YMB #109 What if My Kids Fight in Morning Time: A Conversation with Lynna Sutherland

It happens to all of us. We cozy up with our kids and a good book expecting a blissful Morning Time of family learning when all of a sudden, “He hit me!” erupts from the couch. How are we supposed to focus on truth, goodness, and beauty with bickering, punching, and yelling are going on in our living room? Is it even worth the effort when all our kids want to do is duke it out in Morning Time? Let’s get some strategies and talk about that very topic today with our guest Lynna Sutherland.


So it’s not, if you’re having kids that are bickering, it’s not, oh, I missed the memo or page two was missing from my instruction manual, or I somehow don’t know the secret that all the other moms know, because this is something that we all deal with from time to time and in different phases and seasons of parenting. 

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone, and welcome to episode 109 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I am so happy that you are joining me here today. On today’s episode of the show, we are dealing with one of those things that we all deal with.

Every single family that homeschools every single family that does Morning Time, we all have issues sometimes with our children bickering and fighting when we are trying to do family learning. And that is exactly the thing that we’re going to be talking about on today’s episode of the show. Now I have my good friend, Lynna Sutherland here from the sibling relationship lab, and she’s going to be talking about some strategies you can use to reduce the number of times that your kids might fight and bicker, and then ways that you can reach their heart and Morning Time as well to get to the heart of some of the issues that are really going on when the fighting and the bickering happen. So I think you’re really going to love this particular episode of the podcast. 

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Lynna Sutherland is a mother of eight, always homeschooled kiddos. She loves encouraging moms in the freedom of homeschooling and the blessings of gospel-centered relationship building. Lynna writes at siblingrelationshiplab.com and is the host of the Sibling Relationship podcast.
Lynna, welcome to the show.
Hey, thanks for having me, Pam. It's good to be here.
I am so glad that you are here because I need help with the topic that we're talking about today. Not just because people ask me about it because we need help in my family. And so today's topic is all about kids that don't get along in Morning Time. I have people ask me all the time. I want to do Morning Time. This is something that I think would just be great for my family, but my kids are always fighting. They're always bickering with each other. I just want to quit. How do I make the bickering stop? Is it something that I'm doing wrong?
No. Kids are human beings, right? So they're gonna have their own struggles, just like we do. And one of the things I was thinking about as I was getting ready to come on here is how frustrating it can be when you're trying to do Morning Time and they're fighting. In our minds, Morning Time is we're just going to soak in the true and the good and the beautiful, and it's just going to be like this Sonlight catalog moments in our homeschool. And we will just begin our day so inspired with all these things. And so to have that be a time of tension and people are fighting, everything can be super discouraging, but I'm glad you mentioned that you have that struggle. I've definitely had that struggle. So I think first thing is to remember that this is pretty typical, even I'm sure the moms in the Sonlight catalog, their kids fight with each other. So it's not, if you're having kids that are bickering, it's not, oh, I missed the memo or page two was missing from my instruction manual. Or I somehow don't know the secret that all the other moms know, because this is something that we all deal with from time to time and in different phases and seasons of parenting.
Yeah, I do. I think it, there are times when I notice that it's worse in times when it's better. And I think for years and years, I think one of the things that really helped us was we moved to the table and did Morning Time at the table. And when my kids were younger, just that kind of giving them a space there where they were occupied with something else with their hands really helped.
Now that they're surly teenagers, they don't necessarily want him to be sitting there doing something with their hands. And so I think we fall into the idle hands are the devil's workshop kind of area.
So I have, now that you say that I have seen it come and go with seasons and, but yeah, I think it's good to hear it's not just one person. It's not just me. It's not just you, everybody struggles with this from time to time. Yeah. Okay. So is it bad? What can we do about this?
Yeah. So I think the first step is, is step back in, evaluate if there's something that you can do practically, just to eliminate unnecessary struggles.
So what you just mentioned, oh, we're going to sit at the table and everybody's going to have something to do with their hands. Yeah. That doesn't touch on the heart issues. It doesn't fix characters, but that's okay. Not everything has to be a lesson that you take all the way to the extreme in every situation. Sometimes you just eliminate struggles.
So if you've got, I know some moms use binders for Morning Time where they have the memory work or the songs that they're singing. If two kids are sharing a binder and they're tussling over it. Get another binder, just little practical things that you can do. There's no shame. I know some moms have said, oh, I feel like that's cheating. I should make them learn how to work together. Like mama, you will have infinite opportunities for your children to learn how to work together. It's okay to say, the same thing when moms say, well, they always fight over who sits where in the car, if you're in a hurry on the way to church, you say, you sit there, be quiet. We're going to church. Like not everything has to be a, let's make this into a big relationship experience where we talk about our feelings and we work out all the character issues that we have going on. So if you can eliminate little things like that, another one that I've noticed, and this might be relevant, especially as you said, if you've got older kids, I got to the place where people's bodies were different. So they were sleeping and waking up at different times. So my kids range in age from 16 to four, right? So the little ones are up at six and ready to run a marathon. And the 16 and 15-year-olds would like to sleep until noon. And so trying to get everybody into one place at one time was challenging because I'm trying to herd along the older ones, wake up, eat your breakfast. Did you brush your teeth yet? Do your chores. And the little ones I've already been sitting there for 10 minutes and they're starting to lose it. And we haven't even started Morning Time yet. So what we ended up having to do was to switch to a different time of the day, where everybody was into their day. And I could just grab them and say, come on, let's do this. And then you can go back to your thing. So there wasn't this big discrepancy of who was ready and who was awakened friendly and ready to be around other human beings and little tweaks like that, that you can do are just, just practical things that can help to ease the tensions.
And another thing with the sitting at the table, I've noticed with sometimes having individual chairs versus the sofa situation. Because again, just like clear boundaries, this is your seat. This is not your seat. Whereas when you're on the sofa, like his toes are on my seat. He's I'm supposed to be in. Or I know Amy Sloan has talked about how the kids were fighting over, who sits next to mom. Okay. We'll make up a rotation, just rotate through again, it doesn't always have to be like, oh, we're going to deal with the heart of the issue. And we're going to have a character growth moment. Like it's okay to just make use of as many different practical strategies as you can to help this be a calm, smooth time and like with anything else, I think if you've gotten into a rut and I would say this, if it was math, I would say this. If it was any other area of homeschooling, pull back, do as much as you can do successfully. So even if that means you have a five-minute Morning Time, right? We're all gonna get together. We're all going to say the Lord's prayer. And then we're going to sing the song that we all like, hooray. What a lovely Morning Time have a nice day guys. And that's not to say you have to stay there forever, but sometimes especially if the kids are like, oh morning, okay. We kind of need to reset that a little bit like the schooling, but you're having to do that in your own homeschool, pull back, do just what you can do to feel like you've ended on a happy note, send everybody on their way. Like what Sarah Mackenzie says with reading books, stop at the end of the chapter. If they want more good, don't read anymore. Tell them like, oh, now you're looking forward to it for tomorrow. You have to come back tomorrow for the rest. So yeah, those are some kind of the practical strategies you can.
I'd love that. I love the always leave them wanting more. It's so important. And then I love that. You're like, it's okay. It's okay to focus on the practical. We don't have to always be changing hearts here. Sometimes we do need to get through our day and that's completely okay. And then you mentioned the going to church that made me think about a couple years ago, my kids would, we would be going to music lessons and it was always a thing. It was always a thing of who's going to go first. I had two kids doing music lessons and it was always, who's going to go first and who's going to go second. And we tried to do a rotation. Now I realized music lessons is not sitting next to mom, but we were trying to do a rotation. And finally, I just got tired of the rotation. It was a constant, I did it first. Last time I did it. And I just said, you go first every week. And that's just the way it is. Sorry. That's just one of those things.
Like one of my husband's favorite, one of my husband's favorite lines, I believe this is a quote from Ben Franklin, but I might be misattributing, but the quote is “be governed by God or by God, you'll be governed.” If you have the maturity to work this out on your own, that's fabulous. You guys can trade. Who goes first? You guys can take turns sitting next to mom, whatever. But if you're not going to demonstrate that you're able to handle that level of responsibility, sorry, I gotta be the boss and be in charge and make the decision.
Yeah, I love it. Yeah. And some, and it's okay. It's okay to just make a decision. You are not going to scar your children for life, right. And making a decision and saying, this is what you're going to do at this time. You're talking, maybe think about our couch and how it's horrible. That the people who make couches, they make three cushions on a couch. And I have two children who need to sit on the couch and there is no way to divide those three cushions fairly and equitably.
I just need like custom couch. Do you want this space divided into five cushions? Four cushions, two cushions.
Yeah, exactly. It's always a struggle. And so finally I just looked at him and said, you're the biggest person. You get two cushions. And you're the small person. You get one cushion. I'm sorry, it's over. We're not talking about how much room.
Yep. Yeah.
Yeah. I love that. Okay. So other than our practical issues, what if we're doing our Morning Time and all of a sudden tensions start to escalate as the mom, I'm sure this would never happen with anybody else other than me. But as the mom, I feel myself getting all tense inside, and maybe dragon yelling mom is about to come out or maybe even I'm fairly calm and I need to call my kid what are some things that we can do?
Yeah. So actually, one of the things that I think is really wonderful about homeschooling is that we all are going to see each other struggles, which doesn't sound super wonderful. But one of the things I've talked to moms a lot about before is what do I do if I have this one kid who has this struggle and how do I talk to the siblings about it?
And I think that there's this sense of, I don't want to gossip. I don't want to talk bad about one kid to another kid. And there's some wisdom there and being careful how you talk about your other children. But when we see our yuckiness on display in front of each other all the time, it's not a matter of gossip. It's that this child struggles with getting very upset when they think someone's laughing at them or that this child struggles with being cheerful first thing in the morning, we don't have to pretend like it's a super big secret what everybody else's struggles are. And we have an opportunity to observe that. And it's a great time to practice even just reminding kids. One of the things I've been talking a lot about recently is surprise. So oftentimes when we have a conflict in our house, it's not because something like super evil and terrible happen. It's because there's some surprise. I thought I was going to sit in that chair today, but someone else is there. It's just, you're caught off guard. And so then you have these emotions that kind of are erupt because you're like, oh, I didn't know that person was going to sit there.
I didn't know that we have to do this. And Morning Time video. I thought we're going to do something else or whatever those emotions can come up. And so they tell you if you're angry, count to 10 before you say anything, that's a really good strategy to use when someone else is upset too. So this child is just sitting in a chair, someone else walks in, discovers that they're in the chair they thought they were going to get from Morning Time, and day react. And so the child who's already in the chair can be helped to learn, instead of just saying, no, this is my, see, how is he? Okay. Obviously, this child has had a surprise and they've got some feelings that happen all of a sudden, just give it a second. Might need to calm down for a moment. And you can also encourage what the other children like. Okay. So we've got some big feelings. What do we do when we've got big feelings, we can count backwards from 10. We can breathe.
Have the kids do something with their hands, the fold, your hands, and then move your fingers one at a time. Just something that kind of gives them a chance, something else to focus on so that they can cool down for a minute. And as you said, Pam, sometimes we're experiencing those same things. And I think one of the best ways ever to talk to our kids about emotions and struggles like that is to use ourselves as an example, because nobody wants to sit in a room where you're dressing down one person. They're the bad example in the story. But if you're using yourself, then nobody else feels like they're being called out. And it helps them to remember that struggling with feelings or being kind to somebody when they're not doing what you wish they would do. It's not something that you stop struggling with because you turn 18 or because you're a grownup sized body or something like we all are continuing to struggle with this. This is normal. This is growing in this world. This is learning to live in love with other people who are human and sinful, just like we are.
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So some really great strategies there. I want to unpack. I love the fact of, like you said, describe it. You said the reason the person gets upset is because it's a surprise to them. And I think that's a great way to describe it to other kids because they've all felt that way. They've all been in that spot where they didn't really intend to be upset this morning. They just came downstairs and somebody else was drinking out of the blue cup and they had been wanting, or somebody ate the last of the Honey Nut Cheerios. And they had really been wanting Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast. And so now they're surprised by it. And I think that's something that everyone can relate to. But I also love the idea that if it's the other person who's surprised and upset, you count backwards from 10 because that's often what happens in my house is it's the one, it's the one person who gets upset, and then it just, they fall like dominoes and everybody gets upset.
If you can stop and think about counting to 10 before you get and just, Hey, that other person was surprised. Let me just step back for a minute. I think it could really be helpful in cutting the tension actually as a mom, I'm thinking, oh yeah, Let me count.
I know it's definitely my MO that I have to fight against when I see a child being angry like that. I want to step in, no, this is not how you respond. This is, and if I had just given 10 seconds, they might've been able to come to that conclusion themselves. They might've just been able to cool down a minute and go, oh, okay. That person wasn't really doing anything malicious or intentionally unkind. It just happened. Circumstances worked out such that I didn't get the thing I thought I was going to have.
Yeah. Yeah. I had one come up to me the other day and apologize for being grumpy at the beginning of Morning Time. So this was at the end of Morning Time. And they came up at the, at the end and apologize for being grumpy at the beginning. And I'm like, wow. And that the reasoning was I'm sorry. I just, I wasn't able to go to sleep last night and that's not how it started. It didn't start with this explanation of, my teenage body is so out of sorts, I wasn't able to fall asleep. It started as really grumpy talking back kind of stuff like that. But it ended with, I'm sorry that I was like that. And so we do eventually get there.
Yeah. Yeah. And I think that's ideally what you want in the long run, because even if you can, with the eyes of a mom, look and go, I know exactly what's going on here. They didn't sleep well last night, now they're taking it out on the siblings. Like I could explain this to them A to Z. And they, I could show them exactly where they went wrong and what choices they made and blah, blah, blah. But if they don't see it, then they often just wind up feeling picked on or like you're being unfair to them. And so if they come to the place where they can see for themselves, oh yeah, this is the connection and this is how I handled it.
What do you do? Like you're passionate about Morning Time, and it's really important to you. And it seems every time you try it, it is just not worth it. Should you keep trying?
I think this is the same with anything else in homeschooling, we hear about something and we think, yes, this is good. This is important. I really want to do this in my homeschool. And then you have to put boots on the ground. So what does that going to look like? What am I going to include? How am I going to, and then we get down the road where Morning Time is now this thing, it's these six activities.
And we do this. And, and we get so focused on doing those things that we forget the why. Why did we originally start this? What was our original goal? And if your goal is, I really want my children, I don't want homeschooling to be about them, just checking boxes and getting the next lesson done and finishing the third-grade book and whatever I want them to love learning.
Then, you know, if Morning Time truly is making them hate learning, then yeah. I think you need to step back from it if you're impeding your original goals. But I think oftentimes what's happening is it's not Morning Time itself. That's making them hate learning. We've just gotten stuck in a rut or something. We need to change things up a little bit, but what really helps us cause that, you know, again, you think A, I really want my children to love learning and to observe the true and the good and the beautiful, what is that going to look like B, it's going to look like we do these things. Well C those things are, we're getting into a lot of conflict and people are unhappy.
And instead of going back to A, I want them to enjoy these things, to appreciate beauty and truth and goodness, how do I do that? We go back to B, I have to make, B work. Instead of saying my original goal was this, is there just a different way to do that right now?
Oh, I liked that.
Yeah. I like that a lot. Okay. So a little bit off script here. I'm going to throw something at you because this happens sometimes. What happens if Morning Time is great for 90% of the family and there's just the one kid.
Yeah. And I think actually I was going to say a lot of times that's what's happening and we can, as moms, we can be like, oh, Morning Time is awful. But if you lay in bed at night and you're thinking like, oh, I got to wake up tomorrow and do Morning Time is gonna be awful. The thing about it is it really like, what's awful about it or what's making you dread it because sometimes it really is like just one kid who is having a really tough time.
It's not really like everything of Morning Time is failing, but that kind of dark cloud settles over your you're thinking about Morning Time. And you're like, oh, Morning Time is awful. But no, it's just this one, this one piece, or this one child who's really struggling. And I would say that's a good time to have a conversation with them independently.
And depending on their age, if they're little and you need, you may need to do some problem solving for them. Okay. You're just going to sit in the high chair and play with Play-Doh during this time. Or maybe you have to do something for awhile, just do Morning Time in a room where most people can sit, but one person can, the little person can run around and play or something like that. But if it's an older child, who's able to articulate what their concerns are. Then I think that's a really good opportunity to bring them along the path of not just do it because I said, but like, why are we doing this? What's our goal, and help them to see your vision for homeschooling, I don't want homeschooling to just be filling out worksheets for you. I want you to have the opportunity to engage with big ideas and think about things and appreciate the beauty of God's world and creation. Whatever's driving you to do Morning, time, help them to come on board with that and then see if there's anything they can share with you about why is it difficult?
So maybe it's a teenager. Who's just having a super hard time wanting to sing hymns at seven in the morning, or maybe it's a child who's feeling really anxious that I'm not going to get my schoolwork done. If I have to keep sitting here and other people are taking too long to get here and it's wasting away my day and I wish I could, whatever. Then maybe you need to readjust expectations for that child. Or maybe they can do their handwriting work while you're singing songs and Morning Time, or just something where you're acknowledging like, okay, I hear you. I get why this is frustrating for you. How can we do this? So that we're achieving the goals that I think are important, but also acknowledging your particular needs or what challenges this is posing for you.
Yeah, I know that's a big thing that comes up a lot. When moms are trying to start Morning Time later, they discovered the practice. They've fallen in love with the idea that it's everything they really wanted their homeschool to be. And then you have this. I always pick on the 11-year-old boy. I've had two. So you have the 11-year-old boy whose mom, I really just want to get done and go outside and ride my bike. Please don't add on more things. And we always try to get them to say, Hey, first of all, choose something that, that 11-year-old boy is really going to enjoy doing first, don't start with Shakespeare or poetry, but get like architecture or something. Really.
There's a lot of beauty in that. But then also Morning Time is not always just about adding more things on. It's also about replacing some other things well. Or my 12-year-old boy likes to pull out his cursive book during Morning Time. And just go ahead and get that box checked for the day. And there's nothing. There's nothing that stops him from doing that. It's something he can practice that copy work while we're reciting. So I think, yeah, being aware of their time and being mindful of their time and I'm searching for a different word and I'm not finding it respectful of their time, maybe even as well.
So we've talked a lot about kind of these coping strategies for Morning Time, but let's talk about Morning Time as an opportunity for really fostering some of these sibling relationships. Because I like to say all the time Morning Time is about relationship. That's a large part of why we come together and learn as a family because we do have these wonderful jokes as much as we fight. Okay. They fight. I don't fight as much as they fight. There are still some great laughs that come out of Morning Time and some wonderful discussions and shared stories and just things I wouldn't trade for the world. That's what makes it worth it for me to do it. If we're going to get there, can we use Morning Time as a way to shore up some of these sibling relationships that need to be nurtured and how?
Yeah, absolutely. So a couple of thoughts there. First of all, you know, we say in homeschooling in general that you need to be a student of your child. And we typically think of that in terms of, oh, what's their learning style or what time of day do they have the most focus and attention or things like that? We think of it academically. But of course, that's especially true with our children in terms of their hearts and what they're dealing with. Because I think as moms, as homeschool moms, especially we're super good at like troubleshooting.
Okay, we're having this issue. We're going to rearrange the schedule. We're going to do this thing. We're going to, as we said before, find to use practical strategies, but we have to slow down in our thinking enough to observe our individual children. And where are they struggling? What are they working on? What are the things that they're conflict we think about happening in between two people, but there's nothing there's only air between two people. Conflicts really happen in one heart and in another heart. And if we're really going to get to the bottom of the conflict, where especially if there's like a repetitive conflict, that's coming up over and over again, like we see these two kids are always fighting about this thing. Then going back to what's going on in this heart and what's going on in that heart and helping them to understand that.
And it might not be something that you talk about with them in Morning Time. But again, like you're all there together. As a family, mom is observing this. You're seeing these patterns and these interactions, and it's helping you to understand what's going on or what might be the particular temptation or struggle that's driving some of these conflicts. This is a great opportunity to pray for one another.
And I don't mean make it weird. Please help Johnny be stopped, being such a jerk. Please help Susie to care about her school work and work harder. If you can ask them to request something that they'd like prayer for, and it doesn't have to be deep. It doesn't have to be, they don't have to be aware of their character issues or whatever, but just by requesting prayer, I hope I can play with my robot mermaid today. Then they're just hearing each other's needs and interests. And it's really powerful to hear your sibling pray for you. Something that you've said is important to you. And then dear Lord, please help Paisley a lot to be able to play with her robot mermaid today. Just it's just an opportunity. It's a simple way to serve one another to show that you care for one another.
Morning Time is also probably the best time to talk about relationship things because we know with test anxiety, you can understand something, but then the anxiety of the moment and being tested on it can put it all out of your head. And you're not able to remember recall what you know, and all that. The same thing is true about being able to teach our children big lessons when they're in the moment of a conflict. So when they're in conflict and they're afraid they're going to get in trouble, or they're afraid they're not going to get to sit in the front seat or whatever it is they're tussling over is really not an ideal time for them to learn big life lessons and think about their emotions and all that, that really needs to happen outside the time of conflict. And so if you can do some of that during Morning Time, it doesn't feel like, you know, oh, we're just having this discussion because just pull the sister's hair. And so now we have to have a big family meeting and talk about kindness. And yet it's something that you fold in as a regular part of your day, and talking about emotions or talking about relationships or smoothing versus ruffling. Think about a feather when you have a feather on a bird and you can smooth versus ruffle. So if you have to talk to somebody about something hard, or if they're upset, are you, is your language smoothing or is it ruffling? So you're doing this, not in a way where any one person feels like they're on the spot. It's just a regular part of the conversation. And even just a regular part of the conversation to talk about your inner thought life and your emotions, because in some families, that's not like a regular thing that kids are used to thinking about. Yeah. What was I thinking when I did that? Or what, what emotions were driving that decision. It's just not something that's regularly discussed. So Morning Time can be a great time to just sprinkle in some of those discussions.
Books are a fabulous way to do that. One of my favorites is Wonder because it does such a great job of you see the story from one person's perspective. And you're like, oh, he's the bad guy. And then you read further and you're like, oh wow. He was dealing with something we didn't realize. And you're looking at the same scenario from different people's perspectives and learning essentially empathize that different people are dealing with different issues. That's causing them to have different reactions.
Yeah. Yeah. I liked that idea of using the books and the literature or something like that, feather just, which are, maybe you're doing nature study. Maybe you're not, maybe you just pick up a feather one day and say, see, I'm going to do this and this, and it's not okay. Now we're going to have this big lesson on kindness. But using those little object kinds of things or literature to spark that conversation and bring it up. Yeah. So I do like that.
That, that's a really great suggestion,
Lynna, thank you so much for coming on today. I have a prediction that this is just going to be a really big listened to episode because I know this is something that not just I struggle with, but lots of other people struggle with as well. And you have given us some wonderful suggestions and another way that you can bring these kinds of conversations into your Morning Time is through some devotionals. Lynna has her Sibling Investigations Devotionals, which you can find on her website at siblingrelationshiplab.com. These are a great fit for your Morning Time, because they're a little devotional that you're going to be able to do and have some of these conversations and ask your kids some questions away from the conflict. And if you use the code Basket25, you can get 25% off any of these until February 28th.
So do go over and check some of those out and add, maybe add one or two of those to your Morning Time. So it's good to know I'm not alone. Thank you for coming today.
Definitely not alone. Everything I've shared here today is right out of the trenches, right? Like how do I have all these thoughts? These are things I'm dealing with in my homeschool every day and scratching my head and what should I do about this?
Thanks for having me.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the resources that Lynna and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at Pambarnhill.com/ymb109. And also over there, you can find a link to our month of Morning Time at sample plans that you can download absolutely free.
I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another great homeschooling interview. I hope you join us until then keep on seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Why Kids Fight in Morning Time

Everyone has challenges with their kids in Morning Time. It’s part of normal family life. If we step back and evaluate the root of our Morning Time struggles we can find ways to eliminate them.

You don’t have to use every sibling struggle as a learning experience. There will be plenty of opportunities in parenting to address heart issues in our children. Sometimes, it’s better to settle the conflict.

One of the other advantages that we have in homeschooling is the ability to see each other at our worst. Though this isn’t easy, it’s an opportunity to learn to love others, even when they are at their worst.

You can use Morning Time to talk about heart issues with everyone outside of a specific conflict. If we as moms are taking the time to reflect on what is going on in our children’s hearts we can address those things in a non-threatening way during Morning Time.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:25] Meet Lynna Sutherland
  • [5:03] What Do We Do About the Bckering in Morning Time
  • [10:41] When Tensions Get High
  • [16:51] When It Doesn’t Feel Worth It
  • [22:19] Building Relationships in Morning Time

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  • Morning time will change your life
    by RachBoz from United States

    I’ve listened to YMB and Pam off and on for years, and she literally changed my life 7 years ago when I was just starting to homeschool. I’m so thankful for her ministry and encouragement to homeschool moms of all ages! I highly recommend doing morning time!

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

    This podcast is amazing and has helped me so much as recovering perfectionist homeschooling mama! Pam gives so much great insight into so many aspects of life and focusing on homeschooling.

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

    This podcast has been so great. It’s so practical and encouraging without being overly preachy or narrow. It gives ideas in a take-what-fits kind of way. I have used many of the recommended resources and ideas mentioned and been inspired by many others. Even the episodes that I found less relevant to me specifically, often had tidbits that I could use. Pam’s podcasts, books, and resources have been a godsend to me in my beginning years of homeschooling, helping me discover my own way to teach my kids in a way that prioritizes what is most important to us.

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

    Pam, My children are almost 11 and 13 and I never sent this review in! I found it sitting here. This is testimony that I am still so blessed by this podcast years later. So here it is: I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

    Love your content and the guests you have visiting the show! I am a huge believer in using the morning hours well. Thank you for your direction and products!

  • 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!