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You get to ask the questions. In the context of promoting joy, fun and an environment of love, your hosts, Bonnie and Elizabeth welcome you! Bonnie is a homeschool mom of seven kids, 29 years in (with a few more to go), writer, speaker and cheerleader. Elizabeth, mom of four, in the thick of glorious family life, brings her questions and yours to the table. Join us for some honest discussion about how to make home education cozy. Just like you imagined.

make joy normal: cozy homeschooling Bonnie Landry

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

You get to ask the questions. In the context of promoting joy, fun and an environment of love, your hosts, Bonnie and Elizabeth welcome you! Bonnie is a homeschool mom of seven kids, 29 years in (with a few more to go), writer, speaker and cheerleader. Elizabeth, mom of four, in the thick of glorious family life, brings her questions and yours to the table. Join us for some honest discussion about how to make home education cozy. Just like you imagined.

    The Way of Beauty - the power and meaning of beauty in our family lives

    The Way of Beauty - the power and meaning of beauty in our family lives

    The Way of Beauty by author David Clayton is a book I’m reading presently.  We are loving the book so much that I wanted to interview David to help explore the ideas he presents in light of family life.  We can augment the richness of Catholic family life through beauty and parents will reap the harvest of deepening their understanding of beauty and the role it plays in our lives.  We expand our ability to contribute to the culture through David’s exceptional book. 

    6:17 - How do we cultivate an appreciation of beauty in family life? 
    16:25 - How to engage children in Sacred art
    18:40  - Harmonious proportion and how it plays out in our lives 
    34:43 - The Liturgy of the Hours and it's patterns 
    40:57 - What is the best way to encourage artistic ability in children? 
    50:23 - The Way of Beauty and The Little Oratory books 


    https://www.thewayofbeauty.org
    https://www.pontifex.university
    https://www.amazon.com/Way-Beauty-Liturgy-Education-Inspiration/dp/1621381412/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+way+of+beauty&qid=1638592545&sr=8-1


    https://www.amazon.com/Little-Oratory-Beginners-Guide-Praying/dp/1622821769/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+little+oratory&qid=1638592569&sr=8-1


    https://www.chcweb.com/catalog/ByGradeLevel/FifthGrade/EverAncient,EverNewArtHistory,Appreciation,Theory,andPractice/product_info.html


     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    our role as Christian parents in educating our children

    our role as Christian parents in educating our children

    This is an interview I did on Martha Martha, my Catholic mom podcast, but the more I think about it, the more I wanted to share it here.  My not-Catholic listeners seem to not mind the Catholic tangents I go on regularly, so here it is, guns ablazing. 

    Father Harrison is just too good not to share with this larger audience.

    A fabulous interview with my dear friend Father Harrison, who podcasts over at https://www.clericallyspeaking.com/!  

    We delve into the Catechism of the Catholic Church...what is it, where did it come from and how it can teach us to be better parents...what is our role as Christians parents in educating our children.  Father brings so much depth into the words of the Catechism, I'm so grateful for him helping me to unpack and understand my role better. 

    4:20 - What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
    9:30 - The role of parents in the family 
    13:55 - When we feel inadequate and relying on grace 
    28:10 - Parents as first educators of their children 
    34:43 - Creating homes of tenderness, forgiveness, fidelity 
    42:43 - How to grow in virtue 
    1:01:17 - Giving good example and walking with our children 



    Familiaris Consortio
    http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio.html

    Gravissium Educationis
    http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_gravissimum-educationis_en.html

    Ignatius on indifference:
    https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-indifference/

    Find Fr. Harrison here on twitter
    https://twitter.com/FrHarrison?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    • 1 hr 9 min
    how do we nurture children through their upset

    how do we nurture children through their upset

    What do we DO with intense children?  Can they just cry, what does it look like to walk a child through difficult emotions?  We spend so much time in our day managing behaviour, managing emotions and managing our own responses.  Can we make is smoother along the way?  

    4:37 - Should I let my child cry it out? 
    6:02 - Letting them have distress while nurturing them 
    11:24 - Learning how to reduce the stimuli in a child's life 
    15:44 - Activities for diversion 
    16:58 - Tears of futility and acknowledging emotions 
    27:12 - Creating connection 

    • 32 min
    family traditions: November, Advent and Christmas

    family traditions: November, Advent and Christmas

    Elizabeth asks a loaded question.  What are your family traditions?

    Well, there are many that were added one at a time over the years, until describing them becomes a convoluted task.  But so much fun! 

    We focus on November, Advent and Christmas.  But here's a special treat.  My daughter created a Jesse Tree reading document for her Dad, and she has allowed me to share it will all of you!

    Click this blog post for the free PDF

    1:16 - What are some traditions you've practiced as a family? 
    2:58 - All Saints Day party 
    5:23 - The Jesse Tree and reading A Christmas Carol 
    8:11 - Feast of St. Nicholas and letter to the Christ Child 
    9:42 - Advent wreath, procession and Martinmas - Feast of St. Martin 
    17:08 - Start slowly and build over time
    19:36 - What we do at Christmas

    • 25 min
    mom guilt

    mom guilt

    Oh.  Yes.  Motherhood is a guilt trip, no?  

    This is a little supplementary episode that Elizabeth and I recorded in the context of a larger episode, but I think we may all need this little shot in the arm.  

    0:33 - How do we avoid comparing ourselves to others in our homeschooling? 
    3:17 - Staying focused on our gifts and blessings 
    4:49 - What to do when angst creeps in 
    8:27 - How do we fill all of our children's cups?
    11:24 - The rewards of giving of ourselves

    • 13 min
    Can I be both a good homeschooler and a good housekeeper?

    Can I be both a good homeschooler and a good housekeeper?

    Can you be both a good homeschooler and a good housekeeper?  Does something have to give?  Christina and I discuss the expectations of homemakers and homeschoolers, those we put on ourselves and that others may have of us.  We talk about the comparison game, and growth, case in point: I bare my soul about what I thought about motherhood thirty years ago.  Don't judge.  

    https://www.bonnielandry.ca/blog-1/decluttering-a-journey-of-self-over-25-years?rq=housework

    2:14 - Deciding what matters most to us
    10:22 - Learning in an environment of joy 
    14:38 - Being specific when reaching out for help 
    18:40 - Letting go of comparing ourselves to others 
    24:03 - Decluttering and finding order 
    32:30 - Life is about balance 
    35:50 - We continue to grow if we are open to it

    • 44 min

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4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Great podcast!

This podcast has brought me so much encouragement and ideas when it comes to homeschooling and raising my kids with love.
Thanks for taking the time to make these episodes, please don’t stop! 😊

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