The holidays are here, and if like us, you are feeling just a *little* behind, grab a giant cup of coffee or tea and curl up with this episode! The sisters are joined this week by Melissa Camara Wilkins, mama of 6, writer, homeschooler and the sisters' favorite resource for living simply and authentically.
Listen as Melissa shares two questions she asks herself and her family each season to bring joy instead of overwhelm, and as Melissa, Cait and Kara shares their favorite EASY traditions.
Don't freak out, sisters - you've got this season!
It's never easy when someone questions you about something as close to your heart as homeschooling. So in this episode, the sisters address how to handle homeschool doubters. What can you say when you first make the decision to homeschool? Is it worth it to argue? Will arguments even work? And what about the upcoming holidays - exactly what do you say when between bites of green bean casserole, your uncle leans across the table and tells you you are ruining your kids' lives? (It happens, sisters - and here's what you can do.)
Cait is a game-master. Kara wants to be, but things keep getting in the way ... like directions. So in today's episode, Cait shares amazing ideas for adding more games to your days, for both learning and fun. The sisters talk favorite games old and new, games for certain subjects like science and math, why it's OK to NOT love a game even if everyone else does, and the many, many lessons kids can learn from growing up playing. So join us as we roll the dice, spin the wheel, and share easy tips for incorporating more games into your homeschool - such a fun way to learn together!
The sisters are chatting with Julie Bogart!! In this episode we talk "Awesome Adulting" with Brave Writer creator and owner Julie Bogart. How do we honor our kids' unique personalities and help them pursue their dreams? How do we hold on to our own dreams in the busyness of homeschooling and parenting? Julie's here with her signature support for all of us in the trenches, and it's wonderful.
One of the most common questions the sisters get is about rhythms and routines. How to start one? How to resume one after a break? What about when your rhythm or routine just is NOT working. Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!
The sisters are chatting exercise in this episode! How do they do it? Where do they do it? (It sure isn't like life before kids, but that's OK). We want to encourage you to exercise where you can and how you can - but don't sweat it - this is a guilt-free podcast! ;)
The sisters have been getting lots of questions about planning for the fall. In this episode, Cait and Kara share all of the resources that they are excited about using in the upcoming year. And, with five children and an age range of 5-12 between them, you’re not going to want to miss what they have to say!
It's the sisters' first slumber party! Cait and Kara chat with Shawna Wingert - writer, speaker, author and mama to two boys with special needs. Do you ever feel like your homeschool just doesn't or can't look like the homeschool next door, or the family from co-op or church, or even all the families on the internet? Shawna joins the sisters to remind you that that's OK, and that just because you have to do things a little differently, that doesn't mean what you are doing is less.
In this episode Cait and Kara talk the early days of homeschooling, share tips for getting started and impart their favorite piece of advice - that you DO NOT have to do it all, especially your first year. Listen as they chat about deschooling, finding your tribe and how your house will never be the same, but in a really awesome way. Don't fret if this is your first year - the sisters have got you covered!
If you have a spouse who travels or works a lot - you aren't alone! The sister do too. In this episode, they talk coping strategies, hard-day plans, and how to make times when you are parenting solo fun instead of stressful.
In this episode, we call upon Cait's expertise as a school psychologist and mom to a "world-class worrier." Cait and Kara address worries, how they affect homeschooling, and what to do when worries become too much. If you have a worrier - this episode is a must-listen!
Summer - it's a time for reading books on the porch and sipping lemonade, right? Um ... maybe not. In this episode, Cait and Kara talk summer survival, and trying to find the sweet spot when it comes to how much to do, and when to pack up your beach ball and just go home. From fireworks and parades to summer book clubs and pool-phobia, the sisters will help you feel better about doing summer your way.
Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm and why moms often feel pulled in so many directions. Cait gives us the details about her Year of Nope, and the sisters share their favorite tips and tricks for getting back on track when things get bumpy.