The Homeschool Sanity Show


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Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, solves homeschoolers’ biggest headaches every Tuesday. You’ll also hear:


A teaching tip of the week

The organized homeschool challenge of the week

Other homeschoolers’ advice on the topic of the week

You’ll come away from the podcast with the strength you need to teach another day!

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The Homeschool Sanity Show Episodes

How To Trust God With Your Homeschooling

Hey homeschoolers! Do you have trouble trusting God with your homeschool? It’s a common problem. After all, in this economy, we wonder if our kids will have a good job waiting for them when they’ve completed their education. But trusting God is essential to having a happy homeschool. We will talk about how we can […]

How To Encourage Mental Toughness In Your Kids

Hey homeschoolers! Today we are going to discuss how to encourage mental toughness in our children. It’s an important topic that I will get to in a few minutes. But first I want to thank our sponsor for this episode – Sony pictures — Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible […]

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Homeschool

How can we cultivate gratitude in our homeschools? Guest Ana Willis of They Call Me Blessed is joining me this week to share some great ideas. But first, I’d like to thank Sony Pictures – Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films for sponsoring this week’s podcast. You’ll hear more from them in a bit. […]

How to Homeschool Where Strivings Cease

Have you been trying to be a Proverbs 31 Homeschooling mom as I described in previous episodes? If you have, you’ll want to listen to this episode in which I’ll share what I’ve learned about the problem of striving and how to find a place in your homeschool where strivings cease. But first, I’d like […]

Your Parenting Approach: Homeschooling, The First Year

Hey homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films. I had time to catch up with our new homeschoolers and talk about one of the most important factors for our homeschooling success – our parenting approach. Specifically, what do you tend to revert to when you are […]

How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 2

Hey, homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films.  We are thankful to our sponsors for allowing you the listener to enjoy the benefits of free programming. Welcome back for part 2 of how to be a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom. If you missed last week’s episode, […]

How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 1

Hey homeschoolers! What does God expect of me as a homeschooling mom? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Like me, you’re probably familiar with the woman described in Proverbs 31. So many times I have heard that she is an unrealistic ideal that I shouldn’t even try to emulate. But is that […]

Black and White Thinking in Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers! What if you could turn your homeschool around with a simple change in thinking? You can! In this episode I will explain what black-and-white thinking is and how to change it to create a more positive, productive homeschool. But first I would love to have to invite you to join me for an […]

Stress Management For Homeschool Moms

Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I’m going to be real with you this week. The past month has been very stressful for me. I can definitely give you explanations for that stress that are not my responsibility. When you experience stress, I’m sure you can give me similar explanations. But I would like to […]

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 2

Hey homeschoolers!   I’d like to thank our network sponsor Raddish, a cooking club and curriculum perfect for homeschooling families. Teach weekly thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a six or 12 […]

Conflict Resolution Skills to Teach Your Children, Part 1

Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I would like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is […]

Scheduling: Homeschooling, The First Year

Read the blog post Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’m talking with some of our new homeschoolers about schedules — another key to homeschooling success. Before we do, I want to thank my sponsor, Apologia. Apologia’s materials have been a blessing to me and my children for years. They’re more than just science. They’re apologetics, planners, […]

How to Homeschool a Middle Schooler

Hey homeschoolers! I am teaching two middle schoolers this year. It’s hard to believe! These are fun years, but they are also challenging for many homeschoolers — especially those who will be teaching middle school for the first time. In today’s episode I want to talk about six important suggestions to keep in mind when […]

Worried About Gaps in Your Homeschool Education?

Hey homeschoolers! I’m happy to be with you this week, talking about a topic that causes many of us anxiety: gaps in our children’s education. We worry that if we fail to teach them something, they will struggle in college, work, or even if they later return to a traditional school. Read the blog post […]

Curriculum Paralysis: How to Decide Which Curriculum to Teach This Year

Hey homeschoolers! This week I had a reader question about curriculum that I just had to respond to with a podcast episode. It was essentially this. I have so many curriculum options. How do I choose which to use this year? We’re going to chat about that in just a bit!   Read the blog […]

Goals and Devotions: Homeschooling, the First Year

Hey, homeschoolers! I had the best birthday thanks to many of you. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. This week I had the chance to catch up with our new homeschoolers. It was a fun conversation. The topic of the month is achieving goals with help. Read the blog post Before we get […]

How To Be Consistent In Your Homeschooling

Hey homeschoolers! I am excited to be back with you after my month long vacation. I especially had a wonderful time meeting many of you at the great homeschool convention in St. Louis. This week I am addressing a topic that I desperately need help with. That is, how to be a consistent homeschooler. As […]

Best Shows Replay: How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!    Listen to this interview with Rebecca Spooner about Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child. He never fails to groan when you announce it’s time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you […]

Best Shows Replay: Keeping Your Homeschool Commitment with Julie Bogart

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show is #4 in her top shows, an interview with Julie Bogart about maintaining your homeschool commitment. What gets in the way of motivation to homeschool? This is what Julie Bogart and I discuss on this […]

Best Shows Replay: Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show, Homeschooling Boys, is her second top show based on number of listens on the podcast channel.  Enjoy! I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers […]

Best Shows Replay: How to Get Organized with the FLYLady

How to get organized with the FLYLady While Melanie is on vacation this month, we have a few of her best episodes scheduled! Do you want to learn how to get organized with the FLYLady? I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show and if you have struggled to get organized like […]

Routines in Your First Homeschool Year

I am so excited about this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I have been wanting to interview new homeschoolers for a long time and have my listeners take the journey with them. It’s finally happening! I will get introduce you to the five women who are going to be joining me each month […]

How to Get Organized When Life is in Chaos

You’d like to get organized, but things are in chaos. If that’s you, you’ll love the six steps I share on the podcast that you can take today to break through the chaos and get organized. Read the blog post Watch on YouTube You’ll be encouraged to pray, identify your must-do’s, plan dinner, do the […]

Homeschooling Without Help

In last week’s episode my husband and I shared about how to keep a homeschooling marriage strong. That’s so important! But a few months ago, one of my listeners pointed out that it’s hard for her to hear homeschooling advice designed for moms whose husbands are supportive of homeschooling when hers isn’t. That got me […]

Marriage Secrets for Successful Homeschool Marriages

I can’t wait to share my interview with my husband of 25 years in which we share secrets for a successful homeschool marriage.     Watch on YouTube   Read the blog post Links Apologia: Show sponsor Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page – join me Thursday 6/8/17 at 4E/3C/2M/1P for my interview with Debra Bell Ultimate Homeschool Planner […]

How to Keep Your Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy

When your homeschooled child enters or will soon enter high school, their happiness becomes critical to ensuring the success of your homeschooling. Obviously, we can’t base all our choices on what will make our kids happy. But doing what we can to make the high school years enjoyable is an important way of expressing love […]

How to Make Digital Curriculum Work for You

There are a number of problems homeschoolers have in using digital curriculum. I’ve had them myself! But now that I have the solutions, I’m excited about using digital curriculum again. I can’t wait to share the solutions I’ve discovered.   Read the blog post or watch on YouTube Links print mission manuals for Grammar Galaxy I interviewed […]

Great Summer Learning Ideas

Summer is nearly here! Whether you are year-round homeschoolers or need to find ways to keep the education going while you take a break, this episode is for you.  READ THE BLOG POST or WATCH ON YOUTUBE Links Learn Math Fast (use code SANITY5 or SANITY10 for a discount). Join me at the Psychowith6 Facebook page for […]

Easy Ways to Add Music to Your Homeschool

The benefits of a music education are numerous and include intellectual, emotional, physical, and social advantages for children who receive it. But with so many subjects we want to teach in our homeschooling, it can be challenging to find the time. I am excited to share some easy ideas for adding music to our homeschools […]

6 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Anger

A few weeks ago I shared anger lies that keep us in bondage. If you haven’t read that post, I encourage you to get caught up. I believe that’s where victory with anger begins: meditating on God’s truth about our anger. This week I’m going to share 6 powerful ways to overcome anger. If you’re […]

Digital Alternatives to Traditional Student Projects

Are your kids excited about writing an old-fashioned book report or creating a tri-fold board to show off what they’ve learned? Those standby projects will probably never disappear, but as homeschoolers who want to prepare students for the future, there are amazing digital alternatives! You’ll want to listen to this episode to learn all about […]

Anger Lies Christian Parents Believe

Hey, homeschoolers! I’m still getting feedback on last week’s episode. You’re saying it’s just what you needed to hear. This week I want to begin talking with you about another sanity stealer you’ve been telling me about: anger. When we struggle to control our tempers, especially with our kids, it’s so disheartening. One of the reasons […]

This is Why You Aren’t Failing, Homeschool Mom

This week I’ve been convinced that I’m a homeschool failure, but I’m not. Neither are you. There are six reasons I know we aren’t failures that I share on this episode of The Homescool Sanity Show. Want to read this podcast as an article? READ HERE Or WATCH ON YOUTUBE Click for the SMURFs guide […]

Secrets of Scheduling Success

How can we get it all done? If that’s your question, you’ll love this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. You will want to grab your copy of the scheduling worksheets as you listen. Scroll down to claim them.   Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE Or WATCH ON YOUTUBE I have […]

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling: A Sane Approach

Would you like to know more about Charlotte Mason homeschooling? Do you need help incorporating it into a sane homeschooling lifestyle? You will LOVE this interview with Cindy West of Our Journey Westward. Want to read this podcast as a blog post? READ HERE I have an apology and an invitation. If you texted to […]

Truth Journaling: How to Use This Powerful Tool for Life Change

Truth journaling is the powerful life change tool that can help you change habits and stop worrying. Listen to my interview with Barb Raveling to learn how to truth journal. Be sure to download your free Bible study excerpt, too. Want to read this podcast as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or […]

Alternatives to Video Games

Does your child spend more time than you would like playing video games? If so, you’ll enjoy this episode that shares alternatives to video games. LISTEN NOW [box] Want to read this podcast as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] LINKS MelanieWilson.TV Video Game Alternatives on YouTube Click the […]

Time Management Lies Homeschool Moms Believe

Do you have more to do than you can possibly fit in a day? Are you frequently overwhelmed? Do you frequently look for new tools to help you manage your time better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll appreciate this episode. I’ll share six common lies and ways to overcome them. […]

How to Help Your Child with Low Frustration Tolerance

If your child is easily frustrated and you’re frustrated in knowing how to handle it, this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show will be of help. I’ll share six tips for teaching frustration management. Want to read this article in a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER LINKS Get your […]

Supplement a Traditional Education with Homeschooling

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be full-time. Supplemental allows students in public or private schools to enrich their child’s education. This episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show will share all the information you or your friends need about supplementing a traditional education. If you’re already homeschooling, you’ll get great ideas for enhancing what you’re already doing. LISTEN […]

The Answer to the #1 Question Homeschoolers Ask Me

Homeschoolers often ask me questions. I’ve been homeschooling for 17 years and I’m a psychologist. But you may be surprised by the #1 question homeschoolers ask me. I wish every homeschool parent would listen to this episode! Share it with a new homeschooler you know. Want to read this article in a blog post? READ […]

How You Can Assess Your Progress as a Homeschool Mom

Do you ever wonder how you’re doing as a homeschool mom? In this episode, I share some ideas for assessing your own progress. Want to read this article in a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER LINKS Micah 6:8 IEW Speech Boot Camp HomeschoolScopes FLYLady podcasts are here and here post […]

Organizing Challenges for the New Year

Organizing is a popular goal for the new year. If you’re a homeschooler wanting to get organized, it can be hard to know where to start. Consider the six areas I share in this podcast episode. Want to read the podcast as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Links Free […]

Changes to Your Homeschool to Make Now

If your homeschool needs to change, chances are good that these three changes will make a huge difference. The good news is they lighten your load; they don’t add to it. Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Links Homeschool Sanity on Facebook Help […]

Plan Your Homeschool Year

[box] Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] Hey homeschoolers! It’s a new year and a great time to formulate a new plan for our homeschools. In this episode, I’ll share three simple strategies for planning your best homeschool year ever. Links Psychowith6 on […]

How to Have Your Sanest Homeschool Year

Hoping for a saner homeschool year? I have six suggestions for you. While simple, they’re very powerful for creating the peace and joy you long for. Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Links Subscribe Anki the mistake of giving up on our routines this […]

6 Christmas Stress Mistakes to Avoid

Are you already beginning to experience stress this season? The busyness can get to us. But we can make things better by avoiding the six mistakes I’ll discuss in this episode. [box] Want to read this episode as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] Mistake #1: Not Planning A Homeschool Break […]

Political Lessons Homeschoolers Must Teach

The election, whether you’re pleased or disappointed by the results, has prompted us as homeschoolers to consider if there is anything we still need to teach our children. In this episode, I share poltical lessons I will be sure to teach my children — lessons I encourage you to teach yours as well. READ AS […]

How Homeschoolers Can Express Gratitude

We all want to raise grateful children. But it can be a challenge to find ways to teach them to express gratitude. In this episode, I share groups of people who are deserving of our gratitude as homeschoolers and unique ways we and our children can thank them. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER You […]

Are You Being Too Hard on Yourself?

I had another topic planned for this week’s episode when I started weeping. I knew I needed to share what was bothering me. Could you, like me, be being too hard on yourself? Want to read this podcast as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Show Notes Links Weekly Sanity Saver […]

Ways to Teach Children Gratitude

Who doesn’t want grateful children? In this episode, I’ll share six powerful ways for teaching children gratitude. They have made a difference for my family. [box] SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] Teaching Tip of the Week Our Journey Westward Nature Studies – use code FALL FUN for 20% off LINKS World Vision YWAM Biographies A […]

Working with Professionals as Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers frequently ask me for advice about seek professional help with testing, mental health, or medical services.  In this episode, I share six of my top tips for working with professionals as a homeschooler. [box] SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box]         Show Notes Read this podcast as a blog post Melanie Wilson’s […]

Overcoming Homeschool Procrastination

If you or your child is a procrastinator, you probably deal with a lot of frustration. In this episode I’ll share some helpful tips for overcoming it. [box] SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] LINKS Ultimate Organization course algebra efficient filing system Learn Math Fast Scriptures having to do with fear and worry delegate […]

Homeschooling Through Hormones

Hey homeschoolers! Could hormones be at the root of the insanity you see in yourself or your kids? Listen to this episode for help and hope for homeschooling through pregnancy, puberty, and perimenopause. Prefer to read, rather than listen? Check out the article on Psychowith6. Links Subscribe to Psychowith6 7 Days seven days to a Less […]

Overcoming Homeschool Insecurity

Hey homeschoolers! Homeschool insecurity can wreak havoc on your homeschooling. Whether you lack confidence in your ability to teach, your appearance, or in relationships, I think you’ll find help in this episode. Listen on ITUNES Links Find the complete transcript at Dragon anywhere, an app for my iPhone Week Plan episode on anxiety the Renewing […]

The Best Homeschool Sanity Tips

I asked some of my fellow podcasters on this fantastic network to share their best tips for homeschool sanity. I know you’ll love them! I so enjoy your comments on the podcast, but if you have comments you’d like to share privately, email me at psychowith6 at LISTEN on ITUNES Links Grammar Galaxy curriculum a massage […]

Lessons Learned in Homeschooling High School

Are you thinking about homeschooling high school? Or are you looking for tips and encouragement to continue the journey? Either way you’ll enjoy this episode with Kym Smythe, Vicki Tillman, and Sabrina Justison of They’re the moms to talk to for real-life high school homeschooling advice. LISTEN on ITUNES The 7 Sisters wrote a guest post on Psychowith6 […]

Help Your Homeschooler Get More Done

Are you wishing your child would get his schoolwork done or her chores done in a more timely manner? Do you wonder how to motivate them? You’ll enjoy this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show that shares tips drawn from research as well as experience. LISTEN on ITUNES Links Primary Spanish Made Easy GPB […]

Keeping Your Homeschool Commitment with Julie Bogart

What gets in the way of motivation to homeschool? This is what Julie Bogart and I discuss on this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. You’ll want to take notes so the next time you’re dreaming of a yellow school bus, you can review them and keep your homeschool commitment. Listen on ITUNES LINKS A […]

How to Get Your Joy Back

If something has has been stealing your homeschool joy, you’ll learn six steps for getting it back in this episode. Listen on ITUNES Links Psychowith6 on Instagram The Meal Planning Challenge Mpow Cheetah bluetooth headphones Feelin’ Good Spotify playlist Homeschooling in Real Life on depression Grammar Galaxy Have a happy homeschool week! Play […]

Could Your Teaching Approach Be Discouraging Reading?

Do you have a reluctant reader? It’s possible your teaching approach is part of the problem. Find out by listening to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Listen on ITUNES Links Heirloom Audio Productions The Pantry Clean Out Challenge the transcript and links This episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show has been brought to you […]

How to Be a Professional Home Educator

I read the book, Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, this summer and it had a profound impact on me as a writer and curriculum publisher. But I found so much in the book that applies to us as homeschoolers. I want to share those lessons with you in this episode. Listen on iTunes Links Homeschool […]

How to Find Back-to-School Sanity

I’m starting to get really anxious about starting school again. I’ve felt this way every year. Summers always seem to go so quickly, don’t they? I’m sharing some ideas for finding back-to-homeschool sanity this week. Listen on iTunes Links The Organized Homeschool Life 20% off the book with the code BIRTHDAY through August 7th. I interviewed the […]

Handling Homeschool Pharisees

We’ve discussed homeschool haters before. But what if it’s another homeschooler who’s driving us crazy? That’s what we’re discussing in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.   LISTEN on ITUNES Links Psychowith6 the 2016 Digital Homeschool Convention July 22nd through July 25th. Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week Elective Curriculum Prep Challenge Today’s episode has been […]

How to Homeschool When You Have Babies or Toddlers

Whether you expect to homeschool for the first time with a baby or toddler or you’re expecting, you’ll appreciate this sanity-saving advice. I’ve homeschooled with a baby or toddler for nine years and survived using these tips. Teaching Tip of the Week Your Best Homeschool Year Ever Online Summit on July 15, 2016th Organized Homeschool […]

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Homeschooling

If you’re a new homeschooler, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I thought about what I wish someone had told me when I started homeschooling 17 years ago and that’s what this episode is all about. LISTEN  on ITUNES Teaching Tip of the Week THRIVE Academy Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The Extra-Curricular Challenge Link […]

How to Homeschool Without Crazy Busyness

I’ve always been a busy person, but lately my busyness has been crazy busyness. Listen to this episode to hear why I’ve been so busy and what we can do as homeschoolers to break the busyness cycle. Listen on ITUNES Links So You’re Not Wonder Woman the Homeschool Mom Life Binder Special Study Prep Challenge […]

Is Homeschool Minimalism for You?

Do you have the same reaction to minimalism that I used to–yuck? If so, you’ll want to listen to this episode and hear what minimalism really is, the benefits of it, and how to get started. LISTEN  on ITUNES But first, I would love for you to check out the new site design at Psychowith6. I […]

Homeschool Planning That Doesn’t Take All Summer

For so many years, I was frustrated. I needed lots and lots of time to plan my homeschool year in the summer, but I didn’t have it. My husband had other ideas for how to spend the summer and frankly so did I. I finally learned what I was doing wrong and I’ll share it […]

Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Curriculum

I’m making decisions on curriculum this time of year. After doing this for 17 years, I have developed questions to ask myself before I choose new curriculum. I realized they could be helpful to you too!   LISTEN ON ITUNES Teaching Tip of the Week WriteShop Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week Goal setting challenge Links […]

How to Gain a Fresh Perspective on Your Homeschooling

Thank you for your patience as The Homeschool Sanity Show and I were on vacation. The great thing about my time off is I gained much needed perspective. In this episode, I share how you can gain a fresh perspective on your homeschool too. LISTEN ON ITUNES Teaching Tip of the Week Organized Homeschool Challenge […]

How to End Your Homeschool Year on a High

If you feel like your homeschool year is fizzling out, you’ll appreciate these tips for ending well. LISTEN ON ITUNES LINKS Instagram at Psychowith6 Rochelle Barlow’s Learn American Sign Language in 31 Days The Organized Vacation Challenge my recent podcast on being disappointed in your homeschool year Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android […]

The Cure for Curriculum Addiction

Do you accidentally buy curriculum that you already own or do you frequently buy or download curriculum that you never use? Do you keep running out of space on your bookshelves? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll want to listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. If that’s not you but […]

Are You Disappointed in Your Homeschool Year?

 I couldn’t sleep one night last week and I realized what the problem was: I was disappointed in my homeschool year. If you can relate, you’ll appreciate the three steps I recommend to deal with your disappointment today. Subscribe on iTunes Links Subscribe to Psychowith6 Not Consumed The Family Celebrations Challenge The Power of Homeschool […]

Grammar Galaxy: a Language Arts Curriculum Out of This World

If you have a beginning reader, you’ll be interested in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I share the curriculum I’ve created to engage young readers and writers as well as an exclusive discount for podcast listeners only. Listen on iTunes   Links Periscope Homeschool Sanity on Facebook Play in new window […]

Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers if homeschooling boys was really different. We had an interesting discussion that you can watch at the end of this post. I decided to determine what differences have actually been demonstrated in research. I can’t wait to share […]

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: an Interview with Kendra Fletcher

Many of us began homeschooling because of our faith. I know I did. Homeschooling wasn’t my idea or even my preference. But somewhere along the way we can get confused about the promise of homeschooling. Today my guest is Kendra Fletcher of the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast and we will discuss Holding onto Faith While […]

How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child

He never fails to groan when you announce it’s time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you get outright rebellion. What to do? Rebecca Spooner of Hip Hoomeschooling shares her tips as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother of five on this episode of the podcast. Listen […]

Finding Balance as a Homeschool Mom

Achieving balance requires constant effort for homeschool moms. Hopefully the tips in this week’s episode will help. LISTEN ON ITUNES Links free Funny Winter Writing prompts Echo smartpen from Livescribe. the personal devotions challenge a Periscope broadcast recently in which I shared that if we are doing the most important things, we won’t get everything […]

Managing Anger in Marriage

Anger management in marriage is crucial to safeguarding your family and your homeschool.   Subscribe on iTunes Links Pillow Talk printables Moving Beyond the the Organized Computer Challenge. Personality Plus for Couples by Florence Littauer Family Life Marriage conference Love & Respect The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling Kindness Contract   […]

Teaching Kids to Declutter

Today’s topic isn’t a lesson kids can learn in a traditional school, but it’s an important life lesson for homeschoolers. Just watch one episode of Hoarders for motivation. But before we jump in, I would love to invite you to join me on Periscope. Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Central, I record the podcast live […]

Homeschooling Through the Winter Blahs

Do you feel blah once Christmas is over like I do? The tips on this episode will encourage you! Subscribe on iTunes The Organized Homeschool Life or on Amazon. Join me on Periscope or Facebook. I hope you’ll join us for accountability. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is Shining Dawn Books’ Nature by […]

Homeschooling in Less Time

Are you stressed because of how much time homeschooling takes? If you feel like you would be a happier homeschooler if you could finish schooling in less time, this is the episode for you. Can I ask you a favor? Would you share two minutes of that time savings posting a review of this podcast on iTunes? […]

How to Get Organized with the FLYLady

I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. If you have struggled to get organized like I did when I started homeschooling 16 years ago, I think you will love my interview with Marla Cilley, the FLYLady. Even though I’ve been FLYing for years, I found myself incredibly motivated to make […]

Your Homeschooled Teen Has ADD? Help is Here

A homeschooling mom on asked for advice for her homeschooled teen and I thought other parents might have the same question. If you or your homeschooled teen is forgetful, distracted, or disorganized, listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Teaching Tip of the Week This week’s teaching tip is to make room […]

Homeschooling, Public School & College: An Interview With My Son

My oldest son was home from college and I asked if I could interview him about homeschooling, public school, and college. I hope you find it encouraging. Teaching Tip of the Week This Week’s Organized Homeschool Challenge The Hot Spot Challenge. Links Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Next Week Homeschool Tips for Teens with ADD Have a happy […]

Why You May Not Need to Do More

Are you a homeschool mom stressed and struggling because you think you have to do more?  I hope to put your mind at ease today. So You’re Not Wonder Woman Teaching Tip of the Week The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The Christmas Shopping Challenge Links Why I’m No Homeschool Superstar Periscope Viewer’s Tips @JaneGirl […]

Homeschool Motivation When You Need It

Today’s show  is Homeschool Motivation on Demand. Save it to your phone for those rough days!   Be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Want the full transcript? Get it HERE.   Be sure to get your FREE Funny Winter Writing Prompts. Teaching Tip of the Week A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart Periscope handle: @BraveWriter  Links Chalene Johnson’s […]

How to Train Your Children to Do Consistent Chores

Getting children to do chores consistently was one of the most common challenges with kids my Homeschool Sanity Facebook friends mentioned. I have the same issue, so I shared some solutions in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Teaching Tip of the Week Amy Milcic of Busy Boys Brigade shares 54 brain break activities and […]

Help for the Anxious Homeschooler

If you or a child suffers from anxiety, you’ll appreciate the tips for coping physically, mentally, and spiritually in this episode. I invite you to subscribe to Psychowith6.   Teaching Tip of the Week This week’s tip is Trello. The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week This week’s organized homeschool challenge is the Thanksgiving Challenge. […]

Help for When Your Child Doesn’t Like Language Arts

You may be concerned if your student resists reading, writing, and all things English. Reading in particular is the best predictor of a child’s future success—not just in school, but in life. If that’s your situation, I have help. You can get your child interested in language arts. Join me on Periscope or become a member of […]

Balancing Working and Homeschooling

If you both work and homeschool, you would probably appreciate some sanity-saving tips for balancing them both. That’s what you’ll find in this episode of the show. Sneak Peek You can get a sneak peek of my new language arts curriculum and this great Reading-for-Treasure Map at Grammar Galaxy Books. Teaching Tip of the Week […]

What Your Child Needs to Know About Obesity

We have heard the statistics, but our kids need to hear them too–as well as the consequences. Obesity, as we know, contributes to shorter lifespans and a decreased quality of life. Let’s teach our children how to avoid obesity now and as adults. You Might Like Do you use Instagram?  Follow me on Instagram and we can get […]

Homeschool High School? Yes You Can!

  Are you worried you won’t be able to homeschool high school even though you’d really like to? This episode will give you the courage you need. Teaching Tip of the Week How to Discover & Develop Your Child’s 1st 100 Hours of Talent E-Course The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The Hospitality Challenge […]

You Can Be a Hands-Free Homeschool Mom

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.     Get your free funny fall writing prompts here. Teaching Tip of the Week 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The […]

Homeschool Haters: How to Handle Them

When I asked my Facebook page fans if they received flack when they started homeschooling, I was surprised by the response. Join the conversation at Homeschool Sanity on Facebook. Teaching Tip of the Week Your Morning Basket by Pam Barnhill                 Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The […]

What to Do When Your Child Wants to Go to School

If your homeschooled child wants to go to school or you want to be prepared if it happens, you’ll want to listen to this episode. I wrote about my own experience with a child wanting to attend school and the lessons I learned from sending him to a public high school. Advice for Tween Girls […]

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Kids who are reluctant to learn try a mother’s patience, don’t they? Listen in this week to this episode in which my Periscope viewers and I share tips for motivating reluctant learners. Teaching Tip of the Week @DawnKeeton_ on Periscope recommended the monthly cooking kit, Rad Dish. The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week This […]

Patience for Homeschool Moms

On this first episode of a new season of The Homeschool Sanity Show, I discussed how to be a patient homeschool mom. I have a new format, broadcasting live on Periscope (@Psychowith6) every Tuesday at 1:00 PM Central time. I will be sharing answers to questions and suggestions from other homeschool moms who are the REAL […]

Can Math Actually Be Fun?

Ever since we started using the Life of Fred math curriculum nine years ago, I’ve wished I could talk to the author of this creative and fun material. So when I started the Homeschool Sanity Show podcast last fall, I knew I would ask Stanley Schmidt to be a guest. I was thrilled when he […]

Ideas for Learning with Nature Walks

One of the huge perks of homeschooling is we can get outside to do our learning. In my interview with Cindy West of Shining Dawn Books, I was not only motivated to take more nature walks with the kids, but I was also inspired to learn that nature walks can easily comprise an entire science […]

Discover & Develop Your Child’s Talent

My interview with Jonathan Harris of 10k to Talent completely changed the way I view talent education. I had the stereotypical view that I needed to start training my child by age 3 and then make sure that they devoted hours a day to practicing to develop a talent. Fortunately, that isn’t what talent education […]

Online Safety for Homeschoolers

Online educational resources can be such a blessing to homeschoolers, but come with challenges when it comes to safety. Leah Nieman of and tells us: how to protect younger learners online and how to react when inappropriate content is accessed the difference between filters and accountability programs things to remind teens before sharing […]

How to Teach Patriotism & Politics

Whether you think politics is a boring or intimidating topic to teach in your homeschool, you’ll want to hear my interview with Lynn Schott of Founders Academy. Her enthusiasm for the topic is infectious and the resources she provides for students of all ages (many of them free and very inexpensive) are amazing. Listen in […]

How to Stay Fit While Homeschooling

Homeschool mom of six, Katheryn Foudray of The Healthy and Fit Homeschool Mom, shares down-to-earth tips for getting into and staying in shape while homeschooling. You’ll want to listen to: Hear about Katheryn’s fitness transformation Learn what Katheryn did while nursing that made me laugh Discover how you can find the time, space, and resources […]

Homeschool Planning Made Simple

I think I’ve tried every method of homeschool planning available and never found homeschool sanity until I developed my own forms. I call them The Easiest Homeschool Record System and I still think it’s great. However, it takes me quite a bit of time to customize the forms and put them in a binder for […]

Parenting Blind Spots That Put Your Homeschool Family at Risk

I have helped other people parent their children, but that didn’t keep me from having blind spots in my parenting — blind spots that did put our homeschool family at risk. I thank God for opening my eyes to the truth and using the wisdom of Reb Bradley to make it less painful. You’ll want […]

Help for Homeschooling Distractible Kids with Carol Barnier

I’ve been the recipient of Carol’s wit and wisdom for years, but I was still inspired by my interview with her. If you have a can’t-sit-still kiddo or you’re a what-did-I-come-in-this-room-for mom like me, you’ll love this episode. Carol explains: The kind of activity active children need while homeschooling How to work with a child […]

The Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady

I am still homeschooling today because Marla Cilley (aka FLYLady) coached me into developing routines. Although I have come such a long way in the 13 years since I’ve been the beneficiary of Marla’s wisdom, I still found myself inspired by my interview with her. If you could use some inspiration to establish simple routines […]

College Admission and Scholarship Secrets for Homeschoolers with Lee Binz

This interview with Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, should really be titled The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College. Lee offers so much valuable information that you’ll want to pin or bookmark this show for later. Be sure to share it with friends! They’ll thank you. Learn: What a college-prep curriculum looks like Where […]

Would Classical Conversations Be a Good Fit for Your Family?

I did a review of Classical Conversations on my blog and explained how I use it at home. It remains one of my most popular posts. Because many people love Classical Conversations as much as I do, I thought I would invite two friends who have been involved in CC to share with the Homeschool […]

How to Give Your Kids Confidence in Creation

If you watched the creation vs. evolution debate with Ken Ham and Bill Nye and wanted more, you’ll love this episode. (If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend it). I am a Christian who was trained in secular science. I always believed that creation and evolution somehow coexisted. My exposure to the fantastic materials and […]

Marriage Tips for Christian Homeschoolers

My interview with psychologist and homeschooling dad, Dr. Don McCulloch, is one you’ll want to listen to with your spouse! After you listen, be sure to take The Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge at Psychowith6. Until 11:58 in the interview, Dr. McCulloch and I discussed his research on homeschooling. What are college admissions counselors’ opinion […]

How to Teach Your Kids Piano for Free

This is a can’t-miss episode for homeschooling parents who are interested in having their children learn piano. I interviewed Joseph Hoffman of Hoffman Academy (formerly and got answers to questions like: What makes his method of teaching piano different? Why did he decide to make his lessons free ? Do you have to know […]

Raising Next Generation Homeschoolers

Would you like your children to homeschool your grandchildren one day? Renée Gotcher is most homeschooling parents’ dream — a homeschool graduate now homeschooling her own children. I wanted to know: Why her mother chose to homeschool when it wasn’t as popular as it is today. How Renée reacted to beginning homeschooling as a high school student […]

How to Organize Your Homeschool the Easy Way

If you have a passion for organizing or just need a passion for it, you won’t want to miss this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I feature fabulous tips from: Vintage Homeschool Moms host and Ultimate Homeschool Network founder, Felice Gerwitz Homeschooling Co-op Style host, Pat Wesolowski, and Flourish at Home host, Mary Jo […]

Overcoming Insecurity with Deb Wolf

You won’t want to miss this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show where my guest, Deb Wolf, and I get real about: what makes us insecure as women, moms, and homeschoolers why we will only admit to so much how to help our daughters find the source of real security Deb is the author of […]

I Deserve a Donut After All That Homeschooling with Barb Raveling

I count it as a great blessing to have met Barb Raveling online. When she asked me to review her book, I Deserve a Donut, I didn’t know what to expect. I have read dozens of “diet” books and have written about overcoming overeating myself. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement! Barb […]

Blogging as a Business with Jimmie Lanley

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: […]

Create Your Personal Parenting Plan with Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann

You spend weeks, even months, planning your curriculum. Do you invest the same amount of time planning your parenting? In this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show, educational psychologist and homeschool grandmother, Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann shares wisdom for: coming to agreements on parenting with your spouse changing your child’s unwanted behavior understanding God’s unique […]

Staying Sane While Teaching Math with JK Mergens

Does math scare you? Is your child behind in math? Are you confused about which math curriculum would work best for you? Join your host Dr. Melanie Wilson for this interview with JK Mergens, creator of the Learn Math Fast System. In this episode: Discover how JK decided to create her own math curriculum & […]

Introduction to The Homeschool Sanity Show

Learn about what you can expect from your host, Dr. Melanie Wilson, and The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast in the coming weeks and find some fabulous freebies! Melanie explains her professional background and why she hasn’t tried to podcast before now (yes, besides having six kids!). Hear about some of the issues you can expect […]

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