Facetime – HIRL Episode 152

Free homeschool podcast about Facetime a new book by Kristen Hatton about girls and identity.

Author Kristen Hatton joins us for an important discussion that encompasses the world our teen girls are growing up in. From eating disorders to the impact of social media on a young woman’s self image, Kristen’s latest book, Facetime: Your Identity in a Selfie World, is a significant guide to pointing our teenaged daughters to Christ to find their acceptance and worth.

Raising daughters? This episode is just for you.

 


SHOW NOTES:

KristenHatton.com
Facetime – Your Identity in a Selfie World
Sandy Cove Family Camp – Homeschool Week

Recommended Resources:

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Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.


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5 Apps All Parents Should Know – HIRL Episode 143

Free Homeschooling Podcast about technology and apps.Apps! Mobile phones! iPads! Technology! It all moves so fast and changes seemingly overnight. How do we keep up with what our kids are asking to use or are being exposed to, even if we are trying to keep it all in balance?

Join us on this highly informative episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we welcome author and speaker Leah Nieman to discuss five apps every parent should know about right now. It’s an up-to-the-minute conversation, but even if you’re listening months or even years from its publication, you’ll be able to glean from the discussion about how to handle all of the emerging technology in our über fast-paced world.


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

Leah Nieman can be found here: Leah Nieman

View her informative video, Apps All Parents Should Know

Apps All Parents Should Know eBook 

View the Tech Talk Conversation Cards video

Tech Talk Conversation Cards

Leah’s Dating Apps series

Sign up for Leah’s weekly Tech News for Parents Newsletter. Get her Family Digital Media Agreement Free!

Get Social With Us:

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:

None

Music clips used on this episode:
None


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Use code HIRL


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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Balancing “Perfect” and Family – MBFLP 153

 

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Don’t blame Pinterest – there has always been a temptation to seek the perfect house, the perfect project, the perfect celebration … and frustration that our very imperfect spouse and children gum up the works. Before there was social media, there were glossy magazines, and before that, critical in-laws and neighbors to keep up with.  While it’s nice to have nice things and impressive events, we shouldn’t ignore that the skills we teach and the memories we make with our family will be a large part of the legacy that remains when children leave home and grandparents pass away! This episode we talk about balancing the desire for perfection with the reality of our family!

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Teens And Social Media – HIRL Episode 72

Free homeschool podcast about teens and social mediaWe are beyond the days of speculating about whether social media will last. Instead social media continues to morph and reinvent itself into new platforms with new target audiences. Whether it focuses on 140 characters of shared data or photos or just modified chatting with friends, social media is invasive.

Are you wondering how to navigate the virtual worlds of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat with your teenagers? One of our HIRLers wrote in and asked us to tackle the topic of teenagers and social media, so we did what we do best.

We sat down and had an open and honest discussion with our own teenagers. We don’t do things perfectly and we face the same challenges as you do in your homeschools. We even have regrets. Won’t you join us on this podcast as we get real with our kids and let you peek into the conversation with us?

More than ever, we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think. This is a great discussion and we think you will love it.


EPISODE TIMELINE
1:00 – Introduction
8:49 – Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 1
14:49 –Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 2
21:35 – Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 3
30:24 – Concluding Thoughts with Fletch and Kendra


SHOW NOTES:

Fletch loves his dog and he loves social media. Follow the adventures of Betty the Surf Dog:
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. First things first – click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. Next – click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. Listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your phone, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

 

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Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.


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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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

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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 it’s impossible to get 5 minutes alone in the bathroom.

No matter how well we manage our time, our best efforts are often undermined by interruptions. I’m defining interruptions broadly as anything that keeps us from doing what we need to do by distracting us from our priorities and making us lose our focus.

Interruptions can come from strangers, acquaintances, business associates, friends, family…and even from ourselves. They can involve bad or good news, illness, ordinary events, or enticing opportunities.

Whatever the source, they distract us from what we have planned to do, hinder our productivity, and upset our balance. They can trigger bad attitudes and make us frustrated or irritable. Even worse, they can confuse us about what is really important.

Today we’re going to look at ways to handle the interruptions and distractions that come from outside our homes, especially through technology.

Perception of Moms at Home

When you spend most of your time at home, some people assume that you are available anytime.  Homeschooling and working from home are so different from our society’s norms that many people don’t take them seriously. They may call you or drop by your house although they would never call or drop by if you worked in an office.

It’s important to show God’s love by serving people, but you simply can’t be available on demand for everyone all the time without neglecting your own family. It’s essential to establish some boundaries, or your true priorities will be completely undermined.

Telephone and Texting

What’s your most common interruption? For many people, it’s the telephone. Cell phones have made it even worse by creating an expectation that everyone should be instantly available all the time. Here are a few tips for making the phone your servant, not your master:

  • Ignore the phone.
  • Turn off the ringer.
  • Use caller ID.
  • Use an answering machine or voice mail.
  • Use call waiting.
  • Reply to phone messages by e-mail.

Doorbell

  • Just ignore it.
  • Put a note on the door.
  • Use the peephole like caller ID.
  • Answer the door with work in your hands.

E-mail and Social Media

The Internet is a wonderful tool, but it can also be a hindrance. Discipline yourself ot use e-mail and social media wisely and intentionally.

  • Don’t go online first thing in the morning.
  • Create rules to automatically sort incoming e-mail messages into folders.
  • Act on most e-mails right away.
  • Create a folder for action items.
  • Minimize incoming messages.

Technology has made it possible to stay in touch with friends and family and make new acquaintances from all over the world. Used wisely, social media can be a tremendous tool for relaxation, fellowship, business networking, and ministering to others. Used carelessly, it can be a distraction and a hindrance to focusing on your family and other priorities. Remember the value of your time and use your time online with discretion and self-discipline.

On the next episode of the Flourish At Home show, we’ll continue talking about interruptions and what we can do about them. Meanwhile, I want to hear from YOU! What interruptions bug you the most? How do handle them? Be sure to leave a comment and share your best ideas with us!

Remember, you’ll find encouragement and practical tips for managing your busy life in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at FlourishAtHome.com.

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms

You Can Be a Hands-Free Homeschool Mom

How to Be a Hands-Free Homeschool Mom: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

When I received the book Hands-Free Life, I had begun noticing signs that I was living distracted. In this episode, I share tips for changing that.

 

 

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Teaching Tip of the Week

21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation
21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation

Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week

The Freezer Cooking Challenge – includes links to everything mentioned in the podcast

Links

Hands-Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More
What to Do When Your Child Wants to Go to School

Periscope Viewers

@JanaMomof3
Jenni of Conversaving.com
@LL_AtHeart
@candace11
@stashawagon
Mandy at Worshipful Living

Action Steps

  1. Look up
  2. Listen
  3. Let go

Next Week

How You Can Homeschool High School

Blogging as a Business with Jimmie Lanley

Should you blog for money while you homeschool? Jimmie Lanley answers your questions.Have you ever wondered if you should blog to make some extra money while you’re homeschooling? Or perhaps you already blog, but wonder what you need to do to take your blog to the next level.

If you’re interested in blogging, you won’t want to miss my interview with Jimmie Lanley in which she explains:

  • Who’s cut out to blog as a business
  • Some best practices for those who want to increase readership
  • Why Google+ is a social media platform that can build your authority, and much more!

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Be sure to enter to win one of 3 copies of iBlog, an ebook with expert advice from top bloggers, at Psychowith6 until November 19th.

 

 

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Links from the Podcast

Don’t try to write down all the great resources Jimmie mentions! I have them for you right here:

Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes – Michael Hyatt

Blogging with Amy

Tutorial: How to Set Up Google Authorship

How to Edit Your Google Plus Hover Card to Gain More Targeted Followers

Jimmie’s Collage – her personal homeschooling site

Notebooking Fairy – for great notebooking resources to use in your homeschool

JimmieLanley.com – where you can learn more about her blog consulting services

Jimmie Lanley on Google + – be sure to add her to your circles!

I’d love to circle you, too. Here’s my Google+ profile.

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The Homeschool Sanity Show

Blogging as a business: is it a good option for homeschool moms? We’ll hear from social media expert, Jimmie Lanley about whether a blog is the right choice for you and the benefits of Google +.

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