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Motherhood is life-changing, joyful, and often messy - literally! Join Jenna Gibbons, straight from her barn, as she shares powerful ways to embrace the mess and thrive in motherhood and learning at home. This podcast will empower, educate, and provide the tools to succeed in motherhood and raise compassionate and confident lifelong learners. If you are ready to join a community of mothers ready for change, throw something comfy on, grab a mug of your favorite drink, and start listening!

The Whole Mama - A Podcast with Jenna Gibbons Jenna Gibbons

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Motherhood is life-changing, joyful, and often messy - literally! Join Jenna Gibbons, straight from her barn, as she shares powerful ways to embrace the mess and thrive in motherhood and learning at home. This podcast will empower, educate, and provide the tools to succeed in motherhood and raise compassionate and confident lifelong learners. If you are ready to join a community of mothers ready for change, throw something comfy on, grab a mug of your favorite drink, and start listening!

    Episode #24: The Differences Between Remote Learning, Online Schooling, and Homeschooling

    Episode #24: The Differences Between Remote Learning, Online Schooling, and Homeschooling

    If you are a parent, chances are you have spent a lot of time wondering how, where, and when your child will be educated for the 2021-2022 school year.  
    The question for many is which avenue to take, and many people confuse online school, remote learning, and homeschool with each other.  In fact, many people think they are all the same thing.  
    This episode will give insight into the real challenge parents have right now deciding the best educational path for their kids in a pandemic AND explain the difference between online school, remote learning, and homeschooling.

    Only you can decide what educational route is best for your family given the current situation in your home, district, and state.  
    I hope this episode has helped clarify these three options and motivated you to do your research and make changes that you feel compelled to make for the best interest of your children.  
    I highly suggesting sitting down together as a family and talking about what vision you have for the education of your kiddos and how you as a family can make that education possible.  
    Literally write it down, go back to it, change it, and put things into action.  

    Sources:
    https://www.wired.com/story/pandemic-homeschoolers-who-are-not-going-back/
    https://schoolchoiceweek.com/homeschool-online-and-remote-learning/

    You are not alone in this journey!  Need support?
    -Link to free PDF:  “8 Steps to Homeschool Like a Pro” PDF
    -Link to info:  FREE “Homeschool Like a Pro” Workshop  from Feb 21-25
    -Link for waitlist:  2022 Homeschool Mentoring and Mama Retreat
    -Link to Grab for only $97 (normally $197):  Raising Whole Readers Online Course


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    • 21 min
    Episode #23: Rise Up, Mama!

    Episode #23: Rise Up, Mama!

    We’ve been called.  We have to be brave, bold, and strong for our little humans that God so graciously gave us.  What an honor that was given to us by Him for a reason.  What a responsibility that often feels way too big…but let’s remember that we were chosen for this by God…and we have to trust his judgement and his belief in us.  Despite what we have always heard…we CAN be a mother and a teacher.  Mothers ARE teachers.
    We’ve been called to pour into our kids who will be the future.  They are the next generation.  They are worth pouring into daily, and that can start right at home.  It’s not easy…it’s a huge responsibility…and it takes everything we have in us.  
    I want moms to confidently feel that they can rise up and teach their kids at home if they are unhappy with what’s going on in schools today.  
    I know because I did that and experienced ALL of that…especially watching my students struggle, cry on assessment days, attempt to read and write with little confidence, only read when they had to, and miss out on those experiences that only childhood really provides.
    “Either we create a space where reading is something that is done for the joy of it, where the imagination is cultivated and allowed to wander and stretch and grow, or we deaden our children’s natural love for the written word.” 
    -Sarah Mackenzie
    “We literally school the love of reading right out of our kids, and then we worry because they aren’t taken up with a voracious love of literature and a burning desire to enjoy reading for pleasure.”
    -Sarah Mackenzie
    So, this episode is really for the mama who has this decision on her heart or has already made the decision to homeschool, but is absolutely terrified of doing it “wrong.”  
    Let’s stop worrying about messing up and doing it perfectly and more about offering a space of love, support, and meeting our kids right where they are.  About slowing down and being intentional about our time and our teaching.  
    Let’s focus more on WHY we are choosing to teach at home and why we want to make meaningful connections with our kids.  Why we are choosing to show up for them them every single day.  Why we rearrange schedules with our spouses to co-parent and teach and make it work.  Why many still work full-time and homeschool…yes…that’s possible!  Why we are aren’t settling anymore for what’s going on today, and we’re taking it into our own hands.  They’re our kids…and it’s time.  
    So, where do you start?  
    1. I would highly suggest grabbing your copy of my free PDF “How to Homeschool Like a Pro”  right HERE

    2.  Grab both of Sarah Mackenzie's books Teaching from Rest and The Read-Aloud Family

    3.  Join my Whole Mamas Facebook group where I share all things motherhood AND homeschooling tips and resources. 
    4.  Grab your spot on the waitlist for our 2022 Homeschool Mentoring Program and Retreat
    "The true aim of education is to order a child’s affections – to teach him to love what he ought and hate what he ought. Our greatest task, then, is to put living ideas in front of our children like a feast. We have been charged to cultivate the souls of our children, to nourish them in truth, goodness, and beauty, to raise them up in wisdom and eloquence. It is to those ends that we labor.”
     
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    • 22 min
    Episode #22: Chasing Dreams and Raising Babies with Hadley Park

    Episode #22: Chasing Dreams and Raising Babies with Hadley Park

    Join me for this open and honest conversation we recorded in the fall about motherhood, loss, music, friendship, and chasing those dreams with Courtney Dashe and Morgan Leigh Garner of Hadley Park.

    As we raise our young kiddos, we continue to follow our dreams because we want our children to know.:  "Mama had me and kept going.  Mama was present AND chased her dreams." 

    Nashville singer/songwriters Courtney Dashe and Morgan Leigh Garner met in a blind co-write in 2013. Upon discovering they were both pregnant and due weeks apart, they became fast friends, bonding over impending motherhood and songwriting.

    When daughters Hadley and Parker were born only four days apart, Dashe and Garner began their journey of chasing dreams and raising babies together... daughters in tow... and thus, Hadley Park, the duo, was formed.

    Since then, Hadley Park’s songs have been featured on Netflix production, “The Ranch,” Spotify’s “Wild Country” and “New Music Nashville” playlists, Sirius XM’s “The Highway,” the Country Network, and CMT.com.

    They launched their new podcast “Chasing Dreams & Raising Babies” in conjunction with the release of their new  music project entitled “Time’s a Thief” on May 1st, 2021.

    Listen and Contact:   www.wearehadleypark.com
    Social:  @wearehadleypark

    **Note:  Please know that we DO discuss our experiences with pregnancy loss in this episode which may trigger anxiety and other emotions for any mama who has previously experienced the same.  Please know that you are not alone and are loved.  
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode #21: You'll Never Regret Spending Time with Your Kids

    Episode #21: You'll Never Regret Spending Time with Your Kids

    “Reading aloud with our kids is indeed the best use of our time and energy as parents.  It’s more important than just about anything else we can do.” 
    -Sarah Mackenzie

    As I have started this homeschooling journey, I have tried to educate and read several books that were recommended to me. 
    Two of those were Teaching from Rest and The Read Aloud Family.
    Wow.  If you need some inspiration and motivation as a homeschooling mom or just as a mama in general, I highly suggest these!
    So, it’s important as mamas that we recognize this reality…and how to maximize quality time with our kids.
    How can we do that?
    1.     REFLECT
    2.     CREATE
    3.     PLAN
    "No one will ever say, no matter how good a parent he or she was, “I think I spent too much time with my children when they were young.”
    -Alice Ozma, The Reading Promise 
     
    Coming Up in November:

    -Mama Survival Guide - Grab your FREE copy HERE

    -Join The Whole Mamas FB group HERE
    -Craft Your Family’s Vision Masterclass  (Join FB HERE)
    -Homeschool 101 Masterclass  (Join FB HERE)
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    • 19 min
    Episode #20: Our Homeschool Journey Part 1

    Episode #20: Our Homeschool Journey Part 1

    I share our journey to this decision, how God guided us in this direction, why we as mamas/parents need to be involved in our children’s education, why we need to listen to what He tells us, and why we need to do what’s best for OUR family.
    Every situation is different.  This is our story, and I hope it inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to make the best decisions for your family without the anxiety, guilt or shame. 
    We have just started this journey…and I will tell you…we have had great days…and we have had frustrating days.  Mostly due to the fact that we are adjusting things with our two-year old in mind, but it has already gotten easier!  
    I hope this episode (and the continued discussion that will follow) will inform you, inspire you, and encourage you.  I hope it will answer questions you might have about learning at home.  I hope it will remind you that even if you don’t homeschool, God brought these children to YOU.  You are their greatest teacher…and you don’t need a teaching certificate for that.  You are their guide.  You are their inspiration.  You will always be…their mama.    
    Thank you for your patience as I had to put my podcast on a little bit of a hold!  We are back and ready as we celebrate the launch of The Whole Mama podcast one year ago!  
    It is has truly been a year of exciting things for me as a new entrepreneur and podcaster.  
    To celebrate such a wonderful year at The Whole Mama, we are wrapping up this month with these exciting things that end on October 31 - click the links below to get yours NOW:
    --> 75% OFF on my Raising Whole Readers Course (just $47 right now)
    --> $10 OFF my  Mamas + Mugs Monthly Membership ($7/month or $144/year right now)
     
    Coming Up in November:
    -FREE Craft Your Family’s Vision Masterclass in November (Join FB HERE)
    -FREE Homeschool Bootcamp in November (Join FB HERE)
     
      
     
     
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    • 28 min
    Episode #19: 10 Fun Ways to Teach Math in the Kitchen

    Episode #19: 10 Fun Ways to Teach Math in the Kitchen

    “Being actively involved in an experience, reflecting on the experience, conceptualizing the experience, and using what you have learned to make decisions and problem solve in order to apply new ideas gained from the experience.” - David Kolb
    Cooking with our kids does a number of things for them.  It helps them establish math concepts, practice language skills, follow directions, recognize science reactions, problem-solve, and get creative.
    Today, we are going to chat briefly about how we can incorporate math skills quickly and easily into our cooking. 
    Book Recommendations:  Math Chef, Kitchen Math, Kids in the Kitchen 

    10 Ways to Teach Math:
    1.     Colors  
    2.     Shapes 
    3.     Sizes  
    4.     Important Vocabulary 
    5.     Weight and Measurement 
    6.     Early Counting  
    7.     Time 
    8.     Fractions  and Doubling/Halving Recipes 
    9.     Adding/Subtracting  
    10.  Math Journal + Conversion Charts
     

    Resources:
    https://www.crazyforcrust.com/teaching-math-with-baking/
    https://homeschoolpreschool.net/kitchen-math/
     
    Be a guest on my podcast!!  Email me at jenna@iamthewholemama.com

    Important Links:
    Whole Mama Survival Guide:  http://iamthewholemama.com/index.php/sign-up-for-the-whole-mama/

    Raising Whole Readers Online Course :  http://iamthewholemama.com/index.php/raising-whole-readers-online-course/
    Mamas + Mugs Membership:  https://wondrous-author-5392.ck.page/products/mamas-mugs-membership
    Mama Mastermind (Case Study Option):  Email me at jenna@iamthewholemama.com
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Grandma Peanut ,

Grandma Peanut

Love your podcasts! Great job with your books and wine pairings.

Kmilesrealestate ,

My New Favorite Podcast!

I have 4 kids, a husband and a successful business. When the pandemic hit, we didn’t allow the housekeepers back in yet so this is perfect for my daily fold. What a refreshing mom break! Loved listening and learning about the Whole Mama.

Lisa Powers Morales ,

Inspired!

A great way to connect and feel supported by another mom! Thanks, Jenna, for sharing your story!

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