YMB #92 Growth Mindset for Kids: A Conversation with Ginny Kochis

Growth mindset is a hot buzz word in the education world these days, but what do you do if it makes you feel a little, well, uncomfortable. All that self talk can sometimes seem like a little too much dependence on self and not enough dependence on God and His will. That is why I am chatting today with Ginny Kochis who approaches the idea of growth mindset from a Christian perspective. How can we balance our belief in ourselves and our abilities with our need for God’s grace and help. That is what we seek to answer here. Enjoy!


Having a growth mindset allows you to ameliorate those feelings and feel, you know, more, if not confident, at least that you can conquer the things that you feel need adjustment. I mean, because no one is perfect, you know, and, and we’re all gonna make mistakes, but we can’t let those mistakes define us.

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 92 of the, Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, growth mindset for kids is something that we hear talked about often in the homeschool world. These days, the buzzword just seems to be everywhere, but something we don’t hear talked about often is growth mindset from a Christian perspective. And that’s why I’m so happy to have Ginny Kochis on the podcast today. We always want to be having positive self-talk, but as a Christian people, we also want to remember that God is there to help us with that. And that’s exactly what Ginny and I are going to be chatting about today.

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Ginny Kochis is an author of multiple books, including made for greatness, a growth mindset journal for courageous Catholic youth. She is a blogger at not so formulaic where she shares passionately about Catholic motherhood homeschooling and provides tons of resources for parenting differently, wired kids. She also advocates for gifted and twice-exceptional children through her private community, the Zelie society, which is a place specifically for moms who are raising and homeschooling gifted 2E children. But most importantly, she is a mom of three living the joys and the challenges of homeschooling Ginny, welcome to the program.
Thank you so much, Pam. It's great to be here. I am so Happy that you're here. Start off by telling me a little bit about yourself and your homeschool.
Okay. Well, I'm a Catholic mom to three, twice-exceptional kids. I started homeschooling about eight years ago when we, our oldest went to kindergarten first in, she went to school and it was not the greatest experience. What we didn't know, but what we do know now is that she has high functioning autism. They identified her under the Asperger's umbrella and they identified her also as gifted.
So she, you know, she's a twice-exceptional, which is a child who is gifted and has some sort of either learning or developmental disability. So for her, you know, being in the classroom, I mean, she was reading at a very advanced level before she went into kindergarten, being in the classroom with the kind of knowledge that she had already kind of amassed.
And then just her inability, really to figure out how to communicate her needs. Her sensory needs, her emotional needs. It was really not a good fit. So we decided to bring her home and we started homeschooling her in first grade and it just kind of grew from there. She has really blossomed with homeschooling and just, you know, becoming a young woman.
She is really, you know, self-aware and really focused on her goals, which is really great to see. And then our ten-year-old, she has a generalized anxiety disorder and OCD, which we learned about probably when she was in first or second grade. And I was already homeschooling her because I, she had a lot of anxiety, but we didn't really have a diagnosis.
So keeping her home, having her home was easier. It was a better environment for her to learn because there wasn't all the pressure. And then our youngest is six and he's he's in kindergarten, but I just, he's a mess. I don't even know what to do with him. He's just super busy and he never stops talking and he's always moving.
I mean, he's my first and only boy. So he is very much a boy, which I wasn't really anticipating, which I mean, you know, raising two girls first, it was, I mean, my girls are tomboys, but he's just, man.
It's a totally different animal.
It really, really, really is. So that's, that's what we're doing. We're just, I guess we're more, we've done lots of different things as far as curriculum is concerned, but right now we're using Catholic Heritage Curricula and teaching textbooks and just kind of doing the best, you know, that taking the next step forward, you know, doing the best we can every day. So,
Oh, that sounds, that sounds great. It sounds like you're doing wonderfully and I'm so glad you, you define to E in there that twice-exceptional kind of thing for so gifted and then some other, some other exceptionality that, you know, can cause struggles in a traditional school setting and a lot of parents who pull their kids out and homeschool for that very reason.
I wanted to have you on today to talk a little bit about the idea of growth mindset. So can you tell me, like, when people talk about this term, this growth mindset thing, which is a quite frankly, a buzzword we've been hearing a lot about over the past few years, what exactly does it mean?
Okay. So growth mindset is when you see your challenges as stepping stones, it's the idea that you can always learn something new, that your skills aren't finite and that the mistakes that you've made can help propel you forward. If you look at them as learning opportunities.
So it's, it's kind of like an antidote to thoughts. Like I'm not good at this. I'm not really a math person. This isn't something that's up my alley. You know, the idea with growth mindset is that you take those skills or you think of those skills or areas of expertise that are not your greatest and see them as a way or an opportunity to always learn something new, you know, every day and, and become more of a, more of the person that you were meant to be. And that's the person that you can be.
So the opposite of a growth mindset is what's referred to as a fixed mindset where you are convinced that, okay, you know what? I had a really hard time with learning division. I'm not going to be able, I'm just not a math person, this isn't, this just, isn't something I can do. Or, you know, I don't, I'm not a writer. Yeah. I'm really not a writer. I'm really not a reader either. I much prefer, you know, the sciences or even into, you know, extracurricular activities like, well, you know, I never really got to play soccer. You know, I didn't get a lot of field time, so I'm just not an athletic person.
Well, none of those things are really true. So, you know, maybe you did have trouble with division. Maybe you do have trouble with writing. Maybe soccer was not really the best experience for you, but there are other ways to kind of take what you've learned from those moments and opportunities and turn them into something more or better or different. So that's what, that's what growth mindset is in a nutshell, basically.
Okay. And so this is, has a lot to do with the conversation that we're having with ourselves about ourselves.
Yeah. Yes. Yeah. It, it involves a lot of self-reflection. It involves a lot of, well, I I've been, I have always struggled with anxiety and depression. And so I recently started working with a therapist and she's been helping me kind of develop my own growth mindset and learn how to, how to kind of retrain my brain from, you know, the negative thoughts and things that pop into my head.
Like, I can't do this to, you know, okay. Yes, I had trouble with this specific thing, but what did I learn from this? And how can I use that to continue or, you know, change what I do the next time. So yeah, it is all about, you know, the internal conversation that you're having kind of that, that metacognition, that thinking about the way you're thinking. And, and that's how we kind of retrain our brains to look at obstacles as opportunities.
Okay. I love it. Now, this is why I specifically wanted to have you on how is the idea of growth mindset different in a Christian Context?
Okay. So I think first we have to talk about the difference between desolations and consolations. So, you know, sometimes the negative thoughts that we have are more than just negative thoughts. They're whispers from, you know, from the evil one. And like his, his desire is to pull us away from God. Okay. So those thoughts, like I'm worthless. I can't do this, you know, I have, no, I have no talents in this area.
You know, those, those are not thoughts that come from God. So on the other hand, you have consolations, which are feelings of peace and comfort that come from God. Like those moments where you just suddenly feel like, you know what God is with me right now. And I feel, you know, very, you know, I'm, I'm happy and I'm at peace.
So it's kind of like, there's this meme that I saw rumbling around Facebook. And it was a whole list of, you know, things like Satan's voice rattles you, God's voice stills you. That is what I mean, that's, that is essentially what we're talking about with consolations and desolations. So in a Christian context, we're training the brain to remember the purpose behind everything we do when we talk about growth mindset.
So we look at the negative thoughts and the self beliefs that are, that are limiting. And we see those as desolations. And instead we think about, you know, what God wants us to be, who God wants us to be, because our, our challenges and struggles are opportunities to grow closer to Christ, to learn, to trust him and lean on him and to grow into the person that he wants us to be.
So when you look at, you know, when you compare a secular growth mindset to a Christian growth mindset, what you're looking at is that with a secular growth mindset, it teaches children that they can do anything, but with a Christian growth mindset, you're teaching your children, that they can do anything through Christ who strengthens them.
And I, and I think that's a really key point because otherwise it's devoid of purpose. It's like, you know, biting into a Boston cream donut and expecting to get, you know, that, that really gooey stuff in the middle. And then it's, it's empty. There's no substance to it. So, you know, it's also in the fact that the secular growth mindset is rooted in personal achievement.
So like in what I can do to make myself better and to succeed, but in a Christian growth mindset, it's rooted in the value of what we can do for others. And you know, how we can learn from the suffering that we take on, you know, the way that we carry our crosses, because, you know, the truth is like, there's that saying, that says, God, doesn't send you weight. What does it say now? I can't remember.
He doesn't give you more than you can even handle.
Yes. Thank you. Well, I mean, and that's not true. I mean, he does, but, but it's not, it's not to test us, but it's, you know, it's, it's like, well, and see, now I'm going to, I'm going to contradict myself. It's like gold, that's tested in fire. He's strengthening us and, and helping us to really give the gift of self and go through the, the flames of refinement and, and become stronger in that way. So, and then the last point, the secular growth mindset is all about growth and ability. And the Christian growth mindset is all about growth in Christ. Like, what is God's will for your life? Who does he want you to be? What kind of person does he want you to be? What changes does he want you to bring about in the world? And, you know, when you look at growth mindset in that way, it's not just how can I turn my challenges into stepping stones, but how can I turn my challenges into something good for God?
I love that. And you know, it's, As a Christian, it feels great to know that I don't have to do this alone. I can't do this alone. You know, it gives me if I ask for them, he gives me the graces that I need.
And I, and not out there, I don't just have to depend on myself. And so I love the idea of growth mindset, but I especially love it from a Christian perspective.
Yeah, I do too. I think it makes it all that more meaningful and, and useful.
Really. Yeah. Yeah. And we're becoming more like Christ. I mean, that, that's what our growth is about is really to become, you know, to try.
Yes, Absolutely. Yeah. And it's, it's not easy, you know, that is like the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. It's not easy because we always want to, we want to take, like, I think inherently, there's just something about us, about humanity, where we just kind of want to do the easiest thing, you know, and becoming like Christ is, is not easy. So Yeah, exactly. Exactly.
Well, what do you think homeschoolers need to have a growth mindset?
You know, I, I was thinking about that homeschooling is such a uniquely nourishing environment and, and in a lot of ways, you know, that's a really positive thing, but it can also have its downsides, you know, where at least I know for my children, you know, if something is really giving them trouble, I am, I am kind of, maybe I'm a little, little weak on it, but I'll, you know, I'll, I'll say, you know what, let's, it's okay, let's put this aside and we'll come back to it later.
So, I mean, they are eventually going to come back to it. But I think, you know, if I were reflecting on myself and in my own journey with growth mindset, if I were going to set a strong example, I would say, okay, let's take a look at the struggles that we're having and see how we can use those to, you know, help us solve this problem. So what have you learned sitting here, staring at this math problem? You know, have you learned maybe that patience is a little hard to come by when you're stressed out? You know, have you learned that maybe there are some topics, you know, especially for gifted kids when you're, you know, gifted children, lots of things come really easily, but then not everything does. So when something is harder to grasp, it's really valuable. I think, to be able to say, you know what, it's okay, that this is hard because what we're doing is we're, you know, we're strengthening those muscles, those heavy lifting muscles that we need to tackle those bigger things in life.
So, but you know, aside from, you know, that aspect of homeschooling being the right environment and that way, it's also the perfect environment because you are teaching these skills without the distraction or peer pressure or fear of comparison. So you're preparing your kids to have this intrinsic motivation and this natural curiosity to want to learn on their own and to just enjoy discovery and be a part of learning new things.
You're helping them develop grit and tenacity, perseverance, you know, trustworthiness, all of these things that they're going to need when they go out into the real world so that they can pursue God's will and change the world. Like I mentioned earlier. It's a way that they can become cheerleaders for themselves and then cheerleaders also for their siblings.
So I think it, it contributes overall to like just an attitude that really makes your homeschool all that more special and unique because it's not, you know, yeah. We're sitting here, we're learning, this is school, but it's more like an approach to life. It's more of a, you know, I'm a lifelong student, you know, I am, I'm an adventurer, you know, I'm going to do what God has set out for me to do, you know, I'm going to discern his will and I'm going to pursue that. And I think, you know, that is a really important piece in a Christian homeschool.
Yeah. What about moms?
Oh gosh. Well, yeah. I mean, you know, for moms, well, I mean, I've already talked about my own experience with it. I think, you know, homeschooling is a heavy mental load, you know, and motherhood is a heavy mental load and it's really easy to get to the point where you start to question yourself across the board. Like, am I, you know, am I really a good mom? Am I really a good teacher? Am I doing the right thing for my kids? Like, like last night, you know, I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep. And all I could think about was how I haven't really been hugging my ten-year-old enough, you know? And I was thinking to myself, gosh, you know, I she's, she's probably so miserable. She's probably so start from my touch. I'm not, I'm not doing a very good job at this motherhood thing. And then this morning she comes downstairs, you know, wrapped in her like reindeer blanket. And it has like a giant ranger head. So she looks really cute and ridiculous.
We have a Wolf blanket with a giant Wolf head. Yes.
So she, she comes in plus down beside me. And I just look at her and say, you know, I'm sorry, I don't hug you enough. And she was like, what? I'm fine. You don't need to hug me. You know? And I clearly, I mean, she's in that tween phase where like, she's not sure how she feels about, you know, parental affection anyway, but it just, you know, she was like, mom, I've never felt like you don't love me enough. You know? So having that, you're having that reassurance was nice. But anyway, I'm getting off topic. Sorry.
But it was just so easy for you, even as a mom, even as a grownup to fall into that pattern of self doubt and, you know, talking badly to yourself and really that wasn't, that wasn't the reality.
No, no, not at all. And even it gets to the point where like, when you give yourself compliments, they're still kind of backhanded compliments, you know, it's like, well, and my six-year-old God bless him. He said to me today, you know, mom, I'm not sure if you're the best mom in the world, but you're a good one, you know? And I was thinking like, that's how my that's how I sound to myself. You know, like, gosh, you know, I'm, I'm, I'm pretty okay. You know, but I think, you know, having a growth mindset allows you to ameliorate those, those feelings and feel more, if not confident, at least that you can conquer the things that you feel need adjustment. So, I mean, because no one is perfect, you know, and, and we're all gonna make mistakes, but we can't let those mistakes define us or keep us from moving forward. So if you've, if you've developed that sort of desire to break out of the fixed mindset of, you know, this isn't going to change, I'm not going to change. I can't change. Then it's much easier. I think, to handle the homeschooling load, handle the motherhood load and, and the load of, you know, the mental load of being a wife too, because that, I mean, that's pretty hefty also. And it brings you closer to Christ in the, through the day in day out, things that you're doing, it keeps you grounded in the purpose of everything that you're doing. So, you know, the homeschooling, the, the mothering, all of it, it's all designed to bring your children to him and bring yourself closer to him.
Okay. So let's say I'm sitting here with my kids, it's morning time, and we're gathered around and maybe I've noticed something going on. I'm going to let you pick the something. So could be an example of how, how we might work through an exercise or have a little conversation that would help build up some growth mindset of something I've been seeing in my children.
You pick the thing. Okay. So let's say there is a drama club, let's say there's a drama club and there's an opportunity to audition for the next seasons performance. And this particular child has tried out before, tried out a number of times and has either been stuck in the chorus, not stuck in the chorus placed in the course. Let me see.
I'm rephrasing it. Growth mindset like placed in the course or on a couple of occasions, not cast. And so now this child is saying, you know, I'm not sure I really want to, I, you know, I'm, I'm not cut out for theater. I don't really want to do this, but you know, deep inside that this is a child of yours who, basically eats theater for breakfast, you know, really enjoys it. So the first thing that I would probably do is to encourage that self-reflection and kind of through a guided conversation, helped my child begin to see what he or she has learned from the times that they were in the chorus. So, you know, the fact that they learned how to be a team player, that they learned how to work well in a group that they've sharpened their voice and acting skills, you know, and then, you know, going back and looking at maybe even some old recordings of the performances, if you have them, you know, seeing like, this is how you started, this was the first performance you were in, and this is the most recent one.
Let's see what are some changes that you noticed about yourself and how you've grown. So giving them something concrete to say, like, look, you know, you really have made improvements. And then, you know, it's okay. I think to look at the areas where they still have some areas for growth and say, okay, so, you know, what is it that you didn't like about what you saw in that performance? You know, what, what do you think you could do differently? And then you can discuss, you know, how are we going to improve those particular things? Like let's make a game plan, let's come up with, you know, things that we can work on between now and the audition that would help you maybe, you know, get a result. That's closer to what you're looking for. And also just, just teaching them to find joy in the process. So, you know, if, if the particular audition for this particular drama club or company or whatever is causing a lot of stress, then just doing something that's way more fun or not way more fun, but less pressure.
So putting together, you know, saying, you know what, let's, why don't you and your friends, or why don't all of us, your family let's write our own play, let's write our own script, let's put it on. We'll just do it for the neighborhood and it'll be a blast, you know? So, so looking at alternative ways to kind of continue their growth in that area, but in a less stressful, more positive way. And I think, you know, in, in other situations, you, there are ways like if you're talking about academics, sitting down and reading, you know, stories of like Alexander Graham Bell who failed a bunch of times, you know, he had a real hard time until he stumbled on the whole telephone.
And then, you know, even now, even then there's like question about, you know, whether or not he really, you know, designed the phone and what he went on to do later, or, you know, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein is another one, you know, he failed out of school, you know, and on multiple occasions and had to be home, not had to be homeschooled. His parents decided to homeschool him because he wasn't, you know, the classroom just wasn't the right place for him, you know, and, and look where he ended up. So, you know, I think taking a break from, you know, walking away from the, is walking away from that really tough essay question or from the chapter that you just can't get through, or that is, you know, a giant struggle and saying, you know what let's read about? You know, let's read about Helen Keller or, you know, let's, let's look at some people who have had difficulties and overcome them and, you know, see how that relates to you too. So it's more of a development of a, well, I mean, it's developing a mindset. It's, it's like changing the way you approach your learning. So it's not so much, you know, let's, how can we fix this issue right now? It's not like the flip of a switch. It's more a gradual development of a particular attitude that you build over time. If that makes sense.
Yeah. Because I think what happens is we fall into these habits of talking to ourselves this way. And so, you know, if something ends up being difficult for us, then we immediately default to this habit of talking to ourself. And so what we really have to do is change the habit of how we immediately react to something like this.
Yes. Yeah, that's exactly right. Because our, what our brains do is they develop these, you know, the brain always looks for the shortest pathway to something. And so it develops the neural pathway that you use most often, and then it sticks to that. So you get sort of a, a recurring loop of behavior because, you know, like you said, it's a habit. And in order to change that neural pathway, you have to, I mean, it's hard work. You have to retrain your brain to make those, those additional pathways and then not just make them eventually prefer them to other things or to, to other, you know, to other more negative pathways.
So, Yeah. So this is not something that's going to happen overnight. It's like, you're going to know. Yeah. Yes, no, that's very true. I think one of the things is it'll be like, after listening to the podcast, after me recording this with you and listening to you talk about it, this is going to be something that I'm going to start to notice in my kids and probably myself too. Oh yeah. That's what Ginny was talking about. That little thing right there, and then it can be redirected with, well, you know, how can we approach this differently? You know, what, what can we say to ourself instead? So, yeah.
Well now you also have another little aid that will help us in doing this. Tell us a little bit about your book made for greatness and what led you to write it.
Okay. Well, I, I wasn't happy. Well, I guess in the early, well, probably 2010, 2015, the school district we were living in, I mean, I used to be an educator. I was a high school English teacher, but the school district came up with a plan for teaching character. And it talked about, you know, all the different, it talked about instilling in kids, all the different virtues of a person who is kind a person who is respectful, a person who is trustworthy, a person who is honest, you know, and, and it was fine and good, but he was just like, I keep going back to that Boston Cream Donut analogy.
It was like just fluff. You know, there wasn't really any substance to it. And then I became a little more familiar with the concept of growth mindset around that, around that same time a Stanford university professor Carol Dweck wrote a book called Mindset where she she's kind of like the, the forerunner, the researcher behind this particular term. And so I had read in graduate school, I had brought some of her work and I, again, I felt like it was missing something and I wanted to help my children develop a growth mindset. Yes. But I wanted them to understand the purpose behind it, you know, like I've been saying. So I decided since I couldn't find one that was from a Christian perspective and that's what I wanted. I decided I would write it myself. So I did.
And what it does is it takes scripture and the virtues and stories of the saints and stories of Christian teens, and young adults who have faced great obstacles and challenges and overcome them. And it leads the reader through the development of a growth mindset, kind of like, you know, one virtue at a time.
So yeah, it's, I'm, my kids have enjoyed reading it. I think it's, it's helped them see the connection between redemptive suffering and the idea that, you know, for us to grow, they're going to be growing pains. But, you know, we are doing these growing pains to become closer to Christ and, you know, I've been happy with how they've received it.
So I love it. And, and I have a copy here except I can't find it. I think it's in my teens room. That's fine. That's a good place for it to be. Yeah. And I was like trying to put my hands on it before we started the interview, so I could flip through it. And I was like, no, it's not where I expected it to be. I think that means somewhere else. So that's a good thing, but yeah, it's, it's a great little book and it has some readings and exercises and in there, if I'm remembering correctly.
Yeah, Yeah. It has, you know, it, it has discussion questions and scripture meditations, and then profiles of Holy men and women, and then, you know, profiles of regular Christian kids just doing the best they can. And those are written from the first person perspective. Like I had contributors write their stories for me, and then I kind of modified them into the, into the book, but yeah, I it's, you know, I'm proud of it.
And then in the back, there's little suggestions for, you know, there's a section on Say This, Not That growth mindset edition. There's an overview of growth mindset reminders for kids and their parents. There's plenty of places to take notes.
Yeah. Awesome. Well, what other resources could you share if, if moms are listening today and they're like, Oh, you know what, I've got this kid and they're always putting themselves down and maybe this is something that we could work on. What other resources can you share for moms who want to teach their kids about having a growth, but not a fixed mindset?
Sure. Well, I think Carol Dweck's book mindset is a great resource and also her Ted talk, which you can, her, her last name is D W E C K. So Carol Dweck. And, you know, you can find her easily online if you just Google Carol Dweck growth mindset, you know, it's, there's plenty of stuff. Yeah. Then I also, what was it?
Oh, this is actually more of a recommendation of a book for moms. It's cognitive behavioral therapy made simple. And while it's not necessarily growth mindset specifically, it's the same kind of principles and it helps you learn how to retrain your brain. So, you know, you moving away from the negative thoughts and the automatic negative thoughts toward more productive internal conversations. And so, you know, it helps, it helps people overcome anxiety, depression, and also, you know, those, those desolations. And I can't, I can't remember the guy's name off the top of my head and the book is upstairs, but I can get you the author's name after the, after the show, after we record. And then I have like, there's three scriptures that I think are really good, Hebrews 12, Philippians 4:13, and Psalm 139. You know, those are really good, I think to either get printed for you or print them up and, you know, hang around your house and just, you know, kind of keep them available so that you can read them, you know, over and over again, and just meditate on them and, and in what, you know, the ways in which God loves us and how he supports us in the challenges that we have
Sounds like that would be some great memory work for Your Morning Basket.
Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. Yeah. Yeah.
Well, Ginny tell everybody Where they can find you online.
I'm at, gosh, and I, you know, I rue the day I chose this web address because I always like, not only do I have trouble spelling it, I have trouble saying it, but at this point I'm not going to change it, but it's, it's www.notsoformulaic.com and that's where I am. And we will link to it in the show notes. Yeah. Yeah. It was.
I thought I was being clever, you know, because it was like, well, untraditional, it's not even a word, a unique approach to, you know, Christian parenting of the differently wired. And you know, it's not a, it's not a formula. It's a, you know, it's a unique and unrepeatable thing. And then I don't know.
It's really hard to type in.
It is. I know, I know. Oh, well.
So we are going to make sure that everybody who wants to find you can just come click on the link and find you, so we will take care of that for you. Well, Ginny, thank you so much for joining me here today. It was, it was really lovely. I've learned some, some things and it was just, it was nice to talk about this. Like I said, it's something that you hear everywhere, but you're right at that. What I've always felt like is that there was something missing from inside that donut. And so I, I definitely love your approach to it. So thank you.
Yeah. You're welcome. Thanks for having me on And there you have it.
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Key Ideas about Having a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is a mindset in which you view your challenges, and even failures, as opportunities for learning and growth. A fixed mindset is when you are convinced that your challenges and failures are evidence of your inability and that you can’t change or grow from those experiences.

In a secular worldview, a growth mindset is often driven by success and personal achievement. But from a Christian perspective, a growth mindset is more than that. It focuses on the goal of being more who God created you to be. It also focuses on looking to Christ as a source of strength in our areas of weakness.

Teaching our children to have a growth mindset allows them to truly pursue God’s will in their life and change the world. They become their own cheerleaders and they learn to cheer on others as well.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [1:55] meet Ginny Kochis
  • [5:40] defining growth mindset
  • [8:40] differences between Christian and secular ideas of growth mindset
  • [13:40] why homeschoolers and moms need a growth mindset
  • [20:11] breaking down an example
  • [26:50] Ginny shares about her book
  • [30:30] resources for growth mindset

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  • 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!



  • Andrea Kirk says:

    This is SUCH an important topic, both for moms and for kids. Thank you for sharing Ginny with us. I’ve already bought her book and know it will be a blessing. Thank you!

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