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Homeschool mama's self-care needs are easily overlooked with a steady stream of childhood needs and interpersonal interactions.

Homeschool mamas grapple with the not-good-enough feeling, perfectionism, loneliness, anger, doubt, boredom, impatience, and overwhelm. You know, all the human feels.

This podcast explores aspects of self-care that will serve the homeschool mama in her real homeschool days.

You'll be introduced to homeschool mamas that you need to know so you can build self-care strategies into your real homeschool world.

Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer Teresa Wiedrick

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Homeschool mama's self-care needs are easily overlooked with a steady stream of childhood needs and interpersonal interactions.

Homeschool mamas grapple with the not-good-enough feeling, perfectionism, loneliness, anger, doubt, boredom, impatience, and overwhelm. You know, all the human feels.

This podcast explores aspects of self-care that will serve the homeschool mama in her real homeschool days.

You'll be introduced to homeschool mamas that you need to know so you can build self-care strategies into your real homeschool world.

    5 Reasons Why Self-Care is Essential for Homeschool Moms

    5 Reasons Why Self-Care is Essential for Homeschool Moms

    Even before homeschooling, I was the kind of mama who tried to bounce a colicky baby on my knee while using the toilet (yes, I really did). I was the kind of mama who purchased and read heaps of popular parenting books.

    Self-care wasn’t a widespread discussion when I began parenting twenty-two years ago. Self-care wasn’t part of the title of any book, and it certainly wasn’t on my daily checklist. It is something I had to learn. I am still learning.

    In this series, I help you understand why self-care is essential for homeschool moms through excerpts from my book, “Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer”.

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    In this excerpt from my book, I share why self-care is essential for homeschool moms, specifically YOU!

    Even before my four children arrived, I wasn’t the kind of person that spent more than a minute walking through the drug store makeup aisle. I determined my lipstick colour in grade twelve. (Still going with that one — though I can only find it as Sephora’s Rum Punch). I learned to apply makeup by watching soap operas in the eighties. (I stopped watching soap operas, but I’m still going with those makeup techniques.)

    When I felt my efforts weren’t good enough, I strove toward perfection, instead of accepting my aptitudes, efforts, and weaknesses.

    * When I felt angry, I let my feelings rip (into whoever was nearest), blaming that person for my feeling instead of taking charge of that feelings.

    * If I felt overwhelmed, I whipped myself into unreasonable expectations and whipped those around me into a frenzy too.

    Self-care for my physical needs, my emotional needs, and my mental needs weren’t my instinct.

    I gradually came to understand I needed to take care of myself so I could continue homeschooling with a happy heart, or a mostly happy heart.

    When my children were little, self-care meant I aspired to independently use the toilet, and occasionally shower.

    Now I have so many self-care strategies they could fill a book. (You may be reading an excerpt from it). 

    Early on, ignoring kids banging on the door was challenging.

    Auspicious days meant showering and prepping food for me, and countless baby-latching hours sitting on the couch. Brushing my teeth was a gold star day. I had to save those 80s makeup techniques for the next decade.

    Own Your Learning, Own Your Life with Stephanie Sewell

    Own Your Learning, Own Your Life with Stephanie Sewell

    Stephanie Sewell is an Alternative Education Consultant based in Chelsea, Quebec,working with families and educators around the world.

    She helps parents, teens, and children to identify and navigate the education path that works best for them – in school, as a homeschooler, or something in between. Her work is heart-based, informed by research, training, and experience.

    Stephanie Sewell’s encourages us to own our learning so we can own our lives. She builds supportive, guiding relationships with parents and their children or teens, allowing the family to get back on track.

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    School is not the only option. The very requirements of the school make it more difficult for the children to exist. The way it’s been done, in many cases, is doing harm.

    In this episode, Stephanie Sewell & I discuss:

    * The post-high school mothering phase.

    * How we relate with our kids can enable their agency and independence.

    * How Stephanie moved into alternative education.

    * Why she thinks outside the educational box.

    * Transitioning from the homeschool mom to the next phase of our lives.

    * How we homeschool moms are learning about learning, learning child development, learning to organize, and learning about home education throughout our homeschool lives.

    * What it’s like to homeschool in Quebec.

    * How do we support our adult kids to choose the next steps in their life?

    * How we support our adolescents when they want to attend high school.

    * Our responses to our kids’ discussions on grades and testing.

    * We want to deschool to live our lives on purpose.

    Finally, you can find Stephanie Sewell and her resources at:

    * About Stephanie and what she offers.

    * Learn more about Stephanie Sewell here.

    * The resources & consulting that Stephanie Sewell offers parents.

    * How to directly connect with Stephanie.

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    • 59 min
    Customized Homeschool Help for Parents that Can Transform your Life

    Customized Homeschool Help for Parents that Can Transform your Life

    There are many resources available for parents who are homeschooling their children. Some options include planners, curricula, apps, books, and educational websites.

    Additionally, there are many virtual homeschool communities and support groups that can provide guidance and advice (I’ve got one too).

    But do you know what there isn’t enough? Customized homeschool help for parents. Help to get personalized, one-on-one support.

    A life coach can offer individualized support, guidance, and gentle accountability to empower homeschool parents to navigate challenges, cultivate well-being practices, and implement positive changes in their homeschooling journey and change their lives.

    Book a no-obligation conversation with Teresa

    Let me introduce you to Valerie, a homeschool mom who pursued meaningful homeschool help for parents through a life coach.

    Valerie is a competent, clever, organized, creative, homeschool mama who has been doing this homeschool thing for more than a decade.

    Someone might call her a veteran homeschool mom.

    Valerie is no longer worried about choosing the “right” curriculum (she probably owns a little bit of everything anyway), she’s not concerned that she can’t plan her homeschool lessons well (she has learned how to do them on the fly), and she’s no longer concerned what other people think about her homeschool or life choices (she’s had enough practice with that challenge and learned to let that go a long time ago).

    However, Valerie is challenged by…

    * A mountain of things to do,

    * Unrealistic expectations of what she can do in a day, or even a week,

    * Trying to fit it all in,

    * Aware of her perfectionistic tendencies,

    * Feeling burned out,

    * Feeling scattered & overwhelmed post-pandemic,

    * Motivated primarily by finishing her to-do list,

    * Feeling stuck in life,

    * Occasional surges of overwhelm & emotional outbursts (hers, and also the kids),

    * Guilt about not being the same homeschool parent to her younger kids as she was to her older kids.

    When Valerie & I met, she didn’t know what homeschool help for parents I offered.

    • 28 min
    Get Started Homeschooling in 2024: A Guide for a Successful & Satisfying Journey!

    Get Started Homeschooling in 2024: A Guide for a Successful & Satisfying Journey!

    When you first step off the beaten path, leaving the conventional schooled path, you might have uncertainties and doubts; you might research & read more than Wiki itself.

    Of course, it is a rite of passage for all new homeschoolers to do that, as one should (we are taking responsibility for our children’s education and that’s a big responsibility).

    So, from this graduated homeschool mama to one just beginning her journey, here’s my guide to get started homeschooling…

    I’m here to equip you to get clear and confident as you get started homeschooling so you don’t have to ride the tsunami waves of uncertainty, grapple in angst with other people’s concerns, or feel alone in your choice to do this thing: you really can do this homeschool thing confidently (and enjoy it too).

    And a big warm welcome to you!

    In the podcast season dedicated to new homeschoolers, here are a few common concerns that new homeschool families have:

    * Tell me where to start: A Beginner’s Guide to Your First Year of Homeschool

    * the surprising transition from school to homeschool

    * What about gaps in my child’s home education?

    * What do homeschoolers want to deschool from: let’s get specific.

    * What Does Homeschool Cost: What I Wish I Knew Before I Homeschooled

    * A Homeschool Life Coach Help Near Me

    * Three Things I Wish I Knew Before I Homeschooled

    * homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care

    * How to homeschool with confidence in 5 (not-so-easy) steps

    * A Homeschool Mama Will Benefit from Coaching for Homeschool (& Life)

    And if you’re intending to Homeschool in Canada, I’ve got two episodes you’ll want to listen to as well:

    * Can I Homeschool in Canada?

    * Start Homeschooling in British Columbia: How to Decide

    If you have any questions as you get started homeschooling, you’re welcome to send a message here or book an appointment with me to chat…

    • 38 min
    Unraveling the Art of Learning with Andrew Pudewa

    Unraveling the Art of Learning with Andrew Pudewa

    Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking worldwide, he addresses teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music issues with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor.

    Although Andrew Pudewa is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskanboy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.”

    He and his wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fifteen, making their home in northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.

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    Andrew Pudewa Unraveling the Art of Learning on the Homeschool Mama Self-Care podcast with Teresa Wiedrick, Homeschool Life Coach

    What I’m trying to help people do is to get free of this compulsion to compare children with other people’s children based on their age.

    In this episode, Andrew Pudewa & I discuss:

    * The origin story of the Pudewa family homeschool & the Institute for Excellence in Writing

    * Value of writing to form your thoughts & clarify your sense of self-expression and purpose.

    * The value of across the age and grade spectrum learning together.

    * Learn from a music teacher and compare children with themselves.

    * How to assess a child and help them learn from themselves.

    * Deschooling our unhelpful schooled mindsets & leaning into child-inspired learning.

    * A transcript shows that you did time, not that you learned something.

    * How to ask better questions so children can have a meaningful education.

    * The value of journaling and the introspective life.

    Finally, you can find Andrew Pudewa, his podcast, books, and resources at:

    * About him & the Institute for Excellence in Writing

    * Access so many (free) Conference Talks

    * Learn more about The Institute for Excellence in Writing

    * Find out where Andrew Pudewa will be speaking near you

    * Listen to The Art of Language Podcast with Andrew Pudewa

    If all teachers were music teachers first, we wouldn’t do a lot of dysfunctional and disordered things that happens in most schools today.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Counseling 101: a Homeschool Parent’s Most Important Skill

    Counseling 101: a Homeschool Parent’s Most Important Skill

    If there were any skill I would recommend for the pre-parent, it would be the one I discuss today: counseling 101, a homeschool parent’s most important skill (how to kindly, authentically, and diplomatically deal with people).

    Really. Tough. Work. Trying to figure out how to co-exist in the world with other people (especially our little people, and our little people trying to coexist with their siblings: one of the hardest aspects of homeschooling).

    However, because we weren’t put in this world alone, we need to learn to empathetically engage in our social sphere. Hence, I offer you: Counseling 101: a homeschool parent’s most important skill.

    Get your Thought Care Tips so You Don’t Lost your Mind Managing Kid Conflict

    This is a homeschool parent’s most important skill if she doesn’t want to lose her mind.

    Counseling, conflict management, and communication will likely be a lifelong lesson for all of us as we continue to discover why we (& others) do what we do.

    Our children have differing natural-born penchants for navigating these things, but we know intuitively that our kids learn to navigate relationships by watching us navigate our relationships.

    First, let me establish a few of my beliefs about relationships:

    * We are happier when we live in authentic harmony (with others and ourselves).

    * Also, we feel more connected and are more creative when we do.

    * We like our lives more when we’re living in harmony.

    * Therefore, we must have a plan to address conflict when it arises. Because on this topic, I don’t agree with Forest Gump’s mama: you know that quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'” In a relationship, you definitely do: if you’re living alongside humans, including yourself, you’ll get into conflict).

    ps I did a little research on chocolates at this point, and I discovered that I could probably eat every single Purdy’s chocolate available to Canadians? Do y’all have Purdy’s, when I did a rabbit trail of unsavoury international chocolate offerings, I discovered Heinz ketchup, vegemite, and insect flavoured? What even? Just no.

    I’d love to hear about your least favourite chocolatier and oh also, send me a sample of your most favourite, haha.

    The sibling relationship, especially in a homeschooled home, where continuous contact is present, requires an energetic, proactive parental approach.

    Teaching kids that they have relational power to influence and affect others is important. They have the relational power to build up or tear down others.

    Teaching our kids empathy, learning to actively listen, expressing their feelings and needs, empowering (theirs and others) choices, learning collaborative problem solving, setting clear boundaries, and practicing patience…all of this doesn’t happen overnight.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

ErinAGR ,

A wonderful voice in the homeschool world

I really appreciate Teresa’s voice in the homeschool world. She has such a genuine interest in families and offers deep encouragement for mums not only in their homeschool practice, but also in nurturing themselves in their self-care and growth. Teresa draws on her own extensive homeschool experience, personal development and insight as a certified life coach in these conversations. She’s a wonderful podcaster with a knack for drawing out such interesting and layered conversations.

MichelleG1986 ,

My Homeschool Self-Care Go To

Teresa has so much wisdom to share. She is always kind and real which makes her so relatable. This podcast is my top go to when I need self-care and inspiration in my homeschool. She understands how overwhelming and lost you can get when you are in the thick of homeschooling and how important (and yet difficult) caring for yourself in this process can be.

MerHalls ,

Always Nails It

Teresa is a pleasure to listen to and learn from as a new homeschooler. Her interviews go in interesting directions and always get me thinking. A must listen for anyone wanting to build their confidence as an authentic and simple homeschooling mom!

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