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Durenda Wilson
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As homeschooling moms, we’ve chosen to educate our kids in what most would consider an “unconventional way”.

We’ve made this decision carefully and prayerfully and bear the daily responsibility of our choice, which can feel weighty in and of itself. But often, on top of that, there are outside pressures that bear down on us and can drain the life right out of us AND our homeschool journey.

I’ve been receiving an unusual amount of messages and emails from moms who are feeling burdened by two main pressures: government regulations/state requirements and push back from friends and family. Because of that I feel like God wanted me to bring encouragement in those specific areas.

Praying that this podcast will lift any unnecessary burdens and bring joy back into this very special calling!
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In our over 23 years of homeschooling, I can count on one hand the curriculum choices I have consistently recommended over the years. I have seen many, many curriculum and trends come and go throughout this time. When it comes to teaching core subjects, I don’t want what’s trendy, I want what will encourage my children to master a subject and with as much enjoyment and as little frustration as possible…for them AND for me!
http://durendawilson.com/why-we-love-teaching-textbooks/
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As parents is can be easy to become disoriented in our parenting…even more so for homeschooling parents! We are with our kids 24/7 and in the daily busyness of trying to educate our children, we can forget that we are called FIRST to make disciples. But what does that look like? What tools do we need to orient our families toward that?

We are called as Christian parents to hold out the Gospel to our children. What does that look like? What are the most important things to remember as we disciple our kids? What does it mean to bring up our children in the “training and instruction of the Lord”? BECAUSE we spend so much time with our kids, we have a unique, God given opportunity to do just that! Listen in to hear Chap Bettis share some simple principles from God’s Word that will help you parent with confidence!
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Oh, how we need encouragement along the way...as moms, as homeschool moms! The best way I know to encourage moms is to share what God is doing in my own life.  It's been a lot...at times overwhelming, but NOTHING good comes easy, right?  There's a lot of goodness in this podcast that I'd love for you hear!

Please listen in and be encouraged!

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Many of us long for an older mom to help us navigate motherhood, homeschooling, etc. For months I’ve been collecting questions that YOU have wanted answers to! We talk about chores, homeschooling, mom guilt, busyness and more. There were so many questions, I had to divide this into two podcasts!

I also invited our oldest daughter, Brittney to join me. I love that she can give her perspective as both a mom of littles AND the oldest child of a large homeschooling family!

Our prayer is that God will speak to your heart through this question and answer time and that you would hear HIS voice above all others!
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We spend these years repetitively doing those things that ingrain into us what the “good life” is and at the center of that is doing what we do out of love for our children. Suddenly we find ourselves in a new season where those rituals and repetitions are no longer called for. We look around and realize that the “good life” as we knew it is quickly transforming into a new season of uncharted waters.
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Of all the questions I receive, the topic of chores is on the top of the list! Moms and kids are frustrated and somewhat confused when it comes to this issue. Today I’m going to tackle it from top to bottom! I’ll answer questions like, “Are chores THAT important?”, “Do we pay allowance?”, “How do we deal with ‘mom guilt’ ” and more!

Having 8 kids in 12 years can bring a mom to her knees and her home into disarray, but God taught our kids (and me) more than I could have imagined through working together.

The benefits of having our kids do chores are countless and I’ll talk about many of them in this podcast as well as how we scheduled them. More than anything, I want you to be encouraged that investing in this area not only lightens our loads as moms, but is an essential part of our kids’ education and preparation for REAL life!
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Many of you may know Sarah Mackenzie from Read Aloud Revival! Sarah and I have been friends for a few years and I LOVE her! She is the REAL DEAL! You may be familiar with her first book, Teaching From Rest. It’s been a huge encouragement for homeschool moms everywhere!

Sarah recently published Read Aloud Family and it’s been a huge best seller! I believe it’s because Sarah articulates what is already in the heart of moms everywhere. We WANT to connect with our kids. We WANT meaningful relationships with them, but we are overloaded with information on HOW to do that.

In today’s podcast we are going to talk about one of the simplest ways to begin to connect and build relationships with our kids: reading out loud to them. Many of us can feel disillusioned by the idea that we have to spend copious amounts of time reading to our kids in order for it to count, but Sarah debunks that myth! She shares tips to help make this time happen and we talk about the countless and sometimes surprising blessings of making reading out loud a priority!
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After homeschooling for over 23 years, I can count on one hand the curricula that I have used over and over again and recommend to moms all the time. The Mystery of History is one of those and there are many reasons, as I share in this podcast.

If you are wondering about the importance of history, how it relates to our faith and how it can be used as a springboard for many of the most important conversations you will have with your kids, then you will enjoy today’s podcast!

Today Linda Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) joins me to tell us more about her background as a homeschool mom and how she ended up writing a world history series!
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