Flourish at Home



Joyful Balance for Busy Moms

Are you exhausted? Overloaded? Teetering on the brink of burnout? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, or homeschooling mom, it’s easy to be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list. False guilt only adds to the burden.

Mary Jo Tate—an international editor, book coach, and veteran homeschooling mom of four boys—wants to help you find peace in the space between the ideal and reality so you can stop struggling and start flourishing. Learn how to:

· Stop the juggling act and find a balance you can live with
· Minimize interruptions while being sensitive to real needs
· Take care of yourself so you can take care of your family
· Value and protect your time to do what matters most
· Establish a pace you can maintain for the marathon of life

Join Mary Jo on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9:00 p.m. ET for encouragement, inspiration, and practical strategies to help you flourish at home!

Flourish at Home

What Should We Read? How to Choose Good Books – FAH 24

  There are millions of books available today. How on earth can you choose what’s best to read? In this episode, we’ll consider how to choose good books—both for yourself and for your children. This is part 2 of a series on why, what, how, and when to read and why and how to build […]

Why Should We Read? 12 Benefits of Reading – FAH 23

Why should we read? You probably already know some of the benefits, such as education and entertainment, but there are many more. This is part 1 of a series on why, what, how, and when to read and why and how to build a home library. Why am I doing a series about reading on […]

New series on reading and building a home library coming soon!

An important part of living a flourishing life is continuing to learn and grow, so I’m developing an exciting new podcast series about books! I’ll be talking about why, what, how, and when to read, as well as why and how to build a home library. The first episode will air on November 17. Meanwhile, […]

Just Say No to Interruptions, part 1 – FAH episode 21

It’s hard  to get anything done when you’re constantly being interrupted. You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? You’re desperately trying to accomplish some task, and the phone rings. The dryer buzzes. The baby cries. You hear a mysterious crash from the kitchen. The doorbell rings. Calgon can’t even take you away because […]

Learn about Writing, Interruptions, and Home Business

This week’s podcast didn’t happen because I was sick. I’m so sorry! (And I’m feeling much better now.) I’ll be back in October with two episodes about how to handle all the annoying interruptions and distractions that so easily get us off track, trigger bad attitudes, and hinder our productivity. You know exactly what I’m […]

To Co-Op or Not to Co-Op – FAH episode 20

Homeschooling is primarily a family endeavor. Even the name “homeschooling” has the word “home” in it! One of its greatest benefits is the ability to customize one-on-one instruction with your children instead of the less personal group instruction they’d get in an institutional school. So would it be inconsistent to move some of your homeschooling […]

Multitasking – FREEDOM Tools part 6 – FAH episode 19

Moms are masters of multitasking. We have to be in order to survive! Multitasking is the final tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick review of the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Does it seem strange for […]

Organization – FREEDOM Tools part 5 – FAH episode 18

How do you respond to the word organization? Does it make you cringe? Do you feel guilty because you’re hopelessly disorganized and wish you could be more organized? Does it make you smile, with a happy sigh that all’s right with the world? Do you think a certain amount of clutter is a sign of a […]

How to Make Hard Decisions

What do you do when you have so many commitments and priorities that you simply can’t take care of them all—at least not right now? You have to make tough choices. Several of the tools in my FREEDOM toolbox that we’ve been discussing in recent podcasts are especially helpful here: You need to REFLECT to […]

Self-Discipline – FREEDOM Tools part 4 – FAH episode 17

Discipline—self-discipline, that is—is the fifth tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick overview of the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Self-discipline is a major factor in how you exercise stewardship over the gifts and responsibilities God has […]

Eliminate – FREEDOM Tools part 3 – FAH episode 16

In the previous two episodes, we’ve been talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools that help us make the most of our time so we can live peaceful, balanced lives. These are the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Today we’ll look at the fourth tool: Eliminate. Have you ever struggled with trying to […]

Educate – FREEDOM Tools part 2 – FAH episode 15

In the previous episode, we began talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools for making the most of our time so that we can live balanced, peaceful lives. These are the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Today we’ll look at the third tool: Educate. It’s easy for homeschooling moms to get so caught […]

Focus and Reflect – FREEDOM Tools to Manage Your Time, part 1 – FAH episode 14

Are you often discouraged and overwhelmed? Are you paralyzed by a to-do list so long that you don’t know where to start? Are you drowning in clutter so that you can never find what you need? Do you easily get distracted and lose your focus? Do you feel guilty that you don’t meet someone else’s […]

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, part 2 – FAH episode 13

In episode 12, we looked at the first 3 of 7 powerful planning tools to help you organize your busy life: Big Dream, Yearly Goals, and Monthly Calendar. In this episode, we’ll look at how to use the last 4 tools: Weekly Plan Daily Tasks Running To-Do List Stop-Doing List If 7 planning tools seem […]

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, Part 1 – FAH episode 12

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools (Part 1) As you go about your busy day, do you have a hard time deciding what to do next? How do you focus on what’s most important, and how do you make tough choices when there are more tasks than hours in the day? What Do I […]

How to Set Goals that Outlast New Year’s Resolutions – FAH episode 11

Think you’re too busy to set goals? The truth is that the busier you are, the MORE you need to set goals and create a plan for meeting them! In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, I share how setting goals helped me move from the chaos of flying by the seat of my […]

January 6 “Flourish at Home” show delayed due to laryngitis

Today is the regularly scheduled date for the “Flourish at Home” show (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month) . . . but I have a bad cold with laryngitis, so I am not able to record. I apologize for the delay! I will record this week’s show as soon as my voice returns. The […]

Making Christmas Memories without Sacrificing Your Sanity – FAH Episode 10

Do you ever feel pressured to create a Pinterest-perfect Christmas? Let go of burdensome expectations and focus instead on creating meaningful traditions that you and your family can enjoy year after year . . . without losing your sanity! In this episode I share some of my own favorite Christmas traditions: keeping Christ in Christmas, […]

It’s Time for an Attitude Adjustment – FAH Episode 9

Homeschooling moms are sometimes so busy training our children that we can forget to examine our own hearts. Do you ever struggle with guilt or fear? Are you paralyzed by perfectionism? Are you ever tempted to complain  about your own life or to envy someone else’s? On this episode of the Flourish at Home show, […]

Laundry and Dishes and Dust–Oh My! FAH Episode 8

Laundry and dishes and dust–oh my! Laundry and dishes and dust! Do you ever feel like you’re walking through a dark, creepy forest, but instead of the unknown threats of lions and tigers and bears, you’re facing a never-ending mountain of laundry and dishes and dust? Sometimes the busyness of life can overwhelm us and […]

Flourish At Home – Making Memories

Ironically, when your family is together almost all the time, it can be challenging to pull away from the demands of homeschooling to just enjoy being together and have fun as a family. But taking a break is good for parents and children alike. In this episode, I’ll share some of my favorite ways to […]

Flourish at Home – Training Our Children

People often ask me how I manage to homeschool and run a home business as a single mom. One of the most important factors is that I have taught my sons how to run the household. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to train your children to be independent and responsible, how to take […]

Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 2

Are you committed to homeschooling but finding it hard to get it all done? Join Mary Jo Tate as she shares 6 of her best practical strategies developed over 18 years of homeschooling.

Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 1

Are you considering homeschooling and wondering whether it will work for your family? Are you trying to choose curriculum? Are you an experienced homeschooler who could use a reminder of the benefits and a little encouragement? Join Mary Jo Tate as she explores the why, how, when, and where of homeschooling. You’ll learn that there […]

Taking a Break on August 19

Just want to let everyone know that there won’t be a new episode of the “Flourish at Home” show on August 19. I’m in the midst of helping my oldest son move to his first apartment and transfer from community college to a university for his junior year, and that has to take priority this […]

Flourish at Home – Where Did My Time Go?

Have you ever thought, “I could get everything done if I just had more than 24 hours in a day?” I’ve certainly fantasized about having more hours in my day! Time is our most priceless resource because we can’t get any more of it. Each person has exactly 168 hours a week—no more, no less. […]

Flourish at Home – Give Up the Juggling Act!

Does your life seem like a juggling act? Do you feel like you’re always dropping the ball? You’re not alone! In this episode of the Flourish At Home show, Mary Jo Tate shares how to give up the juggling act, stop giving in to the tyranny of the urgent, and find a pace you can […]

Flourish At Home Introduction

What is the Flourish At Home show about? Join your host, Mary Jo Tate, as she discusses the challenges faced by homeschool moms, work-at-home moms, and stay-at-home moms and shares her story of moving toward a more balanced life. She promises to be realistic and offer you an attainable standard while providing encouragement, inspiration, and motivation […]

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