YMB #125 Mothering By the Book: A Conversation with Jennifer Pepito

As moms we deal with so many struggles and fears. Are we doing enough? Will our kids turn out ok? These fears threaten to overwhelm us and we wonder what can we do about it. My guest Jen Pepito knows those same fears all too well and has found solace and help in an unlikely place — the books she reads aloud to her kids. Jen proposes that there are lessons for moms in the books we are reading to our family and she helps connect us to those lessons and how we can use them to overcome our fears in her new book, Mothering by the Book. She joins me today to talk about this unique approach and how we can use it to help us and our children.

Picture Books Aren't Just for Preschoolers Reading


You know, I’ve been reading out loud to my children in Morning Time for 25 years. So these were all books that I’d read out loud. And as I’m reading to my kids, I’m always picking up on lessons in these books. You know, I have actually a little sort of journal of my own where I write down quotes from books, you know, and there’s always a lesson to be found in these books if we’re paying attention. 

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hey everyone, and welcome to episode 125 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barn Hill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today.

Okay, on today’s episode of the podcast, we have a fun guest who has written a fun new book. Jennifer Pepito from The Peaceful Press is here. That’s a lot of P’s. And she has written a new book called Mothering by the Book. And I just love the concept of this book. As moms, we have so many different fears, and Jen shows us how we can use books that we are reading with our kids anyway, to learn from and help calm those fears. So such a great concept. We talk about that in the podcast. And then we also talk about how we can go about using the same approach with our kids. How can we use the literature that we’re reading with our kids to help build their character and allay some of their fears and help them to be more empathetic as human beings?

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So, such a great podcast topic. We had so much fun chatting about it. Now, before we get on with the podcast, I do wanna let you know that we have our own little collection of literature Morning Time plans on our website where we dive into wonderful works of literature like The Hobbit and Anne of Green Gables, The Green Ember, and so many more.
So you can come over and check those out. Those are in our shop pambarnhill.com. And just click on the shop tab to find those. And now on with podcast.
Jennifer Pepito is the author of Mothering by the Book and the founder of The Peaceful Press. She is on a mission to help moms overcome fear and love their lives. Her resources help create joyful memories among families, which lead to deeper conversations and lasting relationships. Her writing has been featured in several online and print journals, including Wild and Free, Commonplace Quarterly and Home Educating Family. Jennifer's a Wild and Free podcast host and lives in the mountains with her beloved family where she enjoys reading aloud, working in her garden and watching the sunset. Jennifer, welcome to the podcast.
Oh, thanks for having me, Pam. It's such a joy to get to chat with you again. I think it's been a few years since we last got to connect on here, so thank you.
Yeah, more than a few years. So, so exciting. Tell everybody, remind everybody just a little bit about your family cuz we probably have a few new listeners and what, like how it's changed since the last time you were on. Yeah, so I have seven children. Their ages are 28 to 13 and for sure, you know, I was looking at videos the other day of all these really sweet times where all seven children were home. Now I've got three sons who are out of the house.
Two of them are married. I have my first grandbaby. Oh Yay. But I have a daughter who's back home after being away for school. So it's a really sweet season in so many ways. But definitely the testosterone, the hormonal shift has happened in my house. There's the girls outweigh the boy or we outnumber the boys now.
Oh, okay. That's cool. So like I'm, I’ve got a senior and I keep telling her, you can't leave because if you leave you're gonna leave me here with all these boys and this is not gonna be any fun.
Yeah, yeah, I mean I, you know, I, my boys are lots of fun too, but it's definitely a different experience to have more girls at home.
Yeah, that's so cool. And it’s so funny to see like how it shifts as people grow up and, and move away, so,
Well how long have you guys been homeschooling?
I've been homeschooling for 25 years, Pam, I, you know, I started out going to like a Charlotte Mason companion book club back when I had a three year old. And so early on I was exposed thankfully to this beautiful way of homeschooling that has set the trajectory of our family life. But yeah, for 25 years. So my youngest two are eighth grade and 10th grade and I'm really, I'm really, you know, mourning, I'm really morning honestly, because I love projects and nature study together and I'm just kind of like milking that out as long as I can.
I mean, they do co-op classes, so I start outsourcing some of the education in, you know, later junior high high school. But I'm definitely like hanging on like, please don't let this end.
Well, maybe by the time, maybe by the time they get about ready to go, that grandbaby will be ready to come over for nature study or something with grandma.
I'm kinda hoping honestly that at least somebody I'm like, where can I put an extra house on my property so at least some family with their grandkids can come.
I love it. I love it so much. Well, let's talk a little bit about books. I know one of the things you love to do is reading aloud to your kids and books have always been so important to you personally.
I love when I got your book, it was so fascinating mothering by the book to look at the approach that you took in here. We all as moms have so many different fears and we can use books to help us with that. I, you know, I look at books as a companion myself, and you really kind of took that out to the Nth degree in here. Not only are books are companions, they're really helping us overcome some of these fears that we have as moms. So talk to me a little bit about this approach. Where did you come up with this and how has this shaped your own motherhood?
You know, one of the first moments where I can really remember being impacted by a story was when we lived in Mexico, we had five children and we lived off grid and we had a thousand gallons of water a week that was delivered in a tank. And we had no electricity. So we had like some solar power, some windmill or a generator. So it was a very kind of a homestead lifestyle. And at the time I was reading The Long Winter by Laura Engels Wilder and it just, it gave me so much comfort because we were, it was winter time in Mexico, it was raining, it was kind of a rainy winter there and if it rained you couldn't get the truck in and out to bring the water. And so there was this kind of sense of urgency, like, oh, we had to watch the weather, we had to make sure that it wasn't raining so we could get water in or, or make sure we had water before it rained. So there was a lot of that same, like watching the weather to see if they could get the trains through so they get food to the village. And obviously we weren't going hungry, but it, it gave me so much comfort to see how that family braved their circumstances. So that was one of the, you know, really bright memories for me of when a book just comforted me so much in a hard time.
But as moms, I feel like we do have so many fears and I was trying to read all these self-help books and trying to read all these books that would help me be a better mom or kind of do things right so that the fears would be allayed. But as I saw people just navigate imperfect situations and books and push through their fears, that's what really started to change the perspective for me.
I love that so much because you know, I used to do that. I, I tell everybody, I was never a young mom, but when I was a mom of young kids that I would do that.
I read all the self-help books and I read all the books where I was looking for the answers and really they just caused me way more stress and anxiety than they helped. Right?
Right, especially because the advice, like you could read one book and it says do this, and the next book's the exact opposite. So almost creates more confusion.
Yeah. And so I stopped, I just stopped reading those books and you know, thinking, well, I'm just never gonna be this perfect book mom. Right? The lady who does it by the book and who does it all perfectly. I'm just gonna make up my own way as I go. And I love how you're tying into this idea of things happening in literature and we can have this empathy with the characters and we can see ourselves in the characters, which is such a powerful thing there that we could learn from that and we could use that, you know, that feeling the same.
So, how did you choose the books in here that speak to some of these fears? And you know, I really encourage people to go and check out the sample of this one, you know, on Amazon or your favorite bookstore website because I love, in the table of contents you've given us the different books that go with the fear. So for example, Overcoming the Fear of Future by Not Complaining. And that one is actually the Little House series, our Overcoming Fear by Running After Purpose, which is Freedom Train. So how did you match up the books with these different fears and how did you come up with the list of fears?
You know, I mean partly I did throughout my years with the Peaceful Press I've been asking and getting emails, you know, so many moms message with like, I'm afraid I'm not doing enough or you know, I'm, I'm really, I'm afraid of this new season, or I'm really confused about how to do this. And even, you know, fear can masquerade as confusion or as, or as stress or, you know, there's so many different ways that fear can look. But I mean these were all, you know, I've been reading out loud to my children in Morning Time for 25 years. So these were all books I'd read out loud and as, as I'm reading to my kids, I'm always picking up on lessons in these books.
You know, I have actually a little sort of journal of my own where I write down quotes from books, you know, and there's always a lesson to be found in these books if we're paying attention. And, and then in some instances, you know, like the, I really wanted to talk about habits because during my own season of kind of depression and where fear was especially intense in Mexico, I read that quote by George McDonald that's in the book. He talks about, you know, if you're afraid, pick up a broom or do something. And so I really wanted to talk about habits and one of the best books that exemplified that for me was Cheaper by the Dozen. I don't know if you've read that one out loud, but you know, just the way that family had so many systems and habits in place that help them keep going even when maybe they were afraid of their circumstances. And you know, I mean they go through a real big tragedy in their house and they still keep going with those systems because they've just developed such good habits. So, you know, in some cases the book, I already had the idea from reading the book and in some cases there was a principle that I'd been learning through the books and then I was like, Oh, this is the perfect book to exemplify that principle.
I love it. I love it. And it's just, I don't know, it's just such a neat concept and the idea of, you know, you helping connect moms, like you can see this in here and I'm gonna connect you to that, this idea that there is something in here for you. It's not just a children's book. And we know that these are not just children's books, but there's something in here for mom too. So.
Totally. And you know, it's like I just, for myself, I do feel like the fears stole so much of the joy, stole a lot of joy from my marriage, from my parenting, from every area of my life. And I love my moms. Like it's, you know, there's, right now I think there's like 5,000 people in my Peaceful Press Facebook group. I love these women. Like they are so precious and I don't want these moms to keep staying in their head and then look back like me and be like, I wish I would've enjoyed that season more. Like that was my, my boys, you know, my, when my boys were 10 and 12 and then I also had like six and or yeah, six and four year olds. I missed some of the real wonder of that season with those boys because I was so up in my head worried about the future or worried about an older child or whatever it was.
And I really want mom to just get hold of this idea that you're loved, that tomorrow's gonna be okay. You know, and, and so they can enjoy this short time of childhood. Like it's, for me, parenting children is almost over. Like my youngest is 13, so I don't have much time left and I don't want other moms to look back and feel like they squandered that time worrying about stuff that's really not important.
I love it. I love it so much. Okay, so the other thing I love about this approach is the books that you have chosen are almost all books that homeschool moms would be reading aloud to their kids. I mean, you know, maybe not Pride and Prejudice, but probably once you get a high schooler you're having to read that with your child.
And so it almost feels like it's cheating because Right, because you're not telling me, oh, now you need to go out and read this big high, you know, high brow thing that you've got to make time for if you feel like I have this fear and I would like to see what Jennifer says about overcoming this fear. It's just a book you can pick up and read to your kid and you're not asking me to do extra work. So can I say I just love that.
Yeah. And and it's fun too because a lot of the books actually in here are books that we've read through our Peaceful Press history resources. So we've read All of the Kind Family and saw how they built traditions and we've had our little Rosh Hashana celebrations and we've read The Endurance and watched how they, you know went through these hard times.
So it's really fun, I think for the moms who, who we've been reading some of these books together to see, oh my gosh, I read this book and I saw this too and, and look how it's being kind of spelled out for me what we learned as we were reading.
Yeah, yeah. So extra credit for you for not giving homework to moms.
They can do it with what they're doing already.
Yeah, I mean I, I think like we only have so much time to recharge children and I think our attention span gets shorter and shorter as time goes on. And so I feel like why waste time on books that are difficult to read or, you know, I think there are beautiful books that have great lessons that we can choose. And I, that's what I've included.
I love it. Okay, so I wanna shift the focus just a little bit and talk about using this exact same approach to call Moms Fears with our kids. Can we do this with the books that we choose to read in our Morning Time with our children and kind of have the same effect on our kids as we would have on ourselves?
I, I really think it has, you know, in my own family I've seen my kids do really gritty things like be a whitewater guide or rock climb, you know, the, it's called different 14 pitches. So basically, you know, my daughter like repelled down, you know, Yosemite falls or climbed up. I, I don't know what the, what the rocks are, but there are many stories high, you know what I mean? So I've seen my kids through this approach of listening to people or, or learning from people who've done brave things. I've seen them then be able to take their own stand or navigate something scary with new courage. And I don't feel like they would've had that if they hadn't been reading these heroic stories.
And that's one of the things that I, I really want moms to understand is like a lot of the stories that are like modern books, a lot of modern books don't have heroes anymore. You know, I don't know if you've noticed that, but a lot of the modern books, they're, the characters are so messy and life is messy. It's true.
But I think that kids, especially young kids, do need some heroes and they don't need to know the whole dark side of everything all the time. Yeah. Because I think what that can create is sort of nihilism, like it can create hopelessness and that doesn't contribute to courage. But when we've been reading, you know, we've chosen books in our Morning Time that encourage bravery that exemplify people who stood up or, or made a choice that was hard. Like Harriet Tubman for instance. I mean, you know, we talked a lot about, as we were reading that book out loud, we talked a lot about how she could have quit. She didn't have to keep going back to save people, she was free, but we, you know, look at what she did.
So I think the books themselves teach, but then always they lead to conversations that highlight these characteristics.
Yeah, I love that. And and that's one of the best things about reading with your kids in a situation like Morning Time. It's the birth of the conversations that come out of it. I think that's where a lot of the teaching comes from.
Okay, so I don't wanna throw you, but I wanna ask you this: How do you do this in a way that's not moralizing or over-explaining to your kids?
Totally. Cuz I know Charlotte Mason really talks about like, not using overly moralistic or, or I think she's a little bit talking about some of the Victorian books that were out there.
And I, I don't think, you know, know for one thing, the books that I'm reading, Little Britches for instance, there are there, that's messy too. Like he makes some mistakes, but it's a lot, It's really clear that he's made a mistake that he's disappointed his dad. And then he, he almost always, he always fixes the problem.
Like, so the story itself has some of that conflict, that good and evil and that messiness. But I don't think I have to explain because my kids are getting it. But then the discussions that we have, it's not like I'm saying, Look, kids, this is what you should do. But it's more that I'm making an observation. Oh my gosh, look at how we just read Miracles on Maple Hill. Look how Mr. Chris was always doing good things for people and people didn't even know it because he wasn't bragging about it because he was just such a good person. Like, it wasn't, it, it was like I was making the discovery with them. I didn't plan a lesson ahead of time to teach them a character quality.
It was more that I was enjoying the book. I was making the observation with them, you know what I mean? I think that's really key as homeschoolers to recognize that our own attitude towards learning and character growth, that's more what is gonna be picked up on by our kids than some lesson that we prepare but don't live out.
Oh, totally. I, yeah, I get that. And I think it's, it's such a good thing that, you know, you didn't say, well we're gonna learn about this today and then bring out the lesson and ask 'em the questions and like beat 'em over the head with it by simply making that observation. Then they can say, Oh yeah, I see that too.
And maybe they could even come up with some other times during the story where they saw something similar and and would point that out to you. So I love the modeling of that. So what are some lessons that you feel like your family has learned from reading literature together? You mentioned bravery.
Yes, obviously bravery. You know, I think one of the things that has really stuck out to us also in reading, cuz we've read the whole little britches series out loud a couple times and in there Ralph Moody gets, he gets in trouble financially and, but instead of filing, and it was actually not his fault, it was a partner who defaulted on his loans and Ralph Moody in the book, he like works really hard so that he can pay back those debts and you know, so that was a huge lesson to us just watching the way he was so responsible.
Another lesson we've learned from those books, so many from those was the way that Ralph always found mentors. Like he was good with people, he cared about relationships and it was often a relationship that helped him get out of a scrape. And so, you know, I just think that's the thing about reading out loud to our children, I mean the character qualities, my friend Jenny Urich showed me this list called Rich Habits and it's all these things that wealthy people do normally as a family. Things like, you know, saying thank you to people or finding mentors, things like that.
So many of these things are exemplified in these great books that we read. You know, being courteous or working through conflict and my kids, they're getting that lesson through the book instead of me necessarily giving them a daily character lesson.
Yeah, yeah. And it goes back to, I'm sure that because you've gotten those lessons from those books, you're modeling that for your kids as well. Like you're the one who's being courteous and saying thank you and and all of that stuff.
And I just think back to my childhood and so much of what I learned about the world around me and what I believe came out of the novels that I read because you know, when you're a kid you don't go a whole lot of places typically. Most kids don't. We have a few fortunate ones who are able to travel the world, but most people get that empathy and that character from the books that they read as children.
Yeah, it's so true. It really shapes us, which is why I think it's so important to curate our children's libraries to those stories that are going to create that more hopeful worldview.
Well, let's talk about that for just a second. So you've brought up Little Britches. So I will say we have only done the first book of the series and it has been quite a while since we did it, and then Little House. So what are some other books or series that just really exemplified this for your family?
You know, obviously the Chronicles of Narnia, we read those out loud a couple years ago and there's, there's just so many beautiful lessons about tenacity and you know, that kind of, and you know, one, I one thing I love about those books is there's a pretty distinct consequence when someone has bad character.
You know, like Edmond, his poor character got him, you know, trapped by the Queen, you know what I mean? So reading these books where there is such a distinct illustration, but the Chronicles of Narnia very impactful for us. The Endurance. We've read some really interesting missionary stories like Bruchko and It's a Jungle Out There. Some of the picture books have been really meaningful.
Also, there's one called a Home, I think it's called A Home of Our Own that's really special. Yeah. There's just so many that we've collected on our list to really bring so much joy and, and really a family identity. I think one of the beautiful things about reading out loud is the way it kind of shapes a vocabulary.
You know, we, we were listening to Watership Down on a big trip and so there's, you know, added vocabulary, the tale of Two Cities we've been listening to as a audiobook. And there's more experiences and more kind of insight that you get from that. We Winnie the Pooh is another one that we've read out loud. Yeah.
And then it becomes part of our, you know, we go and play Pooh Sticks anytime we see a creek, you know what I mean? So these books just shape our family in such a beautiful way.
I love it. And I, I think that's the only thing better than enjoying a book by yourself is actually enjoying it with somebody else. And because then you do have that opportunity for that shared culture built around that book, the little things you say and the, you know, at any time you can pull this up and have a conversation and somebody else knows exactly what you're talking about.
Yeah, For sure. And it's still a big part of like, I have a 15 year old daughter who I'm homeschooling and then I have a 28 year old who's home and living in a separate apartment.
And so we were reading books together and talking about the character lessons and talking about the revelations that we, you know, we just read a young adult book, I think it was called Wild Bird. I'll try to get you the title cuz it was interesting about a girl who goes to rehab and there's all these lessons about the way they taught her personal responsibility through that.
And you know, it was a young adult novel, but I read it and got some lessons for my own life and then it was this big discussion between myself and my adult daughters. And I think that's one, you know, my kids when they've, you know, and the college classes they've had, they always kind of blew their professors away with their insight.
But I think it's just that we had so many discussions and discussions really teach critical thinking because you do have to sort of defend your idea. Like, I think that this book was encouraging because of this. You have to defend an idea and then if one of my other children read it and they have a, you know, different perspective on it, we have to talk it out.
So I think there are so many not, it's not just character building to read out loud to your children, it's also the critical thinking skills, the ability to compose your thoughts and, and repeat them back. All of these contribute to success in life relationally, academically, emotionally, in so many ways.
Yeah. And that you just can't get that from, you know, a series of comprehension questions or you know, like a workbook or something that goes along with the book that really comes out of those conversations that you have.
Absolutely. You cannot get the beauty of language that moves your heart from a workbook.
Yeah, yeah. I love it. I love it. So are there any things that moms can look for in books as they're, you know, if they think they're observing their child and they're like, you know, I'm really seeing this particular issue and I would like to subtly address this through a book. Maybe it's some fear the child has or just some point of character that they feel like needs to be worked on, maybe in even more than one child in the family. How can they go about finding the story that's gonna do that?
Yeah, I actually have a list on the page motheringbythebook.com. There is a list that kind of, it's from the book. In the back of the book there's like a list for every one of the fears. And then it has like books for Mom and books for children. You know, like if you're wanting to develop better family traditions, there's a few books in there that talk about families who had great traditions or if you're wanting to help your child develop more courage, there's a list of books there, you know, or living for a greater purpose. So the, you know, I think that I'm not a huge fan of pre-reading. Like I know Charlotte Mason diehards, they pre-read, you know, so sometimes if I want to evaluate a book, I will pre-read it. Sometimes I will look up a parent review on it or look up another review. But I do think it's important to recognize like some of what we're doing is we're giving our children the books that will help shape more beautiful character. But some of it is also being aware if the books they're reading don't. Iif the books they're reading are disparaging of the parents or if they do constantly have kind of a darker worldview, I think it's important for us as parents to get, you know, get the insight on that so we know if something is contributing to those fears. Cuz it could be a matter of giving them something more positive. Like, you know, a book like Bruchko where a guy goes into jungle and survives living there and or you know, a book like The Endurance where they get shipwrecked and have to make their way back to civilization. You know, book like that is so encouraging.
My son, my youngest son just read The Devil at My Heels, which was the biography of Louis Zamperini. And I mean, there are so many beautiful character lessons in that book, the way that he, you know, survived the unsurvivable but then came back with so, you know, such terrible PTSD and alcoholism and then had this beautiful encounter that changed everything for him. And so I think that, you know, partly it is giving them those hero stories and protecting them from those anti-hero stories.
Yeah. And and I think it's a good thing to point out, you know, you're talking about a teenager who's reading that book right now, and it's not that the books don't have hardship or the books don't have, you know, show a rougher side with the alcoholism and things like that. But it's that in the end the story is redemptive. The person overcomes.
Yeah. Yeah. Well, and, and it's, you know, an interesting example, like I just read Where the Crawdad Sings, it's a, it's, it's an adult book and there's a lot of beautiful nature in there. It's so stunning. But at the end of the book, you've, I'm not gonna no spoilers,
I'm gonna zip it, but it's, it's, it's, I would not say it's a hopeful book in a way, you know what I mean? There's a lot of beauty in it and it's fine for moms to read, but it's not, it wouldn't, that's what I'm talking about is just these books where nobody's really good. Do you know what I mean?
There's, there's not kind of a consequence for wrongdoing. Everything's sort of muddy. Yeah. And, and as moms, as adults, we can kind of handle that. But I think it doesn't have to be like that for our kids where there are no sort of visions of good and it's all just sort of muddy.
Yeah. Yeah.
I read that book too this summer and it was like very thought provoking at the end. There were lots of different things to turn over, but it's definitely not a book I would wanna hand to my kids because you're right, there is a lack of redemption at the end of that one. Right.
In a way, I mean it was like there's, it was, I thought it was gonna be a happy ending, but anyhow. Yeah. Yeah, we'll just leave that one there. Talk about that one off, off audio.
Well, Jennifer, tell everybody where they can come. Oh, the other thing I wanted to mention before we do that Redeemed Reader, I don't know if you're familiar with that resource, but I do wanna throw that out there at the while we were talking about finding good modern books for your kids. Because so often the book list and the review sites have those more classic books. And then definitely go check out motheringbythebook.com where you get Jennifer's list. But if you're looking, you were talking about reading reviews of the more modern books to make sure that what we're putting in front of our kids are worthy things.
And Redeemed Reader is a great resource for that because that's basically what they do. They review the more modern books from a Christian perspective and, and let everybody know like, is this a book that you would wanna give to your kids? Is this there a, you know, is it a book where there's some redemption and some good character and things?
Yeah. That's so helpful. I know both of us on our website have lots of like book resources and suggestions and then my daughter's, my teen daughter's also gone to Read Aloud Revival to find because she has, you know, ye lists and things like that. But it is, it does take some research, but it's so worth it to have these beautiful books that shape our families in a hopeful way.
Yeah. Love it so much. Okay, where can everybody find the book and where can they find out more information about you?
Yeah, so the book is everywhere the books are sold, but if you go to my page motheringbythebook.com, that is where you can get that free book list and a few other goodies that I've put together for families when they purchase.
And I'm also on Instagram at Jennifer Pepito and The Peaceful Press.
I love it. Love it so much. Well, I just love the concept of this. I'm so glad you wrote it. I think it's gonna be something that blesses moms so much and just like even to the next generation, like it's something that I can say, Oh, what a great thing to do and use with my children as well. So kind of does double duty there for the mom and for the kids. So thank you Jennifer.
Oh it was such a joy and it's been so fun to chat with you today, Pam. Thank you for having me.
And there you have it. Now if you would like links to all the resources that Jen and I chatted about today, including all those awesome book suggestions Jennifer had, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at pambarnhill.com/YMB125 and will also include a link to Jen's book plus a link to our own literature Morning Time plans. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another great Morning Time interview. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Mothering by the Book

There is always a lesson to be found in the books we read if we keep our eyes open and are paying attention.

Reading good books gives us the opportunity to present heroes to our children. We want the books to provide examples of courage, redemption, and hope. But, be careful not to over explain or moralize. Allow the books to speak into your heart at the same time you allow it to speak to your children.

Reading these books together allows us the opportunity to discuss the ideas we come across as a family. We can learn from the book itself, but also from each other as each person shares how the book is impacting them as well. As a bonus, discussions help your children learn critical thinking skills.



Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:24] meet Jennifer Pepito
  • [5:40] how books have shaped Jen’s motherhood
  • [14:59] using this approach with our kids and not moralizing
  • [19:37] lessons the Pepito’s have learned from literature
  • [25:48] how moms can pick books to inspire good character

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  • Thank you
    by mrsbeliever from United States

    I take my walks outside two times a day. I enjoy listening to all the knowledge you have on your podcast! I am a mom of 7 and have been homeschooling for 18 years! I’m not a novice but have loved all your advice and input! Thank you for everything you do! I love it!

  • Always a favorite!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

    Pam continues to do an amazing job with this podcast. She is a wonderful host, never hurried, asks great questions and really lets her guest share his/her experience fully. The variety of experience & wisdom here is fruit for the homeschooling community at large. I’ve been listening from day one and this podcast continues to be a top favorite. Thank you Pam!

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

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

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

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

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

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

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

    Love this!

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

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

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

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

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

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

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

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

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

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

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

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

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

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

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

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

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

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

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

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

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

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

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

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

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

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

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

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

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

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

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

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

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

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

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

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

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

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

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

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

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

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

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

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

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

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

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

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

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

  • 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!

  • 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!