YMB #30 Tension in Morning Time: A Conversation with Jennifer Dow


You know you love Morning Time but there is something that pulls at you each time you sit down to do it — especially if your time is short or your day hasn’t gone exactly according to plan. We are often faced with the temptation to skip the true, good, and beautiful so we can get on with the “real” learning — the math, handwriting, and science. But why?

Join Jennifer Dow and me as we talk about this tension that so many of us feel. In this conversation we discuss that and the meaning of real education.

YMB #30 Tension in Morning Time

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  • byangelab@gmail.com says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me! I have been struggling between making more time for reading, spelling and math vs morning time. Thank you for having Jennifer on ! She always leaves me contemplating new ideas or the same ideas in different ways.

  • Love this! Jennifer is a Christian breath of fresh air. I love how she said life is a constant struggle between the real and the ideal. I think we need a little more time management added(maybe involving a loop schedule?) but our morning basket is here to stay!

  • Heidi Thomas says:

    Great podcast episode (as always)! Jennifer mentioned that she really likes a book she uses for her Bible time with her kids, that includes questions that really work for her family. Can she share the title with us?

  • Heather says:

    Great episode! My son was listening with me as we drove around doing errands. When the question of “can there be something such as too much morning time?” arose, he said, “There definitely can be too much morning time when it becomes ‘afternoon time’.” Not that we’ve ever had that happen, mind you! I love all of your podcasts. They’re always encouraging and thought- provoking. Thanks Pam!

  • Jamie says:

    I like the flex schedule of home schooling but how does this no morning work…how does this teach kids about future morning musts in college or in the work force?

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Jamie, I am pretty sure I never went to college classes or my job because I was “trained” to do it from years in school. It was character and work ethic I developed from messages from my mother and grandmother told me throughout my life that led me to be a responsible adult.

  • Lisa A says:

    Great episode!

    I love what was said about how the content of morning time selections can help a struggling reader cultivate the desire to read. When my son was 7 he was not reading fluently, and HATED practicing. However, he LOVED Lord of the Rings and finally I told him that if he would practice reading every day I would let him skip the elementary readers and let his practice come straight from LotR. After about 2 weeks his reading took off and he has been devouring books ever since! Cultivating the delight and joy that can be found in learning is so important!

    Thank you for talking about this. And I love what was said about repentance as well. Because the tension between the real and the ideal does exist it’s so important to acknowledge that sometimes we will fail to live up to the ideal, but that’s ok As Long As we get back up and try again and cultivate that attitude of repentance.

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