YMB #95: What kind of homeschool mom are you? A Conversation with Jamie Martin

I am joined on this episode of the podcast by homeschool mom and fellow introvert Jamie C. Martin. We are chatting all about how to do group learning in your home when mom just needs a little less noise and maybe a few more breaks. Though aimed at introverts, there are tons of tips here for extroverts too!

We also spill the details about our brand new Homeschooling with Purpose course that is releasing this summer. Don’t miss it!

Pam:

We’re also modeling to our kids what it looks like to take care of yourself and, and in today’s like overworked stressed out anxious society. That is like a powerful example to set. So I always say to moms, if you can’t do it for yourself at first, do it for your kids because they’re watching. And that way you can say, you know, yes, mommy will be there. And just five minutes, I’m just sitting down to read my Bible right now, or I’m just reading a few pages of this great new book. So then you’re also modeling, learning for them. So it really, it gives dividends to everyone in your homeschool, not just to yourself.

This is your morning basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day.

Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 95 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Also joining me here today on this episode of the podcast is Jamie Martin from simple homeschool and the introverted mom.

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I am long overdue and having Jamie on the podcast to talk about how do you do morning time with a bunch of kids around you at once if you are the kind of mom who really longs for a little bit of quiet and solitude. And so we are going to be talking to introverted moms today, but if you are that extrovert who still sometimes struggles with this, we've got some things for you in this episode of the podcast as well. Jamie's going to be sharing some tips and strategies for you.
We're going to be giving a little bit of permission for things that you might do that you might have thought were bad things in the past as a mother, but no, they're not. They're just really good survival tips. And Jamie also has a quiz for you that you can take to kind of find out where you fall on this introverted extroverted spectrum. Now also on today's episode of the course, we're going to be talking about mine and Jamie's at brand new course that we're doing along with Colleen Kessler, from Raising Lifelong Learners, the course is called homeschooling with purpose and Jamie and I are going to be giving you kind of the ins and outs of that one. It's releasing June 24th of 2021, and it's going to be available long after that. So if you're listening to this one on down the road, be sure to go back and check for it because it's still out there and you can find out more information about it homeschoolingwithpurpose.com and with no further ado let's get on.
Jamie Martin is an introverted mom of three who loves books, tea, and people, but not always in that order. In 2010, she co-founded simplehomeschool.net and in 2020 began the website introvertedmoms.com. Jamie is the author of four books, including Give Your Child the World, which reached number nine on Amazon's top 100 bestsellers list and her latest release, Introverted Mom is an ECPA bestseller. Her work has been featured by LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow, the Washington Post, Parents Magazine today, Parenting and Psychology Today. Jamie, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you so much,
Pam. I'm always excited to be with you. Well, I am so happy you're here. And so it's no secret. I am a huge introvert. So you are like speaking my love language when we talk about introversion. And I think one of the things I want people to know today is like, there's something for extroverted moms in this podcast too.
So if you're an extroverted mom, don't feel like you need to turn it off. I think some of the things that we're going to talk about are things that are applicable for every homeschooling mom. But yeah, you are like speaking my love language with all this talk about introverts.
I think really it's the same, you know, it's really the same advice that we just need to hear over and over again, which is that whatever way you're wired is the way that you can homeschool successfully. So that applies whether you're an extrovert listening to this or an introvert. I think maybe sometimes the reason that introverts need the reminder more often is because we do tend to still be in kind of a society that seems to outwardly value extroversion and the characteristics that go with it a little more than introversion.
Yeah. Okay. That's a great explanation. It doesn't matter if you're an introvert or an extrovert, you still need to hear the message. It's okay. To homeschool. Like you need to homeschooling like seek out the things that are good for you. So yeah, I love that.
Okay. But I'm getting ahead of myself. So let's start by you telling us a little bit about yourself and your homeschool.
Sure. Well, I have three children right now. They are 17, 16. Oh my gosh. I was about to say and 15 but hejust turned 16 too. So, so right now I have two 16 and a 17 year old, but no twins, my oldest and youngest, we adopted internationally. And so for half of the year, my biological son who's in the middle and my youngest are the same age. So I get confused sometimes, but yes, so we have been homeschooling the whole way through for 13 years. And it has been a wonderful and crazy and sometimes scary and terrifying journey. Just like everyone who's listening can probably identify with in some way we are homeschooling both neuro-typical and children with special needs, including things like ADHD and autism spectrum and developmental delays, attachment issues. So because of that, our style of homeschooling has been focused around really relational connection, which I know is something that you talk a lot about Pam too. And for us, that was just a necessity that was brought to light because of the fact that we were adopting. So we really needed to focus on attachment and relationships, but out of that has grown a style of homeschooling that has really been a blessing to all of us where we just, you know, if anything gets in the way of the relationships developing, well, then we also know that's not a great atmosphere for learning either. And it's been a really present reminder to kind of focus on what matters most.
Oh, I love that. So you guys, you may not call it morning time, but you have had periods of family learning together, right?
Oh yes. Always. We have always called that breakfast school and say, that is our time in the morning while the kids were eating breakfast, which is how that name originated. And at first it was just because when they were all eating, they were a little quieter than other times of day. So that made it helpful for, you know, read alouds or, or whatever it was that we wanted to be doing, which has definitely changed over time. As you know, from preschoolers to elementary, to middle to high schoolers, we still do that a couple of days a week. And I love that time. It's like a centering time before everyone goes their separate ways. Now that they're older. And so it's definitely a foundation that we come back to.
Oh, I love it. I love it. So breakfast school, it sounds like something like Hobbits would actually really, really
It's like, if you want to get fed, this is where you come to get your body fed and to get your mind fed too
oh, even Better. That is awesome. That is awesome. Well, Jamie did, did you always know you were an introvert before you started homeschooling?
I think I knew theoretically, but I never thought much about it. I had taken a personality test at first when I was in high school and I always talk about how it was never a big pressing need or like something that was thrown in my face until I reached motherhood because up until that point, I could regulate myself. So the whole ideas that introverts recharge through time alone. And so let's say you're in high school, you spend all day at school and then you come home and you need like a few hours of quiet before you are ready to go into another activity. And the same for college or even really early job life.
But then when motherhood came into my path and we went very quickly from one child to three children, they were all really close in age, like I mentioned. And that's when I really reached a breaking point because I could no longer count on that time or even sometimes, you know, find a way to fit it in. And also because I didn't have the understanding completely of what it meant to be an introvert.
I mean, I just thought, oh my gosh, I'm so bad at this new job, this new role. And I'm not enjoying it. Like I must be a horrible mother. And that's why I'm so passionate about this message and making sure it reaches introverted moms. Because I think with that understanding earlier, it would've made so much sense what I was going through.
It was actually, yeah, it was very, it just made sense that I would feel that way instead of being some kind of flaw on my part. So really having an understanding earlier about what being an introverted mom means, what have allowed me to make the time alone that I needed a priority. And then it would have made my experience different even, even in this challenging. I mean, we have challenging seasons, no matter what, when we're mothering little ones, but it still would have given me an understanding of myself that I think would have enabled me to be a little bit more compassionate towards myself. And that would have benefited my kids as well.
Oh Yeah. Yeah. So I can remember when I found out I was an introvert and I was actually a school teacher at the time I was teaching school, which let me tell ya, not an easy job for an introvert. But I went to, it was, it was for my Sunday school class. I went to this event where basically she did a little introvert/extrovert, personality test kind of thing on it. That was the only part we talked about. And then she lined us up in like a horseshoe shape and she put like the bigger, your introvert number, the closer you were to one end and then the bigger your extrovert number, the closer you are to the other.
Wow.
I was number three from the introvert in, And there were all these Other people, including like the, the girl who was a fellow teacher with me who shared the same classroom with me. She was like almost all the way at the other end. And she was like, there's no way that that's where you go. But it made so much sense, you know, because I would go home from school. I mean, I'm not a shy person. I don't shy away from talking or like giving my opinions or, you know, I speak in public for goodness sake, but I would go home at the end of the school day and I would just absolutely crash.
Yeah. And so I had that knowledge that was before I started having kids, I had that knowledge and actually it actually impacted my decision to leave teaching and go into another job where I was in more control of my schedule. And then, you know, once I became a parent, I had that knowledge ahead of time. So I think it was so helpful to me to realize that these little kids that were clinging on me and the fact that I didn't want them clinging all the time, didn't make me a bad mother. It was just like my purse, you know, I just needed that space a little bit at certain times. Yeah. So I could see how that would be really hard if you didn't realize what the introversion thing meant. And then you're struggling with these feelings as a mom.
Yeah. Yeah. And I love what you're saying there, that you, you knew that it didn't have to, like, it didn't reflect poorly on you because you knew I do these things. It doesn't mean that I'm shy. It doesn't mean that I don't like being around people. It just means that eventually you reached that limit where you're like I'm done.
Right. Right. Yeah. And it usually exhibits itself in extreme fatigue.
More than anything else. Right. I don't know if you've, if you've like had that experience. Oh, absolutely.
Yeah. When you're done peopling, you're tired.
Yeah. And I think when we, because sometimes we still, as moms, especially won't pay attention to that extreme fatigue. And then it expresses itself in like blow ups and shouting where you're like, oh my gosh, this is not at all like me. I had that experience, which I share in my book that I threw a glass across the room that shattered in my bedroom. And I mean, I was alone at the time that that was so unlike me that it was a huge wake-up call because it was like, oh my gosh, what has happened to me? And what do I need?
And so that's one of the reasons why we have to learn and then pay attention and honor our limits because then we won't reach that place, which is not good for anyone. So it's not just about us. We do it for our families too.
Oh, I Love that. And you know, and so often we think about self care being something that selfish, but really my self care is for your benefit.
Yes. I have like these introverted mom manifestos, and one says like, my time alone is for everyone's safety or something like that.
I love it. Okay. So let's talk about homeschooling specifically. How can homeschooling be a different experience for an introverted mom?
Yeah, I think it just, it goes a lot back to that limit-hitting place where you're going to be surrounded by people and what drains introvert is people time. So that doesn't mean that you don't like people or that you don't love your kids because you do, but compared to an extrovert, you're going to hit that limit sooner. So things like the noise might bother you more.
If everyone's talking at once, that might bother you more. And you're going to hopefully start the morning with like a full fuel tank, if you have slept well, which is not a given either if you're a mom, but then like just your mornings going to go on. And, and that fuel tank is going to get lower and lower and you're going to need to refuel through having a little break before you can continue.
So that's why I would encourage. And I always encourage, and this is the way I structure my day as well, introverts to look for probably like two breaks, two short breaks, one in the middle of your homeschool morning and one in the middle of your homeschool afternoon before your day ends, whatever your school hours look like. And even if that's like five minutes, five to 15 minutes, that will make a huge impact. And it really is true that we don't just do that for ourselves. We're also modeling to our kids what it looks like to take care of yourself. And, and in today's like overworked stressed out, anxious society. That is like a powerful example to set. So I always say to moms if you can't do it for yourself at first, do it for your kids because they're watching. And that way you can say, you know, yes, mommy will be there. And just five minutes, I'm just sitting down to read my Bible right now. Or I'm just reading a few pages of this great new book. So then you're also modeling, learning for them. So it really, it gives dividends to everyone in your homeschool, not just to yourself.
I love that. I'm just hiding in the bathroom, eating a few chocolates. I'll be there. Sorry.
Yeah. Some, I mean, some seasons, the bathroom is the best place because of the lock on the door. I love it.
I love. Okay. So let's talk about this in the context of morning time, because as I'm hearing a few things from you here, and I know it's true because of myself, like if I'm going to get all my kids together to do something in a, in a situation that's going to be noisier, there's going to be way more interaction between people that I'm having to see and deal with.
For me, it has to happen when I have my most energy. And that's why for me morning, time really is morning time. Even though we tell moms, you can do it at any time of day. I think for the introverted mom mornings might be best.
Yeah. I mean, I, I don't know, because I guess I didn't really know what introverted night owls what they would say, because I've never been one of those.
Maybe do it first would be best. Right?
Like even if that means that's 11 in the morning instead of nine or something, if that's when you know that you, maybe our friend Colleen Kessler would probably say that, right? Because she's an introvert, but she is a night owl. So yeah, whenever you know that you have the most energy, that's probably your best times. So for me, that's definitely breakfast school. You can just tweak that to adapt it for what you need and, and enjoy most. And I would say that for me, it also impacts the types of activities we do during our morning time, like reading aloud or listening to audio books or something like that works really well, because then I'm mostly in control like that ever happens. But I like to think that I'm in control the majority of the talking and, and that is good for me. If everyone starts talking at once, like it's just game over because I have a very short like tolerance for that. And also things like videos have been really good for us.
So I know Pam that you're a fan of CNN 10. We watched that all the time with my teens and have for several years now. And that's so great for so many reasons because we actually start off with that. And that way, while the kids are eating their breakfast, I actually get to eat mine too. Prior to that, it was like, I didn't want to eat before. I wanted to take advantage of the time when they were eating and quiet. And so this way I get to actually eat breakfast too. It's such a novel concept. And then, yeah, so some kind of videos, like there's been times we've done like crash course or crash course kids, things like that have worked really well for us.
So I think you're, you know, you're also tweaking the content of your morning time. And sometimes you, you try things out because you don't know how, how they're going to go. Right. So don't be afraid to try things out and to pay attention just because someone else's raving on social media, that they love doing this with their kids during morning time it doesn't mean it has to look that way for you.
Yeah. Yeah. I think so too. Now, do you, and do you ever do anything like I'm trying to think, so we sing in our morning time, that's something we do quite a bit. And then sometimes I don't know when the kids were little, we did more art and then they just got to where we just want to do our own art thing. And so they do art and morning time, but they do their own art thing. So did you find it easier or hard to do that kind of stuff in yours?
Yeah, I would definitely say hard. And, and that was something that I just found worked better like one-on-one or independently. Also, one thing I noticed is that as my kids got older, they just wanted to do their own thing and not necessarily be around the table together. So over time, our morning time has gotten shorter from like maybe taking an hour during like those prime elementary to middle school years to like tapering off. Whereas now we do it just a couple of times a week and they're shorter so that the kids can get off to their more individual studies.
So I think that's something that, you know, it's fun to see the seasons change, but then there's also like a little bit of nostalgia there because sometimes I do miss those days where we like have a stack of picture books and we're all around the table or, you know, I was reading poetry and things like that. So it's nice to know that even though there were also days where like child A is biting child B or child C falls off the chair that I actually do have these sweet memories of the times that it worked.
And it's nice to know those are the ones that stick with you. So look forward to that. If you're in the middle of the, by the biting or falling off of chairs phase, it's kind Of like childbirth. You just remember the good, the good stuff afterwards. Yeah. Right, Right. Yeah. Our brains are so great. Yeah. They are.
And that kind of brings back my next question. It's like, you do it two times a week now, but you haven't dropped it altogether. So there's obviously something there.
So, oh my gosh. I just can't bear the idea of like, not gathering with my kids and doing like a read aloud. So even find that the types of books that we do now that they're older are different. They're like shorter. And because it's, it's just twice a week, then it's also like, it can't be a cliffhanger where a chapter leaves us, like on the edge of our seats, because we're not going to get back to it. So yeah. I find that even the types of books I pick vary a little bit, but yes, I just can't bear to, to think of not doing it at all.
Yeah. Yeah. Well, and it goes back to those relationships you were talking about. It's so easy. I think as teenagers for the kids to just start going in their own directions and doing their own things and, you know, having that touch point a few times together really helps with that, those relationships in that community.
Yes, Absolutely. Another thing that we've done to varying degrees, like sometimes more regularly, sometimes a little less is we have a prayer bowl on our dining table that we filled with like people and countries and issues and causes and our neighbors names. And so we will choose slips of paper from the prayer bowl and, and our morning time with like everyone going around and praying for whatever they chose out of the prayer bowl.
And that has become, especially as the kids have gotten older, such a precious ritual that I just adore. And it has been another thing that has worked really well for me as an introvert, because it gives us like a purpose that everyone gets a chance to share a little bit. And I've just really loved that. Oh, I love it too.
And they're not talking over each other. They're each day, taking they're turn. I love It. What do you think that the overwhelmed, introverted homeschool mom needs to hear most? Like if I'm going to let you just tell them one thing, Jamie, what, what would that be?
I think that they need to hear that who you are is exactly who you need to be. And that's true, whether you have, you know, all extroverted children or all introverted children or a combination of the two. And like we said earlier, that really is what extroverts need to hear. It's the same, it's the same message. But the other thing that jumps out at me is if you are in that place, like, like my terrible day where I threw this glass, or even just a slightly lesser version of that, but you can tell that you are just, you've gone beyond your resources, take a break, like right now, even if you can, if not, then, then make sure you fit it in like as soon as possible, because you are a really wonderful mother, but you just need to make sure that you have the resources to continue giving out and, you can't do that. You know, you can't pour from an empty cup. Like people say so right now, if you're that overwhelmed, introverted mom, that's what you need. And you will be amazed at how quickly you start to come back to yourself. Sometimes I feel like, oh my gosh, I just don't recognize like, who is this person looking at me in the mirror.
And then, you know, I take 30 minutes or an hour to go read or take a walk. And then I'm like, oh yeah, I do like my life. And I do like my kids and I am doing okay at this. Sometimes we can lose our perspective. So this is your Jamie given permission slip to go take a break if you are that overwhelmed mom right now.
Okay. So I was gonna, I ask you, what does take a break mean? Does it mean like take a week off homeschooling or, but you're talking so it could be an hour with a book. It could be a week off homeschooling. It's really Whatever you need, right?
Yes. I think it, you know, it has a lot to do with how long you've been pushing past your refueling mark, that internal intuition where you just can sense like, oh my gosh, I'm about to go off the deep end or I have gone off the deep end, but a mom's potential to keep going and push past that is kind of incredible. We can just continue. And, and sometimes we live like that for like a year or more.
And so if you finally have this realization that that's you, then you might need to like, say kids, we're not gonna do any homeschooling this week and or longer, you know, you might need a period of Deschooling where you just focus on relationships for a while, because you're also focusing on getting back to that full instead of empty place.
Otherwise I think, yeah, it's such a variable answer, which I wish, you know, we could just say like, oh yeah, just take 15 minutes and you'll be totally fine. But I always, what what's hard about it is that there's always the sense of urgency. And we always look around and see more that needs to be done. And that's why I do this for myself.
And I encourage other introverts to do so as well. Like make your break a part of the homeschool schedule, like approach it the same way you would, you know, spelling with your son because it is that important. And, and often we will, we will allow ourselves to do tasks, but we won't allow ourselves to do something that is for ourselves.
So making it feel like a task, I know sometimes, you know, we could sit down and say, okay, I know the laundry needs to be done. And I can do that as soon as I have sat here and read for 10 minutes. Right. So then you're turning it into, you're kind of gaming your brain to think of this as another task.
And if that's what works to get, you started, then, then use that, you know, whatever, whatever you need and whatever you think will work best for you.
Yeah. Yeah. I love this. Like put it on the checklist, put it on the checklist and Mystie Winkler and I were both int J's and we joke about like, we have to put like smile at the kids on the checklist and it's totally okay to put, take a break on the checklist, you know?
Yes. And I call my, I call mine because calling it take a break. It's still feels too self-indulgent. So what I do, I'm on our homeschool list, I call it study hall and it makes me think of study hall, like back in high school where it was time, it was kind of free time. But then you kind of had an objective to maybe you were going to read or you were working on something, but it was like you were working on something that was for your brain. Right? So this is, I approach it the same way. So by calling it study hall, it just, it helps me to give myself permission. Like, oh, I'm not just doing nothing. I'm sitting down here because for me, reading is one of the things that fills me up. And I don't mean just reading because like reading how to have a new kid by Friday, that's like more like work reading. Right? So I'm talking about the type of reading that, that fills you up, which is definitely two different things. So it helps me to give myself that permission. So that's what works for me. So sometimes you have to kind of just work and try a few things out before you figure out what works for you.
I love that idea. And you and I are both huge fans. If anybody wants to know what kind of reading fills you at Jamie and I are both huge fan of the Mitford books.
Yes. And so that, that would be exactly. If you haven't read, Mitford go pick it up. There's a whole series you can read forever and ever, except I'm done. And I'm going to have to start again. Yes. I know this year I'm actually doing, because there's 14 Metford books now by Jane Karen. And I'm said this year, I've made it one of my self care goals to read like one a month. So it's going to take me through like this whole year and a little bit of next year and oh my gosh, that's just been such a gift. It really is. It's like, it's lighthearted, but not fluffy. You know, that makes sense. And so it really is. It's like the best I always call it. Like, it's like chicken soup for the soul kind of thing. It is.
But it really, it has more depth, I think, than chicken soup for the soul. Yeah. We actually had this big debate in Schole sisters internally. We never talked about it on the air or anything about whether or not these were living books.
And the conclusion that we came to was they were totally living books.
Oh my gosh. Yes. And I actually didn't mean chicken soup for the soul of the book. I meant like literal chicken soup, which is where that came from. Yeah. So comfort food. It's like comfort food for the soul, but like nourishing comfort feed as opposed to dunky comfort food.
I love It. Yes. That's exactly how I would describe it. So that's what you can read if you're looking for something read during study hall, but I wanted to ask you, do you call it study hall for your kids? Is that like, or is it just on your schedule? That's really what I call it for me. My son calls it like reading hour for his time, but really like, it's not something that my kids are necessarily doing any more at the same time that I am back when, when they were younger, we called it, drop everything and read like in honor of the, the Beverly Cleary concept. And then we would all gather together. Cause that was the only way I could get my break is like everyone bring your individual books. And we're just going to sit in this one room for 20 minutes and read our individual books, including mommy. So yeah, so we called it that, but now it's really for myself that I call it study.
Okay. So as like one Question after another. So you had everybody come together in the same room to do their quiet reading. I know other people like Dawn Garrett, my community manager did quiet time in her homeschool until her kids were well into their early teen years. Like, you know, tweens and right into the teen years, she has three who were very close together in age. She made them all go to separate Rooms.
So yes, we would do that too. We would do that two in the afternoon, like after official school hours, quote, unquote, everyone needed to have like their own afternoon time, whether it was an hour or I think some seasons, you know, two hours, but it wasn't necessary. Like you could do anything as long as it was quiet. And so that was a little bit different to our drop, everything and read, which was just for reading and us all together. And sometimes that worked well and sometimes it was a total crazy town, you know?
So like, oh, sneaky, Because you have managed to put two introverted breaks in there for mom.
Oh yeah. Big time at least to, oh my gosh. The great thing about having your kids get older is that now it's so much easier. Like it's not like now we have official afternoon quiet time anymore, but everyone kind of, there's like a rhythm to the day. And after a while that just everyone follows and falls into that cadence. Right? Yeah. So my daughter, you know, always says like, isn't it time for your introverted mom nap? And I will go out, he'll try to leave the rest and close my eyes upstairs. And then they do their thing.
And there's not as much, there's not as many interruptions. So, you know, if you're in the trenches right now, which I have been there for many, many years and know that like, that promise land is coming one day.
Okay. So that begs the question because we've kind of been talking about this a lot from the vantage point of moms who have older kids. Let's talk a little bit to those moms who have a lot of little kids right now. And they're like, these women have no clue what's going on in my life.
Actually we do. It's just been awhile. What do you say to the mom? Who's like, she really needs a break and she can't get one.
Yeah. I would say that you can get one, if you really decide that you deserve one and it won't work like rocket science at all, and some days it won't happen. But if you begin to set that intention for yourself and for your kids, it is totally possible. I mean, I did that. I've always done it. So whether it was like trying to coordinate people's nap times, or even if they weren't napping, you know, they still knew that, well, this is your time. You can play in the playpen. Here's the few toys. And if you just are aiming for it, then at least some days you'll, you'll hit the bullseye. Some days nothing will, nothing will go. Right. Of course. But it is totally possible.
The other thing I did, I wrote a post years ago, it was called “Why I use TV as a babysitter.” And it was one of those things about just how I didn't have any family in the area. Neither did my husband. And so I think it's very legitimate to intentionally use screen time to give yourself the break that you need in the season. And at the time it's definitely like a guilt complex that can be.
But what I, what I've seen is like that season, which feels like, oh, this is gonna last forever. And then my kids will be older. There'll be addicted to screens. And it doesn't have to be that way at all if you're just really using it strategically and intentionally. And I did that because I just knew I had to in order to keep functioning and, and it worked for us then, and I did have time to myself really in, in every season, of course also doing things like trading off with your spouse could be a solution. I think, you know, there's no one like prescription, except that you have to get that time because it's, it's a must for you as an introvert. And so it's not just about you, it's about everyone and about giving everyone the best version of you that you can be and you need quiet in order to do that.
Well, I'm so glad you said some of what you said, because I think first of all, I read that post years ago. Thank you very much. And you know, there's so much mom shaming, that's tied and that idea, and you have, mom's like, oh, you know, my kids never watched TV and you're like, I'm like, how In the world do you stand your house? If you're, I never sit down and watch something on TV, like, how are you even functioning at the end of the day, I would have been a blubbering mess on the floor when my kids were, six, four and two, if I had to put on, you know, Disney junior or something like that or PBS for them. And so, yeah, it's okay. It's okay to do that at the end of the day to get dinner made and to get just a few minutes quiet.
Yes. Or even in the middle of the day. I remember someone, I can't remember who, but I do remember reading a post on someone's site where she talked about how at lunch, they would watch a show while they ate their lunch. And it wasn't like an educational show. It was like something that she found fun and the kids found fun too. And that was like their break in the middle of the day.
And I was like, oh my gosh, that is brilliant. There was also a season where I would let the kids watch like 45 minutes of something educational in the middle of our homeschool day. And that was the only time that I had for my writing for a season. And that worked too. And again, it was just for a season and yet all of those minutes added up, like they always do. And so, yes, I think it's very legitimate to use it in whatever way you need for, you know, it might just be, you need it to, for two younger kids because the older kids are doing something else anyway. So yes, just brainstorm. What's going to work for you in the current season that you're in.
Well, I wanted to highlight the TV thing because, you know, I think it's so important that moms hear the message that that's okay sometimes if you need that. But the other thing I want to go back to is you have to make it intentional and it may mean training the kids, but you have to understand that this is something that's necessary, and, and just like an extrovert for them, it's necessary to get out and to be around people sometime, you know, our good friend, Sarah Makenzie says, it's not enough for me just to be around my kids. I've got now and be around up people and other people sometimes. And so just like that's necessary for the extroverted mom as well.
So you extroverted moms don't feel guilty about that. Don't feel guilty when you've got to leave the house to seek out some mom friends to be around just like we are introverted moms don't need to feel guilty when we kick everyone out of that home alone.
Yes, exactly. Absolutely. A hundred percent.
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Well, do you have any other resources, I know you do, for the introverted mom out there.
I do. I do. I absolutely do. One thing that comes to mind immediately is I made it a quiz for my site, Simple Homeschool. And it's called what's your homeschool mom personality. So for those of you who aren't sure am I an introvert or an extrovert, maybe you see signs of different things at different times, this quiz can help you figure it out. And then after you complete it and get your result, I have created a free personality report. That's just like maybe five or six pages, but it gives you ideas about how to structure your homeschool in a way that's going to work for you, whether you're an introvert or an extrovert. And also it gives pointers for whether you're raising introverts or extroverts ideas that you can use with them as well.
And you can find that simplehomeschool.net/quiz. And then of course my book, which came out a couple of years ago, Introverted Mom: your guide to more calm, less guilt and quiet joy. And in it, I really merge my thoughts and experience about introversion with also the work of four introverted authors, who I adore. And they are Louisa May Alcott, Ellen, Montgomery, Jane Austin, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, all introverts and, and we kind of discuss introversion through their life, through their work. So it's really kind of tribute to literary love as well. For those of you who loved those ladies too.
And then a year or so ago, I started my membership site that is called introvertedmoms.com and that is a community where people can come and get refueled in a community that works for introverts because it's not an in your face where you have to be there, but it is a great source of connection because loneliness can be an issue for introverted moms too. So it's introverted, friendly connection as well as we have, we work on habit help we work on homeschool support and we have interviews and zooms with experts and personality and authors and all sorts of fun things. And that you can find out about that introvertedmoms.com. So lots of support and love for my introverted and fellow moms out there.
Oh, I love it, love it. So many places to go. And that quiz, because if You are a person and you're just not sure where you're kind of falling on this spectrum. And so often we get confused about, you know, like I said, introversion is not about being shy. That's not what it is at all. It's yeah. It's, it's something totally different. It's about where you get your energy. And so going to take a quiz like Jamie's is really going to help you start discovering who you are as a homeschooling mom and how you can work to kind of be the best mom you can be.
Absolutely.
Okay. Jamie. So I happened to know that you have another resource out there and not just for introverted moms, but for all homeschooling moms. And the reason I know this is because we worked on this project together and we managed not to kill each other. We actually had so much fun. We actually, we're still working on this project.
We have had so much fun working on this project together. And I'm going to let you tell about it. I'm going to be quiet cause you know, I don't normally.
Okay. Yeah, that means I get to, and now let's make this fun announcement that Pam and I, along with our good friend, Colleen Kessler from raising lifelong learners have partnered together to create a course.
That's going to launch the summer for the first time called Homeschooling with Purpose. And it's designed to help you cast a vision, overcome the chaos and create a lifestyle of learning in your home. It's going to be so fabulous because although you and I are both introverts, Pam, our personalities are still quite different. And one of the things that we wanted to show in this course was how homeschooling can work for you, no matter what your personality type providing that you just kind of tweak it according to what you and your unique family need best. And so it's going to be such a fun resource.
I mean, every time I think about it, I'm like, goodness gracious. This really is the resource that I would have given anything to have found 13 years ago. Do you feel the same way?
Oh, totally. Like I think you've hit the nail on the head there. Like this is the thing that if I had had, and it had kind of walked through all the steps, it would have made me feel so much more confident and just ready to tackle everything in my homeschool. And then I could have revisited it over and over. I think that's one of the wonderful things as well.
And you're right. That when we thought about when we started putting together the idea for the course, that was one of the things we wanted to do is it's easy for me to make a course for people who are like me. And it's easy for you to make a course for people who are like you. And it's easy for Colleen to make a course for people who are like her, but how much better is it that we can all get together and make a course that can really help so many different kinds of people. And I think the other thing about that is I learned so much from you and I learned so much from Colleen during the filming of the course, like over and over, I'm like, oh man, that's such a good idea.
You know? Yes, I completely agree. And there were so many times I just wished I would have sensed the permission that we're giving people to really lean into who they are. And that's something that it took me years to figure out that like what, what I started to say during the course, and we were reflecting on is that there are a million ways to design a successful homeschool and zero ways to acknowledge that. And to believe that I think. And so having someone like the three of us to give permission for the people who are watching and taking our course, that that really is true. I felt like I was so often looking for, you know, the right way to design best to make sure that my kids aren't gonna end up on the street or something like that.
And, and so there was so much fear involved and I mean, fear never comes from God and it never assists us in any way when it, when it's related to creating our homeschool, right? And only ever gets in our way that insecurity. So I think that you're right. That more than anything else, this is going to give people so much confidence in the way that they approach their homeschooling life.
I'm just so thrilled about it.
Okay. Yeah. Me too. I'm excited. I think it's going to be so much fun. We're going to do a live run of the course this summer, starting on July 6, you're going to be able to like work through the course, live with us in a little pop-up Facebook group. And then, you know, if you're an introvert, you would just want to get it and go at your own pace. You can do that too. Either way totally works. But if you would like more information about the course, you can get on the wait list and get some fun, little downloadable wallpapers for your phone and your computer by going to homeschoolingwithpurpose.com and we'll have all that information over there for you. So Jamie, thank you so much for joining me here today. I really appreciate it. It was fun.
Oh my gosh. Such a delight to be here
And there. You have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the introverted mom resources that Jamie and I talked about today, or our favorite book series, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are pambarnhill.com/YMB95 also on the show notes. We have a link for you to the Homeschooling with Purpose course, or you can check that out by just going to homeschoolingwithpurpose.com. Get on the waitlist, get into the video series.
We've got a little mini video course. That's going to be coming out for you and find out more information about this fabulous new homeschooling resource. Now, this is the last episode of the podcast for this spring season. And we will be back in July. We take a little hiatus in June every year to spend a little extra time with our families and get prepared, enjoy the summer a little bit, but we'll be back in July with some new episodes for you and we have a fabulous fall season planned. So be sure to come back and join us again. Until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your home.

Key Ideas about Being an Introverted Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling is challenging for all moms, but introvert moms experience special challenges unique to them. One of those challenges is the need for quiet time to recharge which is not always possible when schooling kids at home. Understanding this need is crucial to remaining guilt free when you just need a moment to yourself.

Introverted moms typically hit their limit sooner than extroverted moms. Focus on recognizing your limits and prioritize breaks a few times a day so that you can refuel. By doing this you are also modeling for your children what it looks like to take care of yourself, which is an example they need to see now, more than ever before.

If you as an introverted mom realize that you have gone way past your limit and you are struggling to continue to give joyfully to your children, you may need to take a break. How long this break needs to be will differ depending on how long you have gone without taking one. So, take the time to refuel, guilt free. When you resume, make sure you find ways to prioritize your needs as a mom.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:05] meet Jamie
  • [7:20] Morning Time, or “breakfast school” in Jamie’s home
  • [15:09] unique challenges of introverted mom’s
  • [17:50] tips for Morning Time for the introvert moms
  • [25:00] special advice for introverted homeschool moms
  • [35:35] advice for the mom of littles
  • [41:48] resources for introverted moms
  • [44:50] ANNOUNCING: Homeschooling with Purpose

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    by HeRo84 from United States

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

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    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

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

    Love this!

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

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

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

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

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

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

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

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

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

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

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

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

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

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

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

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

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

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

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

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

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

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

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

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

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

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

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

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

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

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

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

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

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

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

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

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

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

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

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

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

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

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

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

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

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

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

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

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

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

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

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

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

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

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

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

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

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

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

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

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

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

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

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

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

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

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

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

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

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

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

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

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

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

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

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

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

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

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

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

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

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

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

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

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

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

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

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

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

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

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

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

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

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

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

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

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

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

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

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

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

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

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

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

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

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

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

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

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

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

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

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

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

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

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

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

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

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

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

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

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

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

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

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

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

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

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

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

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

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

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

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

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

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

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

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

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

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

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

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

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

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

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

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

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

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

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

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

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

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

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

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

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