Homeschool Sanity Show

How To Trust God With Your Homeschool Success

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another installment of the Trust Project. This month we will focus on trusting God with our success–success in our homeschools, parenting, work, business, ministry, and more. I’m excited about this focus.

But before we jump in, I want to share two things with you. First, I want to give you a sneak peek at something I’m working on to help you have success in living the Organized Homeschool Life. I’ve written the book that gives you 15-minute missions to organize your life all year. Some moms take the book and enjoy success with it alone.

Others wonder how to fit even 15-minute missions into their days. That’s why I created the Organized Homeschool Life planner. You take a few minutes to plan every important thing into your day–your time with God, your dinner, your relationship focus, your priority tasks, and even a reward for a day well spent.

 

But there are some moms who tell me they want me to come home with them and their book and planner and help them get organized. I really wish I could because I know if we worked together to implement a few simple organizing strategies, your life would be transformed. You’d be living the organized homeschool life this year!

I’m working on a way for us to work together to make that happen. I’m so excited about it because it incorporates everything I know about life change and being a busy homeschool mom. I’m calling it Organized Homeschool LIVE. If you want more details as soon as they’re available, join the waitlist.

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Resources for this episode

Have a happy homeschool week!

What area is hardest to trust God for success with? Let me know in the comments.

How To Use Story To Grow Your Kids’ Faith

Hey, homeschoolers!

I am so excited about today’s topic. I believe story is the most powerful way to teach, so of course, I believe in using story to teach our kids the faith. The Bible and Jesus Himself used story to teach, but today we’ll talk about another way story can inspire our children with my guests Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of the Christian Heroes and Heroes of History series, published by Youth With a Mission.

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Sponsor

Now I’d like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness.

How to Use Story to Grow Kids’ Faith with Janet and Geoff Benge

Before I introduce Janet and Geoff Benge, I have to tell you how I met Janet. I attended the 2 to 1 Conference in October. This is a conference for Christian homeschool content creators. The first activity was an ice breaker in which we were randomly paired with someone. We were to ask a few questions of our partner so we could introduce her to the group. Janet told me she was with Benge Books. I asked her what kind of books she wrote and she said Christian and History Heroes. I said, “Oh, like the ones YWAM publishes?” She said, “Yes, those are the books.” I looked at her nametag again and understood why her name seemed so familiar. I promptly burst into tears and hugged her. I told her that her books had changed my life and my children’s lives for eternity. I asked her if she would do me the honor of appearing on the podcast and the following interview is the result.

Janet and Geoff Benge have written together for 33 years. They learned the craft of writing from another husband and wife writing team, John and Elizabeth Sherrill, authors of The Cross and the Switchblade, The Hiding Place, God Smuggler, and many other classic Christian books. Their mission in writing is to entertain, inform, and inspire their readers. Their own lives are a testimony to the power of God. Janet is dyslexic yet is the author of more than 300 books. I know you will love these two as I do.

The Geoffs and I discussed:

  • their personal faith stories
  • how they came to write Christian and History Heroes biographies
  • how their research of heroes affects them personally
  • their favorite heroes of the faith
  • how we can reach kids of various ages and faith stages through story

Resources for growing your kids faith through story

George Muller biography

Adoniram Judson biography

John Williams biography

Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography

Richard Wurmbrand biography

Klaus-Dieter John biography

Charles Mulli biography

Hudson Taylor biography

Nate Saint biography

Amy Carmichael biography

Gladys Aylward biography

Find the Benges at BengeBooks.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thanks again to our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie.

Have a happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating this week!

How To Work Or Run A Business And Homeschool Too

Hey, homeschoolers!

I’m commonly asked how to homeschool and work or run a business too. That’s our topic for this week. I invited industrial psychologist, Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson to join me. I think you will really appreciate her excellent tips. More on that in a moment!

Join our community

First, I would love to have you join us in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we are sharing the organizing missions we’re completing. I shared a before photo of my messy vanity in the group this morning, and guess what? I have yet to organize it. I will feel bad if I don’t take a few minutes to get it done. We inspire one another to make organizing a daily habit rather than an event.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you there.

Our sponsor

Now I’d like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness.

How to Work or Run a Business and Homeschool Too

My guest today is Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson. After earning her doctorate in industrial / organizational psychology, Dr. Jackson spent 15 years conducting job design, competency modeling, and organization design as well as designing selection, performance management, and leader development programs for Fortune 500 companies, the US Military, and non-profit organizations. Despite her corporate experience, her first job was in her family’s business printing t-shirts. In addition to consulting, Dr. Jackson serves as a lecturer at Texas A&M University and serves on the board of directors for a local food pantry in her community. She recently published two books, a novel, Strong. Brave. Powerful. highlighting the impact and recovery of domestic abuse and a non-fiction, Family Business, which is a Christian-based approach to applying talent management principles to entrepreneurship and running a family. In her free time, she enjoys speaking to women, teaching Bible studies, playing flute in her church orchestra, and chasing after her two boys who are 4 and 2 years old.

Dr. Jackson and I discussed:

  • how to juggle the various roles homeschool moms have
  • how to deal with mom guilt when working
  • how to create a positive family culture while working or running a business

Find Dr. Jackson at CherylLeJewell.com and ThePsychoMom.com.

Does the idea of dedicated time for work and family appeal to you? Let me know in the comments.

Conclusion

Thanks again to my sponsor, A Beautiful Day Movie.

Join me next week as I interview Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of Christian and History’s Heroes bioraphies from Youth With a Mission about using story to grow our kids’ faith.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

How To Trust God With Pets And Possessions

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another edition of the Trust Project. This month we will discuss how we can trust God with our pets and possessions. This may seem like a more minor issue than some others we’ve addressed in this project. But I know from experience that it can be a challenge.

Sponsor

Before we begin, I want to give a shout out to our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness.

Resources for Trusting God with Pets and Possessions

Read the blog post

Trust Project

Trusting God with Friendships

Thanks again to our sponsor. A Beautiful Day is available in theatres November 22nd and afterward on digital. Visit ABeautifulDay.movie for more information.

Join me next week for how to make business work for a homeschool family.

Have a happy homeschool week!


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

How To End Procrastination In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Are you someone who never does today what you can put off until tomorrow? Or do you have a student who’s a procrastinator?

If so, you’ll love this episode! I interview Barb Raveling, retired homeschool mom and author of the new book, Freedom From Procrastination.

Podcast Sponsor

Before we go to the interview, I want to tell you about A Year of Living Productively, the sponsor for this episode. I tested more than 80 different approaches to improve my productivity. It took me years, but it doesn’t have to take you that long to create a productivity approach that works for you. You can try a free sample just for homeschool moms here.

End Procrastination in Your Homeschool

In the podcast, I asked Barb:

  • What are the negative effects of a habit of putting things off?
  • How has procrastination affected you personally?
  • What does the Bible have to say about it? (Check out her website for procrastination Bible verses)
  • What are some strategies we can teach our kids for overcoming procrastination? (You’ll love these!)

I previously interviewed Barb about truth journaling and overeating as homeschooling moms. Be sure to listen to those episodes too.

Barb’s book Freedom From Procrastination is not directed to teens, but I think it would be very comfortable for a teen to work through it. I’ve been doing the Bible study and so far I love it!

I’ll see you next time for another installment of the Trust Project. Have a happy homeschool week!

How And Why To Teach Guitar In Your Homeschool


Hey, homeschoolers!

Music is such an important and gratifying part of home education. You may have heard my interviews with Joseph Hoffman about piano and Gena Mayo about easy ways of including music in your homeschool.

Today, I’m delighted to share my interview with Inga Hope, founder of Gentle Guitar online school and the creator of Music Ed digital magazine about why you should consider having your child learn guitar. She shares the pros and cons of the various approaches to learning the guitar and I know you’ll love her.

Ask Dr. Mel Q&A

I want to invite you to view my first Ask Dr. Mel Q&A video this month. It’s about Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I get many questions about ODD and I wanted to provide a quick answer in this video. While you watch, I would love to have you subscribe to my channel.

Now on to my interview with Inga.

How & Why to Teach Guitar in Your Homeschool

Inga had interesting answers to these questions:

  • Why is it important to teach music in your homeschool?
  • Why is the guitar a good instrument to have your student learn?
  • What are the options for learning guitar and their pros and cons?

Book a free trial lesson here

Follow Inga on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you know how to play guitar? Have you had a student learn to play? Comment and let me know.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Friendships

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another edition of The Trust Project. This month we’re talking about how to trust God with our friendships. Whether it’s having enough friends for ourselves and our kids, a problem in a friendship, or concern for a friend’s health or salvation, God can be trusted with it all.

Let’s connect

Before we dive into that, I encourage you to join me in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Women are using the 5-minute missions for accountability and it’s exciting!

Podcast sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life. Focus on what’s most important and achieve homeschool sanity 15 minutes at a time.

How to Trust God with Friendships Resources

Read the blog post

Trusting God with Parents

Join me next week as we discuss how and why to teach guitar in your homeschool.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Teach Health In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Remember health class in school? Honestly, I don’t. But I do know I haven’t been excited about the health curriculum I’ve used with my high schoolers until now. We’ll talk more about how to teach health in a minute.

Let’s Connect

But first I would love to have you subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am going to restart my video series called Ask Dr. Mel. I get a number of questions and I’ll be providing short, usable answers on YouTube. Meanwhile, if you have a question you’d like me to answer, email me at psychowith6@gmail.com or message me at the Psychowith6 page on Facebook.

How to Teach Health in Your Homeschool

Now for this week’s topic: how to teach health in your homeschool. My guest today is Vicki Tillman. I’ve chatted with Vicki before. Vicki is a speaker, curriculum developer, counselor and life/career coach. A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed various degrees at college and graduate levels. You can learn more about Vicki at 7SistersHomeschool and at the Homeschool High School Podcast page. She is a lovely lady and I know you’ll enjoy our chat.

Join me next week as we talk about trusting God with friends.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How & Why You Should Teach Your Homeschooler Entrepreneurship

Hey, homeschoolers!

Entrepreneurship is like a continuation of homeschooling. Our kids can continue to enjoy freedom in doing what they love to do. That’s what I’m talking about in this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.

But first, I would love to have you tell someone about this podcast. There are sharing buttons no matter which platform you’re listening on. I share favorite podcasts and episodes all the time. The more of us who are seeking homeschool sanity, the better!

How & Why to Teach Homeschool Entrepreneurship

Now on to today’s topic: how and why to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs. My guests today are Billy Smith and Mark Baker of ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreurship.com. Billy is a homeschooling father of six. He has successfully built and sold more than 20 businesses worth $100,000 or more. Mark is a homeschooling father of seven. He has a master’s degree in International Business Management, who also an adjunct professor, business cofounder, and inventor. I know you’ll be inspired by these two dads!

To find out more about the course Billy and Mark teach, go to ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreneurship.com.

Join me next week for how to teach health in your homeschool.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Your Parents

Hey, homeschoolers! I can’t believe it’s already September, but it is indeed. It’s time for another installment of the Trust Project. Each month, we are seeking to trust God with another area of our lives. This month, we seek to trust Him with our parents. More on that in a moment.

But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram.  I share a variety of inspirational, educational, and organizational posts and I love chatting with other women there. If you follow me, be sure to comment or message me that you listen to me here on the podcast. I just want you to know something about that. I am not a celebrity. I am a mom who records herself in her closet. I am still surprised when someone tells me they listen to my podcast. It is an honor and a privilege to speak with you each week. I don’t take it lightly. I pray that the Lord would use my words to be a blessing to you.

Podcast Sponsor

This episode is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner. Keeping God at the center of your homeschool life is easier with the book that begins with a daily devotion challenge. Your daily planning page begins with thanksgiving, a reminder to read and understand God’s Word for you, and a place for you to respond to God in prayer. Learn more and try a free complete sample here.

Trusting God with Our Parents

Before we chat about trusting God with our parents, how did trusting God with finances go? I definitely had some money challenges this month and the Trust Project helped a lot. I also had a preview of challenges that are coming up and it wasn’t fun. But I still believe that focusing on trusting God is the most important focus I can have right now. If finances are still hard, keep working at it!

Trusting God with Our Parents Resources

Read the blog post

Trusting God with Our Health and Safety

Trusting God with Our Spouse or Single Parenting

Trusting God with Our Kids

Conclusion

We can have peace and even joy where our parents are concerned when we believe the truth, remember God’s faithfulness, understand the wisdom He has already given us, pray for them, and thank God for all He’s done in our parents’ lives and in ours.

Join me next week when we will talk about teaching kids entrepreneurship.

Have a happy homeschool week!