Episode 245: Working Moms Can Homeschool Part Two with Jen Moore

Episode 245: Working Moms Can Homeschool Part Two with Jen Moore

Can working moms homeschool? Are you considering homeschool next year with everything going on?  How does that work when you are working?  If you missed last week, go back and have a listen as we broke down a lot of the logistics to getting started with Homeschool and kill the overwhelm.  In this episode, we are joined by a working mom who has homeschooled all of her kids and made it work as she pursued her career.  Jen Moore and I talk about the benefits and drawbacks of making this choice including missing out on traditional school activities.   We will be walking through more topics related to this over on YouTube.  Click here to subscribe.

About Our Guest

Jen Moore is a Jesus-loving, homeschooling, business running, book-binging mom living in a warm, crazy home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her very patient husband, four boisterous children, approximately 4.2 million books, a menagerie of musical instruments, and one cat. In the past decade, she has photographed hundreds of babies and achieved the hard-earned title of “Chief Baby Snuggler” at Jen Moore Photography. Her love of motherhood and passion for encouraging other moms to let go of mom guilt and embrace God-given grace and purpose has led her to create a new community, You Only Mom Once, where she hopes to show other moms that if she can successfully raise humans, they can, too!

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Here are the 5 Tips that Jen shares from mom to mom when it comes to Homeschooling

  1. Know your why and keep it in front of you.
  2. Give yourself a lot of grace. Things will look different than your first plan, and that isn’t a failure. And when it is, remember: failure is an opportunity to learn.
  3. Let go of your self imposed rules of what homeschooling/life has to look like and perfectionism.
  4. Don’t compare yourself! God made you unique, as well as each of your children, your marriage, and your individual family. Go to Him to set your agenda, not to social media.
  5. Find a community where you can be encouraged.

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www.youonlymomonce.com

 

Episode 244: Working Moms Can HomeSchool Part One with Erin Barry

Episode 244: Working Moms Can HomeSchool Part One with Erin Barry

Can working moms homeschool? With everything going on in the world, many of us are thinking about our children and what is best for them….and if traditional public school is it.  Recently in our Working Christian Mom Facebook community, the topic of homeschooling came up and I am so glad it did because it was in the back of my mind as well.

So, I decided to seek out experts to help us all as we decide if homeschooling is the right choice for us and our families…and if it is, how do we navigate that.

This led me to find Erin Barry of The Home Educated Mind.  God is good!  In this episode, Erin breaks down the different types of homeschool, and how to get started.  In our next episode, we will be joined by a fellow working mom that has taken the journey of homeschooling.  She shares tips for us as a mom that has journeyed down the road before us.  Click here to learn more about this episode.

About Our Guest

Erin has homeschooled her 3 children (and graduated them) plus She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Masters in Clinical Christian Counseling and has taught professionally from pre-K to college.    While it has been statistically proven that being a trained teacher does not make one a better home educator, she believes that her experience in public and private education has given her a fuller understanding of the education world and, therefore,  the unique benefits of homeschooling.   Erin’s passion is to see parents become both encouraged and empowered in their faith in Christ and fully equipped to train and guide their children towards the unique individuals they were created to be.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

During my interview with Erin, she goes through the pros and cons of homeschooling and provides so much grace, inspiration, and knowledge!  I hope you check it out on the podcast.

She also clarified the 4 main different types of homeschooling.  

If you feel like the Lord is leading you to homeschool your kids, here is the checklist that Erin walks us through on the podcast.

  1. Pray first.  Ask God to guide you through the process.  You heard Erin mention several times on the podcast how God brought the right people and resources into her path and really equipped her. 
  2. Check out the laws and requirements for where you are.  HSLDA.org is a great resource for this.  Also, check out your state’s website.
  3. Start looking at the curriculum.  CathyDuffy.com is a great resource for reviews.  Start with the basics like Math and Reading.  If you feel led to any of the different types of homeschooling, check out these websites:  https://simplycharlottemason.com/  https://www.classicalconversations.com/
  4. Talk with other homeschool moms.  Search on Facebook for local homeschool groups in your area.  They are a great resource and support as you move forward.

Weekly Success Planning Course

Get the course inside the free Your Life Rocks app available in your app store.  Learn all about this critical system to help you create balance, plus begin planning for your success with our weekly planning tool inside the app!

 Click here to download in iTunes       Click here to download on Android

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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Episode 242: How to Create An Awesome Summer (Even As a Working Mom)

Episode 242: How to Create An Awesome Summer (Even As a Working Mom)

This is our 3rd year supporting you to create an awesome summer for you and your family!  In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the free tools and resources that we have for you inside the Your Life Rocks app including how to plan some awesome little moments before and after work to make the most of the moments you have with your family this summer. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for more content designed for working Christian Moms!

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https://yourliferocks.com/Google

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Action Items and Tips From the Show

What we cover in this show

I’ll walk you step by step through the process of planning an awesome summer as a working mom!  This episode is great to play all the way through first and then go back and listen again and pause with each step of filling out your awesome summer planning sheet. You can find it all inside the Summer of Awesome Course inside the Your Life Rocks app (both free resources).

What you’ll find inside Summer of Awesome:

  1. Planning guide in a fillable PDF.
  2. Bonus podcast episodes that help you make the summer magical for both your family and you.
  3. A suggested shopping list of things to order from Amazon so you are ready for anything.
  4. Ideas of things to do before work and after to bring some extra fun into each day when we don’t have a lot of time.

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

Love the show?  It would mean the world if you would leave a rating and review.  It helps other working Christian moms find the show because if you like the show enough to leave a review, iTunes will suggest it to others.  Click here to leave a review in iTunes.  Just click on "Ratings and Reviews", then "Write a Review".

 

Episode 237: Dealing with Stress in Relationships with Dr. Mariam Coaster

Episode 237: Dealing with Stress in Relationships with Dr. Mariam Coaster

Ok, being in quarantine with our loved ones can be a blessing.  But given the stress we are under with COVID-19 and limitations on activities, it can create tension in any relationship.  Especially as a working mom that is trying to work from home, manage distance learning, and more.  In the second part of this series with Dr. Mariam Coaster, we are looking at stress and relationships and what you can do to ensure that your relationships stay strong.

Last week, we experienced part one: Dealing with the Stress In Us.  I highly encourage you to listen to it if you have not already.  

About Our Guest

Dr. Mariam Coaster is amazing. She is a wife to a wonderful husband, and mother to two beautiful children, a two-year-old boy, and a 3-month-old girl. Professionally, she has a doctorate in neuroscience and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She primarily works with couples and women at her private practice in Franklin, TN. She is passionate about helping people grow towards healing and restoration in their closest relationships. She is also the co-founder of InRelationship, and a marriage workshop called 7 Conversations to Enrich your Marriage. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking up a new-found recipe, and being actively involved in her church.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Working through stressors in relationships We navigate stress in relationships through ownership and re-connection. This results in greater emotional health, holiness, and healing in relationships.

Own your part: taking ownership for your part in the stress by spending time in self-reflection and prayer

1) Choosing to step away from the distressing relationship to gather yourself.

2) During self-reflection, pray for humility, wisdom, and connection with God and yourself.

3) Use the stress indicators (feelings, thoughts and body sensations) to slow down and access heart issues:

a. What is really bothering me about this relationship?

b. What am I choosing to rely on or hope in more than God? What heart issues or ruling desires can I let go of?

c. How can the Gospel reorient my perspective to accept Christ’s perfect, sufficient grace, and therefore extend mercy, grace, and love in the relationship?

ACTION ITEMS

Initiate Re-connection

1) Pray for wisdom on how to approach the relationship – ask for an opportune time to share your heart.

2) Share how your stress indicators (feelings, thoughts, and body sensations) showed up for you in the relationship.

3) Share heart issues or desires that became inordinately important during the stress. Share about your own repentance and how God gave you perspective in the situation.

4) Ask for what you may need to restore a connection with that person, and talk about how to work through such a stressor together in the future.

Weekly Success Planning Course

Get the course inside the free Your Life Rocks app available in your app store.  Learn all about this critical system to help you create balance, plus begin planning for your success with our weekly planning tool inside the app!

 Click here to download in iTunes       Click here to download on Android

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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Learn More About Our Guest

Mariam Coaster
Occupation:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
mariam@mariamcoaster.com
Website
inrelationship.usmariamcoaster.com

Episode 232: Becoming a Peaceful Mom with Jessica Kastner

Episode 232: Becoming a Peaceful Mom with Jessica Kastner

Do you wish parenting was more peaceful?  What if it can be? To end out our series about helping you be the mom you want to be, let’s revisit our conversation with Jessica Kastner.

About Our Guest

I have a fabulous guest who is going to give you all the best tips along the way. Her name is Jessica Kastner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and full-time working mom. She’s really entertaining and has so much wisdom, so I know you are going to get so much out of what she has to share.

Life balance starts first with the Word of God! Today’s Scripture is from both Jeremiah 3:15 and Matthew 9:37.

“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jer 3:15

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;” Matt 9:37

My hope in this interview is that you will learn and have a greater understanding of who you are and what Christ has called us to do in our lives as working parents. Jessica’s wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of the struggles of parenting more than qualifies her to speak into peaceful parenting. She’s been just about every kind of mom you can be since she started out as a single mom, lived the stay-at-home life, and is now working full time. Out of these experiences of challenge, struggle, love, laughter, Jessica wrote her book, Hiding From My Kids In My Prayer Closet. Jessica says her book was written so that other moms could laugh and share in their struggles together. So often in Christian circles, there seems to be an unwritten expectation of perfection. Jessica is reminding you today that is just a lie you tell yourself. Jesus is perfect for us, and all he asks is faith!

Are you ready to bring some peace back to your parenting? Jessica’s tips might be just what you need!

 

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Jessica’s 5 Tips for Peaceful Parenting

•    Spend quality time with the Lord.

•    Know that the time you spend with your kids is Quality v. Quantity.

•    Be present with your kids, even when it’s isn’t fun or easy.

•    Do everything, even the little mundane things, unto the Lord.

•    Let go of the Mom Guilt, and do things your own way.

These tips are from one working mom to another, and Jessica and I hope they will bless you in many ways so you can have a little peace in your parenting.

 

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Ready to create balance in your life?  Life Balance membership contains the courses to help you build the systems of balance for working Christian moms.  Plus, you’ll have access to our Bible study, Setting Goals in God’s Will, planning tools to help you apply everything that you are learning, podcast bonus material, monthly group coaching, community support and more!  Start your free 7-day trial and get access to everything through the Your Life Rocks app or from your computer.

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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Resources Mentioned in the Show:

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Episode 231: Bonding with Older Kids with Jenny Stemmerman

Episode 231: Bonding with Older Kids with Jenny Stemmerman

What to do when your kids just want to hang out in their rooms or on their electronic devices instead of you?  Well, that is what we are talking about today…bonding with your older kids.  In this episode I am going to walk you through some steps to help you find ways to not only spend time and make memories, but to actually enrich your relationships with your kids as they go through pre-teen and teen years.  In addition, there is a mindset shift away from being upset your babies are getting older to a new found freedom for yourself and for them.  I am by no means a parenting expert but I am sharing tips that I have applied through the advice of parenting experts and letting you know what actually worked for me.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Mindset:

It’s easy to greive the fact that your kids are getting older but don’t get stuck there.  Check in to make sure you are present with them and the current age they are at.  Focus on how awesome this stage of life is!  It can be a ton of fun when you implement the steps below.  Plus, when they are with their friends or spending time alone, it gives you the freedom to explore new hobbies and new levels of balance that you didn’t have when they were little.

Practical tips:

  1. Make a list of the things that your kids are interested in and enjoy
  2. What on this lists interests you….even the littlest?
  3. Think about things that you can experience that combines the things that they enjoy and that you do as well.  Experiences help create more memories and lasting bonds.

Final 3 tips at the end of the episode (these are some tips that I have picked up and applied from other experts that have come on the show over the years:

  1. Listen more than you talk.  Easier said than done, but it keeps us from making up our own stories in our mind which can be really dangerous.
  2. Remember that we are raising adults.  What do you want them to know before they leave the house that will make them a high functioning adult?
  3. Keep traditions from when they were littel alive!  I still tuck them into bed at night and enjoy making them Saturday morning pancakes.  🙂

 

Join Life Balance Membership

Ready to create balance in your life?  Life Balance membership contains the courses to help you build the systems of balance for working Christian moms.  Plus, you’ll have access to our Bible study, Setting Goals in God’s Will, planning tools to help you apply everything that you are learning, podcast bonus material, monthly group coaching, community support and more!  Start your free 7-day trial and get access to everything through the Your Life Rocks app or from your computer.

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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