podcast by chance via Instagram recommendation as I was doing research on “morning menus.” Your content is beautifully philosophical but at a level most parents will be able to grasp and appreciate. Filled with truth, beauty, and goodness! Your episodes fill me up and leave me feeling inspired personally and in regards to my children’s education. Everything is so good! Please don’t stop producing ever again! I’ll be grateful forever!

  • So glad Your Morning is back!!!
    by alissajohn2020 from United States

    So glad to have the morning basket podcast back! Thank you for bringing it back!!

  • So good I ran out of gas.
    by JoanieHummel from United States

    This podcast is awesome! It was recommended to me a few years ago by a very wise and experienced homeschool mom but I didn’t start listening until I saw it come up a few more times on Facebook, recommended in various groups (in particular, episode number 41). I wish I had picked it up years ago! So much great information, I’m learning so much! Be careful though, I was so interested listening to this podcast that I didn’t notice how low my gas tank was getting! I ran out of gas and as I write this review I’m stranded on the side of the road waiting for a friend to come rescue me! Happy listening!

  • Knowledge Goldmine
    by A.J. Edwards from United States

    I’ve just been eating up every episode of this brilliant podcast over the past few months. The guests are stellar and Pam’s interview style is wonderful. She gets each guest to the meat and potatoes of their topic but it’s anything but a plain meal. This is a feast for the homeschool mom’s mind. I know I’ll be revisiting many of my favorite episodes again and again. Feeling so inspired by each guest!

  • Myths and fairytale truths for homeschoolers
    by Allierhn from United States

    Mind blown! I’m listening to the myth podcast and it’s absolutely perfect. It is answering so many questions I’ve struggled with my whole life. It helps me to view our curriculum and informs my teaching so much more.

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

    I can’t speak highly enough about this podcast. It has been a huge inspiration and a practical help to my homeschool! Thank you so much Pam Barnhill and everyone else who contributes to this. It has been an amazing blessing to me and my children… And possibly generations to come!

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

    Not only am I inspired by each episode of this podcast but I have actually put so many of the ideas into practice in our own morning time. Such a huge help as I seek to inspire my non-stop boys to truth, goodness and beauty. We are now memorising poetry as they jump on the trampoline and they love Shakespeare. That's a parenting win in my book!

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

    Thank you, Pam! I’m now bursting with inspiration and can’t wait to start our 2019 school year with a strong morning time routine.

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

    My heart is enriched and I can’t wait to learn more.

  • Just what I was looking for!
    by Joey5176 from United States

    I was looking for morning basket ideas—simple ones. These podcasts are giving me a picture of a good morning basket.

  • Wow!! What amazing nuggets of knowledge
    by HeRo84 from United States

    This is truly life changing information for me as a homeschool mother. Thank you Pam for this amazing series.

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

    I love all of Pam’s podcast but this one is prob my favorite. I love to listen to all her guest and see the different ways a morning time can be done

  • Excellent
    by W.A., R.A. Hall from United States

    Love this!

  • Love, love, love this show
    by SarahPMiller from United States

    And I'm not even a homeschooling mother! But I've created a Morning Time for my children nonetheless, and I wouldn't have been inspired to do it -- nor could I have done it -- without this podcast. It's my favorite, and I get something out of every single episode.

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

    This podcast has changed what I thought I could offer my children, my family and myself... I never would have believed that it would be possible to live a life as so many people actually do. Thank you for these tools and for what you do to help women, teachers, moms and all those on this path. You are amazing and I just can’t get enough, each episode teaches me so much!! Thank you again!

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

  • Insightful, Inspiring, Life-Giving Podcast
    by Mackenziechester from United States

    I love this podcast. It has turned cleaning my kitchen into a really valuable part of my day. There are great tips here for gathering your family together and finding ways to share the things you are passionate about but can never quite find the time to fit in to a typical school day. So many ideas, so many varied topics. Great, inspiring guests. Life-changing podcast. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

    This podcast is inspirational for your homeschool plans. Pam Barnhill has a delightful interviewing style and her guests share their insights and enthusiasm for their topics. Among my favourites are the episodes with Cindy Rollins, and Angelina Stanford. Don’t miss this encouraging podcast!

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

    Some great interviews and very helpful for figuring out the flow of our mornings.

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

    Just started this podcast. There are some very interesting ideas here on how to create quality time with your children, learning together and focusing on the things that are most important in life. Great hearing other moms' stories too.

  • WARNING: This podcast will revolutionize your homeschool!
    by JoysTeacher from United States

    Honestly, I started listening to this podcast because I had run out of other homeschool podcasts to listen. I really didn't think we needed a morning time! I homeschool one teen daughter and I thought the concept was too "baby" for us. WOW! I was completely wrong!! We needed a morning time, and it has changed the climate and the productivity of our homeschool. The habit was so important to us, we still do morning time when we are one break. (And neither of us is a "morning" person). Pam is an talented interviewer and will not waste your time (her time is precious, too)!

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

    I'm really enjoying the ideas and tips Pam bring up in this podcast!

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

    I have started a morning basket just because of listening to this podcast. Pam sold me on the beauty of having a morning basket. I love all of the ideas I've gleaned from listening and I've implemented many of the ideas I have heard about through this podcast. It's really helped simplify some things in our homeschool day!

  • Easy to listen too, incredibly practical
    by HarrisFamily0323 from United States

    I really enjoy Your Morning Basket. Pam is a great host and I have taken away many practical ideas and had many unrealistic expectations corrected. I don't listen to all the episodes, but the ones I've thought were pertinent to my needs and have been able to apply something helpful to our homeschool. Thanks Pam!

  • So helpful for this new homeschooling mom
    by klund08 from United States

    I'm planning our first homeschool year and have really enjoyed this podcast! The interviews are great and I enjoy hearing from different homeschooling moms and how things work in their family. I'm excited to start Morning Time with my kids!

  • You've made my school year!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

    Pam, I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6 & 8 year old children and you responded with a warm response. I then began to listen to every podcast you have (all 3!) and I have been so very inspired and encouraged in so many ways that it would take up too much time here to explain it all. This Morning Basket podcast is really a light for me and my children as not only are they the recipients of our mornings of gathering but so am I. I have learned so much from your guests (and you!) and have been able to take tips/ideas to add to what my own mornings look like. We truly have experienced Truth, Goodness and Beauty. God certainly has chosen you for this type of work and serving to others. Thank you for what you do!

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

  • Truth, goodness, and beauty
    by I'm Sonny from United States

    Need I say more? I am deeply grateful for this profound and practical resource as we seek to surround our children in the truth, in goodness, and in things beautiful. I leave feeling encouraged, refreshed, determined and equipped.

  • Very encouraging
    by .....hk..... from United States

    So helpful with recommendations for new things to do in morning time.

  • A wonderful podcast full of useful tips!
    by Klarnold79 from United States

    I have listened to almost every episode over the last few months on my morning runs and they have made me look forward to running! I have learned so much and have been inspired to add truth, goodness and beauty to our homeschool days. Thank you so much!!

  • Wow! Talk about a solid series!
    by KastenbauerFamily from United States

    Each episode is fabulous alone, and when you've been listening for a while, they all continue to be full of new information!

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

    I enjoy the variety of topics covered as well as Pam's cheerful personality. Thank you for being a cup of cold water for so many homeschool mamas.

  • Great guests and host
    by My Life as a Rinnagade from United States

    I love the people Pam has on and all the great morning time tips! Thanks for a wonderful show :).

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

    The ideas, information and encouragment that Pam shares through the different guests and talking about the purpose and practice of Your Morning Basket has been a huge blessing to our family. Helped me to practically see how to bring truth, beauty, and goodness to our day.

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

    I have just started listening and am gaining so much knowledge and practical advice. I can't wait to keep listening to more.

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

    I absolutely love Your Morning Basket podcasts. Pam interviews excellent people & so far, I've incorporated information from each podcast & have purchased many items that the interviewee's suggest. I think all families could benefit from this even if they don't homeschool! Thank you so much!

  • Love Pam's podcasts
    by Flourishing Mama from United States

    There are many homeschool related podcasts that I enjoy, both for their content and the host. But I must say that Pam Barnhill's podcasts are top-notch for the following reasons: 1) the content is both relevant AND in-depth, 2) she NEVER interrupts the guest speakers with incessant (annoying) "uh huhs," "ummms," and such, 3) she provides multiple lists and links to supplemental materials that are really useful and interesting, and 4) she shares forms she's created even though she could make you pay for them. She has a gift for tapping in to the issues homeschool moms are REALLY dealing with. Thanks Pam. Keep up the good work!

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

    Every episode inspires me to start my day bringing my children the true the good and the beautiful through our family time.

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

    Every time I see that I have a new podcast from Pam Barnhill I know it's going to be good. Every one I have listened to (which is all of them!) have helped, inspired and encouraged me in some way or another. Pam is so good at summarising what her interviewee has just spoken about; a great knack which helps me distill the main ideas from all that good conversation. I really like that she always has links to whatever is discussed so that I can go back to it in the future and find what I need.

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

    Such a help for a new homeschooler. Highly recommend that you check it out if you'd like to learn more about starting your day with morning time.

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

    This podcast is filled with great information to help you take full advantage of morning time or all together time in your homeschool. It also has great tips for extending your child education whether they are in public or private school as well. We all want to aid our kids in thier success and no matter if you are a homeschool parent or a public/private school teacher this podcast will enlighten you and provide valuable information you to to better help your students.

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

    One of my favorite podcasts and I love and subscribe to all of Pam's podcasts. Thank you for the fabulous interviews.

  • Must-Listen for Homeschooling Moms
    by DaffodilSocks from United States

    This podcast has revolutionized how I homeschool my young children. A must-listen.

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

    Love Pam and all of her podcasts - can't wait for new episodes!

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

    Just found this podcast and have been listening to them over the summer break. Pam is a great host and has fun guests and together they bring a lot of inspiration to the concept of morning time in homeschool. Thanks for the great resource!!

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

    I would not be exaggerating if I said that I have learned so much from this practical, encouraging podcast that has changed our homeschool. Thank you Pam!

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

    This podcast does a great job finding guests who give a ton of practical help to make morning time enjoyable and educational for everyone. I always feel reenergized after listening to any of Pam Barnhill's podcasts.

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

  • Such a wealth of information!
    by Jeaine6 from United States

    There is so much wonderful information to be found in these podcasts. I can go about my daily chores and fill my homeschool mom cup simultaneously! They allow me to look at areas of our hs that need improvement or just need new life and feel encouraged while I'm listening. Thank you!!

  • Encouraging & inspiring
    by God's Ranch Hand from United States

    So thankful for this podcast! I look forward to listening to each episode when it comes out.

  • Homeschool Professional Development!
    by Jo.W.17 from Canada

    As a new-ish homeschooling mama, I've found this podcast super encouraging and helpful. I would highly recommend it!

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

    I love the practical application that comes from this podcast! Thanks!

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

    This podcast has become my most favorite podcast on the subject of homeschooling. The topics discussed often go right to the heart of why I'm doing what I'm doing in our home--and God has really used the great advice shared in this show to help me be a more confident (and calmer!) teacher. Thank you, Pam, for creating such a great program! Already looking forward to next season.

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

    This podcast has absolutely changed my perspective on homeschooling, in a great way! All of the guests have been wonderful and I leave each episode feeling both sad that it is already over, and encouraged and excited to figure out how I can use what I’ve learned! It has a great flow to it, very light but meaningful, informative, encouraging….I could go on and on! Absolutely LOVE this podcast! Thanks to all involved!

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

  • Practical, helpful & concise tips
    by sproutnchic from United States

    This podcast continues to help. I appreciate the Pam Barnhill's professional, organized, yet warm interviewing style of some well-picked guests.

  • So refreshing and helpful
    by a. borealis from United States

    I've really appreciated the depth and breadth of Pam's look into Morning Time and also the practical ideas and tools to make it work. It is so inspiring! It helps me think through my own Circle Time, realizing what an opporunity I have. There are so many great ideas for additions and tweaking my approach. I am loving it.

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

    This podcast has been so helpful and packed full of practical ideas to use with my children!! Some of the episodes I have listened to more than once!!

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

    Pam makes this morning time concept so attainable! She gives great ideas but simple ways to begin. These tips and recommendations reach far beyond just morning time and are benefiting our entire homeschool and family life!

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

    This podcast is full of amazing ideas to grab my kids attention first thing in the morning. I love listening to Pam and her guests. Pam asks such great questions of her guests!

  • A Favorite for Homeschool Encouragement!
    by JamesDWitmer from United States

    I have been so encouraged by Pam's podcasts on Morning Time. She walks you through many of the wonderful activities that you can choose to include in your homeschooling, and also the details about how to do it! It has truly been a blessing. Thanks Pam!

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

    I just stumbled upon the "Your Morning Basket" podcast this weekend. I have already listened to 2 episodes, and they are wonderful - perfect for the homeschool mom. I am going to share this on my Periscope channel tomorrow. So great!! Jamie @OurLittleSchoolhouse.

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

    I love the idea of a morning basket, and this podcast has helped me learn a lot about the different ways it can look! I love all the different subjects she discusses within it!

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

    This podcast has been such a blessing to me! Informational and insightful, it opens a window into how other families incorporate morning time into their day, as well as what they fill it with. This has completely changed the rhythm and content of our days for the better. Our whole family has fallen in love with morning time! Thank you!!

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast! It has been so encouraging as I begin to implement Morning Time with my 5 girls. I have listened to them all & can't wait for more!

  • This podcast has changed our homeschool
    by Momof4athome from United States

    Pam has relieved some of the pressure to "get it all in". We now begin our day with the good true and beautiful in an almost effortless way and are all enjoying our time together before the "serious" subjects! Yay for the morning basket! Her guests are all lovely people you would want to have over for tea. I love this podcast.

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

    I am loving this podcast. I just stumbled across it after hearing the recommendation over at Read Aloud Revival. I have been wanting to start 'Morning Time' for a year now so this is giving me direction and so many wonderful and helpful tips and suggestions. I love Pam's enthusiasm and personality.

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

    I was lucky enough to find YMB and Pam’s other podcast, Homeschool Snapshots, when I started my first year of homeschool this year. These 2 podcasts have been SO helpful to me with getting ideas for morning time and the rest of our homeschool day. I am very grateful for the excellent work Pam has done on both of these podcasts, and I hope they continue for many more years!

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

    This podcast was inspiring and encouraging. It was a good blend of practical and theoretical and exactly what this tired homeschool mom needed to hear today to rejuvenate.

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

    Very well done! I really enjoyed listening! Very practical and informative.

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

    Pam lays out a feast of homeschooling topics that are relevant, helpful, and validating. The show is well organized and her interviews are clearly well thought out. In addition, Ms. Barnhill's relaxed and warm personality puts one at ease. It's like going to your favorite homeschool conference without leaving home!

  • I love this podcast, great content!
    by Sara V from United States

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast. The show is well organized with great guests and helpful information.

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

    I'm so happy that I found your podcast, it has truly blessed our homeschool life!

  • Wonderful help in my homeschool
    by BT and Jessica from United States

    This is a great resource for all homeschoolers (and I would say any educator). I am challenged to make sure I am giving my children truth, beauty and virtue through the morning ritual of our morning time. I’ve learned of new books to share with my children, how to incorporate fine arts, good habits for our day… I could go on and on. Pam asks great questions and has wonderful guests.

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Excellent inspiration and tips for homeschoolers! I have learned so much from this podcast.

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

    I have gotten SO many practical tips from this podcast! A must listen for homeschoolers!

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

    Another home-run podcast! Pam has a knack for inspiring great things in your homeschool! And the wonderful thing is she doesn't leave you with the "lofty ideal," but offers practical tips, aids, etc. all while encouraging you the whole way. Each interview is professionally done and such a joy to listen to! Thanks, Pam, for putting your heart into this! 🙂

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

    Like having a cup of coffee with a friend. So helpful and informative.

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

    This was been a great podcast about Morning Time! How encouraging and informative to hear from other homeschool moms who are in the midst of it all!

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

    I have finally had opportunity to listen to this podcast and regret not doing it sooner!!! Very informative and encouraging.

  • Full of Goodness, Truth and Beauty
    by CJMance from United States

    This is such an inspiration to get the beautiful ritual of morning time established. Thank you Pam!

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

    I'm so excited about this podcast! My kids range from ages 4 - 11, and I've been needing to reduce my workload a bit. I'm using the fantastic things I'm learning here to combine all my kids together for read-alouds, Bible time, memorization, and some other fun things. Thanks so much, Pam! I love your other podcast as well!

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

    I am so glad I found this podcast. Morning Basket / Circle Time / Morning Time - lots of interviews with families who make this part of their day a treasure for years to come. Just getting started homeschooling, and this is going to help shape our days. Thanks Pam.

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

    Loving learning about how so many families are using Morning Time in their homes!

  • Wonderful ideas for creating your best morning time.
    by Flowerpetal2 from Australia

    The ideas presented here are wonderful, it's great to hear how different families put together their morning time and how we can all make this a rich but simple time of beauty in our schooling days.

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

    Pam Barnhill is a truly excellent host and producer of podcasts. They are a pleasure to listen to, full of applicable and inspirational content. Unlike other podcasts in this genre, which are produced at home, Pam's podcasts never make me cringe because of awkward pauses or bad sound quality. Another of Pam's strengths is her ability to reflectively listen and summarize what she's heard from her guests in a way that wraps up the different segments of her interviews. Well done, Pam!

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

    We’re just starting out with morning time and this podcast has been an invaluable source of inspiration and ideas. Keep up the good work!

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

    I’m always counting down the days until the next podcast…one of the best homeschooling podcasts out there!

  • Among the Best I’ve Heard
    by More Like Mary from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie so when I say that this is among the best, that’s really a compliment! Pam is an excellent interviewer. She re-states main ideas and summarizes information in a way that is helpful and not condescending. She asked poignant questions and stays on topic. Her guests are phenomenal and I’ve learned so much from each episode. So far, this podcast is “big picture” homeschooling talk with lots of tips for implementing lofty ideals into daily life. The perfect combination. I will be looking forward to many more of these!

  • Gave me the tools I needed!
    by Momofmany:) from United States

    This podcast is amazing. (I am spoiled now; the quality alone is superb!) I have listened to the four current episodes several times and now understand "morning time" in a way I never have before-- in particular, the schole part. I've longed for restful learning for ten years, and now I have tools to actually do it. Our whole family has benefitted so much. Thank you, Pam!!

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

    Pam Barnhill’s new podcast on Morning Time is a great help to those of us who are homeschooling. I’ve only listened to the first episode so far, but it’s wonderfully encouraging to hear Cindy Rollins’ talking through her own experiences with Morning Time. I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes with others who are focusing their schools on the important things - the true, good, and beautiful.

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

    I just started listening to the first podcast this morning and I am completely hooked on this podcast. I took the advice in the first podcast and just started with morning time. Instead of trying to “give birth to an adult” morning time I just started doing something and will add things in as this becomes a habit. Thanks for the wonderful tool!! I am now off to listen to episode 2!!

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

  • A Gift to the Homeschool Community
    by HGPII from United States

    This podcast is so well done, informative, and just what the homeschooling moms needs. It includes achievable, sound suggestions as well as an abundant dose of inspiration. I can’t wait to revamp my Morning Time and watch the results!

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

    I have enjoyed Your Morning Basket from its first episode! I am a second generation homeschooler and just started our own family's homeschooling journey. Thanks to YMB, I implemented our "circle time" starting our second week of school and it has been such a blessing to me already even its very simple form of prayer, Psalm, Mother Goose, and then read-aloud time with my kindergartner. My 2 and 4 year olds also love it and it encourages me to include things in our day that might get left out, like nursery rhymes and simple children's songs! Thanks to Pam and YMB I feel like I am starting out with a great centering tool and routine that can be expanded and adapted as we grow!

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

    Your Morning Basket Podcast is a great resource for to help implement morning time into your homeschool day. I have enjoyed every episode so far.

  • Thank you for wonderful bonus at the end!
    by Caj312 from United States

    I just discovered this show and listened to the first 4 episodes. All were inspiring and I loved the useful links at the end of the show that help me improve my homeschool days! Well done and I look forward to the next episode.

  • One of my VERY favorites
    by Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventure from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, but YMB ranks among my very, very favorites. If you’re a homeschooling mother, or a mom who wants to connect with your children and show them truth, goodness and beauty, this is a must listen. Kudos, Pam, on a another amazing podcast series.

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

    I’ve been trying to figure out morning time on my own, but Pam with this podcast has figuratively sat down with me and explained how to get things going. I’m so glad to have this resource at the beginning of my family's homeschool journey! The Basket Bonuses have also been so helpful.

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

    Thank you Pam for a great podcast, I am really enjoying it. I always come away inspired and with ideas I can use!

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

    I have been listening to the Your Morning Basket podcasts recently and Pam's blog writings about creating morning time traditions with your children and I feel like it has made a huge positive difference in our homeschool. I love Pam's ideas for creating a restful learning environment and focusing on truth, goodness, and beauty as we begin our day together. I listen to these podcasts over and over and take notes!

  • Excellent for homeschooling veterans and newbies
    by ASnow512 from United States

    I'm very new to homeschooling and I'm still deciding if our family will pursue that path. This podcast has been such a wealth of information and a wonderful encouragement!

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

    I was immediately inspired to create a more cohesive structure to our homeschool mornings. This podcast is full of helpful suggestions to make morning time meaninful for every type of homeschooling family. I've already implemented many of the wonderful suggestions and I can already see the benefits! An absoulte must for the homeschooling family!

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

    What an amazing podcast! This podcast has wonderful suggestions for bringing joy to (or back to) your homeschool. Everything is doable and enjoyable for the children and parents alike. Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

    This is our first year of homeschooling and I am really enjoying the concept of morning time. It is a sweet way to start our day together and this podcast has been amazing! Enjoyable, super practical, and filled with lots of creative ideas. Thanks for creating it.

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

    Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast is one not to be missed! She and her guests inspire and spur me on to do great things in our homeschool, but it's not just adding more to my to-do list. There are practical suggestions for how to make morning time a refreshing and vital part of our day.

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

    I have been homeschooling for a many years. I like that I can count on Pam to make to make it worth my while (and my short amount of time!) for a listen. As always, practical info I can start using right away.

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

    Love Pam's interviews. I learn much from each poscast!

  • A Joy to Listen to!
    by Cude 🙂 from United States

    I am thoroughly enjoying this new podcast! I love to listen to people who encourage me on my homeschooling journey and I have added Your Morning Basket to my list.

  • JUST what I needed!!!
    by Foodie in Training from United States

    This is our first year homeschooling (Kinder) and this podcast has been INCREDIBLY helpful and a GREAT source of information!!! I cannot wait for more to come! <3 THANK YOU!!!!

  • Practical - worth a listen!
    by Bloggerific! from United States

    As a homeschooling mom of 6, my free time is limited. But I always come away with some practical, useful tips from Pam Barnhill. I love to listen if I’m alone in the car (rare these days!).

  • Well done [FIRST NAME]
    by MattMcWilliams from United States

    WOW… Your Morning Basket Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Pam. Keep bringing it.

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

    What a great podcast. At first I was dubious whether you could have an entire podcast series about homeschooling using morning time, but now that I have listened to two of them, I see where Pam is going with this. It is affirming for me in what I am trying to do in our homeschool, and at the same time inspires me in ways to improve and refine our time together as a homeschooling family. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to simplify their homeschool efforts while simultaneously enriching their family's experience!

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

    I absolutely love it. Ever since I read about morning time, I wanted to know more. This podcast clearly explains what to do and how to do it. Episode with Cindy Rollins was brilliant. It gives you the overall idea of morning time practice, as she is doing it for 27 years. Andrew Pudewa in second episodes shared some insights about memorisation, which really makes so much sense. Pam asks clear questions and then repeats the main points in answer, which is very helpful, especially for new homeschooling mums. Overall this programme has everything one can ask for to get inspired and motivated. Thanks very much for putting so much effort. Well done.

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

    I have really appreciated everything Pam Barnhill puts out. I have been introduced to so many great homeschoolers and their resources through The Homeschool Snapshots podcast, and I love that she is digging deeper into a great homeschooling practice on her new show, Morning Basket. It is definitely on my Must Listen list each week!

  • Bring the best you to your homeschool
    by mystiewinckler from United States

    Our Morning Time is the best part of our homeschool, and Pam’s podcast helps us learn how to make it even better and encourages us to pursue the true, good, and beautiful still more. So helpful!

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

    I've only recently found out about Morning Baskets, after 14 years of homeschooling. What a find! And now to have these podcasts to help guide me along on my new journey! I've been sharing this like crazy, and my morning routine is fabulous now! Thank You!

  • Education to Educate
    by Isaac in St Louis from United States

    I have gained so much from these first two early podcasts. I am grateful to you, Pam. Thank you for offering this as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty and privilege to give our children an education. Please continue. I see such great things coming from this. I rank this up their with Circe’s offerings.

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

    When you're on the homeschool "circuit" it's easy to become one of Andrew Pudewa's groupies. So the excitement level for Pam's newest podcast doubled when I opened it on my iPhone and saw Andrew's name. I was remiss in not reviewing her first segment. Pam is a wonderful interviewer and has the ability to make conversation with her guests based on their answers and move seamlessly to her following questions. That is not easy to do. Highly recommend this to parents who Homeschool. Encouraging, motivating, and validating.

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

    So inspiring! This podcast is what I needed to get our homeschool off to a great start this year. I will not miss an episode.

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

    I've always thought memory work was so important in my 8 years as a teacher in a high school setting. I often required memorization and was criticized for this requirement. I recently decided to homeschool my children and this podcast was so affirming to me. I am glad to be able to follow my instincts as a teacher and give my kids what they deserve! Thank you for this wonderful podcast that inspired me to make memory work an important part of my homeschool.

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

    I knew I would enjoy this podcast but I didn't know that I would LOVE it! As our family has moved more and more towards a simplified homeschool method, this podcast is just the thing to reaffirm our choices and continuously inspire us with new ideas. I can't wait for each new episode!

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

    This is just the kind of podcast I need to breathe life into my homeschool year. I’m so grateful for this new show, and Pam is a talented host. I won’t miss an episode!

  • Delightful...a Must Listen
    by 1coltsfamily from United States

    While I have heard Cindy Rollins speak about morning time before, I was pleasantly surprised to glean many new nuggets of wisdom that I can incorporate right away into our morning time. I always enjoy listening to Pam and find her questions spot on! The podcast is a wonderful balance of inspiration and practical tips. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

    So lovely and inspiring! Looking forward to more...

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

    A great resource for homeschool moms and so well put-together. Full of useful information, not fluff. Pam has a wonderful conversation style that keeps the show moving at a steady pace. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one!

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