YMB #114 How Perfectionism Can Sabotage Morning Time

So often we set ourselves up to fail when we have unrealistic expectations and expect a perfect Morning Time. Sometimes we don’t even realize that perfectionism is the problem we are fighting. In this episode, Pam breaks down what perfectionism can look like in your Morning Time and gives some tips on how to beat it so you can your kids can enjoy Morning Time together for years to come.


I hate to be the one to break it to you. It’s going to happen. You’re never going to have a perfect Morning Time. As you fail to meet that time, after time, after time, what you’re going to end up doing is getting disillusioned and discouraged and just giving up the idea of doing Morning Time altogether.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 114 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, today’s episode of the podcast is one of those, a little bit different ones, because I am going to be all by my lonesome and we’re going to be talking about something that I really felt on my heart that I needed to address when it comes to Morning Time.

And so today’s episode is all about perfectionism and what perfectionism on the part of mom mostly can do, or dad. If we have dads out there doing Morning Time at what effect that can have on a Morning Time. So we’re going to talk about that a little bit. How perfectionism might manifest itself in Morning Time? What does it look like? And then what are some ways that we can go about beating the tendency to try to have the absolutely most perfect Morning Time? So we’ll get on with that in just a second.

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But first I wanted to tell you about the brand new book that I have out with the photographer and my good friend, Heather Tully. She's been on the podcast a couple of times, the name of the book is called Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom, and Worship of Learning at Home. Now gathering with your children is exactly what we do when we do a Morning Basket, or we do Morning Time. And this book is so much fun because Heather went into the homes of eight different families and took pictures of their gathering. She took pictures of their Morning Time, their Morning Basket. My family was one of those families and then Heather's family. She has some photos of her family's gathering time and then some other families as well.
And what we ended up with was just so many beautiful photographs. This book is absolutely chocked full of beautiful photography. And then Heather and I also break down some of the why’s of doing a Morning Time or a family gathering time. And then also some of the nuts and bolts, like if you want to do this particular subject or that particular subject, how would you go about doing it with all of your kids together?
And it really did end up being a beautiful and inspirational and helpful book. So that is available at Pam Barnhill.com/gather. And I would love for you to check it out. And now, on with the podcast.
Okay. So on today's episode, I really wanted to talk to you about perfectionism and how this can absolutely get in the way of you even being successful at doing a Morning Basket with your family.
And I mean, it really can be something that once it starts becoming a problem for you can be a barrier to Morning Time even getting done at all. Perfectionism is not the goal for Morning Time in mostly because it is totally unrealistic and it's totally unsustainable. When we start putting our Morning Time habit into place, our Morning Basket habit into place, we really want something that we are going to be able to do for years and years to come.
Now that Morning Basket is going to morph and change, and it's going to look a lot different when your kids are six or seven than when they're 16 or 17. But the goal is to keep doing that Morning Time to keep having your family come together and striving for perfection is going to be a huge barrier to you, keeping on doing it because what's going to happen is as you fail to meet that perfect goal that you set for yourself, and I hate to be the one to break it to you. It's going to happen. You're never going to have a perfect Morning Time. As you fail to meet that time, after time, after time, what you're going to end up doing is getting disillusioned and discouraged and just giving up the idea of doing Morning Time altogether. And so striving for the perfect Morning Time really does mean we're going to stop doing it.
We're not going to keep doing it. If we are completely and totally stressed out about it, we're going to stop. We're going to get overwhelmed. We're just not going to continue doing it. The other problem is Morning Time is all about building relationships within our family. So helping our kids to mold relationships with each other, and then also that relationship that we get to enjoy our kids.
We want this to be a low-stress time of day so that our kids really do enjoy coming together and putting pressure on ourselves to make Morning Time perfect will also spill over an equal a pressure on our children to make Morning Time perfect. Nobody is going to be having any fun at all. No one is going to be enjoying it. And so our kids, aren't going to want to come back to Morning Time again and again, and again, if we're trying to make it absolutely the most perfect thing it could be. So perfection is not the goal for Morning Time. Morning Time is going to look very real. Some days it's going to look ugly some days it's going to be like the angels are singing and it's just going to be wonderful, but that's not every day. And so I think that's the thought that we kind of have to get into our heads, that realistic expectation that it's not going to be perfect every day.
Another thing that's wrong with this whole idea of seeking perfection in our Morning Time and trying to be a perfectionist is it's going to hurt our kids. So if we're trying to do this, if we get stressed out and overwhelmed and we just drop Morning Time, our kids are going to miss out on the wonderful gift that is the practice of Morning Time. I mean, this is something that my children have got to enjoy for years and years and years, but only because I've been realistic about what it's going to look like. I would hate to think that I had set such a standard that we couldn't live up to, that I just gave up on doing it. And my kids would have missed out on it for all of these years. So you don't want that to happen most certainly.
And then also being a perfectionist, it really teaches our kids the wrong lessons. And I know so many of you struggle with children who have that perfectionist streak, especially when it comes to something like art or writing or getting things just right on the page or handwriting or making things perfect.
And, you know, we want to set a good example for our kids. So if our kids are struggling, they've got to see us learn to deal with things that aren't perfect in the best possible way. So we definitely want to set an example. So we don't want our kids to miss out on Morning Time. We don't want to be setting the wrong example for our kids when it comes to perfectionism.
So how can you, like, how does this perfectionism manifest itself in Morning Time? What does it look like? Cause you may be sitting there going, I don't have a problem with this. We've all struggled with it a little bit in the past. So what does it look like? Well, it could look like comparing, comparing your Morning Time to someone else's. So what you don't want to do is look at someone else's Morning Time and think that this is absolutely the way you have to do it.
We have a lot of families who are new to Morning Time who really get hung up in this trap and they don't even know that they're in it. They'll get interested in the idea. They'll hear about Morning Time or read about Morning Time, somewhere, and they'll think, oh, this sounds like such an awesome idea. And they'll go search it up on Pinterest and find all of these blog posts about people who have been doing Morning Time for 5, 6, 7, 8 years, 17 years, I mean, at this point now there have been moms who have been doing Morning Time for over 20 years in their homeschool.
And if you find a blog post about that and you read about it, it sounds wonderful, but it's completely unrealistic for somebody who's new to Morning Time to jump into the same Morning Time that somebody is doing. Who's been doing it for 10 years. It's just not going to work. Kids need to ease into it. Moms need to ease into it.
Or sometimes we pick a Morning Time that's just completely inappropriate for our age children. You know, you're reading about Morning Time and it's like, oh, the kids are memorizing and reading Shakespeare. That's what we need to do. But if your oldest is only five, that's not what you need to do. So, sometimes we get caught in that trap of comparing our Morning Time to someone else's or looking at someone else's and thinking, this is the way we've got to do it. This is absolutely how it has to be done. So don't fall into that trap. Realize that everyone's Morning Time is going to look different depending on how long you've been doing it. The ages of your kids, how many children you have, whether or not you have a new baby and a new toddler in the house, all of those things are going to impact what your Morning Time looks like. And so this is actually one of the things I love about the Gather book is we show nine different families and how they're doing Morning Time.
And yeah, there are some similarities in what Morning Time looks like for all of these different families, but there are some vast differences too. And every single one of them is an absolutely totally 100% correct, putting that in air quotes, Morning Time, because it's working for the family, that's doing it. So that's a really big thing. Make sure that your Morning Time is working for you, whether that be the length of it, what you're including in there, any of those factors, make sure it's working for you.
The next thing is it's okay. If you skip things in your Morning Time, day after day, like, because you don't feel like doing them, so don't become a slave to your schedule. So if you write up this beautiful, gorgeous, pretty, let's say loop schedule, or even block schedule, like on Monday, we're going to do poetry and we're going to do art and we're going to do nature study in our Morning Time and you get to Monday and you don't feel like doing one of those things. It's totally okay. It's completely okay. It is much better to let something go then to try to force the issue either because you just can't even at the moment or you have a kid who can't even at the moment.
Okay. So this example really doesn't have anything to do with Morning Time, but it's, I think it's a good example of this principle. So today we sat down to do school and I was sitting there with one of my children who shall remain nameless. And this child had been sick throughout the week, but was recovering. So really, you know, should have been able to handle writing. And when we got to writing this child just could not even do it. So it manifested itself in a lot of philosophical arguments about how I teach writing, which I find so funny. And instead of fighting with this child, I'm like, okay, you know what? We're just not going to do writing today.
We're going to try again on Monday when you might be feeling better and can handle it. But I am not going to die on this hill today. And this is the same thing should really happen in your Morning Time. If, if you just can't even, or you have a child who can't even, and things are just kind of going off the rails just because your schedule says you should do poetry and art and nature study on any given day.
Does it mean you actually have to feel free to leave off one of those things, or two of those things feel free to choose a different day altogether, feel free to do the same thing you did yesterday. It's much better to do something that everyone's going to be able to handle. And everyone, including mom is going to enjoy and do the same thing two or three days in a row than it is to force something that is just going to make everyone miserable.
So there are no quality points for Morning Time. You know, I'm a big figure skating fan. And now a days like when a figure skater does an element, they give them these quality points and the more quality points you get, the higher your score can be. Let me tell you, nobody's keeping score in Morning Time, and there are no quality points for doing something quote, unquote, better in Morning Time. So don't worry about the quality points. You're not in it for the quality points.
Another thing is like be okay with not following the perfect rules of Morning Time. So if you have listened to us on the podcast before, and maybe you've heard us talk about how to do picture study or how to do music appreciation, or how to do nature study with your kids.
And you're like, you know, every time I try to do that, our house erupts into tears, and you've found a better way. You found a different way to do pictures study or a different way to do music appreciation that works for your family. Do it. It is so much better to do music appreciation with your spin on it, or to do memory work with your spin on it than to try to follow perfectly something that somebody else says that they do.
So back to the whole quality points thing. There's also not a Morning Time police, you know, like it's not like the men and the red coats are going to burst the way through the doors. Say nobody expects the Spanish inquisition. If you get that one, you're as old as I am, but like nobody's looking for a perfect Morning Time, the Spanish inquisition, the Morning Time police, nobody's going to show up and tell you that you're doing it wrong.
Also make Morning Time fit the time you have. So if you wake up one day and you've got to get everybody to the pediatrician for their well-child appointments, and you're looking at your schedule and you're going, you know, we really could fit in about 15 minutes of Morning Time, but there's no way we could do the 45 minutes that we normally do, do the 15 minutes. If you really, really do have it in you to get all of those children out to the door, to the pediatrician and you can fit in that 15 minutes, do it. If you can't no pressure, but don't say, “oh, we're just not going to bother doing it because we can't do the whole thing.”
Do a little bit of it. And I've got a great episode. I can't remember the number right now. I didn't write it down before I started, but I've got a great episode about doing Morning Time in the car. So I'll throw in a link to that one in the show notes for you, but that's another wonderful way you could fit some things in, just do what you can. That's the most important thing. And don't feel like, well, if I can't get to all of it, I'm not going to do any of it. Make it fit the time you have.
Another thing is if you're using some pre-made Morning Time plans. And I love me some pre-made Morning Time plans, we actually have over 20 some odd sets available right now of Morning Time plans pambarnhill.com.
They're so helpful, but when I am following a set of plans, there are things in there that I leave out simply because I don't want to do them or my kids have no interest in them, or I don't have the time to do them. I'm going to do what fits us. And I'm not going to worry about the rest. I'm going to leave it.
Here's another little tidbit for you. Sometimes I'll start the spring plans in the spring. And those plans are seven weeks long. I travel a lot in the spring. We don't get to all seven weeks. We might only get to four of those weeks and you know what I do, I just closed the plans and don't worry about the rest. I have a couple of choices I can either do spring on into summer, or I can say, ah, we're just done. We'll get to the rest of it next year. And it's completely and totally okay.
And then the other thing I want to kind of drive home. The other point I want to drive home it's Morning Time does not have to happen every day, actually in my house this week, it happened three days.
There were two days where I had a child who really wanted to go to a church and go to our parish mission. And so we did that instead. And then there was another day where I had kids who wanted to volunteer at a local event with their civil air patrol group. Morning Time didn't happen those days. We only did it two days this week and that's completely okay, next week I'm hitting the road to go speak at the Great Homeschool Convention. Two days, it's only going to happen two days next week, but there were lots of other weeks this where it did happen every single day of the week, but it's okay that it doesn't. And you know, if you have co-op one day a week, you don't have to squeeze in Morning Time around co-op. It's great if you can, but if you can't, don't let that make you feel like a Morning Time failure.
Speaking of the way you feel in Morning Time, let me just let you know that it's okay if sometimes people are grumpy during Morning Time, it is okay. If sometimes people don't always have the best mood and Morning Time.
Now, if this is happening very consistently with some of your children, you might want to have a conversation with them just about their heart and about character and things like that. But remember we all have bad days. Sometimes mom or dad has a bad day and sometimes kids have bad days and sometimes it doesn't happen when you want it to.
I mentioned the gather book earlier, and when Heather came to my house to take pictures for the book, we really struggled with getting good pictures for that book because I was having a grumpy issue that day. Now I'm not going to throw that person under the bus, but you know, here she was taking photos for this book on how wonderful Morning Time is and I was so frustrated because I had a child who just did not want to participate despite the fact that we had cleared everything in advance and was just being so grumpy about it. And you know, it's tough because it was the day that the photographer was here. But one of the things that I had to remind myself is this was just one day out of so many other really good days.
Today, that same kid was laughing their head off with everyone else. We were going over the economic systems. We read about that in Morning Time this morning, I'll share a link to that for you in the show notes. So you could share it with your teens. It got a lot of laughs and that child just had a really great attitude and was really having a good time.
So just because someone is grumpy, doesn't mean that your Morning Time is absolutely ruined. Even if you do have a photographer there taking pictures, it just means, you know, you've captured it for posterity is also okay if people fight sometimes in your Morning Time, actually, this happens so often with so many different families. We made an entire podcast episode about what to do when your kids are fighting in Morning Time.
And so I'll link you to episode 109 with Lynna Sutherland. She's got some great tips there. People are going to fight sometimes and it is completely okay. It doesn't mean that your Morning Time is ruined or Morning Time is not a good thing for your family. It's also okay if Morning Time makes a huge mess in your home. Now this used to drive me crazy.
We would get to the end of Morning Time and there would be a massive mess all over the place. And now it was time for us to kind of move into our independent work. And it looked like a craft store had absolutely exploded all over my table. I was frustrated over this, but you know what? It's actually a good thing. It was a really good thing because my kids were just doing so many different things during that Morning Basket time.
And so what I did was I solved the problem. I decided that we would play a song at the end of Morning Time. We used Sugar, Sugar by the Archie's. Don't ask me why I have no idea. It was on a playlist. We were listening to at the time the kids loved it. So we made it our cleanup song after Morning Time.
And we would just clean up every day. So I didn't let it ruin my Morning Time that there was this big, huge mess. I would play this song that was about three and a half, four minutes long. And my kids were happy to try to beat the song by getting everything cleaned up and moving into their other work. And then another thing I've kind of had to come to terms with is these days, sometimes somebody walks out of the room while I'm doing Morning Time. No, I'm not going to tell you it doesn't drive me nuts. It does. But I realized a couple of things. First of all, they typically come back fairly quickly. You know, they're either going to the bathroom or going to the kitchen to get something.
Or every once in a while, it's like, oh, I want to run upstairs and get my blanket or, or something like that. So they typically come back very quickly. And you know, I had to remember that I didn't put my kids in school because I don't want them to have to raise their hand to go to the bathroom. You know, I think that that's kind of silly.
That's like we don't do that in our homeschool. And so I had to come to realize that that sometimes means that a kid's going to wander out and then wander back in again and come to terms with it. And so does my Morning Time look perfect. No, sometimes it looks like somebody wanders out for a minute or so, and then comes back.
So those are some of the ways that a Morning Time could be less than perfect. Some of the things that could possibly drive us crazy, but it's okay. It's absolutely.
Okay. So how can we overcome some of the feelings of frustration and perfectionism that sometimes rear their heads and make us just want to throw up our hands and give up the whole thing altogether? Well, the first thing I want to do is say, let's start with gratitude.
I think this is a really good thing to do in your Morning Time. So maybe every Friday, have everyone in the room, just go around the room and have everyone name their favorite part of Morning Time. Now it's certainly one thing for you to sit down and write your favorite part of Morning Time, and you could do that. But I think it's also important to ask all of your children what their favorite part is because it's going to be different than yours.
And you're going to be amazed at what your kids appreciate and love. And you know what, maybe what every Friday is a little too often, maybe you're going to want to do it once a month, but then you're going to realize that even with the messiness, this is so worth it. And if you would like to keep notes of this and write down your Morning Time memories each month, we actually have a Morning Time journal and planner. That's absolutely perfect for this. It's got a spread in it for each month of the year, and you can keep a record of the favorite things you read, the favorite songs that you sang, all of the favorite activities that you did. There's a place for you to ask your kids what, what they enjoyed and jot all of that down. There's even a side of the page where you could put in pictures if you wanted to or make even more lists or write out free hand, what you really enjoyed. And so that Morning Time journal is the perfect place to keep track of what you and your kids love about Morning Time, and just be grateful for it.
Speaking of the planner, another way that you can overcome perfectionism is use the planner pages in there, so the planner, the journal planner has the monthly journal pages, but it also has weekly planner pages. And what I love about them is, is if you are using an outside resource, like a set of Morning Time plans, or you're searching Pinterest and finding a bunch of different ideas and blog posts, or you're just coming up with something on your own, just write down a few things that you want to do on that weekly plan and give yourself permission to let the rest of it go. So when you open up that planner for the week, what you have in front of you are only the things that you're willing to do, and you're not still looking at all of the things that you are quote, unquote, not going to get to. And so that just gives you permission to just follow the little plan you've created and leave the rest of it. So if I were using this with a set of our Morning Time plans, I would look at the Morning Time plans and say, I'm willing to do these subjects. I'm going to put them in my planner.
I'm not even going to look at the Morning Time plans now because I have my plan in front of me right here, and I could even call it the perfect plan if I want to now better not do that, because something will happen that I don't get to some of it, and I've got to move it to the next week.
And the last thing is, don't have a set amount of things or a set time that you're, you're trying to fill for Morning Time. So, you know, if you say, we're going to do this, this and this today, a loop schedule is perfect for something like this, where you're like, you know, we're just going to do Morning Time, and we're going to get to what we feel like on this loop.
We're going to continue to go down and then loop back up to the top. And I actually have a podcast that I can link for you in the show notes, all about looping and other kinds of schedules, but you might also say, oh, you know what, every day we're going to do Morning Time for an hour. Well, you might not. I mean, you might get to 30 minutes in and the toddlers diaper explodes and the whole thing falls apart while you're cleaning up. And so it's okay. Go as long as you feel like going, but don't have this kind of standard in your head, this expectation in your head of what a quote unquote, real Morning Time looks like. So, you know, do it as many days as you can do it for as long as you can and, and just kind of roll with the flow of it. But don't set these expectations up in your head of what it's supposed to look like. Just say, we're going to enjoy being together today for as long as it lasts, we're going to enjoy being together this week for as many days as we can.
And that's what we're going to do. So I really want to encourage you to not fall into any of these perfectionism traps, because I think the more we can stay away from these and the looser we can leave our Morning Time plans. And I do think there should be Morning Time plans. I do think there should be something that we know we're going to do, because if you haven't planned to do something, you're not going to do anything, but leave those plans very loosely held. Leave what mourning time looks like in your home, what it looks like in your head, what it looks like in your heart, very loose so that you can just focus on enjoying being together, your going to appreciate it more. Your kids are going to appreciate it more, and it's going to be something you can sustain for the long haul, which is exactly what we are after.
I have a lot of links for you for this episode. I'm going to drop them in the show notes for you. You can find those pambarnhill.com/YMB114, and you'll also find links over there to the Morning Time journal and planner and the new gather book.
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Key Ideas about Perfectionism in Morning Time

Perfectionism is a huge barrier to Morning Time. If we try too hard to make Morning Time perfect, and we realize that it isn’t always, we will be tempted to give up.

Being a perfectionist ourselves can teach our kids the wrong lessons. We want them to learn that it’s okay to not be perfect.

It can be tempting to look over at the way another family does Morning Time and try to replicate it. Don’t! Make Morning Time work for your family, with your kid’s ages and abilities.

When using pre-made Morning Time plans, pick what you want to do and leave the rest. And, it’s okay if Morning Time doesn’t happen every day.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:11] perfectionism pitfalls
  • [13:36] you make the rules in Morning Time
  • [18:06] grumpy attitudes and other Morning Time troubles
  • [23:11] ways to overcome perfectionism

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  • 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!