Be Still: Creating a Home Mindset

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Episode #170 of Roadschool Moms Radio explores the challenges and benefits of creating a home mindset. This is the second episode of the three-part series for the RSM focus on two words:  Be Still. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida. She highlights a recent roadschool trip her family took to find the first pool in Florida.  Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west-central Indiana. The pair recap the last show and chat about the ways their roadschoolers were encouraged over the past week to #bebored. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Creating a Home Mindset

The easiest way to create a home mindset is to make home a priority no matter what your location. Traditions are built on values and experiences. Family and home are wherever you are with each other; therefore, it is easy to adjust your home mindset wherever in the world you are.  Create a home base so that your children have a sense of security and a safe place to form their identity. At home, kiddos will learn life skills and build layers for the foundation that will sustain their life for the years to come.

Holly remembers a time when her boys were younger and being on the go was part of their daily routine. She correlates this time that led to disciplinary issues and exhaustion in her household. Although it was an unpopular decision with some friends and family, she made the decision to step back. Less daily activity and earlier nighttime routines made for a home mindset.

Mary Beth reminds listeners to let the seasons of your life help mold your family and not define them. Build a structure to your day that matches your family values and goals. Setting priorities and investing time wisely throughout the day is crucial to creating a home mindset wherever in the world you are.

Home is Not a Pit Stop

Holly reveals that Morning Time is her favorite time of the homeschool day; even though it doesn’t mean that everyone sits quietly. Instead, her boys are usually whittling a stick or sorting fishing lures while listening to lessons.  She strives daily to make home their center.

The Road Trip Teacher crew is also a big fan of Morning Time. Mary Beth talks about other favorite routines that create the structure in their roadschool week:

These veteran homeschool mamas point out that as your family matures, so does your family foundation. Layers are woven together by blood, sweat, and tears. They are strengthened by good times and bad experiences. A good rule to remember is that together is better.

The final thought from this week’s Roadschool Moms team is to make the home your center, not just a pit stop in the day. Holly advises striving for the home mindset to keep peace and calm in every day. Taking a step back to discuss the real issues at hand leads to better communication and less anxiety for all. 

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.                               I Thessalonians 4:11

A free copywork printable of this verse is available from the Road Trip Teacher for teaching scripture memorization through handwriting. For more encouragement to be still, listen to the next episode of this series that shines a light on Being Enough.

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

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