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Your prescription for happier, healthier homeschooling with Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, who interviews experts on the issues that drive you crazy.

The Homeschool Sanity Show Melanie Wilson, PhD

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 99 Ratings

Your prescription for happier, healthier homeschooling with Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, who interviews experts on the issues that drive you crazy.

    Say Goodbye To Emotional Eating With Barb Raveling

    Say Goodbye To Emotional Eating With Barb Raveling

    Do you ever eat because you're bored, anxious, or excited? The is the episode where we learn how to say goodbye to emotional eating so we can stay focused on homeschooling.











    Hey, homeschoolers! The problem with emotional eating for homeschooling parents is two-fold. We hate the consequences for ourselves and we hate even more the example it sets for our kids. But how can we get past it?



















    My guest for this episode will help us! Barb Raveling has joined me on the show before. I'll put links in the show notes. She is a retired homeschool mom, now a prolific Christian author you can learn more about at BarbRaveling.com. She has a  soon-to-be-released book on this topic called Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating.











    Barb and I discussed:











    * the definition of emotional eating and its effects

    * strategies for overcoming emotional eating

    * whether it's possible to really break free from emotional eating or whether it's something people will struggle with for the rest of their lives











    Barb has shared on previous episodes you can listen to:











    * Truth Journaling

    * End Procrastination

    * How to Achieve Your Goals











    To preorder Barb's book and claim valuable bonuses, go to SayGoodbyeToEmotionalEating.com.











    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 22 min
    The Whole & Healthy Family With Jodi Mockabee

    The Whole & Healthy Family With Jodi Mockabee

    We hear a lot about health these days, but what does it mean to have a healthy family? This is episode where my guest and I talk about pursuing healthy families with respect to the mind, body, and spirit.



















    There is so much more to our families than the bodies they inhabit. They have minds and spirits that need to be cultivated, too.









    Sponsor









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    Healthy Familes Guest

















    Jodi Mockabee is a photographer, writer, blogger, speaker, social media influencer, and homeschooling mother of five living in the Black Hills of South Dakota. With a passion for health, wellness, parenting, and more, Jodi blogs her family's journey and shares tips for a healthy and active lifestyle. She also writes curriculum for creative and artistic learning in a homeschool environment.











    I found Jodi’s vision for family health to be quite inspiring. I hope you will, too. We discussed:











    * building a family culture

    * a holistic approach to health and wellness

    * the role of prayer in family health.











    The Whole & Healthy Family Book











    Jodi Mockabee on Instagram











    Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring the podcast.











    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 44 min
    Special Replay: How To Know If You’re Doing Enough In Your Homeschool

    Special Replay: How To Know If You’re Doing Enough In Your Homeschool

    Hey homeschoolers!



    I frequently hear this worry from homeschoolers I talk with at the great homeschool conventions: I don't know if I'm doing enough. In a time when homeschoolers have an abundance of curriculum options for teaching their children and an abundance of philosophies of education to consider, it's no wonder that many homeschoolers are concerned that they are doing too little. I'll address this concern with ways to know if you're doing enough in just a moment.

    Join our community

    But first I would love to invite you to join to join Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook. This is the perfect group for new homeschoolers who have all sorts of worries like these. It's also a fantastic place to build friendships no matter where you are in your homeschooling journey.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you there.

    Podcast sponsor

    I would like to thank my sponsor for this episode: 7 Sisters Homeschool

    Resources for Knowing You're Doing Enough in Your Homeschool

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    Raising Arrows time for lessons



    Podcast interview with Karla Marie Williams



    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons



    Handwriting Without Tears



    Astronomy



    Art course I recommend



    Curriculum Paralysis episode



    How to teach vocabulary



    Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook



    Thanks again to 7 Sisters Homeschool for sponsoring the podcast.  Join me next time when we discuss how to trust God with our parents. Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 19 min
    Help With Handwriting

    Help With Handwriting

    Does your student struggle with handwriting? In this episode my guest will help us with handwriting.

















    Sponsor









    Finding a math curriculum that works for your family can be a challenge! With CTCMath, all of your kids from K-12 can learn at their own pace with one family subscription. That's right! With a CTCMath membership, you have access to all grades and lessons, which means your children can work at whatever level is best for them. Whether your kid needs to catch up, keep up, or move ahead, with CTCMath they can finally understand math and work at their own pace. CTCMath is offering listeners a half-price discount plus a bonus 6 months when you register for a 12-month membership. Yep. That means you have access to a complete online homeschool math curriculum for all your kids for 18 months!









    Help with Handwriting









    I wish I'd had Sarah's help when my kids had a hard time with handwriting. Sarah joined me for a previous epsiode on occupational therapy. Sarah is an occupational therapist with a background in both pediatrics and home health, and a homeschooling parent. Sarah was first introduced to homeschooling in 2016 while working as an OT in a client’s home; she was amazed at the learning atmosphere and opportunities within the home. Now as an OT homeschooling her own family, she noticed that parents, though experts on their own children, were invariably asking the same questions and needed resources. As a result, Collins Academy Therapy Services was established with the dual purpose of educating parents on how to create homeschools specifically designed for students’ needs and training occupational therapists to best serve the homeschool community, together guiding children towards their specific purpose in life.











    You can play this episode for your kids and see how many different sounds besides our voices they can recognize. It became comical but I don't think it was too distracting.











    Sarah and I discussed:











    * Whether handwriting is still a necessary skill to learn

    * Why some kids struggle with handwriting (it's not necessarily what you think!)

    * Activities to help kids who struggle to write











    Here is a form for increasing your student's handwriting speed.











    Find Sarah on Facebook and Instagram or email her at sarah at homeschoolOT.com.











    Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring the podcast.



    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 34 min
    How To Teach Our Kids That Everyone Belongs

    How To Teach Our Kids That Everyone Belongs

    How can we teach our kids that everyone belongs? In this episode, my guest and I discuss how to empathize with and welcome families who are different than our own.









    Sponsor







    Finding a math curriculum that works for your family can be a challenge! With CTCMath, all of your kids from K-12 can learn at their own pace with one family subscription. That's right! With a CTCMath membership, you have access to all grades and lessons, which means your children can work at whatever level is best for them. Whether your kid needs to catch up, keep up, or move ahead, with CTCMath they can finally understand math and work at their own pace. CTCMath is offering listeners a half-price discount plus a bonus 6 months when you register for a 12-month membership. Yep. That means you have access to a complete online homeschool math curriculum for all your kids for 18 months!







    Everyone Belongs with Heather Avis







    Heather Avis is founder and chief visionary officer at The Lucky Few, a social awareness brand on a mission to make a more inclusive and loving world with an emphasis on shifting the Down syndrome narrative. The author of Everyone Belongs and the New York Times bestselling children’s book Different—A Great Thing to Be! she runs The Lucky Few's hit Instagram account and is the author of a book and co-host of the podcast by the same name. A former education specialist teaching high school students, Heather is a popular speaker and a mother to three adopted children (two with Down syndrome). She lives in Southern California with her husband, Josh, and their three kids Truly, August and Macy.







    I was touched by my interview with Heather and I think you will be, too.







    We discussed:









    * How her parenting and adoption journey changed her

    * How we can reinforce our kids’ God-given value

    * How her faith helped her in her parenting journey

    * How we can better empathize with families different than our own and how can we foster inclusivity









    For more information, visit www.HeatherAvis.com / @TheLuckyFewOfficial







    https://www.facebook.com/TheLuckyFewOfficial







    https://www.tiktok.com/@theluckyfewofficial







    Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring the podcast.







    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 30 min
    How We Prepare For College As Homeschoolers

    How We Prepare For College As Homeschoolers

     

     



    Do you wonder how to prepare your kids for college? If so, I’m not going to tell you what to do. I hope that’s a relief. Instead, in this episode, I’ll share our experience with college, so you’ll have more information to make the best choices for your family.







    Hey, homeschoolers! This week I am taking child number five and my only daughter to college. Even though I have three college graduates who have had good experiences, I don’t imagine that I’ve done everything the right way, or that I have the right to tell you what to do.







    Every family and every student and even every year is unique as the pandemic has taught us. But I do want to share our story with you because it may help you in college choices and preparation. The other reason I want to share our story is because so many people (including homeschoolers) have been surprised by a particular aspect of our decisions around college.







    I’m going to jump right in as though we’re having a chat at a coffee shop. I’m not going to give you six simple tips as I often do, but I’m going to tell you how we got to the place of sending homeschooler #5 to college. If we were actually in a coffee shop, you could stop and ask me questions. Using this format, though, you’re going to have to comment, email, or message me with questions instead.







    I will start with a disclaimer: College isn’t for everyone.









    * We are sending our children for their goals at this time in our culture

    * I didn’t originally intend for the kids to attend college in person

    * Homeschoolers can and do get an excellent education outside of college classes









    In this episode I share:









    * Factors that affected our college decision

    * Our kids' college choices

    * The advantages of having our kids attend the same in-state university









    Some issues we have discussed with our kids as they begin their college years:









    * How often we expect to hear from them

    * The dangers of and our beliefs about alcohol/ drugs/ premarital sex

    * Our expectation that they will study and be focused on keeping a high GPA

    * Pros and cons of fraternities/sororities

    * Travel plans for breaks

    * Which expenses are our kids’ responsibility









    Conclusion







    Has everything been perfect with our kids’ college experience? No. But we are satisfied with the choices we have made for our particular kids at this time.







    I pray that something I shared helps you as you consider college for your homeschoolers.







    Have a happy homeschool week!









     



    Thank You to our Network Sponsor – CTC Math!

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

picklesmama ,

Resource and Inspiration Filled Podcast!

Dr. Melanie Wilson gives families such encouragement and so many resources for their homeschooling journeys! What a great podcast!

Kristina Danyelle ,

Refreshing and inspirational!

I can relate in so many ways & she’s always very helpful in different scenarios. Inspirational and Hopeful.

dot07a ,

Some good but behind the times

There’s some great episodes on here about time management, anxiety issues, homeschooling challenges, etc.

But. As a Christian, it is time to live in this century. Young Earth creationism has no place in any modern science curriculum. I cannot believe this needs to be said. This is why people want to make homeschooling illegal; because the homeschooling religious fanatics reject facts and logic and make the rest of us look bad. You’re making it harder for those of us who want to homeschool our children and give them a quality education by having people think your personal truth replaces actual fact. The Bible is many things, but a science textbook isn’t one of them.

Also, there are several episodes that hint the creator of this channel and several of her guest speakers don’t support the LGBTQ+ community. If that’s true, you should feel ashamed of yourself. Bigoted and backwards beliefs like that drive people away from the church and Jesus. Not towards him. It’s the 21st century. Please act like it.

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