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Why Teaching Manners Matters – MBFLP 214

Are Manners Important? In the digital age, when informality and familiarity is the norm in so many places, is it too “old school” to teach manners to your kids? Have we moved past all the old social niceties? Is it unmanly for our boys to be schooled in etiquette? Or is there something important and […]

How Our Co-op Began

In “How Our Co-op Began,” Episode #075, Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette reminisce together about history days in the early 2000s where they combined families to spend one day a week studying history with hands-on fun, reading aloud, and listening to audios. As they began to include other friends, a homeschool co-op was born. Learn […]

Best of HIRL: The Educated Parent

We home educators spend a lot of time educating our kids. But what about us? Are we taking the time to learn more, discover more, and be curious? This episode of Homeschooling in Real Life is dedicated to you, the homeschooling parent. We want to see you grow and thrive in your role as parent […]

10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Works

10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Works – Episode 302 Homeschooling works. It has been decades since the homeschool movement began in the modern world and we know it works. In this podcast, with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz, we discuss what you can expect — great expectations in homeschooling and why homeschool works! Thanks to our fifth […]

Adding the Third Baby – Catching up with my Daughter In Law, Caroline Batres

My heart overflows with joy when this beautiful family comes to visit Nana and Bruce Bruce! Seriously, I love to hear the sounds of toddler voices and a cooing baby. Of course, I love seeing my son and daughter-in-law too, as well. I thought it would be fun to check in with Caroline and have […]

Deliberately Mentoring Leaders: How Do You Do It?

One of the best things about being in a homeschool group is the community of support you can receive. But do you know how to build a sense of communit In today’s podcast Carol Topp interviews homeschool leader Sheri Payne from Virginia. Sheri is the Director of Leader Support for HEAV, the Home Education Association […]

Mentorship and Lifeschooling – Craig and Deana Thompson

One of the most inspiring and impactful ways to help educate our children is through mentorship. On this episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, I had the opportunity to talk with Craig and Deana Thompson, who have helped each of their children through an intense and amazing mentorship program that Craig designed for them. Craig and […]

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List Podcast #59 It’s Fall! Time to look at a Fall Bucket List. This is a favorite season is to get outside and explore. Find some great Fall crafts, and participate in many community events. We discuss some of these things and give you some ideas to get your Fall bucket list started. […]

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 […]

Best of HIRL: Boys To Men

Our listeners love when we podcast about the process of raising children into adulthood. But every time we talk about raising kids or the transitions into teen years or launching our adolescents out into the world, we are asked constantly for resources. On this episode we introduce our listeners to one of our favorite new resources for young men. Our old friend, Barrett […]

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