Depression And The Homeschool Mom

Hey, homeschoolers! This is going to seem like a weird way to start the year, but I am recommitted to my mission on this podcast of promoting happy, healthy homeschooling. I spoke with a family recently whose presenting problem was child misbehavior. What became obvious, however, is that the mother’s depression was leading to marital and parenting problems. Depression puts our homeschools at risk. Children of depressed mothers don’t develop as well academically, emotionally, or socially. Depression is a significant problem.
  • Affects 1 in 10 adults per year
  • is leading cause of disability

What causes depression?

  • genetics
  • post-partum/hormones
  • medical conditions
  • alcohol/drug use
  • trauma/grief

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Feelings of sadness that won’t go away
  • Loss of interest in things
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability/poor concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Eating too much/too little
  • Unable to sleep/sleeping too much
  • Headaches, or other pains in the body
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, suicidal

Resources for depression

Feeling Good by David Burns Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Online National Suicide Prevention Hotline Depression Action Steps:
  • For DIY treatment, set a deadline by which you will get professional help.
If someone you care about is depressed, send them this episode. Gather supportive family members with a referral. Offer to provide homeschool and practical support while the homeschool mom is getting help. I don’t practice as a psychologist any more, but I’m praying that this episode has been helpful to you.

How To Encourage Healthy Eating In Your Kids

Hey, homeschoolers! As homeschool moms, we want our kids to be healthy academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. That’s because health is wholistic. If there’s a breakdown in one area, it’s likely to affect the others.

One area where I struggled as a mom was encouraging healthy eating. If that’s an area you’re seeking to improve, I know you’ll love my guest today: Katie Kimball. Katie is the national voice of healthy kids cooking, is a blogger, two-time TEDx speaker, former teacher, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, recommended by The Wall Street Journal in 2020 as the best online cooking class for kids. Her blog, Kitchen Stewardship helps families stay healthy without going crazy, and she’s on a mission to connect families around healthy food, raise critical thinking skills using the lab of curiosity that is the kitchen, and grow the Kids’ Meal Revolution where every child learns to cook.

Here’s our super practical discussion.

Healthy Eating for Kids Resources

Find the free knife skills class Katie mentioned, click here.

What to Teach Your Child About Obesity

I’ll be back next week when I share important information on depression for homeschool moms.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Achieve Your Goals: 10 Tips

Hey, homeschoolers! If you’re wondering how to achieve your goals this year, I have 10 tips for you. And this podcast is implementing one of them. I’m co-podcasting with my friend Barb Raveling for this episode that I hope inspires you in the new year.

Goal Resources

Free Homeschool Routine Kit A Year of Living Productively Anti-Procrastination Bible Verses Decision-Making Worksheet for Procrastinators Freedom from Procrastination The Renewing of the Mind Project Goals – How to follow through Productivity Tips for the New Year Join me next week as my guest and I discuss how to encourage healthy eating in our kids. Have a happy homeschool week!

Special Replay: Get Things Done In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you regularly find yourself at the end of the school day with nothing to show for it? Do you feel like you aren’t getting anything done? If that’s you, you’re in good company. I regularly hear from homeschoolers just like you and I can’t wait to share the solution I give them.


The sponsor for this week’s podcast is Time 4 Learning. Listen to how Time 4 Learning could save your homeschool sanity. Then go to to learn more.

Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Time 4 Learning

Time4Learning provides the best honest online casino nz tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs.

The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning!

Resources to get things done in your homeschool

Read the blog post

[Read Why You’re Not a Homeschool Failure]




Download your routines at


If you believe you are incapable of getting things done in your own strength, if you create a routine for yourself and your family, and you establish and enforce boundaries, you can find that you are getting more done than you ever dreamed. That’s been my experience!

Which of these reasons is the main reason you aren’t getting things done in your homeschool?

Special Replay: Why You’re Not Following Through on Your Plans and Goals

Hey homeschoolers!

Are you great at making plans for the new school year but you never seem to do what you’ve planned? Or are you great at setting goals for the new year that you struggle to achieve? If that’s you, I’m going to put my psychologist hat on and explain why your follow-through fails. That’s what’s on tap for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. There’s no time to waste. It’s a busy time of year, so let’s jump right in.

Listen to learn the three main reasons you aren’t following through. The first one was a surprise to me!

Resources for Following Through

Read the blog post

How to Keep the Happy Planning Going

Curriculum Paralysis

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner

Grammar Galaxy

Get your copy of A Year of Living Productively.

What’s your biggest struggle with follow through? Comment and let me know.

Project-Based Learning

Hey, homeschoolers! At this point in the year, I begin to think about changes I want to make in my homeschool. One change you may want to consider is adding some project-based learning. My guest today is going to help us with that.

Before I introduce her, I want to let you know about the projects I’ve included in Grammar Galaxy Nova for middle schoolers. While learning about literature, vocabulary, spelling strategies, and grammar, your student will complete fun writing projects like a restaurant review. Each project is broken down into simple steps completed each week. Whether you have a middle schooler or not, the good news is that all levels and resources at Fun to Learn are 20% off on Black Friday through Cyber Monday with code THANKS.

Now for my interview with Nancy Mikhail. I met Nancy at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California. She is an Educational Consultant specializing in the creation and design of engaging pedagogy and active learning projects that excel beyond the requirements of California State Standards. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the California State University at Long Beach, and furthered her education by earning her Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University at Fullerton. Her experience within the education system ranges from preschool to twelfth grade. However, Nancy’s skills go above and beyond the classroom. She has taken her passion for teaching and education into after school programs, academic advising, and nonprofit organizations. She is an active participant and presenter in educational conferences and workshops. Her drive to progress and create a better educational system allows her to take the lead in building curriculum, especially within language strategies and guided reading. Literacy is a vital component of education and Nancy’s desire to increase student learning is evident within her teaching and career. Here’s our interview.

We discussed:

  • the benefits of project-based learning
  • easy ways of incorporating project-based learning
  • the projects available at

Connect with Nancy on Facebook and Instagram.

I’ll be back with all new episodes in January. Until then, I’ll be replaying some favorite episodes that you may have missed. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

What Does it Mean To Be A Woman Of God Today?

Hey, homeschoolers! What does it mean to be a woman of God in a world that seeks to redefine womanhood? That’s what I discussed with my guest Kristen Clark. It’s an important topic for us to consider as homeschooling mothers and also as parents of daughters. Kristen Clark is married to her best friend, Zack, and is a newly adoptive mom to two precious boys from Ukraine. She is co-founder of Girl Defined Ministries, and is passionate about promoting the message of God-defined womanhood through blogging, speaking, mentoring young women, and hosting Bible studies in her living room. In the end, she’s just a fun-lovin’ Texas girl who adores all things outdoors and is an unashamed dog-lover who snuggles with her little maltipoo whenever she can. I know you’ll enjoy hearing from Kristen as I did. We discussed:
  • Kristen’s experience in the world of modeling
  • How we can avoid being a “wimpy woman”
  • How we can be biblical women in today’s culture
Find Kristen’s podcast, books, and course at Join me next time as my guest and I discuss project-based learning. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Speak The Love Languages As A Homeschool Mom

Hey, homeschoolers! Last month, my husband’s sister Nancy passed away after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was a lifelong international missionary and a bold evangelist. I interviewed her about how to teach kids to share the gospel. Here’s a link to that episode. Today, though, I want to use Nancy’s life to talk about how we can speak the love languages as homeschool moms.

Love Languages Resources

Read the blog post. The 5 Love Languages of Children Video prepared for Nancy’s celebration of life service.


Join me next time as my guest and I discuss what it means to be a woman of God in today’s world. Have a happy homeschool week!

Discovering Your Child’s Smarts With Dr. Kathy Koch

Hey, homeschoolers. When we begin teaching our kids at home, we quickly realize that some of them have traditional smarts with words and logic, but others have smarts that aren’t celebrated in school. My guest today is well-known author Dr. Kathy Koch. I think she will inspire you to discover your child’s unique smarts so you can maximize them in your homeschool.

Before we start, though, I want to say how grateful I am to have been a part of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network since its start eight years ago. I took a year’s sabbatical, so that means I’ve been speaking to you via this podcast for seven years. I don’t take that privilege for granted.

Now for my interview with Dr. Kathy Koch about your child’s smarts. Kathy is the founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in thirty countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Care Net, Summit Ministries, the Colson Center, and Teach Them Diligently. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she was featured inKirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has published five books with Moody Publishers. I know you’re going to enjoy our conversation.

We discussed:

  • how to awaken our kids’ smarts
  • practical ideas for applying the smarts to core subject areas
  • helping our child in areas of weakness, and much more
8 Great Smarts book

Join me next time for how to speak the love languages in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Prevent Sibling Rivalry

Hey homeschoolers! I know that sibling squabbles are a serious source of stress. I know this personally and professionally. I have been giving a talk for Great Homeschool Conventions on how to negotiate sibling conflicts, but I think it’s important to talk about how to prevent these conflicts in the first place. That’s what this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show is all about.
Before I introduce my guests, though, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, the Courageous Legacy movie.

Resources for Preventing Sibling Rivalry

Read the blog post Conflict resolution skills 1 Conflict resolution skills 2 Have a happy homeschool week!