HomeschoolingIRL Episode 2: Homeschooling is a Buzzkill

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On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra introduce you to one of the  phrases used often around their home: Homeschooling Is A Buzzkill!

Listen in as they discuss what happens when expectations do not match reality. Follow Kendra into their schoolroom as she gives you a glimpse into real life during Adventures in Mangoland. Finally, tune in to Pillow Talk as Fletch and Kendra wrap up this episode and share a few final thoughts on the topic.

For more information about this podcast or to connect with Fletch and Kendra directly you can follow HomeschoolingIRL  on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Thanks you so much for this podcast. I’ve homeschooled my oldest daughter (age 11) for about 2 years. I just started homeschooling my youngest daughter (age 6) this year. Many days homeschooling is not pretty or fun. I get frustrated, discouraged and sometimes downright depressed. It’s hard.–A buzzkill! I talk to other moms who say they love homeschooling, some who are through with homeschool by lunch time, have wonderful, loving kids, and . . . . wow! What’s wrong with us?! What’s wrong with me?! Why can’t I be finished with school by noon and clean my house, etc.?! So, I appreciate what you are saying. I get it. I do see progress, though, and I read something recently that said something like when you homeschool, you get a front-row seat view of what God is doing in your kids’ lives. He also is working a lot in my life, and I hope and pray that I will let Him change me.–Then my children will have a front-row seat to see what He’s doing in my life, also, and hopefully that will impact their lives for good as well.

    • Hey Judy,
      Thanks for tuning in to listen to HomeschoolingIRL!
      I am glad that you were able to identify with what we had to say about homeschooling and how it can be frustrating at times! What a great attitude you have. Remember when it comes to a child’s education, we are running a marathon, not a sprint! Great to see your willingness to live transparently in front of your kids (you will find that to be an ongoing theme here on our podcast in the future).
      All God’s Best,

  2. Michele White says

    Well done you guys! I listened as I was preparing things for school for the coming week. Getting back into life after being overseas for two months is much harder than I anticipated. Appreciate your openness and laughter.

  3. ROTFL!! This was just awesome!! <3 My husband said I am SO the mom who takes my mental health day to the beach, and then proceeds to make a unit study out of it. 😉 Thanks so much for this!

  4. Chicago Mom says

    Hi Fletch and Kendra, I just needed to write you RIGHT THIS INSTANT to thank you. I just finished listening to your podcast episode, “Homeschooling is a Buzzkill” and am almost ready to cry with relief. I’ve been struggling with my 10yo daughter for over a year now, and it’s just brought me to feeling so low. My husband and I are seriously considering school for her next year. Today, it took all day to do two subjects — math and spelling — and she acted as if being asked to do those was the same as setting her on fire. I’ve had a hard, hard time with so many things that you talked about in this episode, namely pride. (ok, and fear — lol) While I have other homeschool moms to chat with at a surface level, your episode was just. so. honest!!! And the timing could not have been more perfect. So thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • Thanks Chicago Mom!
      We are very glad that this episode had such a positive effect. We were steeped in pride and fear for a lot of years, Gospel Amnesia really sucked! Once we woke up and remembered that our identity was not in what we produced in our homeschool or in the lives of our children, we found freedom. Give a listen to Episode 5 about hope-shifting and you will hear even more of our heart on this subject.
      Thanks for listening!

  5. What a great idea this is. Loved the episode….it’s all true! Keep them coming:)

  6. Just came across your site while gearing up for the new school year. What an encouragement! Many days I definitely feel like I must be doing something wrong because it is just so hard. Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. You guys are incredibly funny.

    • Joanna – You should be with us in person. The podcast does not pick up any of the non-verbal eye-rolls and facial looks we give each other! 🙂

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