23 episodes

Exploring child development and well-being, education, parent-child relationships, and family systems through the lens of mindful awareness

Let ‘em go Barefoot Missy Willis

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Exploring child development and well-being, education, parent-child relationships, and family systems through the lens of mindful awareness

    The Making of Caster Studios with Christina and Nick Caster

    The Making of Caster Studios with Christina and Nick Caster

    In episode 23 of the podcast, I talk to Christina and Nick Caster, the creators of the live-action, fully-handcrafted, preschool TV show, Gus Plus Us. The Casters are also the creators of the full- service entertainment studio, Caster Studios that resides outside of Austin, Texas.
    Nick and Christina discuss how the show came to be, the intention behind it, the time and thoughtfulness that went into making the show and how it really is a full family effort.
    We discuss the other projects the studio is working on, how the studio has changed and grown since it started in 2007, their decision to homeschool their two children including the books and people who inspired them, and so much more. Stay tuned for Season 2! In the meantime, enjoy the 13 episodes that are already available.
    Keep up with Nick and Christina over on Instagram:
    @casterstudios
    @gusplusus
    You can learn more about their studio here:  https://casterstudios.com/
    And find the show, Gus Plus Us, here: https://gusplusus.com/
    And on KidoodleTv here: https://www.kidoodle.tv/2403/gus-plus-us
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    Follow Let ‘em go Barefoot on Instagram @letemgobarefoot and join me live over on The Barefoot Playground where we turn theory into practice and connect with one another as we create joyful, supporting learning environments for our kids.
    Look for my writing over on Substack: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
    and if you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here or here: paypal.me/letemgobarefoot  Thank you!

    • 53 min
    Understanding our Archetypes with Sheila Rumble

    Understanding our Archetypes with Sheila Rumble

    Welcome to episode 22 with Sheila Rumble!
    Did you know the idea of archetypes goes back a very long time? They are patterns of behavior that are innate, universal, and across cultures. 
    Sheila has done an in-depth study of archetypes and does energy and healing work through her practice Rowan Holistic Healing & Wellness.
    On the podcast we discuss:
    Survival Archetypes and how they impact us and our society
    Masculine and Feminine Energy
    The Light and Shadow side of Archetypes
    Understanding archetypes as a template for understanding ourselves
    Archetypes in movies, fairytales, literature, and shows as an exaggeration of archetype patterns
    The mother in shadow and devouring mother/father archetypes as well as various forms of the mother archetypes
    How shadow attracts shadow and light attracts light
    The potential to grow from “our enemies”
    Understanding when the child shows up and why
    The dark night of the soul
    Healing ourselves by working with our bodies and loving ourselves and more!
    Sheila is offering a discount to listeners. Book a private session with her and learn about your archetypes! Follow this link: http://rowan-wellness.com/archetypal-consultation/  and use code: LGB15 
    Follow Sheila @sheilarumble_quantumhealing on Instagram for more great insights on healing thyself.
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    In other news, The Barefoot Playground is kicking off the year on February 16th at 6pm EST with author, speaker, and micro school creator, CINDY GADDIS. It will be a wonderful gathering about how to support your right-brained learners. 
    Please reserve your spot here: https://barefootcoaching.as.me/playground
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    Look for my writing over on Substack: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
    and if you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here.
    Your support is much appreciated. Thank you!

    • 1 hr 39 min
    The Impact of Attachment with Ann Hansen

    The Impact of Attachment with Ann Hansen

    Welcome to episode 21 with Ann Hansen of @innerparentcoaching (on Instagram)
    Ann co-runs an alternative therapy space on a 33-acre farm in Oregon. She is the mother of two grown unschoolers, a developmental specialist, and parenting coach. I invited Ann on to talk about her work, to share her journey from public school to unschool, and to discuss attachment theory and how it plays out through the teen years.
    Here are some things we cover:
    The therapeutic, farm program she runs with her friend
    Attachment theory and how applying the ideas of attachment in the early years impact the teen years.
    How behavior can be a signal for connection
    Respecting our children’s sense about things.
    The parent-child dynamic and nervous system regulation
    Body and emotional awareness
    Self-reflection and honesty as parents
    How attachment looks different in the teen years
    Creating a container in the home and in relationships for secure attachment
    And more!
    Find Ann on Instagram @innerparentcoaching
    Look for my writing over on Substack: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
    and if you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here.
    Thank you!
     
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    When an Idea Becomes a Reality-- The Rainbow Room with Emily Gregoire

    When an Idea Becomes a Reality-- The Rainbow Room with Emily Gregoire

    Welcome to episode 20! My conversation today is with Emily Gregoire, a homeschooling mom of 4 and creator of the microschool, The Rainbow Room which is located in Las Vegas, NV.
    Emily and I met very early on in my foray into Instagram and it has been a pleasure to watch her journey and to now share with you how The Rainbow Room came to be, Emily’s mission, values, and goals.
    The microschool movement has really taken off since the pandemic began and what Emily is providing for her community is something I think more parents are yearning for.
    We talk about how the Rainbow Room came to be. How she was encouraged to get it going. Her values for herself and her family and how that has shaped the way the Rainbow Room operates. We discuss creating an environment where children can flourish and feel comfortable and safe. We discuss the importance of community and encouraging our children to lead. And Emily also shares how she hopes to expand and that she is more than happy to help others who would like to offer something similar in their hometowns.
    Also, at the end, Emily asks me some questions about what to expect in the teen years.
    It was a fun conversation and I'm grateful we were able to connect.
    Enjoy!
    Follow Emily and The Rainbow Room's adventures on Instagram @the.rainbow.room_
    Information referenced during the show:
    https://www.michaelgurian.com/
    Kerry McDonald articles on microschools:
    https://fee.org/articles/how-microschool-networks-are-activating-education-entrepreneurs/
    https://fee.org/articles/how-microschools-are-reshaping-k-12-education-in-south-florida/
    https://fee.org/articles/microschools-remain-a-popular-back-to-school-option-this-year/
    If you are offering alternative education options in your area, I'd love to learn more. Please reach out through Instagram or send me a message at Letemgobarefoot@protonmail.com
    You can find my writing over on Substack: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
    If you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here.
    Thank you!
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lead with Love with Nicky and Davone Prince

    Lead with Love with Nicky and Davone Prince

    Welcome to episode 19 of the Let ‘em go Barefoot Podcast. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to my first couple interview! Nicky and Davone are so fun to talk to and the enthusiasm they have for the life they live is contagious, which is exactly what drew me in when I started following along their journey on Instagram @life.long.learners
    These kindred spirits met in college and while Nicky went the way of a master’s degree and working in her field of study, education for 7 years, Davone chose a myriad of jobs and kept his eye on living a life of flexibility and freedom. Things came to a head when Davone went to pick Nicky up from her school one day and saw she was responsible for 70 kids! They started reevaluating things and got back to what really mattered…being together, living a life they enjoyed, and living rent free.
    In our conversation we talk about their journey to renovate an old school bus (the symbolism of this is not lost on me!) and the cross country travel they do while raising their two girls.
    We also talk about making choices that align with our values, freedom from debt, being creative with our finances, meal planning, scheduling our days, and even how we use the spaces we inhabit.
    And we talk about being scared to step outside of the norm, but how liberating it can be when we answer the call of our soul.
    The Prince Family is definitely showing up with a grateful heart and teaching us how to be passionate about parenting and love.
    Enjoy!
    If you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here.
    Thank you!
    To find more of Missy's work go to www.letemgobarefoot.com
    Writing on Substack here: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
     
     

    • 52 min
    Radical Responsibility, Radical Joy with Emma Hosfeld

    Radical Responsibility, Radical Joy with Emma Hosfeld

    Welcome to Episode 18 where I get to share a moving, deep, and open conversation with the lovely Emma Hosfeld. Emma writes moving and beautiful pieces on parenting, education, and healing. I was immediately drawn to the way she can get to the heart of things.
    In our conversation, Emma talks about showing up to life with radical responsibility and radical joy.
    We talk about her struggle with drugs and alcohol, her sobriety journey, becoming a mother, her active choice to be a healthy role model for her kids, and the importance of building an intentional community for ourselves and our children. 
    We also talk about the fear and worry we carry around as humans, but how vital it is to accept it as it is and move forward anyway.
    We discuss being brave enough to take the next step in whatever situation or challenge we are facing. 
    Emma talks about people who have inspired her and how social media can positively impact us and change the trajectory of our lives in a good way.
    We discuss the beauty and magic of watching our children learn by following their curiosity and so much more. 
    It's a powerful episode.
    Here are people and books mentioned in our conversation:
    Nagoski sisters
    January Harshe @Birthwithoutfear
    Empowered Birth Project on Instagram
    Jacko Willink Podcast “Good”
    Pam Laricchia’s Free to Learn
    Peter Gray’s Free to Learn
    Naomi Fisher’s Changing Our Minds
    John Taylor Gatto https://www.johntaylorgatto.com/
    If you'd like to support the podcast or add a tip to the tip jar, you can do so here.
    Thank you!
    To find more of Missy's work go to www.letemgobarefoot.com
    Writing on Substack here: https://letemgobarefoot.substack.com/
     

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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CountryMaMa123 ,

A true gem!

Missy is such a wonderful voice in this arena. She is thoughtful, concise, and wise as she tackles the deep questions of homeschooling. If you need support, some inspiration, some valuable information-you are in the right place :)

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