Episode 147: When Homeschoolers Judge

Episode 147: When Homeschoolers Judge

Homeschooling is a choice born out of the freedom to choose what we feel to be the best educational option for our children. It should follow, then that if a family who has made the choice to homeschool then decides to put a child into a traditional school setting, fellow homeschoolers will support that freedom to choose, too.

Unfortunately, that's not the reaction many receive when they announce they'll be returning to school. Instead of encouragement and reassurance, they often receive condemnation from the homeschool community.

What's a homeschooler to do? And what is the Biblical, grace-filled, gospel-centered response as both the homeschooling parent returning kids to a classroom and the homeschooling friend looking on?

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Episode 146: Babysitting

Episode 146: Babysitting

Some of our best episodes have been created as the result of our listeners' great ideas, and this is one of those episodes! We're talking all about leaving younger siblings with older siblings in the role of babysitter: the ins and outs, the expectations, and other various aspects of that realty.

We hope it sets the stage for good discussion with your own kids and allows you to successfully encourage your own in-house babysitters.

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Episode 145: Undone Redone: Marriage and the Gospel

Episode 145: Undone Redone: Marriage and the Gospel

Tray and Melody Lovvorn were married for 11 years before his struggle with pornography and sexual addiction tore their family apart. The appearance of the “perfect” Christian life that they both worked so hard to maintain came crashing down all around them. They divorced, but God wasn't yet finished with their marriage.

Tray and Melody love to share how God used their painful circumstances to individually bring both of them to a new understanding of grace and the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father. It was this new paradigm that ultimately led to their reconciliation and the restoration of their family.

Join us for another great interview with folks who love to talk openly about how the gospel changes lives!

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Episode 144: When Your Homeschool Owns You

Episode 144: When Your Homeschool Owns You

Sometimes an idea for an episode comes along and we throw the regular recording schedule out the window! 

When Cindy West reached out to us and asked to talk about something she's seeing in the homeschool community at large, we jumped at the opportunity. And it's this: Some homeschoolers feel they must adhere so closely to a particular homeschool philosophy that they have lost all their homeschool joy. Essentially, their homeschools are owning them.

So what's the remedy? Tune in to "When Your Homeschool Owns You" to find out!

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Episode 143: 5 Apps Every Parent Should Know

Episode 143: 5 Apps Every Parent Should Know

Apps! Mobile phones! iPads! Technology! It all moves so fast and changes seemingly overnight. How do we keep up with what our kids are asking to use or are being exposed to, even if we are trying to keep it all in balance?

Join us on this highly informative episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we welcome author and speaker Leah Nieman to discuss five apps every parent should know about right now. It's an up-to-the-minute conversation, but even if you're listening months or even years from its publication, you'll be able to glean from the discussion about how to handle all of the emerging technology in our über fast-paced world.

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Episode 142: Parenting: Principles Over Formulas

Episode 142: Parenting: Principles Over Formulas

Parenting formulas tend to make us feel safe: Do it this way, and your children will grow up to be godly/good citizens/intelligent/productive, etc. But is this what God has in mind when he gives us children in our homes?

Join us and author Heather Haupt as we talk homeschooling (she's a homeschool grad), parenting promises, principles, formulas, and the gospel.

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Episode 141: The Working Homeschool Mom

Episode 141: The Working Homeschool Mom

Are you a homeschooling mom who needs to work? Are you contemplating a job alongside homeschooling? Join us for this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we talk with Jimmie Lanley, a mom who found the need to be employed but also wanted to continue educating her daughter at home with excellence. 

Jimmie is straight-forward and encouraging as she shares her experience and wisdom with our listeners.

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Episode 140: Love, Honor, and Virtue

Episode 140: Love, Honor, and Virtue

Two of our favorite guests, Hal and Melanie Young, join us on this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life for a candid discussion about technology, temptation, addiction, and culture. We talk about the false sense of security that homeschooling can give us and how we can equip our kids to make choices that set them up for healthy sexual relationships.

As always, Hal and Melanie are engaging and intelligent, and we appreciate their honesty as we discuss a Biblical and God-honoring approach to love, honor, and virtue.

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Episode 139: Homeschooling and Adoption

Episode 139: Homeschooling and Adoption

Since the very beginning of the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast, our listeners have been requesting that we do an episode on homeschooling and adoption. Why did it take us so long? Because just the right person to address the topic came along and we feel we couldn't have given you anyone better!

Guest Tricia Goyer is a prolific author and homeschooling mom, and she and her husband have adopted seven children in the past few years alone! We think you'll be encouraged and inspired by their story, and we hope it helps you to hear the joy that comes from obeying what God asks of us.

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Episode 138: Introducing Mr. D Math

Episode 138: Introducing Mr. D Math

Spend a whole episode introducing you to a guy who teaches math? Why, yes! 

Dennis DiNoia is Mr. D from Mr. D Math, and we wanted our listeners to know all about his truly terrific online live math courses for homeschoolers.

Mr. D has a background in public school education, homeschools his own kids, and know how to teach in a way that inspires and encourages our kids to actually enjoy math, too!

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Episode 137: The Educated Parent

Episode 137: The Educated Parent

We home educators spend a lot of time educating our kids. But what about us? Are we taking the time to learn more, discover more, and be curious? 

This episode of Homeschooling in Real Life is dedicated to you, the homeschooling parent. We want to see you grow and thrive in your role as parent educator, and to that end we're talking about the reasons to educate yourself as well as the how-to. Let's get learning!

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Episode 136: How to Watch TV Without Selling Your Soul

Episode 136: How to Watch TV Without Selling Your Soul

Television, like so much of the technology we enjoy, can be both very, very good and very, very bad. How does a family discern what is worth watching and what should be passed over?

Opinions run high, and the topic of television can quickly divide families, but we'll attempt to answer the question: Is there any redeeming value in having television in your home, or should we avoid this portal into American culture?

Join along and listen as Fletch and Kendra talk openly about welcoming television back into their home and the parameters involved in their decision to navigate culture with a television. This is an episode that is sure to get you thinking and talking.

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Episode 134: Real Encouragement

Episode 134: Real Encouragement

Well, hello 2017! We're back with a brand new season of episodes that we hope will inspire, inform, and encourage you as you walk this homeschooling path with your family. And what better way than to start with an episode meant to encourage you right off the bat?

We're joined by one of our most popular guests from last season, Kathy Lee, who laughs with us, talks homeschooling over two decades, and tells us all what keeps her going. Don't miss it!

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Episode 128: Family Devotions With Marty Machowski

Episode 128: Family Devotions With Marty Machowski

It's the season of Advent, and we have a special gift for you! Family devotions author Marty Machowski joins us for a lively discussion all about gathering the family together and digging into the Bible.

Is it sometimes difficult to pull off? Yep. But our hope is that you'll leave the conversation encouraged that family devotions are not only doable, they're a terrific vehicle for communicating the gospel and growing together in faith.

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Episode 127: The Desperate Need to Get it Right

Episode 127: The Desperate Need to Get it Right

When we talk about the desperate need to get it right, Fletch is quick to say, “Oh! You mean homeschooling in the age of Pinterest?” On this episode we are talking about how to homeschool when we feel like we just don’t measure up to the other homeschool moms we know.

We are joined in the studio by Kym Smythe, Sabrina Justison and Vicki Tillman, three of the sisters from SevenSistersHomescool.com and The Homeschool Highschool Podcast. We discuss how to handle the competition, comparisons, and the desperate need to get it right.

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Episode 126: Affording College

Episode 126: Affording College

When our students hope to go to college, the perennial question remains: how in the world will they pay for it? We decided to return to the topic of affording college with College Prep Genius Jean Burk because we know she has valuable information to share.

We think you'll be encouraged and feel equipped as you help your college-bound student get the education they are pursuing. Don’t forget to enter the College Prep Genius giveaway below for a valuable one-hour personal coaching session with Jean Burk!

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Episode 125: The Purity Culture with Sheila Gregoire

Episode 125: The Purity Culture with Sheila Gregoire

Author and speaker Sheila Gregoire joins us in the studio again this week as we discuss the phenomenon that is the "purity culture" and its affect on the Christian homeschooling community. How do we convey a Biblical view of sex and marriage to our kids without strapping them with the burden and bondage of religious behaviorism? How can we equip them to enter into marriage with a healthy, godly view of sex and what it contributes to a marriage?

Join us for a lively and helpful discussion on the purity culture.

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Episode 124: Home-Less Homeschooling

Episode 124: Home-Less Homeschooling

Let's take the kids and the homeschool on the road! Join us and our special guests Megan and Mike Knorpp, homeschooling parents of 9 and cross-country travelers extraordinaire. We discuss the logistics of housing 11 people in 800 square feet, the excitement of learning by doing and exploring, and how exactly they're paying for this whole crazy adventure! 

If you've ever dreamed of taking your homeschool on the road, this episode is for you. 

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Episode 123: What's the Deal With Charter Schools?

Episode 123: What's the Deal With Charter Schools?

So, what's the deal with charter schools? We received an email from a listener who works in a local charter school that serves homeschooling families, and he has been surprised by the suspicion homeschoolers tend to bring to the table when the conversation turns to charters.

Yes, we're having that conversation, and we're having it with a husband and wife who have worked in and homeschooled through the charter school system in California. What are the pros of homeschooling with a charter school? When should you not?

If you think we didn't cover the reasons why homeschoolers might choose not to go with a charter, hang on. We did! That conversation is in the bonus content, which you can access by subscribing (it's free).

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