Depression and the Homeschooling Mom – HIRL Episode 60

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Free podcast dealing with the issue of depression and homeschooling momsAs homeschooling moms, some subjects are very difficult to talk about, especially if we are feeling pressure to put on a facade that our lives are polished and life at home is picture-perfect. Struggling with depression in the homeschooling community can very quickly lead to shame and loneliness. Let’s face it folks, the pressure to have everything all together can make the struggle that much more difficult and the Christian homeschooling world does not always create a safe environment to be real and transparent.

On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, we dive into another difficult discussion about depression among homeschooling moms. Joining us is Dr. Melanie Wilson, a Christian psychologist and homeschooling mom of 6. Together we discuss the signs of depression, how to find help for yourself and how you can minister to other struggling moms.

This is another tough topic and another chance for you as a listener to let us have the conversation first. But please, don’t let it stop there, if you are a mom (or dad) struggling with depression, please reach out and let us point you in the direction to find some help for you.

2:47– Introduction
11:48 – Interview with Dr. Melanie Wilson, Part One
29:43 – Interview with Dr. Melanie Wilson, Part Two

Show Notes

host of The Homeschool Sanity ShowOur Guest on this episode: Dr. Melanie Wilson, Christian Psychologist.
Melanie has a podcast called The Homeschool Sanity Show.
She also blogs at





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The Art of Manliness Blog – Leashing the Black Dog – A series about male depression

Music clips used on this show:

“Sound of Silence” Simon and Garfunkel (Buy It Here On iTunes)

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  1. As always this was an amazing episode. Thank you so much for taking on topics that seem taboo. I really enjoy all your episodes!

  2. Thank you all for your helpful, real, uplifting podcasts! I’m a wanna-be homeschooler (7yo in public school,4yo,2yo) (i have listened to your previous episode many times!) working through mild depression myself… I waited nearly 4 years before getting medication and therapy, and finally decided that if for no other reason–they deserve the better version of me so it’s time for me to get well!

    We go to doctors for sniffles and aches, so it’s fitting to go for emotional /mental symptoms, too. We are SOOO lucky to have such options, aren’t we!?

    My dad worried about me doing counseling (ya know, since I’m not crazy… am I?) , but i explained that it is preventative and proactive to help me be the best version of myself so I can be effective in life! I LOVE the perspective my psychologist shares with me.
    Thanks for putting this out there!

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