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The Shocking and Clarifying Truth About the History of Public School in America (Podcast 524)

We must have an understanding of why and how our educational system got to where it is now in order to equip ourselves moving forward. Today we will hear from our guest, Alex Newman, an expert in the history of our country's education. This episode will not disappoint! There is so much important info here! Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Liberty Sentinal (Alex Newman's website) Crimes of the Educators Indoctrinating Our Children to Death: Government Schools’ War On Faith, Family & Freedom–And How to Stop It
5/27/202435 minutes, 27 seconds
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What Every Christian Parent Should Know About Education (Podcast 523)

Today I'm talking with Alex Newman about what every Christian parent should know about education. We will tackle questions like: Why is the battle over who educates our kids so important? Why should parents who don't feel like they are doing a good job should keep homeschooling? Is Common Core still part of the public school curriculum and why is it so dangerous? How can parents best prepare their kids to thrive in our culture?   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Liberty Sentinal (Alex Newman's website) Crimes of the Educators Indoctrinating Our Children to Death: Government Schools’ War On Faith, Family & Freedom–And How to Stop It
5/24/202439 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tips for Becoming a More Prayerful Parent (Podcast 522)

When it comes to parenting, it’s such a comfort to know we can go to God and leave every hope and heartache we have at His feet and in His hands. However this is not always easy, it takes practice and sometimes we need to be encouraged and equipped for this in order to become a more prayerful parent. Parenting truly is an effective means to grow our prayer lives!   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Prayers for Parents - (Karla's book) The Valley of Vision Every Moment Holy, Volume 1 Every Moment Holy, Volume 2: Death, Grief & Hope Link to audio prayers/scripture readings
5/20/202444 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why We are Here and How That Affects our Day to Day (Podcast 521)

As busy homeschooling moms it can be easy to get caught up in the details of the day-to-day, so now and then it’s good to step back and look at the bigger picture to help us keep perspective on both the big and seemingly smaller things.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Nurturing Sibling Relationships (the first of three episodes) Remaining Faithful in the Midst of Trials You've Already Won (song by Shane and Shane) Link to the lyrics
5/17/202430 minutes, 13 seconds
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Habits For a Sacred Home (Podcast 520)

Turmoil in the world can easily spark fear in moms as we try to nurture our families and cultivate life-giving home environments. We can feel anxious and scared, exhausted by the barrage of bad news and moral dilemmas. Today we want to talk about how to push back the darkness by creating sacred homes, places of joy, hope, and life through intentional habits.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Ways to connect with Jennifer: Habits for a Sacred Home (book) Jennifer’s website Restoration Family Podcast   You can save 20% off Peaceful Press with code Peaceful    And at https://www.thepeacefulpreschool.com/habitsforasacredhome   You can also download a free booklist and poster pack.  
5/13/202437 minutes, 42 seconds
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Giving Your Kids an Education, Family, and Life They Will Thank You For Later (Podcast 519)

According to analysis from The Washington Post, homeschooling has become the fastest-growing form of education in America. More and more parents are realizing that they can give their kids a great education and eliminate so many negatives that are part of the traditional school setting.  With that in mind, my dear friend, Monica Swanson joins me today to share her family’s journey of becoming homeschoolers! As a veteran homeschool mom of 4 boys, Monica is both encouraging and full of helpful resources!   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Ways to connect with Monica Becoming Homeschoolers (Book) Author Website: https://monicaswanson.com/ Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/TheGrommom  https://www.instagram.com/monicaswanson_     Freebies from Monica: A new 5-day devotional "What Your Kids Need Most" is available on my website: https://monicaswanson.com/5-day-devotional/  
5/10/202435 minutes, 45 seconds
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Inconvenient Parenting (Podcast 518)

Families are like little churches. They are meant to be places of discipleship, worship, and rest— places where we can fine-tune the gifts God's given us so we can bless the world. They can be full of surprises and joy. But family life can also be heartbreaking and downright discouraging. Trained counselor and mother Melissa Hannigan knows how hard it is to cast and keep a vision of rich family life. How do we cultivate a family culture that's vibrant and encouraging—a refuge amidst life's storms? Listen in as Melissa also shares how the importance of this investment has hit home after losing her teen son less than a year ago. Resources mentioned in this episode:   Inconvenient Parenting Book   Link to podcast episode search bar   Raising Boys to Men Book   Raising Boys to Men Audiobook   The Unhurried Homeschooler   The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook   CTC Math   Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault)   Our CPS Story   The Excel Camp    College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode   The Unhurried Homeschooler   Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart   The Four-Hour School Day   Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word   Places I am speaking in 2024  
5/6/202443 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why You Are Never Overlooked with Bridgette Cameron (Podcast 517)

Today's guest is Bridgette Cameron Ridenour. She is the sister of Kirk Cameron and Candace Cameron Bure. You may not even know she existed, but she is here today to talk about what it was like to grow up in a famous family and how God worked in her life as she learned that when we belong to God, we are never overlooked. Resources mentioned in this episode: Bridgette's Book: Overlooked Link to podcast episode search bar Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024  
5/3/202442 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is College Worth the Cost? (Podcast 516)

Eventually, we graduate our kids from homeschool and thoughts of college may be on the horizon. Today we are going to talk about whether or not college is worth the cost. We will be looking at what has changed in the college landscape that affects our students financially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler  The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024   Article on sexual assault on college campuses Article on the changing landscape of what businesses are requiring (as in not looking for a college degree)
4/29/202441 minutes
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Remaining Faithful in the Midst of Trials (Podcast 515)

Many of us are currently walking through trials and although it can feel natural to want them to be over as soon as possible, there is something of eternal value that is happening as we remain faithful in the midst of them.  Today I'm sharing some wisdom that God has graciously shown me as we all move toward becoming wise women of God! Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Devotional Mentioned: Psalms for Everyday Living by David J. McKinley Podcast Episodes Mentioned:  The Sovereignty of God and the Problem of Sin in Our World Simple, Unhurried Word of God: God's Sovereignty Simple, Unhurried Word of God: God's Goodness Scriptures Mentioned: Gen. 3:1-6 Phil. 4:6,7 Proverbs 3:5-8 Isaiah 41:10 2 Corin. 4:17.18 Eph. 6:11-13 James 1:2-4 Scriptures to pray for God's provision, protection, power and presence: Provision Psalm 107:9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.   Luke 12:31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.   Psalm 34:10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.   Psalm 84:11-12 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!   Psalm 84:11-12 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!   Psalm 145:15-16 The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.   2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;   Protection   Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.   Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Psalm 37:5,6  Commit your way to the Lord;trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.   Psalm 121:7-8 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.   Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.   Psalm 34:15-19 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous     and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,     to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears     and delivers them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted     and saves the crushed in spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,     but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 31:23 Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Psalm 27:1 By David. The LORD delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The LORD protects my life! I am afraid of no one! Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 1 John 5:18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.   Psalm 71:1-2 O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me, and set me free   Power Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 For he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:5b-6 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:1-2   Presence Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 73:23-24 “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward, you will receive me to glory.” 1 Kings 8:57 “The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us.” Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Exodus 33:14 “And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
4/26/202441 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to Find Local Homeschool Support (Podcast 514)

According to an analysis from The Washington Post, homeschooling has become the fastest-growing form of education in America. Consequently, many new homeschoolers may not be aware of the kind of local homeschool support they have. I invited Tara Bentley as a guest today to talk about the importance of state homeschool organizations, what they offer, and how you can connect with yours to find local homeschool support. Resources mentioned in this episode:   Link to podcast episode search bar   The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book   Raising Boys to Men Book   Raising Boys to Men Audiobook   CTC Math   Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault)   Our CPS Story   The Excel Camp    College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode   The Unhurried Homeschooler   Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart   The Four-Hour School Day   Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word   Places I am speaking in 2024   Find your state homeschool organization  National Homeschool Day of Prayer
4/22/202433 minutes, 54 seconds
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How Amazing Parents Become Excellent Home Educators (Podcast 513)

We all want to give our kids a great education, but it can be easy to doubt our ability to be an excellent home educator. In today’s episode, Leslie Nunnery and I are going to talk about how parents can give their kids a fantastic education at home! (Hint: It's probably not what you are thinking!) Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book Raising Boys to Men Audiobook CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Heart School Book Heart School Course TTD Podcast  TTD Events    
4/19/202439 minutes, 11 seconds
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Practical Tips for Helping Moms and Kids with Anxiety (Podcast 512)

One of the topics that moms often ask me about is how to handle anxiety, children with anxiety, or both. I’ve seen anxiety on the rise in our culture and although I would hope that homeschooling would lessen the risks of that in our children, there are still many variables in the equation of our complicated lives that could contribute to feeling anxious. It’s important to get to the root of the anxiety, but if our bodies have experienced anxiety frequently enough, it can become chronic. Today I am sharing some tools that can help train our bodies to calm down so we can then work toward getting to the root of the problem. Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 (Nova Scotia: https://homeschooljourneyns.ca/) Emma at Therapy in a Nutshell (YouTube) Scripture Songs:  Scripture Lullabies on Spotify, etc. Scripture Memory Kids or Christian Kids Worship on Spotify, etc. Hymns that play inside a stuffed animal The Importance of Early Morning Sunlight Don’t forget to check out Raising Boys to Men: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Raising and Homeschooling Boys
4/15/202431 minutes, 2 seconds
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Raising Kids to Follow Christ (Podcast 511)

As Christian values come under attack increasingly in our modern world, many parents wonder how to build the strong spiritual foundation their children will need to understand what is truly important in life. Today LeeAnn Mancini is joining me to talk about Raising Kids to Follow Christ! Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Don’t forget to check out Raising Boys to Men: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Raising and Homeschooling Boys Ways to connect with LeeAnn:  Raising Christian Kids To receive a bonus chapter for purchasing the book you can email Lee Ann at [email protected] Facebook Group: Raising Christian Kid Community Facebook Group
4/12/202439 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Heal From Church Hurt (Podcast 510)

I don’t think I know anyone who has been a believer for any length of time who hasn’t experienced a wound in their church life and experience. Some of these wounds are what I would call merely flesh wounds, but some are incredibly deep and can cause lasting damage.   I’ve heard from countless moms who have experienced this, including friends, and my own family.  It's easy to become bitter and cynical when it seems like we are the only army that wounds its own soldiers. However, I don’t think that is the whole story because that is not the God we serve and I can’t imagine that He would want us to stop at the point of our pain. But how do we heal? How do we trust again?    Today Wes joins me again, this time to talk about healing from church hurt.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word   Places I am speaking in 2024 The Toxic War on Masculinity by Nancy Pearcey Interview With Nancy Pearcey on The Spillover Podcast with Alex Clark Scriptures mentioned in this episode: Psalm 87:2 Acts 2:41 Matthew 16:18 Hebrews 10:24-27 Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato Are We Living in the Last Days? Living With Hope When the Church Says Things Are Only Going to Get Worse Jesus' Return: Revelation, the Mark of the Beast and the Anti-Christ Why We Can't Understand Beauty Without Morality How Should Believers Handle Suffering Listen to Wes' sermons here   Don’t forget to check out Raising Boys to Men: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Raising and Homeschooling Boys!
4/8/202454 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ways to Recognize and Honor Your Child's Personality (Podcast 509)

God uniquely designs each of our children and it’s so helpful to have a better understanding of those basic uniqueness to nurture best and grow them into who God created them to be.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Animals Personality Test Determining Your Child's Personality Type Discover Your Personality Profile Tips on Working Through Conflict With Other Believers Drive Thru Talking: An Effective Communication Tool Cautions on the Enneagram Hebrew 10:24 Col. 3:13 Don't forget to check out Raising Boys to Men on Amazon!
4/5/202439 minutes, 47 seconds
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Growing in Your Confidence as a Homeschooling Mom to Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers (Podcast 508)

Maybe you aren’t even thinking about your baby, toddler, or preschooler’s education, but chances are it has crossed your mind. If you are considering homeschooling, you may be wondering or even anxious about how you prepare yourself and your child for this. How early should you start and what should you do? DO NOT STRESS. It’s simpler than you think Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense (my.heritagedefense.org/access-the-vault) Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Essential in Early Education (Podcast episode) Learning All the Time by John Holt How Children Learn by John Holt Homeschooling With Littles: Why It Is Possible Homeschooling With Littles: Ways It Can Work Tips for Life with Littles  Tips for Disciplining Littles Help for the Overwhelmed Mom of Littles Nurturing Seedlings   Your One-Year-Old (First in the series of child development books) Matthew 11:28-30 MSG Don't forget to check out Raising Boys to Men on Amazon!
4/1/202436 minutes, 42 seconds
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Encouragement for Moms of Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers (Podcast 507)

As many of you know, we live on acreage with several of our kids and 6 of our grandkids ages 9 down to 2 mos. My daughter-in-law suggested that I revisit the baby, toddler, and preschool years. So this episode is both for new parents with littles and more experienced parents with littles who might want an encouraging refresher/reminder. Resources mentioned in this episode: Link to podcast episode search bar The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a free gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Book) Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Psalm 127, James 1:5-8 Podcast episodes mentioned: Who is Informing Our View of Family? One Practice That Can Transform Your Motherhood Journey Homeschooling With Littles: Why It Is Possible Homeschooling With Littles: Ways It Can Work Tips for Life with Littles  Tips for Disciplining Littles Help for the Overwhelmed Mom of Littles Nurturing Seedlings Your One-Year-Old (First in the series of child development books) When Your Boys Runs 'Hot' (Angry) Don't forget to check out Raising Boys to Men on Amazon!      
3/29/202442 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Reality Check on Homesteading (Podcast 506)

Homesteading has become very popular and with good reason. However, sometimes it's easy to see only the good and not the potential challenges that come with it. Today our oldest daughter and I talk about the challenges and the benefits of homesteading along with some pretty funny experiences we never saw coming when we decided to homestead! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a free gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Our Family's Homesteading Story  Homesteading Science Curriculum for Kids Planning Your Family Garden Don't forget to check out Raising Boys to Men available on Amazon!
3/25/202440 minutes, 45 seconds
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One Practice That Will Transform Your Motherhood Journey (505)

I’m excited to talk about one particular practice that has transformed my motherhood journey. It’s something I’ve mentioned off and on, but realized I needed to dedicate an entire episode to it! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Audio Book Raising Boys to Men Book If you purchase Raising Boys to Men you will receive a free gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem (a list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes!) CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Scriptures mentioned: Psalm 127:3-5 Genesis 33:5 Psalm 113:9 Matthew 18:2-5 Mark 10: 13-16 Matthew 21:15,16 Proverbs 29:17 Proverbs 20:7 ("The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them." Read in 3 translations) Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline A Biblical Perspective on Gentle Parenting Is It Really That Important for Our Kids to Obey Us? Don't forget to check out Raising Boys to Men available on Amazon!
3/22/202439 minutes, 42 seconds
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Tips for Working Through Conflict with Other Believers (Podcast 504)

Today I’m going to be sharing some simple, but very helpful tips that our family has recently learned to work through conflict with other believers (including extended family and adult children). Episodes mentioned: Podcast episode search bar How Believers Should Handle Suffering Nurturing Sibling Relationships (3 episodes) Is It Really That Important That Our Kids Obey Us? Drive Thru Talking: An Effective Communication Tool Scriptures mentioned: Romans 12:18 Hebrews 12:14 Galatians 6 Romans 8:28 Ephesians 4:1-3 Resources mentioned in this episode: If you purchase Raising Boys to Men March 5th or 6th you will receive a free gift! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men!   Places I am speaking in 2024 Podcasts and Radio shows I've been on recently: M.Is.For.Mama Parenting with Ginger Hubbard Little By Little Homeschool Schoolhouse Rocked Simple Farmhouse Life Homesteaders of America Dr. Nurse Mama Radio Show 670 KLTT (Denver, CO): Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14 @ 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 @ 3:30 p.m. Elevating Motherhood with Loribeth Auldridge More with Nikki Dutton The Unhurried Homeschooler audiobook is now available exclusively at durendawilson.com/audiobooks!!  
3/18/202440 minutes, 25 seconds
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Sustainable Healthy Eating for Moms With Trim Healthy Mama (Podcast 503)

It can be challenging as a mom to make sure that we are nourishing our bodies well throughout all the seasons of motherhood and womanhood. Trends come and go, but what we need is something that is sustainable. Today Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett are joining me to bring loads of encouragement for moms wanting to be healthy and vibrant for life! If you purchase Raising Boys to Men, you will receive a free printable of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Raising Boys to Men Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024 Ways to connect with Trim Healthy Mama  Trim Healthy Mama Private Community Trim Healthy Podcast & Talking to the Experts Series Audio Podcast On Apple Audio Podcast On Spotify   Youtube Podcast Talking to the Experts (Our New, popular series)  Free Book PDFs: Trim Healthy Plan (In a Nutshell) Trim Healthy Foundational Menu Trim Healthy Life & Metabolic Flexibility  Tools & Other: Watch the Trim Healthy Introduction Watch The Basics Recipes to Get you Started Group Study Plans for The Plan  Store & Products Shop Trim Healthy Heavy Lifting Tribe Healthy Membership with Pearl and Serene  Social Media Connect Facebook Group Instagram
3/15/202447 minutes, 27 seconds
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When Your Boy Runs Hot (Angry) (Podcast 502)

Most of us have at least one child who struggles with anger and often it is one of our boys.  Today our son, Luke, is chatting with me about his struggles with running 'hot', especially in his younger years. This episode will be such an encouragement to those of you who feel unsure of how to navigate life with a boy who struggles with anger.  If you purchase my new book, Raising Boys to Men, you will receive a printable list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Places I am speaking in 2024    
3/11/202448 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Importance of and Ways to Nurture the Grandchild/Grandparent Relationship - (Podcast 501)

This episode is not just for grandparents!  The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is an important one, not just practically speaking, but biblically speaking. There can be many reasons our kids don't have a more ideal relationship with their grandparents, but listen in to hear more about why it's important and ways to nurture this whether you are a parent or a grandparent! If you purchase my new book, Raising Boys to Men, you will receive a printable list of movies to watch with your boys that portray boys and men as heroes! Use this link to redeem: durendawilson.com/redeem CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Places I am speaking in 2024 The Role of Grandparents (my podcast episode) Gentle Encouragement for Mothers-in-Law (my podcast episode) Josh Mulvihill Website Discipling Your Grandchildren, Biblical Grandparenting, Equipping Grandparents (Books) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/8/202440 minutes, 24 seconds
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Raising Boys to Men (Podcast 500)

My new book, Raising Boys to Men, becomes available the day after this episode releases! This is also our 500TH episode and we just hit 3 million downloads. THANK YOU to all of you for being here. You are the reason this podcast exists. In honor of ALL these things, I am handing this episode off to Dr. Kathy Koch who will be asking me probing questions about what it looks like to grow strong, stable, healthy, masculine men! I hope you will join us for an encouraging conversation that will help inspire you to see your sons in a fresh and hopeful way, so you can raise the next generation of boys to be courageous men of faith and action. Resources mentioned in today's episode: If you purchase Raising Boys to Men March 5th or 6th you receive free access to The Unhurried Homeschooler Audiobook! Use this link: durendawilson.com/redeem CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  College Alternative: Excel College Podcast Episode The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Places I am speaking in 2024 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/4/202445 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is It Really That Important for Our Kids to Obey Us? (Podcast 499)

Often when I’m struggling with or praying over what to talk about on the podcast, God reminds me to go back to the basics. There are SO many parenting topics out there that we can listen to or read about that make it easy to forget the basics of biblical parenting.  So today I want to go back to the basics of the importance of requiring  obedience from our kids. CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! durendawilson.com/redeem (Use this link on March 5th or 6th to redeem your free audiobook of The Unhurried Homeschooler when you purchase Raising Boys to Men) Reactive Parenting Vs. Responsive Parenting Article on biblical obedience Eph. 6:1-4 Phil. 2:8 Matt. 16:24 John 14:15 Luke 6:46 Hebrews 12:5-11 Deut. 8:5 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/1/202433 minutes, 19 seconds
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Masculinity and Our Special Needs Boys (Podcast 498)

Today we are going to be talking about masculinity and our special needs boys. This is a topic I touch on in my new book, Raising Boys to Men because we want our special needs boys to experience manhood, but what might that look like and how do we encourage it? Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Called Beyond Adventures (Aby's family's non-profit that helps get special needs kids outdoors) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/26/202438 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why and How to Keep Our Little Boys Busy (Podcast 497)

I often hear moms complaining that their boys are being destructive and I have to wonder if they understand that it's actually our job to keep them busy certain degree.  So today we are going to talk about why and how to keep our little boys busy.  CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  Interview with Excel College The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word. Search over 500 of my podcast episodes here by using keywords Events where I am speaking in 2024 Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Fun activities to do with your kids Consumer Vs Producer Mindset Age-Appropriate Chore Chart Scriptures: Proverbs 14:23 Proverbs 6:6-8 Titus 3:14 Galatians 6:9 Ecclesiastes 9:10 Proverbs 16:2-3 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
2/23/202437 minutes, 43 seconds
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Getting Our Boys Outside (Podcast 496)

I often mention how important it is to get our kids outside, and boys especially have a strong need for this, but sometimes it can be challenging to figure out ways to do that.  Today Mark, from Trail Life USA, is here to talk about this and bring loads of encouragement for boy moms!   Resources mentioned in this episode: TrailLife USA Free book at Trail Life (Raising Godly Boys) Too Much Tubular (Book) CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men!   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/19/202433 minutes, 28 seconds
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Raising Amazing Kids (Podcast 495)

Everyone wants to raise amazing kids, but the cultural climate sometimes makes us wonder if this is even possible. Today Monica Swanson and I are chatting about what it looks like to raise kids with strong character! CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Resources mentioned in this episode: Raising Amazing Book Ways to connect with Monica  Raising Amazing Kids Book Monica’s Website Monica's Character Course Monica’s Social Media Links:   Instagram  Facebook (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/16/202436 minutes, 9 seconds
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How do I keep calm when it feels chaotic during the school day? (Podcast 494)

Our homeschool days can sometimes feel chaotic and if you're anything like me, you don't enjoy it! Today we are going to talk about ways to bring order when chaos erupts! CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book, Raising Boys to Men! Subscribe to Homeschooling Today Magazine Here! (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/12/202432 minutes, 19 seconds
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Boys and Peer Pressure (Podcast 493)

In the process of writing my book, a mom suggested that I should address the topic of peer pressure. I have a section in my book on that and thought it would be a great topic for today's podcast! CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Resources mentioned in this episode: Feeling Inadequate Thoughts on Feeling Inadequate Foundation Worldview College Alternatives: Excel College (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/9/202425 minutes, 43 seconds
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Let's Talk About Perimenopause/Menopause (Podcast 492)

Today I'm going to talk about the "change of life". I've had many moms reach out to me and want me to talk about it. I hesitated because I wasn't sure how much help I would actually be. This is such a unique journey for each of us, but I do think there are some principles to keep in mind and a few suggestions I would make based on my own experience. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book: Raising Boys to Men! Search Bar on the Podcast page of my website Podcast episodes mentioned: When Life Feels Overwhelming  How Should Believers Handle Suffering? Anxiety Episodes (#7,8,9, 36,67,72, 76,138, 185,192, 250, 285, 343) Finding Rest in the Lord Physically Finding Rest in the Lord Mentally Finding Rest in the Lord Emotionally Finding Rest in the Lord Spiritually  Trials and Afflictions Simple, Unhurried Word of God Episodes: The Sovereignty of God God's Goodness Complaining and Thankfulness God's Steadfast Lovingkindness The Good Shepherd Scriptures mentioned:  Proverbs 3:5-8 Lamentations 3:22-23 Other resources: Dutch Test with review (consultation) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/5/202445 minutes, 39 seconds
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How Should Believers Handle Suffering? (Podcast 491)

I wanted to take some time to talk about suffering because I know many of us are currently experiencing trials and tribulations that could easily undermine our faith and cause us to doubt the sovereignty and goodness of God. Suffering is hard. It can be exhausting and discouraging.  As believers must have a theology of suffering. In other words, we must know how to respond to suffering with faith. To know this, we have to be taught from the scriptures. Letting our faith impact our suffering changes everything and brings hope in the midst of what could otherwise destroy us. Today, Wes is back to talk about how believers should handle suffering. Resources mentioned in today's episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men!   Scripture passages about God's own suffering: Jer. 2:5-8 Isaiah 43:4-6 Ps. 56:8 Passages about God's purpose for us in suffering:  James 1:2-4 2 Corin. 12:6-7 2 Corin. 12: 8-9 1 Peter 1:6-7 2 Corin. 4:17 Hebrews 12:7-13   Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato Are We Living in the Last Days? Living With Hope When the Church Says Things Are Only Going to Get Worse Jesus' Return: Revelation, the Mark of the Beast and the Anti-Christ Why We Can't Understand Beauty Without Morality Listen to Wes' sermons here (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/2/202447 minutes, 13 seconds
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Book That Have Made Me Wiser - Better Late Than Early (Podcast 490)

Over the years I have read many books, but there are less than 10 that have impacted me the most and that I can say were defining books for me. I mentioned in a previous episode that during 2024, I would periodically share each of those books, and today I’m sharing THE book that impacted me the most when it comes to homeschooling. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore (I suggest you look at online used bookstores as it's becoming a rare book) Why We Need to Slow Down (Podcast episode) Learning to Trust Your Instincts(Podcast episode) The Inward Battle (Podcast episode) Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance? (Podcast episode) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
1/29/202432 minutes, 46 seconds
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Planning Your Family Garden (Podcast 489).mp3

Now is a great time to be thinking about the upcoming garden season and I'm excited to have Melissa K Norris from Homesteading Today with us to talk about the basics of planning a family garden! She is an awesome resource whether you are a newbie or a veteran gardener!   CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Ways to connect with Melissa: Facebook Instagram Pinterest YouTube The Family Garden (Book) Melissa K. Norris Website Modern Homesteading Conference Norris Farmstead (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/26/202453 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Much Should We Expect Our Kids to Help Out at Home (Podcast 488)

I recently received a message from a mom asking about how much she should expect her kids to help around the house. I realized that many of you might have the same question so I thought I’d dive into this topic today!  CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Proverbs 22:29 Galatians 6:6-9 Credit; https://www.flandersfamily.info/web/ (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/22/202428 minutes, 50 seconds
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When Life Feels Overwhelming (Podcast 488)

Feeling overwhelmed seems to be one of every mom’s greatest struggles as we navigate our many responsibilities. The reasons for feeling overwhelmed can be vast and varied, but whatever they are, today's podcast will encourage your heart! CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Excel Camp  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Isaiah 43:1-2 Hebrews 13:15 Psalm 118:11 Nehemiah 4:14 Psalm 42:5,6 Psalm 63:6-8 Exodus 16:11,12 Numbers 21:4-7 1 Thes. 5:18 Col 3:16 Romans 12:1-3 Simple, Unhurried Word of God: God's Sovereignty (podcast episode) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/19/202446 minutes, 49 seconds
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What If I Can’t Afford Expensive Curriculum (Podcast 486)

Today I want to talk about whether or not it matters if we can afford expensive curriculum. The real question we are asking is “Will our kids' education suffer?” Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Roxaboxen(The book I mentioned about kids creating their own outdoor civilization) Gather 'Round Homeschool Homeschooling Multiple Ages (podcast episode) Treehouse Schoolhouse Our CPS story Let's Talk About Curriculum (podcast episode) Essentials in Early Education (podcast episode) A Simple, Unhurried  Approach to Language Arts (Grades 1-8/podcast episode) A Simple, Unhurried Approach to Science in the Elementary Years A Simple, Unhurried Approach to High School Science My favorite math resource (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
1/15/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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Motherhood - Purpose or Performance (Podcast 485)

Today we are diving into helping to discern whether we are approaching motherhood with a purpose or a performance mentality.  We will talk about why being performance-driven can be so tempting and ways to change our thinking and ultimately bring more peace into our mothering.  Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense Our CPS Story The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Information on my new book,  Raising Boys to Men! Proverbs 22:6; Titus 2:4; Proverbs 29:15; Deut. 6:6,7; Psalm 127:3; 1 Sam. 16:7; Psalm 37:1-9; James 1:5-8; 1 Corin. 1:26-29;  Ditching the Comparison Trap for Good (Podcast episode) Our CPS Story (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
1/12/202432 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is Teaching Our Kids Manners Important (Podcast 484)

As we are goal-setting for the New Year, I thought sharing a word of caution from my perspective as a veteran mom would be a good idea. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Join the launch team for Raising Boys to Men: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Raising and Homeschooling Boys (February 19-March 5) Series on Nurturing Sibling Relationships The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict When Our Kids Interrupt Romans 12:10; Phil. 2:3, 4; 1 Timothy 5:1; Eph. 4:2; Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 2:4; 1 Thes. 5:16-18; Phil. 4:6,7; Col. 3:16, 17; Phil. 2:5-8; Matthew 10:26-28; Eph. 4:29; Phil 2:14-15;  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/8/202436 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Gentle Caution in Goal Setting (Podcast 483)

As we are goal-setting for the New Year, I thought sharing a word of caution from my perspective as a veteran mom would be a good idea. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math Heritage Defense The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Proverbs 17:12, 16:9 James 4:13-16 Finding Rest in the Lord podcast series: Finding Rest in the Lord Physically  Finding Rest in the Lord Mentally  Finding Rest in the Lord Emotionally Finding Rest in the Lord Spiritually (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/5/202418 minutes, 37 seconds
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Becoming Wise Women of God in 2024 (Podcast 482)

Because we live in a culture that gives us access to an infinite amount of information, we can sometimes make the mistake of thinking that we are wise, but there is a vast difference between knowledge and wisdom. I’ve been praying and pondering this episode for several weeks now as I wanted to start the New Year focused on what I believe is one of the most important goals that we as wives and moms can devote ourselves to and that is becoming wise women of God. Resources mentioned in this episode: Heritage Defense When CPS Comes to Your Door (podcast episode telling our story) CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly newsletter and get free access to my book; Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart Devotional Thoughts on Concerns About 2024 Psalm 107:34-43   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
1/1/202428 minutes, 4 seconds
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Simple Ways to Regroup as We Start the New Year (Podcast 481)

The holidays can leave us feeling disoriented and just plain tired. One of the most helpful things I've done over the years is to be intentional about regrouping for the New Year.  Today I'm sharing some simple practices that have helped us transition into January with more peace in our home! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Excel Camp  CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Thoughts on Concerns About 2024 My favorite meat stock recipe Amy Knapp Family Organizer (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/29/202327 minutes, 40 seconds
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Finding Rest in the Lord Spiritually (Podcast 480)

This is the final episode in my 4 part series on Finding Rest in the Lord. This episode is the thread that ties all the other episodes together because the ability to rest physically, mentally, and emotionally is directly tied to finding spiritual rest in the Lord.    Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Excel Camp (Select “Durenda Wilson” for $100 off the camp) The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly newsletter and get free access to my book; Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart Devotional Proverbs 4:23 Hebrews 3:7-4:11 Phil. 4:4-7 Psalm 116:7 Isaiah 28:12 Ephesians 2:8,9 Article on What is Spiritual Rest?   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/25/202322 minutes, 31 seconds
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Finding Rest in the Lord Emotionally (Podcast 479)

As women, our emotions can easily become the driving force in our lives. Although having emotions is one of the ways that we reflect the image of God, in our humanity, emotions make a horrible GPS and can lead us away from true rest.  Today we are going to be talking about finding rest in the Lord emotionally. What does it mean? What does it look like?  Resources mentioned in this episode:  The Excel Camp (Select “Durenda Wilson” for $100 off the camp) ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive access to my devotional: Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart Psalm 131 Why We Can't Understand Beauty Without Morality Romans 12:1,2 Don't Pursue Feelings, Pursue Christ (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
12/22/202329 minutes, 16 seconds
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Finding Rest in the Lord Mentally (Podcast 478)

American's mental health has taken a serious nosedive and much of it has to do with veering so far off course from God's ways. Today I'm talking about some of the things that can hinder us from resting in the Lord mentally along with effective remedies from God's word! Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Receive free access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Search bar for the podcast 2 Timothy 1:7 2 Corin. 10:5 Phil. 4:4-7 Matthew 11:28-30 The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan Article: Spend Time in Nature to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/18/202330 minutes, 6 seconds
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Finding Rest in the Lord Physically (Podcast 477)

I have often struggled to rest in the Lord, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. God often reminds me amid my struggles that I need to rest in Him but to rest is to trust and there are times my trust is almost non-existent. Today I am talking about some of the things that can hinder us from finding rest in the Lord physically and in the following episodes I'll be talking about finding rest in the Lord mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Resources mentioned in this episode: Excel College Camp (use "Durenda Wilson" for $100 off) ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   Receive free access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Search bar for the podcast Phil. 4:4-7 Article on the benefits of morning sunlight exposure The effects of sunlight on sleep Isaiah 40:11 Article on Sabbath rest (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/15/202335 minutes, 7 seconds
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God With Us and Why It Matters (Podcast 476)

This is my last Christmas episode. It is a short one, but one I think you will love because it nosedives into the heart of the season: God with us. It matters so much to our here and now. Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Receive free access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Knowing the Spirit by Costi Hinn Scriptures: Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23 Judges 6, Judges 14, Judges 15 1 Samuel 11 Numbers 24 Luke 1: 46-55 (The Magnificat) Acts 2:38, Eph. 1:13 John 14:26, 1 Corin. 3:16,17, Romans 15:13 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/11/202322 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mary’s Presence in the Life of Jesus Throughout Scripture (Podcast 475)

I thought it would be fun to do a flyover of the times that Mary is mentioned as being present in the life of Jesus. It seemed as though there might be some things about motherhood that could be discovered and there are! Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel College Camp (use "Durenda Wilson" for $100 off) ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Receive free access to Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: 31 Days in God's Word Reformation Study Bible Matthew Henry Commentary (I bought mine on eBay, but you can also find it online at biblegateway.com) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/8/202335 minutes, 36 seconds
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Our Family’s Favorite Christmas Food and Music (Podcast 474)

Last Christmas season I shared an episode on our family's favorite Christmas movies and favorite traditions. Today I'm sharing our family's favorite Christmas Foods and Music! I'm including a few of the recipes here along with a link to a Christmas playlist! Resources mentioned in this episode: Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Our Family's Favorite Christmas Movies Our Family's Favorite Christmas Traditions Wilson Family Christmas Playlist (Spotify) Unhurried Christmas Playlist (Spotify) RECIPES: Gen's (Jen's) Potatoes 10 large potatoes, cooked, drained, and blended with hand mixer. 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese 1 c sour cream 1/2-1 t garlic powder salt and pepper to taste (1 cube of butter melted/paprika) Beat all until fluffy and spread into a buttered 9x13 glass baking dish.  Drizzle with melted butter, sprinkle with paprika, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes if already warm and 40-60 minutes if refrigerated.    Curried Fruit 1 15 oz can of peaches, drained 1 15 oz can of pears, drained 1 15 oz can pineapple, drained Place fruit in a 9x13 glass baking dish Melt 1/3-1/2 c melted butter and add 1-2 t curry and 1/3-1/2 c brown sugar Drizzle over fruit and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes   Pecan Fudge Pie Use a basic recipe for Pecan Pie, but before you pour the filling into the pie shell, layer the bottom of the pie crust with 1 c chocolate chips, then pour the filling over top and bake.   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/4/202336 minutes, 32 seconds
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When Christmas Doesn’t Fit Into Your Budget (Podcast 473)

Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, but also very stressful. If you live on a limited budget (like most of us), you might be looking for ways to give this Christmas without breaking the bank! Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Gift in a Jar Ideas Fort Kit (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/1/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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When Our Kids Interrupt (Podcast 472)

Interrupting can be one of the more frustrating parts of parenting so I thought I'd address this topic with helpful suggestions and reasons why addressing this is so important! Resources mentioned in this episode: Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Nurturing Sibling Relationship Series (this is the first of 3) Scriptures mentioned in this episode: Hebrews 12:11 Proverbs 25:28 2 Timothy 1:7 1 Corin. 9:27 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/27/202329 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Role of Grandparents (Podcast 471)

It can be challenging to know what the role of grandparents actually is in the lives of their grandchildren.  Today I'm going to share my perspective based on experience, but also on God's word.   Resources mentioned in this episode: The Excel Camp (chose "Durenda Wilson" for $100 off) CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Gentle Encouragement for Mothers-in-Law Proverbs 17:6 Psalm 92:14 Proverbs 16:31 2 Timothy 1:5-7 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/24/202347 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Biblical Perspective on Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims (Podcast 470)

Domestic abuse is more common than we would like to think and homeschooling families are not immune that's why I wanted to address this topic in a way that would better equip us as wives and moms. Whether it's something that's happening in your home, you suspect it is happening to someone you know or you would just like to know more for future reference, this conversation is one you won't want to miss. With compassion and kindness, Darby Strickland brings much-needed biblical clarity to this topic. Resources mentioned in this episode: Called to Peace Ministries Is It Abuse?   ctcmath.com  The Excel Camp (Select "Durenda Wilson" for $100 off the camp!) The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/20/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Return to Play - Makes Parenting Easier and Preps Our Kids for the Future (Podcast 469).mp3

Not that long ago, time for unstructured play was naturally built into a child's daily rhythm. Today, it's something that we as parents have to fight for. As a mom to eight kids, I needed my kids to spend time playing each day, for their sake and for mine. Little did I know the incredible benefits that that simple daily ritual would yield. Today I'm chatting with Ginny Yurich from 1000 Hours Outside about the essential need our children have for play and the countless benefits both kids and parents experience from making this a priority! Resources mentioned in this episode: Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Ways to connect with Ginny:  1000 Hours Outside Until the Streetlights Come On   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/17/202348 minutes, 59 seconds
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Our Family’s Homesteading Story (Podcast 468)

A while back I talked about concerns I had about 2024. This episode ties into that message as I share an update on our family and answered prayers. I'll also be pulling our family experience from the past and seeing how God has tied it to our present. It really is amazing how He answers prayers in unexpected, but meaningful ways. I pray this will inspire you to keep trusting God for all things concerning your family and their future! Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel Camp (click "Durenda Wilson" for $100 off!) ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Search for Episodes on The Durenda Wilson Podcast The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year's Worth of Healthy and Sustainable Food by Melissa K Norris (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/13/202344 minutes, 1 second
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Homesteading Science Curriculum for Kids (Podcast 467)

More families than ever are interested in homesteading. Whether you are moving forward with this lifestyle, dreaming about it, or would simply like your kids to learn science, social science, and health in a very practical way, you won't want to miss today's episode! Resources mentioned in this episode:  ctcmath.com  Excel College The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Connect with Kody and Homestead Education: www.thehomesteadeducation.com Instagram (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
11/10/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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Why Anyone Can Homeschool (Podcast 466)

Have you doubted your ability to homeschool? Whether you are already homeschooling and could use some encouragement or simply thinking of homeschooling this is the episode for you! Today Nicki Truesdale and I have an encouraging conversation about why anyone can homeschool!  If I had to describe this episode in one word, it would be "FREEDOM"!! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  Excel College The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day nickitruesdell.com Facebook Instagram Anyone Can Homeschool Anyone Can Homeschool  (including Audible)  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/6/202340 minutes, 55 seconds
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Creating Seasonal Rhythms with Our Kids (Podcast 465)

The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year to take a break from the normal rhythms of homeschooling and really focus on seasonal rhythms like Advent.  Today we are going to be talking more about what seasonal rhythms are, why they are important, and how to find rhythms that are good for your family.  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  Excel College The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Lyndsey's connection information: COUPON CODE: DURENDAWILSONPODCAST15 Website: https://treehouseschoolhouse.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treehouse_schoolhouse/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treehouse.schoolhouse/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TreehouseSchoolhouse Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TSMotherhoodHomeschool/_shop/ (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/3/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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Hope for Women Grieving Miscarriage or Stillbirth (Podcast 464)

Grieving the loss of your baby to stillbirth or miscarriage can be lonely and agonizing. As most of you know, our family has experienced both: I’ve had 5 miscarriages, 2 of our daughters and one daughter-in-law have had miscarriages and our first grandson was stillborn, so we are no strangers to the overwhelming sorrow, loneliness, and fears that come with this kind of loss. Today I am praying that this episode can bring hope to those who have experienced this or know someone who has as Jackie Gibson tells her story and the biblical truths that she gleaned from her journey through the deep loss of her daughter, Leila. Resources mentioned in this episode: You're Still a Mother: Hope for Women Grieving Miscarriage or Stillbirth   ctcmath.com    The Unhurried Homeschooler   Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart   The Four-Hour School Day   Excel College    Deut. 3:27   Psalm 139:16   Job 38:4-5, 12, 16, 22   The Moon is Always Round (children's book on grief)   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/30/202346 minutes, 4 seconds
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My Miscarriage Journey (Podcast 463)

Almost every mom I know has had at least one miscarriage. The journey of grief that comes with miscarriage and stillbirth can be a lonely one so today I want to share our family's story.  In the next episode, I will be having a very tender and hopeful conversation with Jackie Gibbons who experienced a full-term still-birth.  Even if you've never been on this journey, these episodes will help you better walk with someone else who has. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day theexcelcamp.org and select “Durenda Wilson” for $100 off the camp. The Story of Isaac (3 episodes) Song: Sometimes He Calms the Storm performed by Scott Krippayne     Lyrics: All who sail the sea of faith Find out before too long How quickly blue skies can grow dark And gentle winds grow strong Suddenly fear is like white water Pounding on the soul Still we sail on knowing That our Lord is in control Sometimes He calms the storm With a whispered peace be still He can settle any sea But it doesn't mean He will Sometimes He holds us close And lets the wind and waves go wild Sometimes He calms the storm And other times He calms His child He has a reason for each trial That we pass through in life And though we're shaken We cannot be pulled apart from Christ No matter how the driving rain beats down On those who hold to faith A heart of trust will always Be a quiet peaceful place (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/27/202326 minutes, 14 seconds
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The War on Men (Podcast 462)

Today Professor Owen Strachan (IG: @profstrachan) and I are specifically addressing our role in the lives of our sons and husbands as we engage in the war on men that is raging in our culture. This war is very real and one that we must win because the future of society depends on it, but it's an uphill battle and we need regular doses of encouragement and that’s what you’re going to find on today’s episode! ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day theexcelcamp.org (select “Durenda Wilson” for $100 off the camp) The War on Men  Twitter Instagram (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/23/202339 minutes, 44 seconds
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Thoughts on Concerns About 2024 (Podcast 461)

I've had this nagging feeling that 2024 could bring a fair amount of upheaval in our country and maybe you've had the same feeling. This is why I thought it would be a good idea to drill down on this and look to God's word for wisdom in the upcoming days. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  Excel College Summer Leadership Camp The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   Verses mentioned in this episode: Proverbs 31:10-31 1 Peter 1:3-4 Zephaniah 3:17 Romans 15:13 Romans 12:12 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Romans 8:18 Romans 15:4 Lamentations 3:21-23 Psalm 46 (God laughs at the nations that war against Him)   Other related podcast episodes for more encouragement: Simple, Unhurried Word of God: God's Sovereignty How Knowing God's Character Can Relieve Anxiety Dealing with anxiety: living by faith in a toxic world Anxiety: Finding Comfort and Answers Anxiety: A Journey Toward Contentment Finding Hope in the Midst of the Storm Unhurried Grace: No Worries Guarding Our Hearts Tips for Reducing Anxiety Simple Unhurried Word of God Psalm 1 Heaven Rules: Take Comfort. Our God is in Control (book) by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Are We Living in the Last Days?   Living with Hope When the Church Says Things Will Only Get Worse    Jesus Return: Revelation, The Mark of the Beast and the Anti-Christ (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/20/202335 minutes, 24 seconds
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How do I Learn to ”Measure” Performance in a Homeschool Way? (Podcast 460).mp3

We all want to know if we are doing enough. We want a measuring stick to help reassure us that we are doing right by our kids. Today, Ashley Wiggers and I are talking about how to measure performance in a homeschool way!  I know you will be encouraged! Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/16/202320 minutes, 20 seconds
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Taking the Stress Out of Math (Podcast 459)

Do you find math a challenging subject when it comes to homeschooling? I’m excited to have Nadim El-Rahi here today to talk about CTC Math and what makes it unique and effective! Resources shared in today’s episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Homeschool Summit 2.0 (Free online homeschooling conference)   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/13/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Fresh Perspective on ADD/ADHD (Podcast 458).mp3

Is ADD/ADHD something that is affecting your family? Today we will be getting a fresh and encouraging perspective on this topic from Dr. Roger McFillin a clinical psychologist and host of the popular Radically Genuine Podcast!   Resources mentioned in this episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Dr. McFillin's Website Substack: https://drmcfillin.substack.com Instagram: Youtube: @radicallygenuine  https://www.youtube.com/@RadicallyGenuine   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/9/202357 minutes, 45 seconds
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Respect, Responsibility and Our Special Needs Kids (Podcast 457)

Do you find it challenging to parent your special needs child? Do you find yourself confused about how to discipline him or her since it seems that they need to be handled differently than your other children?    Are we as parents so distracted with our kids’ weaknesses and needs that we forget what God has called us to when it comes to biblical parenting?  (This episode is a great reminder whether you have special needs kids or not.) Resources shared in today’s episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Homeschool Summit 2.0 (Free online homeschooling conference) James 1 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Proverbs 22:6, 13:24, 23:13,29:15,17 2 Corinthians 12:14 2 Timothy 5:8 Ephesians 6:4 Ephesians 6:1 Col. 3:28 Parenting by God’s Promises by Joel Beeke (book) What Does the Bible Say About Parenting? (article) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/6/202329 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ways to Keep Our Families Healthy Through the Flu Season (Podcast 456)

Are you wondering what you can do to keep your family as healthy as possible through the winter months?    Today Elizabeth Parsons ( a former RN turned “crunchy”) also known as “Purely Parsons” on Instagram,  joins us to talk about ways to both prevent illness and address the symptoms using more natural approaches that encourage our bodies to heal themselves.    Resources mentioned in this episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart   Homeschool Summit 2.0 (Free online homeschooling conference)   Follow Elizabeth on IG: @purelyparsons   Elderberry Syrup Kits -https://www.purelyparsons.com/shop   Liquid Vitamin C & Zinc (Mary Ruths) - https://bit.ly/3Hshy2E CODE: PARSONS20 OR MROPARSONS20    Powdered C Salts - https://www.amazon.com/C-Salts-Buffered-Vitamin-Powder-4000mg/dp/B002K9N6Y6   Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil - https://www.greenpasture.org/product/fermented-cod-liver-oil-liquid/   Recipe for Bone Broth - https://www.purelyparsons.com/post/homemade-bone-broth   Throat Coat - https://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/products/throat-coat-tea   Earthley Wellness Cough B Gone - https://www.earthley.com/ref/Purelyparsons/ CODE: PURELY10   Wellements Cough Syrup - https://wellements.com/collections/sniffles/products/organic-nighttime-childrens-cough-mucus-syrup   Homeopathic remedies: Chest All (cough) - https://boironusa.com/product/chestal-cold-cough/ Oscillococcinum (for flue symptoms)- https://boironusa.com/product/oscillo/   Therapeutic Essential oil blends available at Purely Parsons in late October! Be sure to check back!    (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/2/202344 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Importance of Asking Our Kids Questions (Podcast 455)

Do you ask your kids lots of questions? This is one of the best things I did with our kids as we raised and homeschooled them. We have an unusual opportunity to really know our kids and gather important information that can help us guide, direct, teach, and encourage them.  In today’s episode, we will be drilling down on both the importance of asking questions and ways to do that.  Resources shared in today’s episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Homeschool Summit 2.0 (Free online homeschooling conference) Prompta Conversation Cards(Use this link for a discount) Proverbs 20:5 The Physical Benefits of Homeschooling The Mental Benefits of Homeschooling The Emotional Benefits of Homeschooling The Spiritual Benefits of Homeschooling College Alternatives: Excel College (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/29/202320 minutes, 15 seconds
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Teaching Our Kids the Attributes of God (Podcast 454)

Have ever wondered how to truly instill in your child the truth about who God is? A person’s view of God affects their entire life. The view of God that our kids have will likely determine whether they will embrace biblical Christianity for themselves or not. Imparting this knowledge is an essential, not optional part of parenting our kids in the faith.  But what does that look like with feet on the ground? Where do we start? How young do we start?  Today I’ve invited Elizabeth Urbanowicz from Foundation Worldview to answer these and other questions.  Resources shared in today’s episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Foundation Worldview: The Attributes of God Foundation Worldview (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/25/202329 minutes, 51 seconds
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College Alternatives: Alert Academy (Podcast 453)

We have all been repeatedly told that the traditional college setting is the only path to success but the truth is that it is all but obsolete. Only one of our kids went the college route, but all have been successful with or without college. I have a series of podcast episodes where I interviewed each of our grown kids who shared their journey after high school. (I’ll leave links below.) This year, I’ve spoken at 9 homeschool conferences and I’ve noticed more and more alternatives being offered for high school graduates so I decided to start a series of episodes I will share periodically called, "College Alternatives"! My guest today is Colonol Jesse Boulden from Alert Academy! Resources shared in today’s episode:    ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now:  Brittney Jenna Jake Ben Luke Sam Website: https: //alertacademy.com/ Admissions/application: https://alertacademy.com/admissions/ Training calendar: https://alertacademy.com/training/calendar/ Tuition/fees: https://alertacademy.com/admissions/tuition-fees/ Financial Aid: https://alertacademy.com/admissions/financial-aid/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alertacademy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alertacademy/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/alertacademy  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/22/202333 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Biblical Perspective on Gentle Parenting (Podcast 452)

Have you embraced the principles of Gentle Parenting? Have you had reservations or doubts about it and wondered how it aligns with God’s word? Wes is back on the podcast today to square up the central tenets of Gentle Parenting with the scriptures and clarify this sometimes confusing parenting advice! (WE HAD SOME TROUBLE WITH THE AUDIO, WHICH IS UNUSUAL FOR US, BUT HOPE YOU ALL WILL BEAR WITH US. THE CONTENT IS WORTH IT!) Resources mentioned in this episode::  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Responsive Vs Reactive Parenting Scriptures: Psalm 103:13-14 Hebrews 4:15 Colossians 3:5 Proverbs 22:6 Hebrews 12:7-11 Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato Are We Living in the Last Days? Living With Hope When the Church Says Things Are Only Going to Get Worse Jesus' Return: Revelation, the Mark of the Beast and the Anti-Christ Why We Can't Understand Beauty Without Morality Listen to Wes' sermons here (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/18/202339 minutes, 56 seconds
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Nurturing Mother-Daughter Relationships (Podcast 451)

Are you wondering if there are more or better ways you can nurture your relationship with your daughter? Today we are going to be talking about nurturing mother-daughter relationships and I’ve invited my second daughter, Jenna, to talk about this with me. She and I seemed to butt heads more than I did with her two sisters and yet, by God's grace we have a healthy happy adult relationship. Resources shared in today’s episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships  Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/15/202345 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Spiritual Benefits of Homeschooling (Podcast 450)

Are we actually taking advantage of some of the most important benefits of homeschooling?  This is the fourth in my series on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of homeschooling (each in separate podcast episodes).  Today we are going to talk about the spiritual benefits of homeschooling.  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course The Physical Benefits of Homeschooling The Mental Benefits of Homeschooling The Emotional Benefits of Homeschooling Taking the Overwhelm Out of Family Worship The Reality of Motherhood and Devotions The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships  Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict How to Find a Biblical Church Why We Can't Understand Beauty Without Morality Finding Goodness and Beauty in Our Own Lives Education: Does God Have an Opinion? (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/11/202335 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hard Isn’t the Same Thing as Bad (Podcast 449)

It’s hard to imagine that hardship could be something good, but that’s what we will be covering today! I’m super excited to have Abbie Halberstadt (M is for Mama) back on the podcast to talk about her brand new book,“Hard isn’t the Same Thing as Bad”!  Resources mentioned in this episode: Hard isn't the Same Thing as Bad (Amazon) Hard isn't the Same Thing as Bad (Abbie's website) ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/8/202353 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Emotional Benefits of Homeschooling (Podcast 448)

Are we actually taking advantage of some of the most important benefits of homeschooling?  This is the third in my series on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of homeschooling (each in separate podcast episodes).  Today we are going to talk about the emotional benefits of homeschooling.  It’s important to raise kids who are emotionally intelligent, but often we don’t realize what a huge benefit homeschooling can be to help us do this.  Listen in and be encouraged!  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Health Benefits of Homeschooling Research on Emotional/Social Health of Homeschoolers Research facts on homeschooling  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/4/202331 minutes, 55 seconds
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When CPS Comes to Your Door (Podcast 447)

Have you ever wondered what you would do if CPS showed up at your door? This happened to our family a little over a year ago and today I’m telling our story. Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/1/202338 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Mental Benefits of Homeschooling (Podcast 446)

Are we really taking advantage of some of the most important benefits of homeschooling? This is the second in my series on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of homeschooling (each in separate podcast episodes). Today we are going to talk about the mental benefits of homeschooling. Most of us are aware that children's mental health (on average) is rapidly declining, but homeschooling gives us an unprecedented opportunity to nurture our children's mental health in the ways that God designed and ways that truly benefit them! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Physical Benefits of Homeschooling Homeschooling Through a Crisis Essentials in Early Education Episodes on discipline: Why Discipline? Homeschooling: Be the Parent Taming the 'Tude In Your Kids Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Practical Discipline Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/28/202330 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Reality of Motherhood and Devotions (Podcast 445)

Do you feel guilty about the fact that your quiet time with the Lord is often cut short, non-existent, or that it doesn't look like it did before kids?  Join me today as we drill down on this topic, kicking condemnation to the curb while still remaining faithful to the Lord in this area! Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Hebrews 4:14-16 Ephesians 6:10-18 Proverbs 14:1 Psalm 127:1 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
8/25/202324 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Physical Benefits of Homeschooling (Podcast 444)

In the busyness of starting a new school year, have you forgotten some of the benefits of choosing this lifestyle for our families? Today we are going to be reminded of some of the physical benefits of homeschooling and I’ll cover the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits in future episodes! Resources shared in today’s episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/21/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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College Alternatives: Excel College (Podcast 443).mp3

We have all been repeatedly told that the traditional college setting is the only path to success but the truth is that it is all but obsolete. Only one of our kids went the college route, but all have been successful with or without college. I have a series of podcast episodes where I interviewed each of our grown kids who shared their journey after high school. (I’ll leave links below.) This year, I’ve spoken at 9 homeschool conferences and I’ve noticed more and more alternatives being offered for high school graduates so I decided to start a series of episodes I will share periodically called, "College Alternatives". Resources shared in today’s episode:  Excel College ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now:  Brittney Jenna Jake Ben Luke Sam   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/18/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Teaching Our Kids Discernment in a Dangerous World (Podcast 442)

The world can feel like a scary place, but children need to feel safe and secure rather than growing up scared or sheltered from potential dangers. Today, Julie Lowe, a counselor, mom, and author, shares some ways that we can teach the safety skills that will help protect our kids from mistreatment, unsafe situations, violence, bullying, cybercrimes, predatory behavior, sexting, abuse and other kinds of danger they might encounter.    This episode is full of wisdom and practical ideas!   Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Safeguards by Julie Lowe (Amazon) Safeguards by Julie Lowe (New Growth Press)   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/14/202330 minutes, 18 seconds
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Reactive Parenting Vs Responsive Parenting (Podcast 441)

As a veteran mom, I’ve seen many trends in parenting come and go and they seem to lean extremely toward either permissive or authoritative parenting styles that pendulum swing back and forth based on a reaction to the other side.    As Christian parents, it’s essential that stay focused on Biblical parenting, regardless of the latest trends.  Resources shared in today’s episode:  ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations  Let’s Talk About Biblical Discipline Who Is Informing Our View of Family?  Let’s Talk About Discipline A Call Home: The Biblical Importance of Family Ginger Hubbard Parenting Podcast  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/11/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ways to Teach Writing in a Natural Way (Podcast 440).mp3

Have you ever wondered if there was an easy, more natural way to teach your kids to write? This is today’s podcast topic! ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Homeschooling Today Three-part series of articles Kay wrote on the paradigm shift we need as we approach teaching writing: Spring 2022: https://digital.homeschoolingtoday.com/issue/spring-2022/learning-naturally/ Summer 2022: https://digital.homeschoolingtoday.com/issue/summer-2022/learning-naturally/ Autumn 2022: https://digital.homeschoolingtoday.com/issue/autumn-2022/learning-naturally/ (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/7/202338 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ways to Move Toward a More Christ-Centered Marriage (Podcast 439)

I think it’s safe to say that we all want strong, healthy marriages, but the truth is that the best way for that to happen is for our marriages to be Christ-centered. Today Scott LaPierre is back to help us discover ways to move toward more Christ-centered marriages. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Classical Conversations A Biblical Perspective on Finances Scott's website: Scott LaPierre - Pastor, Author, and Christian Speaker on Marriage Scott's free book: FREE copy of Biblical Insights for Christ-Centered Marriages (scottlapierre.org) Your Finances God's Way: Your Finances God's Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money (scottlapierre.org) Your Finances God's Way workbook: Your Finances God's Way Workbook: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money (scottlapierre.org) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/4/202341 minutes, 40 seconds
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Finding Goodness and Beauty in Our Own Lives (Podcast 438)

Have you ever found yourself doubting whether your work at home is meaningful? Have you ever really thought about how much goodness and beauty are in your life as it is?    After my recent conversation with Wes (last episode), I kept thinking of the practical applications of his message, so I'm sharing those thoughts in this episode! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Episodes mentioned on disciplining/training our children: Homeschooling: Be the Parent Taming the 'Tude in Your Kids Let's Talk About Discipline Practical Discipline Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Other episodes mentioned: The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict Tomato Staking: A Relational Parenting Tool Two great reading lists (there are more online, but I trust these sources) The Read-Aloud Family Honey for a Child's Heart The Unlikely Homeschool: Top Booklist Scriptures shared: Proverbs 29:17 Hebrews 12:11 Proverbs 29:15 Hebrews 12:6 Psalm 19:14 Colossians 3:8 Matthew 5:9 Psalm 34:14 Hebrews 12:14 James 3:17 Ephesians 5:22-24 1 Peter 3:7 Hebrews 13:2 1 Peter 4:9 Romans 12:13 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/31/202347 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why We Can’t Understand Beauty without Morality (Podcast 437)

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder? In other words, is beauty subjective or objective and how does this speak to homeschooling our kids?    Today Wes is joining me again to help us get a biblical perspective on this very important question as we raise the next generation.    Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations   Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato Are We Living in the Last Days? Living With Hope When the Church Says Things Are Only Going to Get Worse Jesus' Return: Revelation, the Mark of the Beast and the Anti-Christ     (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/28/202348 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Plan to Help Christians Get Their Kids Out of Public School (Podcast 436)

Taking the leap out of public school can feel overwhelming for many parents who never thought they would even consider it. But what if there was a plan in place that would provide everything a parent needed to bridge that gap? Today Gena Suarez (owner of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine) is here to share an exciting and doable exit plan that allows churches to help families get their kids out of public school! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Northern California Homeschool Convention July 21, 22 School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Classical Conversations churchschoolhouse.com (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/24/202338 minutes, 2 seconds
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Education: Does God Have an Opinion? (Podcast 435)

Education is on the minds of parents now more than ever. With the push to teach Critical Race Theory and the LBGTQ agenda, parents are scrambling to make educational decisions that will protect their children.   But was there even a day when our education system was neutral? Is this even possible? More importantly, what does GOD have to say about all of this? Have you ever wondered if God actually has an opinion when it comes to education? Do you believe that education can, in fact, be neutral?  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Northern California Homeschool Convention July 21, 22 School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Classical Conversations Ways to connect with Israel:  Family Renewal Pitchin' a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting Family Renewal Podcast Raising Them Up Facebook page Previous episodes with Israel: Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting The Dangers of School Choice (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/21/202341 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why Margin Not Money Matters in Finding Our Kids’ Interests (Podcast 433)

A mom reached out to me asking if there was a way she could hone in on her children's interests, giftings, etc. without paying for expensive lessons, classes, etc.  My answer is an absolute "Yes!"  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Northern California Homeschool Convention July 21, 22 School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Classical Conversations (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
7/17/202332 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ways to Use Summer to Reconnect with Your Kids (Podcast 433)

Summer can be a great time to reconnect with our kids outside of day-to-day homeschooling. It's also an opportunity to refresh our own souls as moms. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Northern California Homeschool Convention July 21, 22 School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Refresh by Shona Murray Podcast episodes with Shona Murray: Moving From Burnout to a Grace-Paced Life Part 1 Moving From Burnout to a Grace-Paced Life Part 2 The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan Choosing Rest by Sally Breedlove A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 Classical Conversations (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
7/14/202331 minutes, 50 seconds
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Taking the Overwhelm Out of Family Worship (Podcast 432)

We all know that God calls us to worship on Sundays with other believers, but we are also biblically called to disciple our children and part of that means worship(time in the word and prayer with our kids) should be a daily practice. This can feel very intimidating and bring with those feelings an intense fear of failure that can keep us from enjoying the blessings that God intended family worship to be. Today Steve Demme is joining me to talk with us about ways to take the overwhelm out of family worship! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Steve Demme website: Building Faith Families  (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/10/202339 minutes, 52 seconds
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Teaching Our Kids Diligence (Podcast 431)

Are your kids struggling with diligence? Are you wondering what diligence is or looks like or how to encourage it? Join me as I tackle this topic that impacts our daily lives and our children's future. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th Proverbs 10:4, 13:4 Colossians 3:23 Galatians 6:9 Proverbs 12:24 ! Corinthians 15:58 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:2 Deut. 4:9 Heroes of the Faith (YWAM series) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
7/7/202336 minutes, 40 seconds
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Thoughts on Comparing Ourselves With Others (Podcast 430)

Do you find yourself tempted to compare yourself with others or your family with others? In today's episode, we are going to dive into what God's word has to say about comparing. The purpose is to reorient our hearts toward what is true so that we can experience the peace that only God can give us in a world that is constantly comparing! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course School @Home Symposium, Prosser WA July 29th (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/3/202328 minutes
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Teaching Our Kids Timeliness (Podcast 429)

Are your kids struggling to be timely in their chores? In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing the importance of timeliness and some ways to train our kids to do their work in a timely way. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Numbers 23:19 Matthew 5:37, 12:36 Psalm 15:1-4 Proverbs 20:25, 25:14 (More on Tomato Staking: A Relational Parenting Tool) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/30/202333 minutes, 44 seconds
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Thoughts on Feeling Inadequate (Podcast 428)

One of the most common struggles every mom deals with is feeling inadequate. It happens frequently and can become overwhelming. When we feel this way, it’s easy to grasp the first “comfort” we can find without actually drilling down further and finding our answers in God’s word. This will be an ongoing battle unless we stand firmly on the truth God has for us. Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/26/202344 minutes, 45 seconds
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Does Homeschooling Have to All Day? (Podcast 427)

Thinking that schoolwork is an all-day event is a myth that keeps some parents from considering home education. But even for those who have made the decision to homeschool, there can be a nagging feeling that if we aren’t hitting the books well past lunchtime, we can’t possibly be giving our kids a complete education.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Join Ashley Wiggers (Homeschooling Today) and me as we talk about why school doesn't have to take all day! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
6/23/202323 minutes, 29 seconds
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Creating a Homeschool Community (Podcast 426)

Are you looking or have you struggled to find a homeschool community that is a good fit for your family? Today we are going to talk about ways to find or create your homeschool community and why it’s essential! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Homeschool life: Can find groups and co-ops in your area!  Link for Northern California Homeschool Convention  Schoolhouse Discoveries: Unit study groups  Wild and Free: Nature Groups  Free Forest School: Preschool Nature Groups  American Heritage Girls Trail Life (Let boys be boys!) Band (app to create groups) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/19/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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Living Gluten and Dairy Free With Kids (Podcast 425)

Are you finding that gluten and dairy are (or could be) issues for you or your kids? It can be challenging to make the transition when we are just making the change for ourselves, but there can be even more challenges when we are trying to do this with kids. Today we are going to be talking about living gluten and dairy free with kids and including some great resources! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations  Recommended Snacks: Country Archer beef sticks (also at Costco) Rule Breaker bites (Amazon) Simple Mills crackers (also at Costco) Real Food From The Ground Up- crackers, chips, pretzels (Amazon) Epic bars (Amazon/sometimes Costco) Awsum quinoa puffs (Amazon) Granola Bar Recipe  Recommended Cookbooks: Easy Allergy-free Cooking by Kayla Cappiello (Amazon) The Everything Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Cookbook by Audrey Roberts (Amazon/possibly used book website) Baked to Perfection by Katarina Cermelj  (Amazon/possibly used book website) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/16/202348 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ways to Effectively Study Your Bible (Podcast 424)

We all know we need to be in the Word, but have you ever doubted whether or not you know how to effectively study it? Today we are going to be talking about how to do just that and including some helpful tools! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Lydia Brownback website and books My favorite study Bible Let’s Study Series by Banner of Truth Tim Challies Read Through the Bible at Your Own Pace Ligonier.com (Updated commentary recommendations) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
6/12/202332 minutes, 37 seconds
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How the Love of Christ Frees Us From Self Focus (Podcast 423)

Have you ever noticed that the more we focus on ourselves, the more miserable we become? But is it wrong to be concerned about self-improvement? Today Lydia Brownback joins me to help us discern where our focus should be and why. Instead of settling for the counterfeit, we want to recognize where to find real joy and life so we can serve our families well.  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Classical Conversations Lydia Brownback website and books (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/9/202336 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Biblical Perspective on Finances (Podcast 422)

Finances can be a huge topic of disagreement in marriage. In fact, it is often listed as the number one marital issue. Does the Bible have anything to say about finances? Today we are going to be talking about gaining a biblical perspective when it comes to money. (We are even including some free resources!) Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Scott's website: Scott LaPierre - Pastor, Author, and Christian Speaker on Marriage Scott's free book: FREE copy of Biblical Insights for Christ-Centered Marriages (scottlapierre.org) Your Finances God's Way: Your Finances God's Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money (scottlapierre.org) Your Finances God's Way workbook: Your Finances God's Way Workbook: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money (scottlapierre.org)  (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/5/202348 minutes, 2 seconds
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Are We Gossiping When We Speak Negatively About Our Children (Podcast 420)

I recently had a mom reach out to me with some thoughts and an excellent question that I think is important for us to take a few minutes to think through and then, as always, go to the scriptures for our direction.   Are we gossiping about our kids when we talk negatively about them?    Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations James 1:26 1 Corin. 10:13 Jeremiah 17:9 Psalm 139:23,24 James 3: 1-12 James 1:5-8 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
5/29/202327 minutes, 41 seconds
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Life After Graduation for Your Homeschooler (Podcast 421)

Have you ever wondered what life after graduation can or should look like for your young adult specifically if they are choosing not to go to college? How do priorities and expectations shift in this next season? We have walked through this season with 8 kids and you can hear how that worked for each of the oldest 6 in the episodes listed below.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Brittney Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Jenna Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Jake Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Ben Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Luke Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now: Sam (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/26/202325 minutes, 1 second
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My Favorite High School Science Resource (Podcast 419)

I’m really excited to share our family’s favorite high school science resource! Science is not my forte, so high school science felt particularly intimidating to me. The 101 Series was an absolute life-saver! It was thorough without being overwhelming and was something our high schoolers could do pretty much completely on their own!    Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations The 101 Series (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/26/202345 minutes, 40 seconds
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What I Have Learned About Autism So Far (Podcast 418)

Many of you know that our youngest son was diagnosed with Autism last fall. I knew since he was very young that he was likely on the spectrum, but he continued to progress in his development so we never had him evaluated. Some significant changes happened in him about a year ago which led us to finally seek a diagnosis.  Today I am sharing our journey with you along with some things I have learned over the last year that you may find helpful if you have a child that may be on the spectrum, have one on the spectrum, or know someone with a child on the spectrum, or want to learn more so you can have a better understanding.  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Please note that the products and links to health products I have mentioned in the podcast and here are simply things that have helped us. Each of you must decide for yourselves if these are a good fit for you or your child. Also, I receive no money for sharing them.  Anovite LimuZ  Great Plains Labs (now called Mosaic Diagnostics) More on a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 Healing the New Childhood Epidemics by Kenneth Bock (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
5/22/202350 minutes, 14 seconds
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Teens and Social Media Pressure (Podcast 417)

Today we are addressing some important questions regarding teens and social media and ways to help our teens process the nuances of it in a biblical way. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Ways to connect with John: Reformed Youth Ministries Social Media Pressure: Finding Peace Alongside Jesus (devotional) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
5/19/202337 minutes, 57 seconds
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Finding Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture (Podcast 416)

As mainstream culture grows more hostile toward the Bible’s truths and those who embrace them, Christians will face mounting pressures from family, friends, media, academia, and government to change and even abandon their beliefs. However, these challenges also create abundant opportunities to stand strong for Christ and shine a light to those hurt by the darkness of our day.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Ways to connect with Natasha: Faithfully Different (Natasha's latest book) Natasha Crain Podcast Unshaken Faith Podcast with Alisa Childers (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
5/15/202335 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why Motherhood Can Be Hard (Podcast 415)

Today I want to talk about some of the reasons that motherhood can be hard because we all agree that it CAN be hard. However, as believers, we divert from the culture’s thinking when we drill down on WHY it can be hard and we use God’s word to find the answers. Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email and receive a free digital download of Encouraging a Homeschooling Heart ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations 1 Peter 5:6-10 Deut. 4:8,9 Psalm 128:5-6 Genesis 45:10 1 Corin. 10:13 Hebrews 12:5-11 Psalm 103:13,14 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/12/202338 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ways to Help Keep Our Kids in the Faith (Podcast 414)

We know it’s important to teach our kids biblical truth, but it can be challenging to know when to start. Today Natasha Crain is here to explain apologetics, why it matters so much for parents today, when to start, and how to incorporate it into daily life! Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email https://www.durendawilson.com/subscribe ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Ways to connect with Natasha Crain: natashacrain.com The Natasha Crain Podcast Unshaken Faith Podcast (with Alisa Childers) Books by Natasha (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/8/202332 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Steadfast Love of The Lord That Anchors Our Souls (Podcast 413)

Today we are diving into Psalm 33. There is so much that applies to us as moms in the particular days that we live in. I hope you will find the encouragement that I found in this Psalm as we focus on the steadfast love of God! Resources mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to my monthly email here ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations Blog posts mentioned Motherhood and Politics Reformation Study Bible (Condensed) End Times podcast episodes: Are We Living in the Last Days? Living With Hope When the Church Says Things Will Only Get Worse Jesus’ Return: Revelation, Mark of the Beast, and the Antichrist (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/5/202327 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Rebellion Against Mediocre Motherhood (Podcast 412)

M is for Mama has been read by countless moms and provides timely encouragement toward resiliency in motherhood. Today the author, Abbie Halberstadt joins me in a lively, challenging, inspiring and very real conversation as we call out mediocrity in motherhood and exchange it for something so much better! Between the 2 of us we have 18 kids, so we are speaking from a place of knowing what it’s like to be in the trenches, but also where real help actually comes from! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh  Classical Conversations   Ways to connect with Abbie: Instagram: facebook.com/misformama Blog: misformama.net M is for Mama Podcast   M Is for Mama Book Hard Is Not the Same Thing as Bad pre-order The Gentleness Challenge e-book
5/1/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Fresh Perspective on Healing and Preventing Cancer (Podcast 411)

I doubt any of us haven’t been touched by cancer in some way.  For most it feels like a hopeless and helpless diagnosis.  Chris Work joins us today to share a fresh and hopeful perspective on healing and preventing cancer!  Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh  Classical Conversations   Chris is the author of the national bestseller Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally, published by Hay House in 2018. His second book, Beat Cancer Daily: 365 Days of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Action Steps to Survive and Thrive, was published by Hay House in 2020.  His third book, Beat Cancer Kitchen: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based Anticancer Recipes was published by Hay House on November 16th, 2021. Chris is also the creator of the SQUARE ONE Cancer Coaching Program, which has been shared with over 1 million people globally since 2017. Beat Cancer Kitchen: https://amzn.to/3eUTSGg Chris Beat Cancer: https://amzn.to/2WX834M Beat Cancer Daily: https://amzn.to/2JukTUL Square One Program: https://sq1.chrisbeatcancer.com/own     (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
4/28/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nurturing Your Family’s Faith Through God’s Creation (Podcast 410)

Learning happens best through hands-on experiences and one of the best ways to nurture our family’s faith is through God’s creation! Today Eryn Lynum and I talk about how the Bible and nature are connected, how spending time outdoors can strengthen the faith of our families, how experiences in nature can show our kids absolute truths in a society prone to relativism,  and more!  Even if your family isn’t “outdoorsy”(Eryn wasn’t either) you’ll find some great tips and truths in today’s episode! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh Mini-Con (Boston, MA) Classical Conversations Rooted in Wonder (Book) Rooted in Wonder (Book on Amazon) Nature Lessons Rooted in the Bible Podcast    (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/24/202339 minutes, 40 seconds
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Jesus Return: Revelation, Mark of the Beast, and the Antichrist (Podcast 409)

The study of the end times can be confusing and overwhelming, but Wes and I have attempted to share some nuts and bolts on this topic. Last week we shared an episode titled Are We Living in the Last Days? On Monday we shared another called: Living with Hope When the Church Says It’s Only Going to Get Worse. Our intention in doing these episodes was to present another biblical perspective on the end times that many have not heard about because we have never been taught anything different.  To clarify, there are 3 basic views on end times: Premillennialism (which is what almost all of us have been taught exclusively or simply watched the "Left Behind" series) Amillennialism, and Postmillennialism. Prior to about 100 years ago all three views were known to and held by the church and her theologians. I think that is worth noting. This means that throughout all of church history, believers were knowledgeable about all three perspectives. Only in the last 100 years has Premillennialism been so widely embraced. I don’t know about you, but that alone gives me a reason to pause.  Today we are answering questions that arose from our previous discussions by sharing the Postmillennialism perspective on Revelation, the Mark of the Beast, and the Anti-Christ. This will wrap up this three-part series on this topic. Resources mentioned in this episode:   ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh  Classical Conversations The Last Days According to Jesus-RC Sproul Last Days Madness-Gary DeMar Victory in Jesus-Greg Bahnsen Postmillennialism Made Easy-Kenneth Gentry Revelation: Four Views, A Parallel Commentary-Steve Gregg (this resource shows the historical interpretations of the text without trying to lean one way or the other. It's a popular level commentary) Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato Link to Christ Church messages In case this reference was confusing to anyone: Wait. What? TWO Virgin Births? (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/21/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 26 seconds
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Living with Hope When the Church Says Things Will Only Get Worse (Podcast 408)

I've always struggled with the idea that we are living in the last days. I couldn't really put my finger on why because although I had heard several sermons on the end times, none of it really ever made a lot of sense to me. It all seemed complicated and over my head. However, over the last few years, I have explored this area more deeply and found hope that I never expected.  (Please note that I do NOT believe this is a salvation issue. Wherever you land on this topic doesn't change your eternity. I will say though that where you stand on it may very well affect your daily life more than you think) Today Wes joins me to take what we talked about in the last episode a step further to answer how and why this perspective affects our daily lives as wives and moms. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh Mini-Con (Burlington, MA) Classical Conversations Verses shared and resources for further study on the end times: Ephesians 1:18-23 Matthew 28:18-19 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 Judges 2:1-3 Joshua 7 (whole chapter) The Last Days According to Jesus-RC Sproul Last Days Madness-Gary DeMar Victory in Jesus-Greg Bahnsen Postmillennialism Made Easy-Kenneth Gentry Revelation: Four Views, A Parallel Commentary-Steve Gregg (this resource shows the historical interpretations of the text without trying to lean one way or the other. It's a popular level commentary) Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/17/202343 minutes, 1 second
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Are We Living in the Last Days? (Podcast 407)

I've always struggled with the idea that we are living in the last days. I couldn't really put my finger on why because although I had heard several sermons on the end times, none of it really ever made a lot of sense to me. It all seemed complicated, over my head, and quite frankly, pessimistic.  However, over the last few years, I have explored this area more deeply and found hope that I never expected.  (Please note that I do NOT believe this is a salvation issue. Wherever you land on this topic doesn't change your eternity. I will say though that where you stand on it may very well affect your daily life more than you think) Today Wes joins me to answer the question, "Are We Living in The Last Days?" You will NOT want to miss this one! (Or the next one where we talk about what this means for us on a practical level as wives and moms) Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Refresh Ministries Parenting/Homeschooling Mini-Con (Burlington, MA) Classical Conversations Hebrews 8:13 Hebrews 9:8-10 Acts 2:14-21 Hebrews 1:1-2 Hebrews 9:26 1 Corinthians 10:11 2 Timothy 3:1-5 James 5:1-6 1 John 2:18 1 Peter 1:20 1 Peter 4:7 Matthew 23:37-39 Matthew 24:1-3 Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Let's Talk About Biblical Discipline Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
4/14/202348 minutes, 42 seconds
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When Your Teen is Doubting the Existence of God (Podcast 406)

Although homeschooling our kids gives us many more opportunities to disciple our children, it does not guarantee that they will embrace our faith. Often our teens will ask questions or make statements that can invoke fear and cause us to react, but as you'll hear in this episode, questions are actually a GOOD sign. I had a mom reach out to me recently who was concerned that her teen was expressing doubt about the existence of God. She asked for some advice on how to handle this situation and for any book recommendations. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Places I am speaking in 2023 Classical Conversations I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Athiest by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek Faith is for Weak People by Ray Comfort (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/10/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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Some Thoughts on Our Kids’ Friendships (Podcast 405)

I recently had a mom reach out to me to ask about my thoughts on friendships/relationships/boundaries and outside-the-home time with others.  This episode is not exhaustive by any means, but a few things that certainly come to mind! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Classical Conversations The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict Help for Parents: Protecting Your Kids from Sexual Abuse Scriptures used in this episode: Ecclesiastes 4: 9,10 1 Corin. 15:33 Job 6:14 Proverbs 16:28 Proverbs 18:24 Proverbs 27:9 John 15:13 Proverbs 17:17 Proverbs 22:24,25 Proverbs 13:20 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/7/202326 minutes, 51 seconds
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Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting (Podcast 404)

Do you sometimes find yourself stressed out and angry when it comes to parenting? Are you looking for solutions to discipline your children that will produce peace instead of anger?  Today you can inhale hope from Israel and Brook Wayne, the parents of eleven children, who have learned practical ways of de-stressing and responding to their children with words that encourage.  They are joining me today to talk about some of what they share in their book Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting. Resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.ctcmath.com/ The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Israel at Family Renewal: Family Renewal Website Pitchin' a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting (Book) Family Renewal Podcast Raising Them Up Facebook Page (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/3/202350 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Dangers of School ”Choice” (Podcast 403).mp3

With so many new families homeschooling, I thought it would be wise to address the topic of school "choice". What I mean by that is we hear a lot of talk about the government wanting to offer us what they label school “choice”. At first glance this seems enticing, however, there are some very clear and present dangers that come with this offer. Listen in as Israel Wayne presents a very strong argument against school “choice”.  Resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.ctcmath.com/ The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Israel at Family Renewal: Family Renewal Family Renewal Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNfS-DUuKHPQHpBadmIe-xA Raising Them Up Facebook Page   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/31/202334 minutes, 5 seconds
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Motherhood and Politics (Podcast 402)

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all that's going on in the world? Has it become a burden to you? Have you ever wondered what moms are called to when it comes to politics? Today I'm going to be tackling this topic from both a practical and biblical perspective and praying that God will free you from burdens that are not yours to carry. Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Places I'm speaking in 2023 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/27/202343 minutes, 54 seconds
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Managing Our Kids’ Clutter (Podcast 401)

Have you ever found yourself frustrated with the amount of clutter that seems to naturally come with kids and especially with homeschooling?  Today Ashley Wiggers and I are having a great conversation about ways to manage our kids' clutter! CTCmath.com The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today Places I'm speaking in 2023 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/24/202319 minutes, 11 seconds
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Gentle Encouragement for Mothers in Law (Podcast 400)

I’ve had moms write in and ask about the role of mother-in-law either because they have a mother-in-law or are one.  I’ve been a mother-in-law for 10 years, but feel like I’m continually learning more because there is always more to learn!  I hope you’ll find some helpful suggestions and perspectives in this episode! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Places I'm speaking in 2023 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/20/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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More on Dealing with Aggression in Boys (Podcast 399)

I decided I had more to say about dealing with aggression in boys, how to re-direct it, and more specific examples of what we did and did not allow our boys to do! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com Tomato Staking: A Relationship-Based Parenting Tool  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Previous episode on Dealing with Aggression in Boys (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/17/202346 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dealing with Aggression in Boys (Podcast 398)

I have moms email me periodically asking how to deal with the aggression that seems to be more present in boys. (Hint: aggression is not necessarily a bad thing). I hope you'll listen in and share this episode with your friends! Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Places I'm speaking in 2023 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/13/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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Work Ethic - Ways to Instill It (Podcast 397)

I've talked a lot about building a strong work ethic in our kids in both The Unhurried Homeschooler and The Four Hour School day, but if you weren't taught this growing up, you may want to hear some ways to build a strong work ethic in your kids. Resources mentioned in this episode: Age Appropriate Chores for Children (flandersfamily.info) Places I'm speaking in 2023 CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today Devotional on work: Created for Work by Bob Schultz  (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/10/202327 minutes, 53 seconds
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Work Ethic - What it is and Why It’s Important (Podcast 396).mp3

I've talked a lot about building a strong work ethic in our kids in both The Unhurried Homeschooler and The Four Hour School day, but if you weren't taught this growing up, you may want to know more about what work ethic really is and why it's important. In the next episode, I will talk about ways to instill a strong work ethic in our kids! Resources mentioned in this episode: HomegrownGeneration.com/Durenda (online conference) Age Appropriate Chores for Children (flandersfamily.info) Places I'm speaking in 2023 CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today Devotional on work: Created for Work by Bob Schultz  (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)        
3/6/202330 minutes, 1 second
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Does my Child Need Speech Therapy (Podcast 395)

Have you ever wondered if your child might need speech therapy?  Speech therapy actually covers a vast array of issues including newborns swallowing properly, auditory processing, texture aversions and so much more! Today I'm talking with Brandee, a homeschooling mom who has been a speech therapist for 20 years and worked with ages 0-100! She will be defining speech therapy and sharing how it's helpful, sharing what normal developmental speech issues kids might have, signs to watch for, things we can do at home, and what parents should look for in a speech therapist!   Resources mentioned in this episode: ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   Homeschooling Today Homegrown Generation Online Conference Upcoming conferences where I will be speaking asha.org (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) To connect with Brandee: [email protected]   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/3/202334 minutes, 11 seconds
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Motivating Your Teen (Podcast 394)

Do you have an unmotivated teen? Are you wondering how to help encourage them to be more self-motivated? I'm sharing some perspective and practical tips today from my experience raising 8 teens! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/27/202341 minutes, 40 seconds
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Feeling Overwhelmed - Correcting Our Kids’ Schoolwork (Podcast 393)

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try and keep up with grading and checking all of our kids' schoolwork. A mom reached out to me with this question wanting to know how I kept up, so that is what I'm sharing today! Resources mentioned in this episode Upcoming events where I am speaking Homegrown Generation Interactive Online Conference: homegrowngeneration.com/Durenda Homegrown Generation coupon code: HG25 ctcmath.com  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/24/202322 minutes, 2 seconds
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Encouragement for the Reluctant Homeschool Mom (Podcast 392)

Today we are bringing some encouragement for the reluctant homeschool mom Maybe you are homeschooling and are still not sure this is for you. Perhaps you are thinking about homeschooling and have doubts that keep you from taking the leap or you are a seasoned homeschool mom who is feeling a little burnt out. This episode is for you! Join me at Homegrown Generation: an online interactive homeschool conference going on March 6-9th! (Use discount code “Durenda” for $10 off) HomegrownGeneration.com/Durenda Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/20/202337 minutes, 29 seconds
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Homeschooling with Littles - Ways It Can Work (Podcast 391)

Moms often wonder how in the world homeschooling can work when you have one or more little ones. I had 5 kids under 7, 6 kids under 9, 7 kids under 11…you get the idea, so I am not a stranger to homeschooling with many littles in the house. In the last episode I talked about WHY it can work and today I want to talk more about HOW it can work! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Essentials in Early Education  Nurturing Seedlings Nurturing Sibling Relationship Series: The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships Ways To Nurture Sibling Relationships Through Conflict Our Family’s Simple Routine Why Chores are Essential A Simple, Unhurried Approach to Science in the Elementary Years Homeschooling Multiple Ages with Rebecca Spooner Let’s Talk About Biblical Discipline (Blog post) When Gaming Becomes a God (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/17/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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Homeschooling with Littles - Why It’s Possible (Podcast 390)

I’ve had many moms message me asking how to homeschool with littles at home. I’ve had 5 kids- 7 and under 6 kids-9 and under 7 kids-11 and under…you get the idea.  So I totally get this and I can tell you that it’s NOT impossible In this episode, I talk about WHY it’s possible and in the next episode I will talk about WAYS to do that! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today The Importance of a Biblical Education The Importance of the Biblical Family Homeschooling: Freedom From What Others Think My YouTube channel  (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/13/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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A Biblical Perspective on Hardship (Podcast 389)

It seems as though so many are struggling and facing difficulty on several fronts all at once (including myself) so today I want to talk about having a biblical perspective on hardship. You could also call it a theology of suffering which is essential for the believer. God is not silent when it comes to suffering. He is compassionate and gracious, but in order to experience the fullness of the comfort He offers and remain steadfast, we must frame our emotions and circumstances under the authority and truth of scripture. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Article on explaining David's lament in Psalm 40 Isaiah 46:9,10;Psalm 135:6; Psalm 115:3;Isaiah 40:27-31;1 John 1:5;Exodus 34:6;1 Chronicles 16:34;Psalm 145:9;Psalm 34:8;Psalm 92:15;Hebrews 4:14-16;Psalm 40;2 Corin. 4:17;James 1: 12; Hebrews 12:7-10;Proverbs 23:11,12 Godly Introspection vs Morbid Introspection (a short blog post) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
2/10/202342 minutes, 52 seconds
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Lessons Learned from a Veteran Homeschooling Mom (Podcast 388)

It’s been 27 years since I embarked on this homeschooling adventure(more if you count the preschool years). We have 8 kids so I’m still homeschooling the youngest and there are three things I’ve learned that I think every homeschool mom should know regardless of where you are on this journey! Listen in and be encouraged! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/6/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Do We Know When Our Children Have Become Idols (Podcast 387)

We know that one of the greatest temptations for us as humans is to worship something other than God, but is it possible for even our children to become an idol?  Listen in for some warning signs that our children may hold a higher place in our hearts than they should. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/3/202329 minutes, 32 seconds
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Do I Need to Take My Kids on Dates (Podcast 386)

It’s popular to take kids on dates, but if you look at the bigger picture historically, it’s a fairly recent/trendy activity. Dates with our kids can be fun, memorable, and meaningful, but we have to be careful not to make them a gold standard of parenting. They can serve a purpose, but are they necessary?   Resources mentioned in this episode: Tomato Staking (Podcast) My YouTube channel  CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course     (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/30/202321 minutes, 11 seconds
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A Simple Way to do Social Studies with Multiple Ages (Podcast 385)

Learning happens in such a variety of ways, but sometimes we find ourselves stuck in the traditional classroom model and need some inspiration to try something new! Today I’m sharing a simple way to do social studies with multiple ages! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!) ________________
1/27/202330 minutes, 47 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Biblical Discipline (Podcast 384)

God commands parents to discipline their children because He knows that is what is best for our children and the entire family. Wes Johnson joins me today to talk about biblical discipline, including THE most controversial discipline tool. This is a long episode, but it is chock full of good stuff even down to specific examples of how to carry out biblical discipline. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture How to Find a Biblical Church Scriptures mentioned in this episode: Proverbs 13:14, 22:15, 23:13-14, 26:3, 29:15,  Galatians 6:1 Ephesians 6:4 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/23/202357 minutes, 41 seconds
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Homeschooling an Only Child (Podcast 383)

(Even if you homeschool more than one child, you’ll want to listen in for ways to encourage moms who are and be more aware of the unique challenges they face.) I have received several messages from moms asking me to talk about homeschooling an only child. Because I am clearly not an expert in that field, I put that topic on the back burner until I could find someone who actually is an expert.  I finally connected with Jessica Waldock from The Waldock Way and we have an encouraging conversation in this episode about the challenges of homeschooling an only child and ways to overcome them. Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Jessica and resources she mentioned in this episode: Cooperative Games: https://www.thewaldockway.com/gameschooling-cooperative/ Single Player Games: https://www.thewaldockway.com/learning-with-games-one-player/ Homeschooling an Only Child Posts: https://www.thewaldockway.com/category/only-child-homeschooling/ Homeschooling an Only Child Newsletter: https://www.thewaldockway.com/homeschooling-an-only-child-support-and-encouragement/ Blog: www.thewaldockway.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/thewaldockway Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewaldockway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewaldockway (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/20/202334 minutes, 28 seconds
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Help for Parents - Protecting Your Children from Sexual Abuse (Podcast 382)

It’s perhaps a parent’s greatest fear-that at some point his or her child will become a victim of sexual abuse. The statistics are alarming: Approximately one in five children will become victims by his or her 18th birthday.   Today my guest is Justin Holcomb and he is here to help us better understand how to protect our kids from sexual abuse and ways to educate them about this topic without instilling fear.    Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math God Made All of Me My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today
1/16/202334 minutes, 44 seconds
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Encouraging a Reluctant Reader (Podcast 381)

Every homeschooling mom wants their kids to become good readers and to love reading, but what if your child seems reluctant? Today I am answering a question I received from a mom who had some concerns about her son’s reading journey. Resources mentioned in this episode: Let’s Talk About Reading  CTC Math My YouTube channel  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/13/202325 minutes, 46 seconds
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Help for Parents: Answering the Baby Question (Podcast 380)

“Where do babies come from?” This common question all too often leaves parents perplexed about what to say, how much to say and when to say it.    Today my guest is Justin Holcomb and he is here to help us tackle this topic in a Biblically solid, yet simple, appropriate way. (Hint: It's not as complicated as we make it!)   This is a great conversation you won’t want to miss!! God Made Babies CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today     (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/9/202332 minutes, 20 seconds
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Building a Family Culture (Podcast 378)

Happy New Year! As we move into the new year, I thought it would be great to talk about building your family culture! You may have heard the term, "building a family culture", but not fully understood what it looks like or where to begin. Today our daughter Jenna and I share the importance of building a family culture and how to cultivate that! Resources mentioned in the podcast: CTC Math You Who by Rachel Jankovic The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
1/2/202342 minutes, 16 seconds
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Simple Tips for Dealing with Winter Blues (Podcast 379)

It’s not uncommon to feel less energetic, more lethargic, or even somewhat depressed during the winter. I’ve experienced varying degrees of “winter blues” over the years so I thought I’d share some simple things that have been proven helpful! Resources mentioned in this episode: CTC Math The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/30/202231 minutes, 1 second
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Moving from Burnout to a Grace-Paced Life Part 2 (Podcast 377)

Are you experiencing signs of burnout? Do you even know what they are? Burnout is a common problem for homeschool moms.   What would it look like to live a more grace-paced life?  With the holidays just behind us, we can often be experiencing serious burnout, so I wanted to talk about what it looks like to live a grace-paced life along with some practical ways we can move toward that. Today my guest is Shona Murray who wrote the book called Refresh that I have mentioned several times over the last months.  Shona has solid wisdom and biblical encouragement that will help us move from burnout to a more grace-paced life! (Plus you will love her lovely Scottish accent!) This is part 2 of a 2 part series, so don't miss the first episode! Resources mentioned in the podcast: Refresh by Shona Murray The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/30/202232 minutes, 2 seconds
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Moving from Burnout to a Grace-Paced Life Part 1 (Podcast 376)

Are you experiencing signs of burnout? Do you even know what they are? Burnout is a common problem for homeschool moms.   What would it look like to live a more grace-paced life?  With the holidays just behind us, we can often be experiencing serious burnout, so I wanted to talk about what it looks like to live a grace-paced life along with some practical ways we can move toward that. Today my guest is Shona Murray who wrote the book called Refresh that I have mentioned several times over the last months.  Shona has solid wisdom and biblical encouragement that will help us move from burnout to a more grace-paced life! (Plus you will love her lovely Scottish accent!) This is part 1 of a 2 part series, so don't miss the second episode! Resources mentioned in the podcast: Refresh by Shona Murray The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
12/26/202238 minutes, 22 seconds
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What Does the Bible Say About Psychiatric Disorders? (Podcast 375)

Often it feels as though God is silent on the issues that psychiatric disorders bring into our lives. Today my guest, Edward T Welch joins me to talk about common questions that Christians who are suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. often have. He empathizes with the sufferer's nuanced problems and offers practical encouragement for walking forward with Jesus on a challenging post-diagnosis journey.  You won't want to miss this one! Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course CCEF (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) I have a Psychiatric Diagnosis by Edward T. Welch (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)        
12/23/202251 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Moment of Encouragement in the Midst of Christmas Season (Podcast 374)

I don’t know where you are today physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Maybe you are excited and feeling productive and enthusiastic about all the festivities, maybe you’re exhausted on all fronts or just a few, maybe you are stressed about being able to get everything done in time for Christmas, or maybe you are hurting and reeling from unexpected news or circumstances. Maybe you are grieving and just wishing this would all be over so the pain wouldn’t feel quite so intense.  Wherever you are right now, I want to encourage you to take just a few minutes with me to slow your heart down. Take a deep breath, exhale and listen in to this simple, mercifully short episode to encourage your heart today! Christmas Playlist Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/19/202213 minutes, 18 seconds
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From Our Family to Yours-Our Family’s Annual Christmas Letter (Podcast 373)

For the last 33 years, I have sent out a Christmas letter and family photo. Today I thought I would simply read this year’s Christmas letter to you on this episode!  (This also means it will be a simple, mercifully short episode!) MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/16/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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Our Family’s Favorite Christmas Movies (Podcast 372)

Our family has always enjoyed watching Christmas movies together and we have had over 3 decades to collect some favorites, so I thought it would be fun to share those with you!  You will likely be familiar with some, but you may find some new treasures! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/12/202228 minutes, 4 seconds
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Our Family Favorite Christmas Traditions (Podcast 371)

Several of you asked me to share our family’s favorite Christmas traditions, so that’s what I’m doing today!   Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/9/202233 minutes, 25 seconds
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Should I Homeschool Over the Holidays (Podcast 370)

It’s a question many homeschool moms have asked themselves. Sometimes we just need permission to homeschool differently through the holiday season and other times we need permission to lay it all down and do something completely different. My friend Sara (veteran homeschooling mom) joins me today as we share our experiences and thoughts from our many years of homeschooling (or not) through the holidays!   The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/5/202222 minutes, 44 seconds
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Should We Give Gifts at Christmas? (Podcast 369)

The commercialism that has become Christmas in our culture can feel disheartening and make us want to run in the other direction, but what if there is another option?  We are taking time today to reflect on some thoughts that will hopefully help us keep things in perspective and put the wind back in our sails when it comes to this wonderful season! Resources mentioned in this episode: Unwrapped: A Brief History of Gift Giving at Christmas Dig Into Culture Building Webinar Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/2/202237 minutes, 29 seconds
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Incorporating Worship and Homeschooling into Our Christmas (Podcast 368)

A mom asked about how to incorporate worship and homeschooling into the celebration of the Christmas season, so my good friend Sara and I are talking about that today! Listen in for a fun conversation and some great ideas! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Jotham's Journey (whole series) by Arnold Ytreeide (daily stories for read aloud) Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski (short and simple!) Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp (family devotional reading) God With Us by Catherine Pawlak (Jesse Tree ornament study) Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu (what our small group is using this year)  Unwrapping the Names of Jesus (children's version) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
11/28/202229 minutes, 10 seconds
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Countdown to Christmas with Our Kids (Podcast 367)

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, especially with children.  However, it can be consumed quickly by relentless and unnecessary expectations that distract us from truly enjoying this time in a meaningful way with our kids.  Amy Fox joined us a few weeks back to talk about Thanksgiving and today she is here again, this time to share simple, meaningful, and unhurried ways to engage our kids in this Christmas season. Resources mentioned in this episode: Countdown to Christmas(CODE FOR 10% DISCOUNT: WILSON) goldenprairiepress.com Free Ebook The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/25/202225 minutes, 27 seconds
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Simple Gift Giving Ideas for Christmas (Podcast 366)

Are you overwhelmed by gift-giving as we head into the Christmas season? Join me and my sweet and practical friend, Sara, as we talk about some ways that we have simplified gift-giving for Christmas over our many years as moms! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/21/202226 minutes, 6 seconds
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Simple Money Saving Tips (Podcast 365)

Inflation is on the rise so my husband and I decided to share some simple tips for saving money!  We have lived on a single modest income for over 3 decades while raising 8 kids and we have watched God multiply our dollars as we tried to faithfully steward what we were given.  We hope you find lots of encouragement in this episode!   Resources mentioned in the podcast:  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/18/202240 minutes, 10 seconds
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Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Disabilities (Podcast 364)

Our son was recently diagnosed with a disability, but honestly, I already knew because I know our son. However, because we took an unhurried approach to his education and adjusted to what worked best for him, he continued to make progress and didn't hit any obstacles (we believed were important) that he couldn't overcome so we never felt the need to dig deeper. Today I'm sharing principles that hold true because they are based on God’s word. The methods may vary, but the principles remain solid and because of that, we can work from a place of confidence and faith even when our kids are diagnosed with disabilities.  Resources worth mentioning: Shepherding the Simple Deceived by OCD: When Crooked Paths Seem Straight Finding Your Child's Way on the Autism Spectrum The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
11/14/202240 minutes, 59 seconds
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Processing Change or Loss Through the Holidays (Podcast 363)

The holidays are considered to be the "most wonderful time of the year", but if you are walking through change or loss there is a good chance that is not the case. If this resonates with where you are right now, you'll want to listen in as Nikki Dutton and I talk about our own experience with this AND speak words of life and encouragement over you! If this doesn't resonate with where you are, listen in for ways to encourage those who are struggling with change or loss through this holiday season! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course nikkidutton.com More with Nikki Dutton Podcast Liturgies for Hope: Sixty Prayers for the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between by Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
11/11/202229 minutes, 24 seconds
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Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude (Podcast 362)

The month of Thanksgiving is such a great reminder of the importance of gratitude. While we know it's important to be grateful, sometimes we lose touch with why it's important. (Hint: it's not another thing to add to your "to-do" list...it's really a game-changer!) Today Nikki Dutton(author, podcaster, and speaker) and I talk about the why's along with some practical, doable ways to practice gratitude.  Resources mentioned in this episode: More with Nikki Dutton Podcast nikkidutton.com The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
11/7/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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Countdown to Thanksgiving with Our Kids (Podcast 361)

It can be so easy to let Christmas overshadow Thanksgiving, but Thanksgiving is rich in history and full of opportunity! Today Amy Puetz Fox and I will be talking about how to enjoy the countdown to Thanksgiving by engaging our kids in simple, meaningful, and unhurried ways! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Countdown to Thanksgiving (CODE FOR 10% DISCOUNT: WILSON) goldenprairiepress.com Of Plymouth Plantation Free Ebook (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
11/4/202222 minutes, 45 seconds
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Simple Tips to Help with Anxiety (Podcast 360)

Like most moms, I've had countless battles with anxiety over the years, at times it's been debilitating. There are a few simple practices that I keep going back to over and over again. It can be easy to dismiss them because they are so simple, but I have found that consistency is key.  Do I believe feeling anxious is a sin? No. I believe anxiety is a weakness(part of being human) that can lead us into sin if left unchecked and unyielded to the Lord. Today I'm humbly sharing what I've learned over the last 55 years and praying that God will give you wisdom as you listen Resources mentioned in this episode: Our Family’s Simple Routine  Morning Walking Benefits Psalm 84:11 Psalm 16:6 Psalm 16:8 1 Peter 3:17 Hebrews 12:7-11 1 Peter 5:9 Romans 8:18 Leaky Gut Diet Recipes Microbiome Mashup Dirty Dozen Clean 15 Attributes of God by AW Pink The Wonder of His Name (a study by Nancy Leigh DeMoss) CCEF (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation): tons of great biblical counseling here on a variety of topics including anxiety and depression) The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/31/202246 minutes, 9 seconds
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Simple Apologetics for 8-12 Year Olds (Podcast 359)

Today Elizabeth Urbanowicz (Foundation Worldview) and I are going to talk about apologetics for 8-12 yr olds. This is a crucial age to be laying this life-changing foundation. You won’t want to miss this episode! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt 1 Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt 2 Mama Bear Apologetics (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/28/202232 minutes, 9 seconds
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Simple Apologetics for 4-8 Year Olds (Podcast 358)

Today we will discuss simple apologetics for 4-8 yrs olds. You may be wondering what that would even look like. Isn’t apologetics just for those studying at seminary as an adult?  Apologetics is the study and practice of giving answers for the truth of the Christian faith and what better time to start than at a very young age through the simplest conversations and activities! Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt 1 Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt 2 Other resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/24/202223 minutes, 52 seconds
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Standing on the Truth in a Culture of Lies (Podcast 357)

What if motherhood was about so much more than we've been told? What if the culture is dead wrong and there is something much bigger going on than first meets the eye? What if all the little things mean so much more than we could have ever imagined? Listen in for a boatload of encouragement today! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/21/202249 minutes, 10 seconds
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Exploring Nature Truths with our Kids (Podcast 356)

When I first recorded this episode with Sherri, it was the beginning of summer, and her new devotional was supposed to be published soon. It was delayed and is finally available, but any time of year is a great time to learn more about who God is through creation in a simple, unhurried way! Today, Sherri Seligson, an avid fan and student of creation and science is joining us. She has many credits to her name, but none is more important than being a mom/homeschool mom. Today we talk about how to engage our kids by exploring nature truths with them! (The audio to the second episode crashed and burned so even though it's mentioned, it never made it to publishing)  :( Nature Study Devotional Website: SherriSeligson.com Social media:  Facebook: SherriSeligsonAuthor Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest: @sherriseligson Other resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/17/202230 minutes, 58 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Halloween (Podcast 355)

Halloween isn't my favorite, but it is right around the corner and is sort of thrust upon us by the culture, so I think it's worth having a conversation about and sharing our family's experience with it. There are many controversies in the Church surrounding Halloween.  I've seen people handle their differences graciously and I've seen others let them destroy relationships. Every family chooses its own way of approaching Halloween. Some choose a personally long-held tradition, some choose a hodgepodge of traditions along with making adjustments to wherever they are in their season of life, adding in new traditions, or doing something completely new! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/14/202220 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Find a Biblical Church (Podcast 354)

Many of you have messaged me with concerns about the church that you attend or are struggling to find a Biblical church and aren't sure what exactly to look for. Today I have Wes Johnson back on the podcast to share with us how to find a Biblical church! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/10/202240 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Benefits of a Gap Year Program for Your Graduate (Podcast 353)

Today Tripp Almon and I are going to be talking about the benefits of a gap year program for your graduate. A gap year is time taken off from school in exchange for experiences.  There are different kinds of gap year programs. What we will be talking about today is one that will help solidify your graduate's faith and ground them in Christian theology, worldview, and apologetics before they fully immerse themselves in college or the job market. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Summit Ministries(program page) Gap Year Association (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
10/7/202234 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Dangers of a Self-Help Culture (Podcast 352)

There is nothing wrong with being proactive and responsible regarding our habits and mindset (this is biblical). However, we need to be sure that we are approaching everything from a biblical perspective, and often even Christian self-help books can lead us astray not necessarily intentionally, but because the author isn’t biblically informed and instead may very well base much of their perspective on pop psychology and humanistic/secular thinking. I invited Wes Johnson back to help us understand the difference between self-improvement, self-focus, “becoming your best self”, etc versus obedience to God and actual fruitfulness. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c7f29e03/recognizing-false-teachers-podcast-323 Biblical Submission: The Hot Potato (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
10/3/202235 minutes, 26 seconds
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Finding Courage in the Midst of Storms (Podcast 351)

I've noticed that there seems to be an increase in the number of trials and afflictions that many faithful Christians I know are experiencing. Our family is no different. Today I'm sharing a bit of an update on our family along with some encouragement to find courage in the midst of storms. Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Courage and Steadfastness by Rachel Jankovich (this is the message I listened to and I mentioned in this episode) You Who by Rachel Jankovich (this had the quote on faithfulness that I shared) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/30/202230 minutes, 52 seconds
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Biblical Submission; The Hot Potato (Episode 350)

Biblical submission are words that can bring up a range of emotions and opinions because many of us have heard or experienced the abuses that have surrounded this topic.  As believing women who strive to walk in obedience to God and do our best to live out His standards in our home it’s essential that we have a biblical definition of submission, one that is informed by God’s word and not the culture and we must remember that the family is instituted by God and therefore HE is the only one who gets to define it. I’ve invited Wes Johnson to join us again because I knew I could trust him to be willing to tackle this topic and do so from an uncompromisingly biblical perspective. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Other episodes with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now The Importance of a Biblical Education The Biblical Importance of Family Recognizing False Teachers (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/26/202238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ways to Nurture Siblings Relationships Through Conflict (Podcast 349)

In the last 2 episodes, I’ve been talking about the importance of nurturing sibling relationships and practical ways to do that. Today I want to talk about ways to nurture those relationships through conflict because goodness knows, there can be plenty of that, especially in a house with 8 kids! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Drive Through Talking: An Effective Communication Tool (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
9/23/202238 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships (Podcast 348)

Last week I talked about the importance of nurturing sibling relationships because, in my experience raising/homeschooling 8 kids, it's one of the best investments I made into their education! Today I want to share some practical tips on ways to nurture sibling relationships! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Simple Personality Test (Gary Smalley) The Love Language Quiz (5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
9/19/202234 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Relationships (Podcast 347)

One of the things I think most of us don't expect when we start to homeschool is the amount of time we will spend navigating our kids' relationships with each other. It can often feel like an obstacle to getting "real" schoolwork done, but the truth is that learning to have healthy relationships IS an essential part of our kids' education! Today I'm going to share why it's so important to nurture sibling relationships in our home. Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
9/16/202230 minutes, 26 seconds
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Budget-Friendly Field Trips for Fall (Podcast 346)

Fall is such an amazing time of year and there are so many fun and free things to do with our kids! Today my friend Sara is joining me again to share some ideas that you may or may not have thought of! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Previous podcasts with Sara: A Conversation with 2 Veteran Homeschool Moms Finishing the School Year Well Considering Your Kids' Personalities in Your Approach Planning Your Homeschool with the End in Mind (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
9/12/202226 minutes, 42 seconds
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Simple Meal Planning (Podcast 345)

Today we're going to be talking about simple meal planning! I know for our family of 10 I had to simplify our meals, but also the way that I planned them. I couldn’t be reinventing the wheel every single week.  I invited my friend Sara to join me again today as we discuss several different options for simple meal planning! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Previous podcasts with Sara: A Conversation with 2 Veteran Homeschool Moms Finishing the School Year Well Considering Your Kids Personalities in Your Approach Planning Your Homeschool with the End in Mind (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
9/9/202231 minutes, 53 seconds
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Basic Family Budgeting (Podcast 344)

Today my friend Sara and I are talking about basic family budgeting. One of the reasons that I wanted to cover this topic is that most families have to live on a budget. Many of us are single-income families and some of us have large families.  My husband and I lived on a modest single income for our family of 10 for many years and I can honestly say that I actually love the freedom of being on a budget. That may sound strange, but there is such peace knowing that you are staying within your income limits and not burying yourself in debt.  In this episode, we mention the envelope system. For our family, the categories were: groceries, gas, entertainment, clothing, and miscellaneous.  Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Previous podcasts with Sara: A Conversation with 2 Veteran Homeschool Moms Finishing the School Year Well Considering Your Kids Personalities in Your Approach Planning Your Homeschool with the End in Mind (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
9/5/202236 minutes, 14 seconds
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How Knowing God’s Character Can Relieve Anxiety (Podcast 343)

Today I’m going to talk about how knowing God’s character can help relieve anxiety and I’m going to do that by sharing the incommunicable attributes of God which are attributes that only HE possesses. These attributes are important because what we need and what we want is a God who isn’t us. We are not sufficient and we want a God who is. We need a God who is.  We need a God who is powerful and independent of us. Listen in as I go through these attributes and share some meaningful applications when it comes to motherhood. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
9/2/202241 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Simple, Unhurried Approach to Writing Essays and Research Papers (Podcast 342)

I've been sharing more simple, unhurried approaches to subjects like language arts and science because I want moms to know that homeschooling really IS doable! Today my guest, Dennis Janisse (college professor and homeschool dad) shares his thoughts on writing as well as a budget-friendly, non-intimidating approach to writing essays and research papers!  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Fun-Schooling (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/29/202235 minutes, 57 seconds
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A Simple, Unhurried Approach to High School Science (Podcast 341)

Today I have my good friend Sherri Seligson back with us!Sherri is a veteran homeschool mom who happens to love science and writes science curriculum. She will put your heart at ease as we talk about taking a more simple unhurried approach to science in the high school years. She will also share what it looks like to help our science-oriented kids prepare for college! REMEMBER YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ADAPT ANY CURRICULUM TO YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS. IOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community  General Science (Apologia) Our family loved these for high school! It's very well done, it's doable, the student can work almost 100% independently and it fully qualifies as a solid high school credit! Biology 101 Chemistry 101 Physics 101 General Science 101 Suggested options (include your child in the process of deciding); Online classes Live classes (Apologia) Dual enrollment  Double up your subjects (example: if they are reading and writing for a science-related topic, they have covered science, writing, and reading) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/26/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Simple, Unhurried Approach to Science in the Elementary Years (Podcast 340)

I'm excited because today I have my good friend Sherri Seligson with us. Sherri is a veteran homeschool mom who happens to write science curriculum. She will put your heart at ease as we talk about taking a more simple unhurried approach to science in the elementary years!  REMEMBER YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ADAPT ANY CURRICULUM TO YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING! (The next podcast will be about taking a simple, unhurried approach to science in the high school years) Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today The Exploring Creating Series Masterbooks Sherri’s YouTube Channel Check out field guides at the library
8/22/202235 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Wildly Unconventional Conversation on Family Size (Podcast 339)

When we got married, my husband only wanted 2 kids. Today he joins me as we tell our story about how we ended up with eight and share some thoughts and questions about family size that you may not have considered! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community  Raising a Family of 10 on One Modest Income Yes, I Had 8 C-Sections! (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/19/202253 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Simple, Unhurried Approach to Language Arts Grades 1-8 (Podcast 338)

Language Arts includes such a broad array of topics that parents can become overwhelmed and doubtful that they are covering everything well enough.  Years ago I was introduced to Learning Language Arts Through Literature. I loved how it gently covered all of the language arts pieces without being overwhelming. I didn't use it for all 8 kids, but it was one of the mainstays of our overall curriculum choices.  Today, Ashley Wiggers joins me to talk about taking a simpler, unhurried approach to using LLATL and what we loved about it! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Why Grade Levels Don't Really Matter That Much The Benefits of a More Natural Approach to Learning (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/15/202237 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Power of Reading Aloud to Recapture Joy (Podcast 337)

As moms, we set the tone in our homes.  Joy is a key element to learning, but even more importantly, we are called to it as believers. God gives us tools to help recapture joy when it has waned or has been lost completely. Today Jennifer Pepito, owner of The Peaceful Press and author of Mothering By the Book, joins us to talk about the power of reading aloud to recapture joy!  Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community  Charlotte Mason Companion The Awakening of Miss Prim Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto Passion Driven Education Mere Motherhood Ways to connect with Jennifer and find her new book with a special bonus! www.motheringbythebook.com www.instagram.com/jenniferpepito www.instagram.com/thepeacefulpress www.thepeacefulpress.shop (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)                
8/12/202233 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Power of Reading Aloud to Help Overcome Fear (Podcast 336)

God knows that we will face fear as humans and a particularly intense battle with fear when it comes to being a mom and He graciously gives us tools to help overcome fear.  Join Jennifer Pepito (owner of The Peaceful Press and author of Mothering By the Book) and me as we have a great conversation about the power of reading aloud to help overcome fear!  Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Jennifer and find her new book with a special bonus! www.motheringbythebook.com www.instagram.com/jenniferpepito www.instagram.com/thepeacefulpress www.thepeacefulpress.shop (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/8/202223 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Grade Levels Don’t Really Matter That Much (Podcast 335)

Many parents orient their homeschooling plans strongly around grade-level standards. But how crucial are grade levels and more importantly, where did this concept come from? Listen in for a bit of a history lesson along with some insight and encouragement toward the freedom that is ours in home educating our kids! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community  Here is the first in the series on Ecclesiastes https://open.spotify.com/episode/2lpOv8MddcJqkrXz11L8i2 Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance? Let’s Talk About Testing Creating High School Transcripts Life Counts for High School Credit Part 1 Life Counts for High School Credit Part 2 Homeschooling with Confidence When Teaching a Struggling Learner Tips for Disciplining Littles (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/5/202238 minutes, 34 seconds
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Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment with Hannah Anderson (Podcast 334)

It seems as though we need more discernment than ever, especially as moms. We are raising the next generation of image bearers who will carry with them the values that we instill in them. We want those values to be solidly rooted in biblical truth and for them to not only be well-versed in them but to meaningfully apply them.  But where do we start? What does discernment really mean? How do we walk out a life that practices discernment?  How can wisdom change a person’s life and the lives of those around them? Listen in as Hannah Anderson gives us a deeper understanding of what it looks like to be discerning wives, moms, and women! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Hannah Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Hannah's Books: Made for More Humble Roots All That's Good Turning of Days Heaven and Nature Sing (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
8/1/202235 minutes, 48 seconds
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How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul with Hannah Anderson (Podcast 333)

The topic of humility can conjure up images of feeling restricted or in bondage to something, but as odd as it sounds this invitation to humility is incredibly freeing! It’s another one of those principles that are simple (not to be confused with easy) and surprisingly has a very direct impact on our level of anxiety and stress! This podcast is LOADED with encouragement!  Listen in as Hannah Anderson answers questions like: How does humility free us from the stress of comparison, of always evaluating our performance against someone else’s? How does humility free us from stress in our work? Why is the message of humility particularly relevant in this day and age? And more!!! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Ways to connect with Hannah: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Hannah's Books: Made for More Humble Roots All That's Good Turning of Days Heaven and Nature Sing (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/29/202241 minutes, 18 seconds
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My Mentoring Mom Mistake (Podcast 332)

I recently made a big mistake in terms of what online mentoring can or should look like. It’s important to understand what role our online resources CAN play and what role they can NOT play so we aren’t expecting things that we shouldn’t.  I’m also including some important counsel regarding the local church because our family found ourselves struggling for several years to find a church that was biblically sound. I know some of you are struggling with that as well. BE ENCOURAGED! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community  Applying Romans 13 to Here and Now  Links to messages that lay out the church’s biblical role (transcripts included): Who is the Church and What is She For? Local Church Leadership Pt 1 Local Church Leadership Pt 2 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book and best seller on Amazon, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
7/25/202241 minutes, 44 seconds
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Yes, I Had 8 C-Sections! (Podcast 331)

They say it can't be done, but clearly, it can. However, I have learned so much from my experience and I'm hoping to encourage you all through my story!  Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Podcast mentioned: Children a Blessing, NOT a Burden Story mentioned: Celebrating Silas (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
7/22/202249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tips for Homeschooling 5-7 Year Olds (Podcast 330)

It's easy to feel the pressure to dive headlong into "school" once our kids reach the age of 5, but the truth is that a slow, more unhurried approach has proven to be far more beneficial. There are many reasons for that, many of which I share in my simple, mercifully short book, The Unhurried Homeschooler.  Today my daughter, who has 4 kids 7 and under,  joins me to talk about what a simple, unhurried, more natural, more effective, and WAY less stressful approach looks like! If you have little ones 7 and under, you won't want to miss this episode! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!) (Credit for image below: flandersfamily.info)  
7/18/202235 minutes, 27 seconds
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Tips for Disciplining Littles (Podcast 329)

Last week I had our oldest daughter join me to talk about Tips for Life with Littles (0-6ish yrs old)reminding moms that although this season with our kids can feel repetitive and even mundane at times, there IS purpose in it! Today I wanted to share some tips on disciplining littles. I even open a can of worms that most believers aren’t willing to, not because I actually wanted to open it, but because I think it is necessary. Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Tomato Staking: A Relational Parenting Tool https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c788594f/the-homeschool-life-tomato-staking-a-relationship-based-parenting-tool-podcast-163 Parenting books: Parenting by Paul Tripp Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Hubbard    
7/15/202245 minutes
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Tips for Life with Littles (Podcast 328)

Life with little ones is busy. Much of what we do can feel repetitive and mundane but make no mistake, there is purpose in this season! Today my oldest daughter joins me to talk about the importance of prioritizing during these years with our little ones. She currently has 4 kids 7 and under and at one point I had 6 kids 9 and under so we get it!  The purpose of this episode is to encourage you and help you keep your eyes on what is important during these very special years with your kids! A great resource to understand your child's developmental stages (Use biblical discretion as these are not a Christian resource, but still very helpful!)  Your 1-Year-Old Your 2-Year-Old Your 3-Year-Old ETC. Other resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day   (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
7/4/202240 minutes, 37 seconds
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Right Brain Teaching Strategies That Help Our Kids Feel Smart (Podcast 327)

If you've homeschooled for more than 5 seconds you know that every kid has their own learning style! It's what makes them unique! However, it can also become problematic if we are trying to teach them in a more conventional way.  Dianne Craft is back today to share about right-brain teaching strategies that go around the disconnection to help give immediate success and show our kids that they really are smart! (But we already knew that, right?) Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day diannecraft.org The Brain Integration Therapy Manual Right Brain Spelling  Right Brain Math Strategies Right Brain Phonics  Right Brain Sight Words Right Brain Writing (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)         
7/1/202254 minutes, 36 seconds
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Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates in Your Child (Podcast 326)

Many of us are homeschooling struggling learners. It can be easy to feel like we are not qualified, but I firmly believe that we are in fact the best facilitators of our kids' education.  No one loves and cares for our kids like we do and no one is more invested in their future.  I also think that we can often make things more difficult than we need to. I believe that God can give us simple, effective strategies and resources that allow us to relax and enjoy our kids as we home educate them, whether they are struggling learners or not. One of the things I love to do on the podcast is to connect moms with great resources, so I am excited about our guest today. (Resources below) The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four-Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Magazine Dianne Craft Resources: diannecraft.org Brain Integration Therapy Manual Dyslexia Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates Assessment Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates Checklist (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
6/27/202255 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ways to Engage Our Kids in the Word (Podcast 325)

Dr. Kathy and I talked about the importance of being in the word with our kids in the last episode and today we want to talk about a fun way that you can engage your kids in the word and help them learn to love it! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day The Importance of Being in the Word with Your Kids www.PictureSmartBible.com Code is “Durenda” (Price will then be $99 for the Bible which includes one set of participant sheets. The normal price is $149.) Ways to connect with Dr. Kathy: CelebrateKids.com Celebrate Kids Podcast with Dr. Kathy (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
6/24/202228 minutes, 37 seconds
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Drive-Thru Talking - An Effective Communication Tool (Podcast 324)

I've shared a communication tool called Drive Thru Talking in passing during several podcast episodes, but I thought I'd make it the main topic of today's episode!  Listen in for a short, practical episode! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/20/202218 minutes, 8 seconds
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Recognizing False Teachers (Podcast 323)

Hold onto your hats! This is a good one! It’s no secret that there are many false teachers out there and the fallout from following them can be devastating to our families. Paul warns the Church repeatedly in the New Testament to stay away from false teachers.  One good thing that Covid revealed was the number of teachers who are simply not adhering to biblical truths. Now that we are wiser about that, how do we avoid following false teachers? What are the types of false teachers and how can you recognize them? I invited one of the elders of our church to speak on this topic because I knew he would do this effectively and I was not disappointed! Wes has joined me for several other podcasts and it’s been a huge blessing to all of us! (These previous podcasts are listed below) If you can, please listen in with your husband and as many of your children as you can. This is a very timely and crucial message. Wes did forget to cover the last thing he said he would cover and that was a list of warning signs that could be present in your own church:  Warning signs that could be present within your own church: -False teachers are often surrounded by young and or spiritually immature leaders because they’re less inclined to challenge a given decision, doctrinal position, or direction proposed by the pastor.  -False teachers are themselves often young and spiritually immature leaders. -False teachers generally have a loose relationship with biblical exposition (The biblical text isn’t the star of the sermon, the pastor’s anecdotes, illustrations, and jokes are). -False teachers are reluctant to practice church discipline because they’re far less concerned with the holiness of God’s people than they are with amassing a sizable crowd. -False teachers often place a high emphasis on aesthetics, marketing, appearances, and production value because people having a positive experience at their church is more important to them than biblical faithfulness.  The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today Previous podcasts with Wes: Applying Romans 13 to the Here and Now (A biblical response to churches shutting down during Covid) Homeschooling: The Importance of a Biblical Education A Call Home: The Biblical Importance of Family The Sovereignty of God and the Problem of Sin in Our World     
6/17/202243 minutes, 16 seconds
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When Your Homeschooled Teen Won’t Get Ready on Time in the Mornings (Podcast 322)

What do we do when our homeschooled teens are ignoring our requests for timeliness?  What is actually best for them and what does that look like? I've invited our 19 yr old daughter to tackle this topic! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/13/202226 minutes, 1 second
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The Sovereignty of God and the Problem of Sin in Our World (Podcast 321)

Today I want to talk about something that I refer to a lot in my podcasts: the sovereignty of God. This particular doctrine has been absolutely pivotal in helping me trust God both in the everyday and in times of crisis. It’s one that has been a safety net and indescribable comfort when nothing else could comfort me. Many Christians say that they believe in the sovereignty of God, but there are varying perspectives on what that actually means. A few questions that come to mind and will be answered in this podcast:  Is God active or passive with regard to the world that He made? Is there any sense in which God wound up the world, set certain parameters, and then let it go? Or is He actively governing His creation and making determinations about what will and what will not happen? Click this link after listening to the intro THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF SIN IN THE WORLD The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Simply Unhurried Community (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/10/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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What Does it Mean to Be ’Unhurried’ (Podcast 320)

I talk about simplifying and slowing down a lot, but I’ve realized that some might envision something different than what I mean when I talk about being unhurried. The unhurried approach started with our kids’ education but morphed into being a default that we fell back on frequently to help us stay intentional. It hasn’t been a goal as much as it has been a helpful tool. Listen in for some clarification on what I really mean when I encourage moms to be unhurried. The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/6/202230 minutes, 13 seconds
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Who Is Informing Our View of Family? (Podcast 319)

We all have ideas about family: its importance, its place in this world, what it should look like, etc. But upon further examination, we may come to realize that our perspective isn’t actually biblical.  Why do we have children? Why did God create families? What effect are families intended to have on the world and how do they advance the kingdom of God? Resources mentioned: The Simply Unhurried Community Related Podcasts: The Biblical Importance of Family The Importance of a Biblical Education Children a Blessing, Not a Burden Books: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day You Who? by Rachel Janchovic  Messages on how the family is to function, biblically: https://christchurchnc.org/sermons (May 30-July 11, all of these sermons are family-related) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
6/3/202234 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Importance of Being in the Word with Your Family (Podcast 318)

We all know it's important to be in the word with our kids, but sometimes things get in the way, and/or we get distracted.  Today my sweet friend, speaker, and author Dr. Kathy Koch is joining us today to talk about the importance of being in the word with our kids. You’ll love the simple encouragement and you’ll find inspiration to not give up!!! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day The Simply Unhurried Community Ways to connect with Dr. Kathy: CelebrateKids.com Celebrate Kids Podcast with Dr. Kathy 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences by Kathy Koch 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers by Tina Hollenbeck www.PictureSmartBible.com Code is “Durenda” The price will then be $99 for the Bible which includes one set of participant sheets. (Normal price is $149.) (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
5/30/202234 minutes, 4 seconds
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We Can’t Serve Two Masters (Podcast 317)

With so many distractions we can easily find ourselves oriented away from God and toward things that cannot satisfy. Jesus didn't mince words when He said that we cannot serve two masters because we will always eventually love the one and hate the other. Listen in today for some clear, concise encouragement toward remaining faithful to keep God ever before us, serving Him only. This is the only place we will find true peace and satisfaction. Matthew 6:24 Romans 6:16-18 James 4:4 James 1:5-8 Proverbs 3:5-8 Romans 12:1-2 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/27/202242 minutes
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Planning Your Homeschool with the End in Mind (Podcast 316)

Many of us are thinking about the next school year and trying to get a jump on planning (unless you’re like me and wait until the last minute)! Today my friend Sara (a veteran homeschooling mom) and I are talking about “reverse planning” or “planning your homeschool with the end in mind” remember to be stubborn about our goals, but flexible about our methods! The Unhurried Homeschooler The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/23/202236 minutes, 17 seconds
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Considering Your Kids’ Personalities in Your Approach (Podcast 315)

One of the most helpful things we did along the way was to increase our knowledge and awareness of our kids’ personalities so we could better approach both parenting and homeschooling. Simply having a bit of a picture of how our kids are wired by God and taking the time to make some tweaks in how we communicate with them can help us avoid a host of unnecessary power struggles. Today my friend Sara(another veteran homeschool mom) and I discuss this topic and provide simple resources. The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day The Simply Unhurried Community Hidden Keys To Loving Relationships(old, but free on YouTube) Relational Parenting Personality Plus for Families Love Languages for Kids Gary Smalley Online Personality Test Sara’s Summarized Word Doc Drive-Through Talking (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/20/202230 minutes, 42 seconds
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Finishing the School Year Well (Podcast 314)

It’s that time of year when the homeschool finish line is in sight! This can bring a multitude of emotions including panic because it may look as though we can’t finish all we set out to do. Today my friend Sara (a veteran homeschooling mom) and I are going to talk about simple ways to finish the school year well! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
5/16/202226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - Sibling Relationships (Podcast 313)

(Don’t miss the “postscript” after the prayer at the end!) This is another episode of Simple, Unhurried Word of God. These episodes were created to give you some time to close your eyes and meditate on God’s word. I encourage you to invite your children into this practice as we disciple them in the ways of the Lord.    I try to keep things very simple and unhurried throughout these podcasts so that even young children can understand much of what is shared. In fact, I will be directing this podcast toward the children, but I think it’s important for you to listen in as well because there’s some great wisdom from God’s word that can be so helpful in nurturing sibling relationships between your kids. The Unhurried Homeschooler   Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart   The Four Hour School Day The Simply Unhurried Community   Scriptures shared: 1 Thes. 5:12-17 Ephesians 4:25-32 John 15:12 Matthew 7:12 Romans 12:10 Romans 15:1-2 1 Peter 3:8-12 Philippians 2:4 Romans 12:18 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13 (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/13/202228 minutes, 42 seconds
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Our Family’s Simple Routine (Podcast 312)

As I’ve encouraged you all to simplify and slow down in your family life and homeschooling, many of you have asked what our family’s routine actually looked like. I have shared this routine off and on in other episodes, but never made it the main topic, so I thought I would do that today. This routine is also listed on page 54 of The Unhurried Homeschooler, but I'm sharing a couple of extra things today that are not listed in that Sample Schedule. We used this basic routine throughout our years as a family. Of course, the high schoolers typically had to do an hour or two more of school work after lunch, but they could do it during the "quiet time" that was a normal part of our after-lunch routine. Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Homeschooling Today The Simply Unhurried Community Managers of Their Homes (P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
5/9/202236 minutes, 33 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - God; The Good Shepherd

This is another episode in my series that focuses on meditating on God's word! You are invited to take a pause, close your eyes and listen as I read scripture slowly. I would encourage you to use this with your children as well! Today's focus is God, the Good Shepherd. There are many scripture passages that talk about God being our shepherd and we being the sheep of his flock and there is much to learn from this example. So listen in as I explain the beauty of this metaphor and then read several passages that will bring life and comfort to your soul! Resources mentioned: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day The Simply Unhurried Community Scriptures in the podcast (you can use some of these for copy or memorization work as well!) Psalm 1:2,3 Psalm 23 John 10:1-18 1 Peter 2:25 Psalm 100:3 Micah 5;4 John 10:27 Isaiah 40:11 Ezekiel 34:11-16 John 21:15-17 P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!
5/6/202218 minutes
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Let’s Talk a Little Bit More About Writing (Podcast 310)

After last week’s podcast on writing, I of course thought of a couple more simple ideas I wanted to share along with some resources!  Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Simply Unhurried Community Homeschooling Today homeschooliowa.org Brave Writer Books: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart The Four Hour School Day Previous related podcast: Overcoming Writing Struggles Podcast   P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!  
5/2/202224 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stewarding Our Time and Energy (Podcast 309)

Time is a gift from God and how we spend our time matters. It matters to God and since it matters to Him, it should matter to us. There are countless podcasts, books, and media on how to manage our time, but does God have any direction for us in this area? Today I'm digging into some passages of scripture that have brought so much clarity and peace to my heart. My prayer is that you are encouraged as well! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart The Four Hour School Day Scriptures mentioned in this episode: Matthew 6:24 Job 36:18 Psalm 39:4-7 Psalm 62:10 Proverbs 3:9, 10:2, 13:11, 21:20, 29:3 Ecc. 4:4, 5:3, 5:7 Eph. 2:10 1 Timothy 6:6, 6:9,10, 6:11,12 James 5:3 P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!      
4/29/202239 minutes, 8 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Writing (Podcast 308)

Most homeschooling parents find writing to be one of the more challenging subjects to teach their children. In our over 26 years of homeschooling, our go-to approach for writing was very simple and straightforward.  I always encourage moms to listen to their God-given instincts, but I’m also hoping our story will encourage and inspire you somehow! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler  Homeschooling Today Learning Language Arts Through Literature P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!
4/25/202240 minutes, 16 seconds
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Soul Weariness (Podcast 307)

Today I’m talking about “soul weariness”. It’s a term I recently heard being used to describe something I couldn’t describe before, but have felt to the very core of my being.  Maybe you can relate. We all have things that can cause “soul weariness”…circumstances, relationships, etc,  but today I want to talk about a remedy for this.  It’s not a quick fix, but it is powerful. Be sure to listen to this song at the end of this episode! https://youtu.be/P1qgyLTH6Xg Resources mentioned in this episode: The Unhurried Homeschooler The Four Hour School Day The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry ( I'm listing book this because I said I would. Although the author's work on hurry can be helpful, I would not recommend this author as a solid biblical teacher who rightly handles the word of God) Simply Unhurried(Community) with Durenda Wilson  A way of homeschooling. A way of life. A sneak peek into more about what this community will have to offer. https://youtu.be/UEbHr2iH-cs (Projected launch date: May 1)
4/22/202221 minutes, 59 seconds
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Discipling Our Children Using Traditional Methods (Podcast 306)

Newer isn’t always better. I’ve come to appreciate a more traditional approach to worship for many reasons, but I also love using some of the more traditional methods to disciple my kids that lend themselves to the simple, unhurried lifestyle. Resources mentioned in this episode:  The Unhurried Homeschooler The Four Hour School Day Huggy Hymns Catechism for Young Children http://sovgraceto.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Catechism-for-Young-Children.pdf Children’s Scripture Catechism https://shearerpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Childrens-Scripture-Catechism.pdf A short history of the catechisms and the New City catechism app https://servantsofgrace.org/short-history-catechisms-review-new-city-catechism/ Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan One of our elders shares our reasoning behind the way we choose to worship at our little church in the barn: “One of the reasons that we do music the way that we do at Christ Church (stripped down and understated) is because we want to ditch the spectator mentality that encourages everyone to listen to what is coming through the speakers without contributing to it.  We want our voices and the voices of our children to fill the barn as an outpouring of praise that our God both richly deserves and requires. We can’t do that if we don’t know the songs! So one of our members created a playlist on Spotify that includes the songs we usually sing. Put it on in the car, play it while you’re fixing dinner, let your kids dance to it, and make up moves to match the words (mine do this constantly!)- get those melody lines and lyrics in the heads and hearts of your family so that when we come together on Sundays WE are singing to Lord, not listening to someone else do it.” Our church playlist (including many traditional hymns):  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0XPJcXLF0yndvISYL8FhP6?si=2gOIWFCuRP6O2WRh5w3DBA Related podcast episodes The Importance of Discipleship https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/d4c4c2ed/the-importance-of-discipleship-with-karen-debeus-podcast-80 Bible and Apologetics: Where Do We Start? https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/be116b53/bible-and-apologetics-where-do-we-start-podcast-226 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/18/202229 minutes, 31 seconds
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Simple Ways to Sweeten Your Marriage (Podcast 305)

When in the thick of homeschooling and raising kids, it can be easy to forget to keep investing well into our marriages, but one of the best gifts we can give our kids is a strong, healthy marriage! Today I'm sharing 6 simple ways to sweeten your marriage. It's not rocket science and you are probably doing some or all of these already, even after 32 years of marriage, I know I need reminders! I hope you enjoy this simple, short podcast and that you find some inspiration and encouragement to keep investing! Homeschooling Today Magazine The Four Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
4/15/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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When Your Child Doesn’t Want to be Homeschooled (Podcast 304)

Do you have a child who is saying that they don’t want to be homeschooled?  Whether you are homeschooling or considering it and this is happening at your house, find encouragement and some practical suggestions in today’s episode! Homeschool Iowa (Connect with me at this conference in June!) Homeschooling Today Magazine The Four Hour School Day The Unhurried Homeschooler (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/11/202241 minutes, 25 seconds
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What About Apprenticeships - Part 2 (Podcast 303)

College is NOT the only path to success. In fact, I believe it's becoming more and more irrelevant. The job market is and will be very fluid and constantly changing at unprecedented rates so our kids will need to be able to change with it. That means that as homeschooling parents, we are going to have to think outside the box when it comes to preparing our kids for their future. Fortunately, many fantastic higher education options are becoming available and today I am chatting again (part 2) with Angie Murrell from Apprentice University to find out more about how their program works! She will be answering questions like: What do your classes look like? What is the normal workload for an apprentice University class? What's the average age of an apprentice University student? Can high school students attend Apprentice University? Do you have any residential options? Do you offer any off-campus classes or distance learning? Is Apprentice University accredited? How are digital badges earned and certified? When can I apply to Apprentice University? How does this application process work? What if I'm not ready to commit to Apprentice University? Can I host any events with Apprentice University? Where can I learn more? Key Dates for Apprentice University Friday, April 29 – Student Preview Day on campus Friday, May 6 -- Student Preview Day on campus All registration links can be found on our website: Apprenticeu.com We are also happy to meet with people at any time and arrange for homeschool groups to host us virtually at their convenience. Ways to connect with Angie: Email: [email protected] Site: apprenticeu.com Homeschooling Today (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
4/8/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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What About Apprenticeships - Part 1 (Podcast 302)

College is NOT the only path to success. In fact, I believe it's becoming more and more irrelevant. The job market is and will be very fluid and constantly changing at unprecedented rates so our kids will need to be able to change with it. That means that as homeschooling parents, we are going to have to think outside the box when it comes to preparing our kids for their future. Fortunately, many fantastic higher education options are becoming available and today I am chatting with Angie Murrell from Apprentice University to find out more about how their program works! She will be answering questions like: Is Apprentice University a trade school? What types of careers can I pursue with my Apprentice University education? How long does it take to graduate from The Apprentice University program? How much does it cost to attend Apprentice University? What's the difference between an apprenticeship and an internship? How many apprenticeships do students have? What kind of apprenticeships have students held? Are apprenticeships paid? Key Dates for Apprentice University Friday, April 29 – Student Preview Day on campus Friday, May 6 -- Student Preview Day on campus All registration links can be found on our website: Apprenticeu.com We are also happy to meet with people at any time and arrange for homeschool groups to host us virtually at their convenience. Ways to connect with Angie: Email: [email protected] Site: apprenticeu.com Homeschooling Today (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
4/4/202238 minutes, 16 seconds
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Homeschooling Kids with Dyslexia - Pt. 2 (Podcast 301)

My friend Marianne Sunderland is joining me again today (part 2) to talk about the freedom you have to give your kids with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences a meaningful education! Marianne is a 25-year veteran mom of 8 kids, 7 of whom have dyslexia. She is an incredible resource and a kindred spirit in her simple, unhurried and relational approach. Today we will address questions like: How important is an early diagnosis? Can a mom really do an adequate job teaching her dyslexic child? (You'll love the answer to this!) Is there a simple, unhurried way to homeschool kids with dyslexia? Resources mentioned in this episode: homeschoolingtoday.com The Unhurried Homeschooler The Four Hour School Day Ways to connect with Marianne and her resources: https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/start-here/   My Beyond the Box Learning mentoring group:   https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/beyond-the-box-learning/   My books:   No More School: Meeting the Educational Needs of Kids With Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Difficulties https://amzn.to/3qx1oNC   Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths, and What Really Works https://amzn.to/36v9gZ8   What is Dyslexia? A Parent's Guide to Teaching Kids About Dyslexia https://amzn.to/36v9gZ8   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
4/1/202238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Homeschooling Kids with Dyslexia - Pt. 1 (Podcast 300)

My friend Marianne Sunderland is joining me today to talk about the freedom you have to give your kids with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences a meaningful education! Marianne is a 25-year veteran mom of 8 kids, 7 of whom have dyslexia. She is an incredible resource and a kindred spirit in her simple, unhurried and relational approach. Today we will hear Marianne's story and answer questions like: When should a mom be concerned that her child might have dyslexia? What are some of the signs that a child may struggle with dyslexia? Resources mentioned in this episode: homeschoolingtoday.com The Unhurried Homeschooler The Four Hour School Day Ways to connect with Marianne and her resources: https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/start-here/   My Beyond the Box Learning mentoring group:   https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/beyond-the-box-learning/   My books:   No More School: Meeting the Educational Needs of Kids With Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Difficulties https://amzn.to/3qx1oNC   Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths, and What Really Works https://amzn.to/36v9gZ8   What is Dyslexia? A Parent's Guide to Teaching Kids About Dyslexia https://amzn.to/36v9gZ8   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
3/28/202232 minutes, 29 seconds
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Perfectionism (Podcast 299)

Perfectionism involves putting pressure on ourselves to meet impossibly high standards, thinking that what we do is never good enough. This is something I have dealt with my whole life and I know that other moms struggle with it as well. Many of us also have children who struggle with perfectionism, so I thought it would be a good time to tackle this topic! Listen in for biblical encouragement so you can be equipped to deal with perfectionism more effectively! Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: John 14:26 John 16:13a Genesis 3:1-6 Romans 3:23,24 Matthew 11:28-30 Colossians 3:23-24 2 Timothy 2:15 Colossians 3:17 Ecclesiastes 9:10 Titus 2:7 Colossians 3:23  Galatians 6:4 Proverbs 15:32 Proverbs 29:15 Proverbs 3:5-8 homeschoolingtoday.com (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)          
3/25/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Reading! (Podcast 298)

Reading is an important skill, but does every kid have to love reading?  Does it matter what age a child learns to read? Today I'm sharing some of my own homeschooling experiences along with some facts about reading that you might find both helpful and interesting. Praying this episode will relieve unnecessary burdens you might be carrying when it comes to reading! (Join me for 2 upcoming episodes on dyslexia with my friend Marianne!) Resources mentioned: Better Late Than Early by Dr. Raymond Moore Learning all the Time by John Holt The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson Homeschooling Today (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
3/21/202253 minutes, 54 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - God’s Steadfast Loving Kindness (Podcast 297)

This is another episode in a series that I’ve been doing that you can use as a tool to help you and your family to meditate on God’s word. You can listen as soon as you get up, before bed, if you’re feeling anxious, during quiet time with the kids, or having a hard time sleeping, whatever works for your family! I include the verses here in the show notes for your reference and/or to use as copy work for your kids! (Don't forget to listen to the song. The link is at the bottom of the show notes!) Today we are going to be focusing on God’s lovingkindness. One of the ways lies that Satan often tries to convince us of is that God isn’t really good or loving or kind, so it’s important to meditate on the truth about who God is and that truth is found in God’s word. The Hebrew word most often translated as “lovingkindness” is checed, which literally means “covenant loyalty.”  Lovingkindness  is most often used to describe the character of the Lord Checed or lovingkindness, as it relates to the character of God, is most often used to describe God’s heart toward those who are His own. Exodus 15:13  “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;     you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode. Jeremiah 31:3  I have loved you with an everlasting love;     therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Psalm 6:4(uses the word steadfast which means: (firmly loyal and constant, unchanging, immovable) Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;     save me for the sake of your steadfast love. Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,     on those who hope in his steadfast love, Psalm 119:149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;     O Lord, according to your justice give me life. 119:76 Let your steadfast love comfort me     according to your promise to your servant.   God’s lovingkindness brings us comfort and redemption from sin Numbers 14:19  Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.”  Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;     according to your steadfast love remember me,     for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy     blot out my transgressions.   God’s lovingkindness assures us of His promises Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,   2 Samuel 7:15 (Covenant with David) I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him,  Psalm 18:50 Great salvation he brings to his king,     and shows steadfast love to his anointed,     to David and his offspring forever. Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’   God’s steadfast lovingkindness is abundant, everlasting Psalm 33:5; He loves righteousness and justice;     the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,     slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love Jeremiah 33:11 “‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,     for the Lord is good,     for his steadfast love endures forever!’ Psalm 57:10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,     your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 69:16 Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me, Psalm 31:21 Blessed be the Lord, For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city. Psalm 117:2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord! Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Lamentations 3:22,23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;     his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7WER-J2844 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
3/18/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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When Kids Lie (Podcast 296)

Is your child struggling with lying, but you aren’t sure how to address it from a heart-oriented, biblical perspective? Then we’re glad you’re joining us today as Ginger Hubbard talks about why children lie, what God’s Word says about lying, and encourages parents with practical ways to train children to speak the truth. We will be tackling questions like: Why is lying such a temptation for children (or for that matter adults)? In other words, what’s at the heart of lying. What are 3 methods parents should avoid when dealing with a lying child. Why should parents avoid them? How can parents help young children understand that lying is a sin and how it hinders their relationship with God and others? AND MORE! Ginger's books for kids: Chloe and the Closet of Secrets Ginger is the bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That. She speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences, and homeschool conventions across the country, and co-hosts the Parenting with Ginger Hubbard podcast.  Ways to connect with Ginger: www.GingerHubbard.com Podcast: Parenting with Ginger Hubbard Podcast Books: Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That! Check out Homeschooling Today Magazine: homeschoolingtoday.com (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)    
3/14/202219 minutes, 53 seconds
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Unhurried Homeschooling - Why We Need to Slow Down! (Podcast 295)

In a world that is moving at warp speed, it’s easy to forget that kids are still kids. Their needs haven’t changed: they need time to explore and experiment with the real world around them, to absorb life through all their senses, to process their thoughts at their own pace. All of these are crucial in laying a firm foundation for higher learning, but this TAKES TIME.   Listen in for some encouragement to take a simple, unhurried approach when it comes to our kids' education! (This short episode is only 11 minutes, please share with a friend!) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/11/202211 minutes, 35 seconds
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When Kids Whine (Podcast 294)

Is your child struggling with whining, but you aren’t sure how to address it? Then we’re glad you’re joining us today as Ginger Hubbard talks about how parents can address whining from a heart-oriented, biblical perspective and teach their children to be better communicators.  We will be tackling questions like: How can parents help children understand the heart-issue behind whining and teach them to be better communicators? Can you identify some of those ineffective methods and talk about why they’re not beneficial? How would you address the issue differently with older children who whine? AND MORE! Ginger is the bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That. She speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences, and homeschool conventions across the country, and co-hosts the Parenting with Ginger Hubbard podcast. You can check out her parenting resources and find out when she’s speaking in or near your area at GingerHubbard.com.  (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
3/7/202222 minutes
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Trials and Afflictions (Podcast 293)

One thing we can be sure of is that we will walk through trials. The question is how will we walk through them? So much of that is determined by what we believe about trials. Do trials serve a purpose or are they just there to irritate us? Do we simply see them as problems to be solved or is there more to consider? Today I'll be sharing what a trial is, how/why they come, what our response should be and why. (Hint: not easy, but simple) Scriptures, podcasts, and resources mentioned: Romans 12:7-11 1 Peter 1:6,7 Ephesians 6:10-17 James 1:2-4 Romans 8:1-4 Philippians 4:4-7 1 Corinthians 10:13 Listen to Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth on The Wonders of His Name: https://www.reviveourhearts.com/podcast/revive-our-hearts/season/wonder-his-name/ (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
3/4/202241 minutes, 30 seconds
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Practical Discipline (Podcast 292)

Family life is a spiritual calling and involves spiritual warfare and often that warfare simply involves being faithful to our duties each day without wavering.  Discipline is one of those very important parental duties and requires discernment, fortitude, and perseverance to do well.   We live in a culture that doesn’t value children or the raising of children. God’s perspective is the polar opposite.  He tells us we are investing in eternal souls and not just those of our children, but our grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all those whose lives they touch. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work! Listen in for encouragement and some examples of practical discipline! Podcasts, scripture, and resources mentioned in the podcast: homeschoolingtoday.com Creating a Healthy Environment for Character Training: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bb0fac96/creating-a-healthy-environment-for-character-growth-podcast-282 Let’s Talk About Discipline: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/ca27cfb2/lets-talk-about-discipline-podcast-290 Taming the ‘Tude in Your Kids: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c362e6a1/taming-the-tude-in-your-kids-podcast-288 Tomato Staking: A Relationship Based Parenting Tool: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c788594f/the-homeschool-life-tomato-staking-a-relationship-based-parenting-tool-podcast-163 Dealing with Disrespect in Our Kids: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c334d8f5/dealing-with-disrespect-in-our-kids-podcast-263 Retraining the Kid Who Thinks They Are in Charge: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/ba8a1b4b/tips-for-retraining-the-kid-who-thinks-they-are-in-charge-podcast-274 When Character Training Feels Like an Obstacle: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/1a8032c8/when-character-training-feels-like-an-obstacle-podcast-52 1 Samuel 2:12-35-The story of the disobedience of the sons of Eli 1 Samuel 3:11-14 Naming and knowing sin: https://www.gingerhubbard.com/collections/all/products/wise-words-for-moms (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/28/202256 minutes, 48 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - Complaining/Thankfulness (Podcast 291)

This is another episode in a series that I’ve been doing where I share a bit of truth and the simple, unhurried word of God. The purpose is to give you a tool that helps you and your family to meditate on God’s word. You can listen as soon as you get up, before bed, if you’re feeling anxious, during quiet time with the kids, or having a hard time sleeping, whatever works for your family! I like to share some simple truths before we dive into the main topic verses. I’m trying to do it in a way that is easy for the kids to understand as well! Sometimes it’s hard to slow down. I know I love to be productive but meditating on God’s word IS productive, in the most important way!   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)   One mom suggested including many of the passages in the show notes because her son likes to use them for copy work!   Hebrews 4:12,13  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.   Isaiah 55:10, 11   The rain and snow come down from the heavens     and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow,     producing seed for the farmer     and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word.     I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to,     and it will prosper everywhere I send it.   Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.   Isaiah 26:3  You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.   Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.   Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.   Psalm 100:4-5 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.   1 Chronicles 16:8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.   2 Chronicles 3-4 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Ezra 3:10-11 Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord according to the directions of King David of Israel. They sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.   Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation   Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.   1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;   Psalm 31:7-8 I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul, And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a large place.   Psalm 44:6-8 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us. In God, we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.   Psalm 136:1,2 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.   Psalm 138:1-5 A Psalm of David. I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.   Philippians 4:4-6 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;                    
2/25/202222 minutes, 43 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Discipline! (Podcast 290)

Today we're going to be talking about disciplining our kids! I’ll be talking about what biblical discipline is, why it's so important, and I'll be addressing the issue of mom-guilt. Next week, I’ll be talking about practical parenting in hopes that you will be able to catch a vision for what it might look like in your home! Podcasts, sermons, and links mentioned in this episode: Taming the 'Tude in Your Kids-https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c362e6a1/taming-the-tude-in-your-kids-podcast-288 A Call Home: The Biblical Importance of Family-https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c047db34/a-call-home-the-biblical-importance-of-family-podcast-279 Hindering Our Children Part 1: https://christchurchnc.org/sermons/2021-07-04-elder-wesley Hindering Our Children Part 2: https://christchurchnc.org/sermons/2021-07-11-elder-wesley Creating a Healthy Environment for Character Growth- https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bb0fac96/creating-a-healthy-environment-for-character-growth-podcast-282 Let's Talk About Growing Character \https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/ac422ab0/lets-talk-about-growing-character-podcast-286 Got questions:https://www.gotquestions.org/raising-children.html) (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)      
2/21/202248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - God’s Goodness (Podcast 289)

Welcome to another episode of the Durenda W podcast. This episode is one in a series that I’m doing to help you and your family get to know God’s word and learn to meditate on it.  A mom suggested that I include the passages in the show notes because her son sometimes likes to write them out! (Copywork for the win!) Last week we focused on the sovereignty of God. One thing I have said over and over again is this: If God were sovereign but not good, we would be in really BIG trouble! But the fact is that HE IS GOOD. This can be challenging to remember when we are facing trials and afflictions, but even those, God promises to use for OUR GOOD…for the good of our souls. So let's see what God's word has to say about his goodness and meditate on that! The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. Exodus 34:6 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Ezra 3:11 Good and upright is the Lord. Psalm 25:8 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:9 No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11 I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 145:5-7 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 33:5 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting. Psalm 100:4-5 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:8-9 As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10 The Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalm 92:15 You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:68 You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst. Nehemiah 9:20 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies. Psalm 69:16 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:19-20 Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart Devotional:https://www.amazon.com/Unhurried-Grace-Moms-Heart-Days/dp/1983403962/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3QTJ8PZXRR5L6&keywords=unhurried+grace+for+a+mom%27s+heart&qid=1645201004&sprefix=Unhurried+G%2Caps%2C132&sr=8-1 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/18/202212 minutes, 59 seconds
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Taming the ’Tude in Your Kids (Podcast 288)

I frequently get questions from moms and recently I received an email with some concerns a mom had about her 9-year-old son who is giving her and her husband a lot of grief. So today I’m going to dive into her concerns and questions and I think you’re going to find a lot of encouragement here! Next week I will continue the conversation about child training and discipline because the truth is that unless we are really engaging that part of our role in our kids' lives, we will find our homeschooling journey much, much more difficult. It really can make all the difference! By training and teaching our kids what God thinks about everything, we are giving them a biblical worldview and helping them get to know who God is so that they can learn to hear his voice when he speaks to them. So whatever situations they are in throughout their lives they can stop and ask “How would God want me to respond to this?” and they’ll know the answer because they know their God! Podcasts on Discipline Why Discipline? https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/3acc1f6e/why-discipline-podcast-65 6 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/af6560eb/on-the-porch-6-discipline-mistakes-parents-make-podcast-189 Homeschooling: Be the Parent https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c1b2508b/homeschooling-be-the-parent-podcast-221 Tomato Staking: A Relationship-Based Parenting Tool https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c788594f/the-homeschool-life-tomato-staking-a-relationship-based-parenting-tool-podcast-163 Recommended Book: Parenting by Paul David Tripp Check out Homeschooling today: homeschoolingtoday.com (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/14/202245 minutes, 24 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - God’s Sovereignty (Podcast 287)

Last week I tried something a little new. I did an episode that included me reading the word of God slowly and quietly. The purpose of this was to encourage you and your family to slow down and get to know your God by meditating on His word. We cannot live authentically as Christians if we do not know the truth about our God and we get to know Him by reading and studying His word. We make decisions every day both big and small based on what we believe about Him so it’s imperative that we actually know who He REALLY is. Every day brings challenges, frustrations, and disappointments. It's part of living on this earth. So when those situations arise, we can ask ourselves, “How does God want me to respond to this?” and we will know the answer because we KNOW Him. The things that are happening in the world are unsettling, but the truth is that unsettling things have been happening for thousands of years. As believers, we are called to respond in sincere faith and that requires us to be continually reminded that yes, God IS in control. For that reason, today we are going to meditate on the sovereignty of God! (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/11/202219 minutes, 35 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Growing Character! (Podcast 286)

A few episodes ago I started the conversation about growing character in our kids. I shared how we as moms have a responsibility to encourage our kids to grow in character by creating an environment that will foster that. (Here it is if you missed it: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bb0fac96/creating-a-healthy-environment-for-character-growth-podcast-282) Today I’m getting into the nitty-gritty of character growth: What it is, why it’s important, how we do it and when we do it.  Then I will conclude this episode by answering a question I got from a mom about the issue of sharing.  This episode ran longer than I expected, but I think you'll find some helpful tips and grow in your understanding of how to walk this out! It's a worthwhile investment for sure! Resources mentioned in this episode: Homeschooling Today Magazine: homeschoolingtoday.com Deuteronomy 6:1-9  Tomato Staking: A Relationship-Based Parenting Tool https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c788594f/the-homeschool-life-tomato-staking-a-relationship-based-parenting-tool-podcast-163 When Character Training Feels Like an Obstacle (https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/1a8032c8/when-character-training-feels-like-an-obstacle-podcast-52) Creating a Healthy Environment for Character Growth https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bb0fac96/creating-a-healthy-environment-for-character-growth-podcast-282   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
2/7/202257 minutes, 42 seconds
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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - Psalm 1 (Podcast 285)

Every mom struggles with anxiety to one degree or another. There are countless resources we can turn to and some of them can be useful tools that God gives to help us. However, Proverbs 3:7, 8 warns us to not be wise in our own eyes, but to fear God and shun evil which means we go to Him FIRST and care more about what He has to say than anyone else. Then it goes on to say that this will be “health to our bodies and nourishment to our bones.”  God’s word is timeless, it’s free, it’s living and active and able to transform us from the inside out.  I’m excited about today’s podcast because God has had me on an intense course (once again) of simplifying and slowing down. I’ve been struggling with some physical changes that are part of this season of life. This has also included some ongoing struggles with anxiety. One of the things that have been most helpful is practicing contentment through being still and listening to God’s word being spoken very slowly. This has helped me bring my mind and body into alignment with the truths of God’s word. I will share some important reminders about what God has to say about the power of His word and what it’s capable of and then I will read Psalm 1 to you slowly. You can use this to help you fall asleep at night or help you get back to sleep if you wake during the night. You can use it as a morning meditation before you even get out of bed. If the kids are out of sorts, call them together and have them lay quietly in the same room with you as you play this for them. If they are having trouble getting to sleep or feeling anxious, play it before bed or use it as a bedtime ritual. After enough listens, you and your kids will have it memorized! I'd love to hear if you'd like me to do more of these using other passages and topic-related scriptures that address things like fear, anxiety, faith, etc. (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
2/4/202218 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dealing with a Pessimistic Ungrateful Child (Podcast 276)

Sometimes our kids say things that feel like a punch in the gut and kick our fear/guilt response into high gear. The reality is that there could be a serious character issue that needs to be dealt with in them and other times they are just being foolish like children often are.  Make no mistake, God is working in these situations. The key is to take the time to see what He's doing and cooperate with that work. Whether the work is more in us or in them is worth taking the time to discover. Last week I mentioned that birthdays, holidays, and special occasions can bring to light certain negative behaviors in our kids that need to be addressed. Today I want to talk about dealing with a pessimistic, ungrateful child and some simple ways to address that. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
2/1/202228 minutes, 42 seconds
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Cultivating Contentment as an Unmarried Woman (Podcast 284)

(I encourage you to grab your teen or graduated daughters to listen in!) This is the second episode that we are talking about that season when our daughters have graduated, but aren't yet married. Johanna, our 19-year-old, graduated in 2019 and chose not to go to college. She is joining me for both episodes to share her story and what she has learned. Our family has never been ashamed of the fact that we highly value the role of being wives and moms because God clearly does. We believe that God has placed that nurturing nature into women intentionally and that it is a great gift. It's also in our nature to want to be loved by a man. There is nothing wrong with that, but how do we honor those desires in our daughters while encouraging them to be fruitful during this season of being unmarried. Once they have graduated, then what? Does God have a plan and a purpose for that season? How does the church view unmarried women? How does the culture view unmarried women? Is being unmarried a gift or an affliction?  Johanna also has a podcast for young girls that she co-hosts with Julia, my daughter-in-law, called Jules and Jo so if you have daughters, please go check it out! https://open.spotify.com/show/5bUzn8arfTumoFE7QswakM?si=1ed41bcca523409f Resources: Homeschooling Today Magazine: https://homeschoolingtoday.com/ A good study Bible (One of our favorites is the New Living Translation Illustrated Study Bible. The translation isn't as precise because it communicates more in ideas and less in literal translation but if you are fairly new to studying the word, it's a great start as it's easy to understand and the study notes and devotionals are awesome!) Bible studies from The Daily Grace Co Femina Podcast with Nancy Wilson  Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age by Nancy Wilson Single and Satisfied: A Grace-Filled Calling for the Unmarried Woman by Nancy Wilson Listen in and share with your friends! (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/31/202235 minutes, 15 seconds
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Encouraging Contentment in Our Unmarried Daughters (Podcast 283)

(I encourage you to grab your teen or graduated daughters to listen in!) In this episode and the next, I'll be veering a bit off of my usual topics to talk about that season when our daughters have graduated, but aren't yet married. Johanna, our 19-year-old, graduated in 2019 and chose not to go to college. She is joining me for both episodes to share her story and what she has learned. Our family has never been ashamed of the fact that we highly value the role of being wives and moms because God clearly does. We believe that God has placed that nurturing nature into women intentionally and that it is a great gift. It's also in our nature to want to be loved by a man. There is nothing wrong with that, but how do we honor those desires in our daughters while encouraging them to be fruitful during this season of being unmarried. Once they have graduated, then what? Does God have a plan and a purpose for that season? How does the church view unmarried women? How does the culture view unmarried women? Is being unmarried a gift or an affliction?  Johanna also has a podcast for young girls that she co-hosts with Julia, my daughter-in-law, called Jules and Jo so if you have daughters, please go check it out! https://open.spotify.com/show/5bUzn8arfTumoFE7QswakM?si=1ed41bcca523409f Resources: A good study Bible (One of our favorites is the New Living Translation Illustrated Study Bible. The translation isn't as precise because it communicates more in ideas and less in literal translation but if you are fairly new to studying the word, it's a great start as it's easy to understand and the study notes and devotionals are awesome!) Bible studies from The Daily Grace Co Femina Podcast with Nancy Wilson  Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age by Nancy Wilson Single and Satisfied: A Grace-Filled Calling for the Unmarried Woman   Listen in and share with your friends! (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)                    
1/28/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Creating a Healthy Environment for Character Growth (Podcast 282)

Lately, I’ve been sharing a lot about the importance of fully engaging in our roles as parents. I wanted to talk about character building today, but I realized that before I do that, it’s really important to understand that we as moms have a responsibility to create an environment for our kids that is conducive to growing their character.  Listen in, be encouraged, and share with a friend! Podcast and links mentioned: Homeschooling Today Magazine:  https://homeschoolingtoday.com/ https://www.familyeducation.com/how-to-determine-your-childs-love-language  https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/cc187bbd/growing-healthy-families-ways-to-build-your-familys-immune-system-podcast-123 Also, here's a favorite website of mine that has simple, clean eating recipes https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/ (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)        
1/25/202223 minutes, 30 seconds
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Raising Warriors (Podcast 281)

Now more than ever parents are seeing the need to raise strong children.  As believers, we don’t just want our children to be strong in themselves, but strong in the Lord so that they can thrive in spite of what kind of pressure the culture might want to put on them to concede to secularism. In order for this to happen, it is imperative that we are intentional in our role as parents because, as we heard in last week’s episode, it's one of our primary mandates from God! Our obedience in this area has the potential to affect our culture in a big way! “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!" -Deut. 30:6  Listen in, be encouraged, and share with a friend! Homeschooling Today Magazine: https://homeschoolingtoday.com/ Related podcasts mentioned: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bbcf7598/guarding-against-deceptive-narratives-podcast-277 https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c047db34/a-call-home-the-biblical-importance-of-family-podcast-279 https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c1b2508b/homeschooling-be-the-parent-podcast-221 https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/3acc1f6e/why-discipline-podcast-65 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
1/21/202233 minutes, 38 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Testing (Podcast 280)

I periodically get questions about testing. Many moms want to know if I tested my kids and if I think it’s important or not. Last week I talked about how math is a tool. Testing is also a tool and when used at the right time can be very helpful. However, the opposite is also true. If a child is not a good test taker and/or becomes stressed in the process, you are not going to get an accurate assessment. Listen in as I talk about my personal experience homeschooling our 8 kids. I'm not a "teacher" or an "expert".  I am a mom just like you simply sharing from my years of experience and my perspective now, 26 years later. (And just a side note: all of my kids are doing very well adulting and did from an early age!) If you are enjoying my podcast, please share it with your friends! Last week's podcast on Math: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/b6a9580f/lets-talk-about-math-podcast-278 (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)  
1/17/202235 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Call Home - The Biblical Importance of Family (Podcast 279)

Today I want to talk about just how crucial our roles at home really are. All throughout scripture, God references the family in countless ways because the family is what bears His image to the world.  I’ve said over and over again that the most effective way to change the culture is for Christian parents to fully engage in their roles at home.  Listen in to this conversation with Wes, a local pastor, husband, and father of four (who also happens to homeschool) as we talk about why the call home is essential for every believing parent! Links to podcasts mentioned: https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/d8683568/applying-romans-13-to-the-here-and-now-podcast-183 https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/c37c85ab/homeschooling-the-importance-of-a-biblical-education-podcast-231 Need resources on biblical roles? Here are a few to check out: Reforming Marriage The Fruit of Her Hands Standing on the Promises For more messages by Pastor Wes, listen here: https://anchor.fm/christ-church-nc/episodes/1-Peter-21-3-e1ce9u9 For past messages on the family, listen to messages dated from May 30-July 11 here: https://christchurchnc.org/sermons   (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
1/14/202248 minutes, 5 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Math! (Podcast 278)

I often have moms reaching out to me to ask me about math.  Maybe their child hates it and they're struggling to help them. They can't seem to find an approach that works or they hated math as a student or weren’t good at it and aren't sure how they're going to teach their kids. If you can relate, please know you are not alone: Put simply, math is the bane of many a home-school mom’s existence. Today, I'm going to share with you my personal experience homeschooling our 8 kids. I'm not a math professional or a teacher, just a regular mom sharing from my perspective now, 26 years and 7 graduates later! I know you'll be encouraged! If you know other moms who might enjoy this podcast, please share it with other moms! Homeschooling Today Magazine at homeschoolingtoday.com Video link mentioned in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyowJZxrtbg&t=623s (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com or your favorite bookseller!)
1/10/202240 minutes, 3 seconds
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Guarding Against Deceptive Narratives (Podcast 277)

Narratives are essentially stories.  We are all living from a narrative in our heads, but the question is what or whose narrative? Let’s pause for a few minutes and take stock of what we are believing. God’s word says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Moms we are responsible to guard our hearts because everything we do flows from them and we want life and truth flowing from our hearts so that we are wise women who build our homes, not foolish ones who tear them down! (Proverbs 14:1)   Scriptures mentioned: 1 Peter 5:8-11 Proverbs 4:23 1 Timothy 6:6 Phil 4:13 Romans 12:1-6 Lamentations 3:22-23 Psalm 75:7 Psalm 50:6 Isaiah 33:22 John 8:44 James 1:5-8 Homeschooling Today Magazine at homeschoolingtoday.com (Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life at durendawilson.com, Amazon or your favorite bookseller!)
1/6/202233 minutes, 41 seconds
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What I Want You to Remember in 2022 (Podcast 275)

This is the 55th time I have rung in the New Year. It’s from this perspective that I want to share a few things that I want you to remember as we head into 2022. What has anchored me over and over again throughout these years? What did my devotional life look like with 8 kids? (It's probably not what you are thinking!) Please share this podcast with your friends! For more encouragement, use the search bar on the podcast page on my website! Just enter keywords to find the encouragement you need! There are over 270 episodes! Scriptures shared: Romans 8:31-39 Matthew 6:25-34 (My devotional, Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart, is a great way to get back into God’s word in the coming year! Find it at durendawilson.com) The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool life is an Amazon best-seller! Find it on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)
12/31/202121 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tips for Retraining the Kid Who Thinks They are in Charge (Podcast 274)

Most families have at least one kid who seems to think they are in charge. Sometimes a special occasion like birthdays, holidays, or vacations kicks that into high gear.  Listen in to this short podcast to hear some tips for retraining the kid who thinks he/she is in charge! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY BEST SELLER,  THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY, ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
12/27/20219 minutes, 27 seconds
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When the Holidays are Hard

Life can be hard, but when that hard happens during the Christmas season, the hard can feel magnified. Sometimes we just need permission to be ok with the fact that certain expectations are simply not going to be met. Stepping back and looking at the grand scheme of things can often help us gain a little more perspective.  I hope you'll listen in, be encouraged, and when you've done that, take a few moments to soak in this sweet song!  PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
12/22/202123 minutes, 31 seconds
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Throwback - An Unhurried Christmas (Podcast 273)

)This is the final episode in the Unhurried Christmas Grace series!  We can feel so rushed in the midst of the Christmas season. But this time of year is really so much taking time. It's an invitation to wait in anticipation of a promise of a Messiah that was given so many years ago. Waiting isn't something that most of us do well, but why don't you join me for (literally) just a few minutes to ponder a few tender Christmas thoughts.  Get your Free digital Holiday Edition of Homeschooling Today here! LISTEN TO AN UNHURRIED CHRISTMAS(https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/6a9fc0e8/an-unhurried-christmas-podcast-101 PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
12/20/20213 minutes, 42 seconds
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Throwback - Our Family‘s Favorite Christmas Read Aloud (Podcast 272)

)Get your Free digital Holiday Edition of Homeschooling Today here! Gather the kids and find a cozy spot to relax while I read to all of you our family's favorite Christmas story! Most of my kids are grown up and some even have kids of their own, so it makes me happy to be able to share this with your family today! Are you ready? LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE (https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/bc135b67/our-familys-favorite-christmas-story-read-aloud-podcast-102) PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM  
12/17/20213 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is God Requiring More of You Now Than Ever? (Podcast 271)

Does it feel like God is requiring more of you today than ever before? I’m right there with you. Maybe you are suffering through a particularly difficult trial. Maybe God is calling you to persevere in everyday life like never before. You are not alone. I think it’s important to know that we are not alone, but it’s even more important to know that as believers...(read the full transcript at durendawilson.com: https://www.durendawilson.com/post/is-god-requiring-more-of-you-now-than-ever)
12/14/202116 minutes, 58 seconds
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Throwback - The Government Rest on Jesus‘ Shoulders (Podcast 270)

As we wrestle with the challenges we are currently experiencing, many of us are asking questions like these: Can God rescue us from the problems we face? Can He save us from oppressive world powers? Can He break the power of our sin and help us deal with its consequences? These are pressing questions that every generation of Christians has asked and today we are going to find out how we can steer clear of panic/despair and anger and move toward joyfully engaging in the battle (that we will win) and delighting in our obedience to Christ! Please check out The Homeschooling Today Magazine at Get your Free digital Holiday Edition of Homeschooling Today here! homeschoolingtoday.com USE THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
12/10/20216 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mary‘s Mom Heart and Expectations

I love it when God lays encouragement on my heart to share with you in a moment when I didn't expect it. That is what today's podcast is. I hope you'll take a few minutes to sit back and let your heart be filled! (Note: I mention Mary's presence throughout Jesus' life. I wanted to clarify that she may not have been physically present for the resurrection and ascension, but she was alive and I'm confident had knowledge of all of it!) Verses shared: Luke 1: 46-56 Hebrews 12:1-3 Proverbs 3:5-8 James 2:18,26 Please check out my bestseller, The Four Hour School Day on Amazon, your favorite bookseller, or at my website, durendawilson.com
12/8/202127 minutes, 3 seconds
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Why the Four Hour School Day (Podcast 269)

Today I’m sharing with you why I wrote my new book. It’s not a marketing podcast. It’s a very short explanation of why I can’t tell you exactly HOW to homeschool your kids.  I am confident you won’t be disappointed as I share several things that you may not have ever really thought about and how knowing these things will help you homeschool more confidently. The ultimate goal of The Four Hour School Day? To realize how doable homeschooling really is and that yes, you are in fact qualified to give your kids a full and robust education…and it doesn’t have to take all day! Please check out The Four Hour School Day on Amazon, your favorite bookseller, or at my website, durendawilson.com
12/6/202123 minutes, 31 seconds
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Throwback - Advent, The Humble Posture of Waiting (Podcast 268)

Throughout the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to revisit some Christmas-related topics that I’ve recorded in the past.  We have had over 50K downloads in the last 30 days, so I  know there are many new listeners out there, and even if you aren't a new listener and you actually remember these episodes chances are you will STILL be encouraged by hearing them again!  I have current episodes posted over these weeks as well, but I'm really trying to spend time with my family and keep things simple and unhurried through this season. I hope you are too! (Check out Homeschooling Today magazine at homeschoolingtoday.com) Get your Free digital Holiday Edition of Homeschooling Today here! LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE USING THIS LINK Here is today’s episode description: Welcome to Unhurried Christmas Grace, a short podcast series I am doing during the month of December to help us keep our eyes on Jesus during this Christmas season. Today we are reading from Luke 1:39-55. This is the interaction between Mary and Elizabeth and it has some wonderful application to our lives! Please listen as we find out more about taking a humble posture of waiting during this Christmas season!   PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
12/3/20215 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pop-Up Podcast Update

Hey Everyone!  I'm throwing an extra short podcast in here this week sharing my heart and hopefully bringing you a dose of encouragement as we head into the Christmas season! You all are the BEST! Really! I'm so thankful that God connected us. I so appreciate all of your notes and messages encouraging me to keep sharing! Thank you for that! Hugs from one mom to another! Durenda  
12/2/202114 minutes, 19 seconds
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Throwback - Cultivating Your Family‘s Culture (Podcast 267)

Throughout the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to revisit some Christmas-related topics that I’ve recorded in the past.  We have had over 50K downloads in the last 30 days, so I  know there are many new listeners out there, and even if you aren't a new listener and you actually remember these episodes chances are you will STILL be encouraged by hearing them again!  I have current episodes posted over these weeks as well, but I'm really trying to spend time with my family and keep things simple and unhurried through this season. I hope you are too! USE THIS LINK TO LISTEN Here is today’s episode description: Today’s episode is called, Cultivating Your Family’s Holiday Culture Be intentional! It's the battle cry of the many parents out there who want to do a good job raising their kids. We want important things to STAY important things. It's no different at Christmas, but it also happens to get more complicated at Christmas. So many possibilities, so many things we could do. Today we are talking about how to cultivate your family's holiday culture.  It's so important to consider where you are as a family: season of life, budget, uniquenesses of your children, etc. Heather Haupt and I are also discussing why it's important to cultivate a culture in your family, not just at Christmas but throughout the year and we will be walking you through a few guiding principles that will help you prayerfully personalize your family's holiday culture!    PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
11/29/20214 minutes, 23 seconds
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Throwback - When God Flips the Plan (Podcast 266)

Throughout the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to revisit some Christmas-related topics that I’ve recorded in the past.  We have had over 50K downloads in the last 30 days, so I  know there are many new listeners out there, and even if you aren't a new listener and you actually remember these episodes chances are you will STILL be encouraged by hearing them again!  I have current episodes posted over these weeks as well, but I'm really trying to spend time with my family and keep things simple and unhurried through this season. I hope you are too! LISTEN USING THIS LINK:https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/b5c43a41/unhurried-christmas-grace-when-god-flips-your-plan-podcast-180 Here is today’s episode description. We all enjoy being able to make plans and see them unfold, but what about when God flips the plan? What then? How do we respond? I'm pretty sure that Mary's dream was not to live out a story that seemed impossible to believe and yet, when God revealed His plan to her, her response was one of humble obedience. All of us have experienced and will experience defining moments when God changes the trajectory of our lives. Let's look more closely at Mary's example in order to glean truths that can help us respond when God flips the plan. Mom’s Retreat Mentioned: homeschoolmomsretreat.com Code: DURENDA PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOUR HOUR SCHOOL DAY ON AMAZON, YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLER OR DURENDAWILSON.COM
11/26/20214 minutes, 15 seconds
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Some Perspective on Motherhood in the Midst of Current Events (Podcast 265)

I wanted to speak directly to the fear that I know I’ve felt as I’ve seen so many directly affected by job loss, potential job loss, forced moves, and facing circumstances that they never expected.    The fear is real, it’s humanly understandable, but there is a remedy for it and it’s simpler (yet harder) than one might think. However, it is life-changing.    As modern people with SO many resources at our disposal, we often overindulge and end up overwhelming ourselves because we take in way more than we can actually meaningfully apply and obey.    Listen in and be encouraged! We really DON’T have to fear bad news.    Song: King of the World Resources shared: Attributes of God by A.W. Pink Proverbs 29:25 Proverbs 3:5-8 Isaiah 40:26-28 (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/22/202118 minutes, 17 seconds
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Unhurried Grace - Keeping a Simple, Unhurried Heart of Faith at Home (Podcast 264)

In a world that is moving and changing at warp speed, sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up.  How do I navigate something that doesn’t stay the same for what feels like any longer than a nanosecond? How am I supposed to keep a perspective of my place in this world and more importantly, my role as a believer?  I have been praying over this since early 2020. I have often bunny trailed into places I’ve never ventured before thinking that since everything is seeming like such a hot mess, maybe God wants me to do things I’ve never done before like become more of an activist. After all, most of my kids are grown and so I “could” do more of those things.  He has allowed me to go down some of those trails for short time and what I found is that they are more like black holes than trails. God, in His faithfulness, has continually led me back to the words “simple” and “unhurried” time and time again.  As a culture, we are overwhelmed with information, both bad and good. I can spend hours pouring over the latest political or pandemic happenings. I can even more easily spend hours utilizing the endless resources available to study scripture, listen to great teachings and read books on slowing down and simplifying.  But here’s the problem: I am human. I am finite. I am limited in my ability to apply and obey the total sum of all the available resources.  So if I am chasing my tail trying to implement every good idea or principle I read or hear or come across, even those based on scripture….(read the rest of the podcast by going to durendawilson.com) Comforts From the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick
11/19/202121 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dealing with Disrespect in our Kids (Podcast 263)

I encourage parents to be patient and not to put too much book pressure on their kids too early. We can often gauge what they are ready for by their response to said schoolwork. However, regardless of whether or not they are ready for it, their responses to us need to be respectful.  In fact, before we ever approach solving the schoolwork issue, we must address the respect issue because our homeschooling journey won’t go well if our kids are in a habit of being disrespectful. Listen in for tips on dealing with disrespect in our kids!   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/15/202120 minutes, 21 seconds
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Schoolhouse Rocked (Podcast 262)

I’m super excited to tell you that Schoolhouse Rocked the documentary is now available to stream! You won’t want to miss this super encouraging film on homeschooling that will help solidify your decision to homeschool and might just be the little nudge that so many parents need to jump into their own homeschooling adventure. So many parents are struggling with school boards and their right to decide what’s best for their kids! Homeschooling frees parents from that battle and allows them to decide what’s best for their kids! Homeschooling is more doable than most families realize and can help grow kids that are creative, flexible, problem solvers…ones that are ready to face the future with hope and confidence! Join me as I visit with Yvette Hampton, Producer of Schoolhouse Rocked! To stream Schoolhouse Rocked to your home, go to: https://watch.schoolhouserocked.com To host a group showing: https://faithcontentnetwork.com/host-schoolhouse-rocked Website: https://schoolhouserocked.com (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/12/202137 minutes, 57 seconds
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Let‘s Talk About Curriculum (Podcast 261)

After over 26 years of homeschooling our 8 kids (7 graduated), I can tell you that curriculum is important, but not as important as you might think. Today I’m sharing some myths/lies that we tend to believe about curriculum along with some truths that are important to keep in mind so that you can make wise choices for your family. Podcasts mentioned: 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers with Dr. Kathy Koch Why Chores are Essential Essentials in Early Education Here are a few curriculum choices our family has enjoyed over the years (not an exhaustive list!): Through 2nd grade-100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read, Horizons math, workbooks from Costco/Walmart (I explain why in this video). 3-8th grade-Teaching Textbooks, Horizons, Notgrass American History(7th/8th gr), Math U See, Saxon (only for my math/logic minded kids), Key To Math series (if they are struggling with the basics) Learning Language Arts Through Literature (we handled science and history in an unconventional way that I describe in my books, The Unhurried Homeschooler and The Four Hour School Day) High School: Mystery of History, 101 Series (science), consumer math (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/8/202141 minutes, 11 seconds
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Unhurried Grace: Be Still, a Discipline in the Midst of the Storm (260)

As promised, I am doing one short devotional a week. We can’t be godly wives and mothers unless we are godly women. That starts by making sure that our souls are being nurtured by God through His word and prayer. Typically these devotionals will be shorter than this one, but what can I say? There was so much to share from Psalm 46 that seemed too good to skip and given the increased spiritual battles that are going on all around us, we need it! Resources used and shared: New Living Translation Illustrated Study Bible Torah of Surrender  Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart ( a devotional I wrote specifically for homeschooling moms!) (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/5/202123 minutes, 23 seconds
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8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers Part 2 (259)

Have you considered homeschooling your children but are overwhelmed thinking of how to teach them? Or maybe you’re a seasoned homeschooler, but just can’t figure out how to get through to one (or more) of your children. Does your child love to build things but cannot.sit.still? How can you teach based on noticeable unique strengths?  Today, Dr. Kathy Koch and I continue talking about ways to recognize and teach to your child’s unique strengths and help them in their areas of weakness! Ways to connect with Dr.  Kathy: CelebrateKids.com facebook.com/celebratekidsinc instagram.com/celebratekidsinc pinterest.com/celebratekidsinc shop.celebratekids.com/ celebratekids.com/newsletter/   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
11/1/202138 minutes, 37 seconds
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8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers with Dr. Kathy Koch Part 1 (Podcast 258)

Have you considered homeschooling your children but are overwhelmed thinking of how to teach them? Or maybe you’re a seasoned homeschooler, but just can’t figure out how to get through to one (or more) of your children. Does your child love to build things but cannot.sit.still? How can you teach based on noticeable unique strengths?  Today Dr. Kathy Koch joins me in talking about ways to recognize and teach to your child’s unique strengths and help them in their areas of weakness! Ways to connect with Dr.  Kathy: CelebrateKids.com facebook.com/celebratekidsinc instagram.com/celebratekidsinc pinterest.com/celebratekidsinc shop.celebratekids.com/ celebratekids.com/newsletter/     (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
10/29/202132 minutes, 41 seconds
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Can I be Real With You? (Podcast 257)

This podcast is a little different in that I’m sharing my recent experience with burnout and how God has revealed himself to me in the midst of it. My intention is that you would be filled with courage as you continue to be faithful to the good work that God has given you in the life of your family. God is sovereign over the events that are happening in the world. We aren’t responsible for “fixing” everything. Although as believers we speak and live God’s truth, one of the most powerful and long-lasting ways we impact the world is by speaking and living God’s truth in our church community and at home as we raise our children and love our husbands. Simple. Unhurried. This has been where God has brought me back to over and over again. In the midst of difficulty, struggles, trials, temptations, and burnout, He wants to lead us back to unforced rhythms of grace, not simply for our comfort, but also as a testimony to a hurting world that peace can only be found in Him. Your testimony at home matters. (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)  
10/25/202141 minutes, 26 seconds
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Husbands - How to Support Your Homeschooling Wife (Podcast 256)

Husbands: How to Support Your Homeschooling Wife We are changing things up in this episode (and the last)!  Jerrad Lopes from dadtired.com is joining us today to specifically encourage husbands!  There is lots of encouragement for wives as well, so why not make it a date to listen together! You won’t be disappointed! Ways to connect with Jerrad: Community: connect.dadtired.com Instagram: @dad.tired All resources: dadtired.com (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
10/22/202128 minutes, 50 seconds
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Husbands - Protecting Your Wife From Fear (Podcast 255)

Husbands: Protecting Your Wife from Fear  We are changing things up in this episode (and the next)!  Jerrad Lopes from dadtired.com is joining us today to specifically encourage husbands!  There is lots of encouragement for wives as well, so why not make it a date to listen together! You won’t be disappointed! Ways to connect with Jerrad: Community: connect.dadtired.com Instagram: @dad.tired All resources: dadtired.com (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
10/18/202135 minutes, 39 seconds
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Are All High School Courses Necessary? (Podcast 254)

I recently received this question from a homeschool mom (Rebecca) and I thought it was so good that I would share it in a podcast!  “I have listened to so many of your podcasts, and I know you believe in a very relaxed approach for the younger years. You encourage a similar approach to high school, but you work with an even stronger emphasis on owning their lives and education.  My question is, do you think all of the traditional high school courses are necessary if they’re not going to college?  If your state doesn’t require specific courses to graduate, then do you think it’s all truly necessary?” Navigating the Post High School Years Homeschooling a Struggling Learner Through High School If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
10/15/202133 minutes, 36 seconds
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Homeschooling a Struggling Learner Through High School (Podcast 253)

Many parents homeschool their kids because they have one or more struggling learners, but often they feel ill-equipped and inadequate for the job. They know the traditional classroom setting isn’t working, but lack the confidence they would like to have when homeschooling their struggling high school learner. Entering the high school years as a homeschooling parent is the time when many who have average students begin to sweat bullets, but if you’ve got a struggling learner, the thought of meeting all the traditional standard criteria for high school can feel just plain hopeless. Fear not! Today my friend Peggy Ployhar joins me to talk about homeschooling with confidence when homeschooling a struggling learner through high school! Ways to connect with Peggy: Website: https://spedhomeschool.com/ Podcast: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/spedhomeschool Blog: http://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/spedhomeschool High School Master Class: https://www.empoweredhomeschool.org/high-school-master-class   If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller)
10/11/202132 minutes, 21 seconds
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Homeschooling with Confidence When Teaching a Struggling Learner (Podcast 252)

Many parents homeschool their kids because they have one or more struggling learners, but often they feel ill-equipped and inadequate for the job. They know the traditional classroom setting isn’t working, but lack the confidence they would like to have when homeschooling their child.   Today my friend Peggy Ployhar joined me to talk about homeschooling with confidence when teaching a struggling learner. Ways to connect with Peggy: Website: https://spedhomeschool.com/ Podcast: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/spedhomeschool Blog: http://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/spedhomeschool High School Master Class: https://www.empoweredhomeschool.org/high-school-master-class   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less! FIND IT AT DURENDAWILSON.COM, Amazon or your favorite bookseller)
10/8/202128 minutes, 3 seconds
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Letting Go of the Counterfeit - Story of the Pearl Necklace (Podcast 251)

Today's podcast is a mercifully short one. I share a short story that I heard years ago that begs the question: What are we hanging on to that God is asking us to let go of? He is a GOOD God and today's short podcast is a poignant reminder of that. (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
10/4/20216 minutes, 37 seconds
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Tips for Reducing Anxiety (Podcast 250)

In spite of the fact that I have been a believer my entire life, I have struggled with anxiety off and on over the years and still do. There are times it has been debilitating.    I’d like to say that I have overcome anxiety and never struggle anymore, but that would be a flat-out lie. However, God has given me wisdom that I can go back to over and over again whenever I am in a season of struggling with anxiety.   Today I am sharing just a few simple principles/practices that have helped me over the years and that I still find very effective.   Scriptures mentioned: Hebrews 12:11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Proverbs 25:28  A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 2 Timothy 1:7  God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power of love and of self-control (self-discipline) John 4:18,19  Perfect love casts out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.   Phil 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing but in everything with prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”   (James 1:5-8)   Books mentioned: The Sovereignty of God-AW Pink (not an easy read) Is God Really in Control-Jerry Bridges Humble Roots-Hannah Anderson The Attributes of God-Arthur Pink (When we know our God well, it is far easier to trust Him which reduces our anxiety)   Message mentioned: The Sinfulness of Worry   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
10/1/202140 minutes, 25 seconds
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Encouraging Teens/Forcing Learning/Using Fewer Words (Podcast 249)

A while back I asked, “If you could ask a veteran homeschooling mom anything, what would it be?” Today I am answering three of those questions:  How do you help/encourage teens to explore options after high school? I have a junior in high school that doesn’t have a clue what direction he wants to go. He goes between engineer and car mechanic…..very different paths! As a former public school teacher, the homeschool world was never ever something I expected to find let alone to admire it.  My question is how do you discern when you’re trying to force something on your children and when it’s God calling you out of your comfort zone?  I loved the last half of your new book, especially the boy part! I know all these things but how specifically did you “say fewer words!?” I am horrible at talking too much!! Podcast mentioned: Navigating the Post High School Years https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast-1/episode/c9196c29/navigating-the-post-high-school-years-podcast-32 (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)  
9/27/202123 minutes, 21 seconds
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Slow Down for the Sake of the Children (Podcast 248)

Have you ever noticed that the pace of the children seems to inevitably be slower than we want or would tend to go?  What if this is actually God’s plan? What if slowing down is God’s way of helping our children learn and develop naturally, instead of having to force things? Today I’m honing in on the need to slow down for the sake of the children. I’m reading a little bit from my book, The Unhurried Homeschooler, and from The Four Hour School Day. (Let me clarify that this isn't permission to let the children run the show. You are still the parent, always. However, it can be easy to run at a frenetic pace that simply isn't good for the children OR us!) (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/24/202135 minutes, 52 seconds
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Homeschooling - Getting Started Pt:2 (Podcast 247)

Ready to start homeschooling or at least considering it? (Maybe you know someone who is?) Today I share the last 3 of 4 practical steps to get started on your homeschooling journey! (I share the first step and debunk common myths about homeschooling in part 1)   Making the decision Moving forward Connecting Deciding on your approach Books mentioned in this episode: The Four Hour School Day-Durenda Wilson The Unhurried Homeschooler-Durenda Wilson Better Late Than Early-Raymond and Dorothy Moore (This book can be difficult to find as it's an older one, but The Unhurried Homeschooler has similar principles) The Successful Homeschool Journey (or Home School Burnout)-Raymond and Dorothy Moore For the Children’s Sake-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay Learning All the Time and Teach Your Own-John Holt Access Encouraging a Homeschool Heart Devotional by Durenda Wilson Blog post on different homeschool approaches(remember that you don't have to choose just one! You can combine approaches to best fit your children and family!) Podcasts mentioned: The Homeschool Life: Simple Ways to Avoid Being Overwhelmed How to Start Homeschooling without Getting Overwhelmed (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/20/202128 minutes, 21 seconds
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Homeschooling - Getting Started Pt:1 (Podcast 246)

Ready to start homeschooling or at least considering it? (Maybe you know someone who is?) Today I debunk some common myths about homeschooling and share the first of 4 practical steps to get started on your homeschooling journey! The other three steps will be shared in the next episode!    Making the decision Moving forward Connecting Deciding on your approach Podcast: Why You Don't Need to Know Everything to Give Your Kids a Great Education Podcast: Transitioning from Traditional School to Homeschool (this one is more about the heart transition) HSLDA.org (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/17/202132 minutes, 34 seconds
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A Conversation with 2 Veteran Homeschool Moms (Podcast 245)

Sara and I have been friends for a long, long time. We both homeschooled all of our kids and now almost all are grown and gone. There is something about walking alongside another homeschool mom for that long. It creates bonds that can never be broken. I moved across the country, but Sara came to visit, so we sat down together to talk about homeschooling. I wanted her to share some things about her homeschooling journey because I think stories are fun and inspiring!  I hope you enjoy our conversation! (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/13/202139 minutes, 4 seconds
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Adventuring Together Pt:2 (Podcast 244)

So much of raising healthy, productive adults has to do with relationships throughout their childhood. Making connections with our kids and giving them opportunities to build healthy relationships with friends and with learning requires some thought and intention.   So how do you make relationships with your kids fresh, exciting, heartfelt, and happy? My guest, Greta Eskridge, says to break away from the routine! Intentional adventures away from the comforts of home create bonding and sharing opportunities that will last a lifetime!  In this 2 part podcast, Greta answers questions like: Why is connection so important? Can you still adventure with your kids if you aren't outdoorsy? What about when things go wrong on adventures? Convincing young kids to adventure doesn't sound too difficult, but what about teens? How do you make adventuring a part of your home school days? Besides connecting through adventure, you are passionate about helping families fight pornography. Those two things don't seem to go together. Is there a connection?   Ways to connect with Greta: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maandpamodern/ Website: http://www.gretaeskridge.com Adventuring Together (book)   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/10/202123 minutes, 7 seconds
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Adventuring Together Pt:1 (Podcast 243)

So much of raising healthy, productive adults has to do with relationships throughout their childhood. Making connections with our kids and giving them opportunities to build healthy relationships with friends and with learning requires some thought and intention.   So how do you make relationships with your kids fresh, exciting, heartfelt, and happy? My guest, Greta Eskridge, says to break away from the routine! Intentional adventures away from the comforts of home create bonding and sharing opportunities that will last a lifetime!  In this podcast, Greta answers questions like: Why is connection so important? Can you still adventure with your kids if you aren't outdoorsy? What about when things go wrong on adventures? Convincing young kids to adventure doesn't sound too difficult, but what about teens? How do you make adventuring a part of your home school days? Besides connecting through adventure, you are passionate about helping families fight pornography. Those two things don't seem to go together. Is there a connection?   Ways to connect with Greta: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maandpamodern/ Website: http://www.gretaeskridge.com Adventuring Together (book)   (If you haven't checked out my new book, The Four Hour School Day please do that!  As a 25+ year veteran homeschooling mom of 8, I share WHY you can give your kids a robust education in four hours a day or less!)
9/6/202124 minutes, 18 seconds
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Help for the Overwhelmed Mom of Littles (Podcast 242)

Today I want to talk to any moms out there who have littles and might be feeling a bit (or a lot) overwhelmed!  All eight of our kids were born in 13 years. We had two girls first and then 4 boys in less than 6 years. The last two (a girl and boy) were born within 4 years after that, so I’ve been there. Some days really do just feel like survival, but we want that to be the exception, not the rule. Listen in for practical tips that will help you thrive in this very special season. (If you haven't read my new book, please check it out: The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)      
9/3/202135 minutes, 57 seconds
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Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt:2 (Podcast 241)

The enemy is insidious and disguises himself as an angel of light. Often, without realizing it, both we and our children can easily absorb these lies and inhibit our ability to think biblically. Today, Elizabeth Urbanowitz from Foundation Worldview joins us as she shares the last 4 of 7 lies our kids(and maybe we) very well may believe! She will also give us some activities to do with our kids to help combat each lie and reinforce biblical truth! (The first three are covered in part 1) Ways to connect with Elizabeth: Foundation Website Foundation Facebook Page Foundation Instagram (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)  
8/30/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Seven Lies Your Children May Believe Pt:1 (Podcast 240)

The enemy is insidious and disguises himself as an angel of light. Often, without realizing it, both we and our children can easily absorb these lies and inhibit our ability to think biblically. Today, Elizabeth Urbanowitz from Foundation Worldview joins us as she shares the first 3 of 7 lies our kids(and maybe we) very well may believe! She will also give us some activities to do with our kids to help combat each lie and reinforce biblical truth! (We will cover the last 4 in part 2) Ways to connect with Elizabeth: Foundation Website Foundation Facebook Page Foundation Instagram (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)  
8/27/202125 minutes, 13 seconds
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Transitioning from Traditional School to Homeschool (Podcast 239)

Today I want to talk about transitioning from traditional school to homeschool. I know there are a lot of parents out there with a sort of deer in the headlights feeling right now. I just did a podcast on feeling forced to homeschool and for many families, this is the case. School boards across the nation are literally locking parents out who aren't cooperating with their agenda and refusing to listen to what the parents have to say concerning their kids. Consequently, many families are choosing to homeschool who might not have otherwise. In my recent podcast on feeling forced to homeschool, I help parents walk through some of the feelings that they may be having as well as encouraging homeschoolers to come alongside these families and support them. Before we can do that well, we need to understand some of the things they might be feeling and dealing with right now and that's what I talked about in the podcast along with suggestions on how we can best help them. Today I want to continue the conversation by talking about transitioning from traditional school to homeschool. (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
8/23/202120 minutes, 35 seconds
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Homeschooling as a Single Mom Pt:2 (Podcast 238)

(Part 2)One of the chapters in my book, The Four Hour School Day, is titled Overcoming Obstacles. There are testimonies from several moms who had what most would consider insurmountable obstacles to homeschooling. They each share what their obstacles were, why they decided to move forward anyhow, and what the results have been. Many would consider being a single mom an obstacle that would keep someone from homeschooling, but the truth is that there are more single homeschooling moms out there than one might think. Today I’m excited to have my friend LaToya Edwards here today to share the rest of her story. LaToya is a homeschooling single mama to 4 boys living in Tampa Bay, FL. She's a Christian life coach and writer. You are going to LOVE her story and encouragement even if you are not a single mom!   Ways to connect: LaToya's website LaToya on IG HSLDA support for single moms (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
8/20/202135 minutes, 11 seconds
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Homeschooling as a Single Mom Pt:1 (Podcast 237)

One of the chapters in my book, The Four Hour School Day, is titled Overcoming Obstacles. There are testimonies from several moms who had what most would consider insurmountable obstacles to homeschooling. They each share what their obstacles were, why they decided to move forward anyhow, and what the results have been. Many would consider being a single mom an obstacle that would keep someone from homeschooling, but the truth is that there are more single homeschooling moms out there than one might think. Today I’m excited to have my friend LaToya Edwards here today to share her story. LaToya is a homeschooling single mama to 4 boys living in Tampa Bay, FL. She's a Christian life coach and writer. You are going to LOVE her story and encouragement even if you are not a single mom!   Ways to connect: LaToya's website LaToya on IG HSLDA support for single moms (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
8/15/202129 minutes, 53 seconds
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Feeling Forced to Homeschool (Podcast 236)

It's a whole new world when it comes to education. The headlines are packed with articles about parents who are struggling with school boards across the nation to maintain their God-given liberties to make medical decisions for their children. They are also fighting against ideologies that they believe are harmful, but that the schools still want to teach.  Parents are fed up and many have decided to home educate because they don't feel like they have any other choice, but deciding to homeschool because you want to and feeling forced to can feel like very different things. There are many emotions that a parent who feels forced to homeschool might be feeling. If you are one of those parents, please listen in. You'll be encouraged! If you are not one of those parents (and homeschooling) please listen in for tips to be as supportive and encouraging as possible! (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
8/13/202113 minutes, 51 seconds
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Answers on Feeling Socially Deprived, Making Connections (Podcast 235)

"If you could ask a 25-year veteran homeschool mom of eight anything, what would it be?" This was a question I asked moms on social media and I've now got a list of questions I plan to answer here on the podcast! Today's questions were: Did you ever feel socially deprived as a mom? How do I make connections as a mom?   (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)  
8/8/202115 minutes, 15 seconds
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Modeling Wisdom to Our Children (Podcast 234)

What do we need more than anything right now? Wisdom. Wisdom is what we need.  What do we need more than anything right now? Wisdom. Wisdom is what we need. WHY? Proverbs 3 expounds on how wisdom bestows well-being. What that means is that even in the midst of adverse circumstances, we can have the wisdom to navigate them in such a way that we are actually doing well in spite of them! This wisdom can only come from God and He promises to give it to us (James 1) When we walk in this, we become salt and light to a generation desperate for hope!  It starts at home and moves outward. Our children need us to set an example of seeking wisdom from God more than anything else: money, status, health, security, or safety. Scriptures: Proverbs 3:1-18 Song:  Here’s My Heart (Casting Crowns)   (Please go check out my new book, The Four Hour School Day-How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life, available at your favorite bookseller and durendawilson.com)
8/6/202125 minutes, 23 seconds
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Answers on Bickering, Doing Enough, Over Planning, Etc. (Podcast 233)

"If you could ask a 25-year veteran homeschool mom of eight anything, what would it be?" This was a question I asked on social media and I've now got a list of questions I plan to answer here on the podcast! Today's questions are: What to do about the bickering? How do you know you are doing enough? Tips on balancing needs and sanity What to cut out when you constantly set out for yourself more than you can do in a day? (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)  
8/1/202125 minutes, 2 seconds
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Our Priority as Parents in Uncertain Times (Podcast 232)

To say our world has been in upheaval is a gross understatement. The amount of information we have to process is overwhelming and causes us to lose focus on what GOD has called us to.  This is exactly what the enemy wants. I'm here today to help you refocus and I'm praying this will embolden you to continue to live with courage and clarity! (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
7/30/202115 minutes, 45 seconds
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Homeschooling - The Importance of a Biblical Education (Podcast 231)

Did you know that as a parent, you are ultimately responsible for all things concerning your child..physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?  Our culture has sent a clear message that we are not qualified for these decisions by constantly undermining our role as parents in every possible way. However, as believers, we know that God has established the family and church as the pillars of society. If they falter, society falters. It's time for the church to take back our children. We need to be doggedly determined to give our children a thoroughly biblical education.  Listen in carefully, you're going to want to take notes! To hear more from Wesley please click here (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)  
7/25/202133 minutes, 46 seconds
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Leading Our Children in the Midst of Change (Podcast 230)

We have seen many changes in our world over the last year and a half. All along, I've been thinking about how all of this is affecting our children and how we can lead them well as changes continue to unfold. The only source of true wisdom comes from God and I love how when we pray for wisdom and trust that He will give to us, He is faithful and does so in a variety of ways. Today I’m sharing a recent discovery that really resonated with my heart and that God used to help me discover some valuable nuggets of wisdom when it comes to leading our children well in the midst of change, whether it’s world change or personal change.   (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
7/22/202135 minutes, 28 seconds
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Life Counts for High School Credit: Pt. 2 (Podcast 229)

We are continuing our conversation in part 2 on the topic of high school credits. I've been talking a lot lately about homeschooling high school because this season can feel particularly intimidating. After graduating 7 of our 8 kids so far, I can tell that these can and should be some of the best years of your family's homeschooling journey! There is much to be excited about and there are also many experiences our kids have during this time that can be counted as credits on their transcripts! Today, Lisa Nehring from True North Academy will be helping us recognize not only WHY we can enjoy these years, but HOW by simply recognizing life experiences as worthy credits for our kids' transcripts! Some of the questions that we will answer are: Why do homeschoolers typically “under credit” high school?  What’s the benefit of thinking more broadly about credits?   Ways you can connect with Lisa: Website: TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy.com  FaceBook Page: True North Homeschool Academy FaceBook Group: True North Homeschool Tribe; Instagram: truenorthhomeschoolacademy Podcast: https://ultimateradioshow.com/soft-skills-101/ Truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
7/17/202128 minutes, 21 seconds
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Life Counts for High School Credit: Pt.1 (Podcast 228)

I've been talking a lot lately about homeschooling high school because this season can feel particularly intimidating. After graduating 7 of our 8 kids so far, I can tell that these can and should be some of the best years of your family's homeschooling journey! There is much to be excited about and there are also many experiences our kids have during this time that can be counted as credits on their transcripts! Today, Lisa Nehring from True North Academy will be helping us recognize not only WHY we can enjoy these years, but HOW, by simply recognizing life experiences as worthy credits for our kids' transcripts! Some of the questions that we will answer are: What’s the big deal about credits? How do we count a credit?    Ways you can connect with Lisa: Website: TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy.com  FaceBook Page: True North Homeschool Academy FaceBook Group: True North Homeschool Tribe Instagram: truenorthhomeschoolacademy Podcast: https://ultimateradioshow.com/soft-skills-101/ Truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com Tracking sheets: https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/product/log-sheets/ (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)
7/15/202125 minutes, 25 seconds
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Homeschooling - The Final Years: 7th- 12th Grade (Podcast 227)

Today we're going to be talking about the final educational years... That would be about 7-12th grade! Homeschooling high school can feel scary and intimidating, but today I'm sharing why there are many reasons to approach these years with a sense of excitement and adventure!  We have graduated 7 out of our 8 kids so far and it's been a privilege to walk alongside our kids through this amazing time in their lives! Listen in for great encouragement and inspiration! (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!) durendawilson.com
7/11/202152 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bible and Apologetics - Where Do We Start (Podcast 226)

The most important calling on us as parents is to disciple our children. We know we need to instill God's word and ways in them and that apologetics is important. However, it can feel very overwhelming, especially if we are not sure where to start.  Today I'm sharing the why's as a reminder and inspiration to make Bible and apologetics a priority, but also some simple ways to get started! Resources mentioned: Younger Children's Catechism The Children's Scripture Catechism Firmly Planted Family Bible Study Indescribable by Lou Giglio The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones NLT Illustrated Study Bible (Tyndale)   (If you've read my new book, please leave a review so the booksellers will show it to more moms as they search the sites and you haven't read it, please check it out...The Four Hour School Day, How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!) durendawilson.com        
7/8/202128 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Power of Speaking Scripture Over Our Kids (Podcast 225)

We all know the importance of scripture. We know that God says that the words in the Bible aren't just words, they are our life! We know that his word is living and active according to Hebrews 4. It stands to reason that it would be wise to begin instilling the word into our children at a very young age. We can even read the scripture over them in the womb because we know that God's word does not come back void! (Isaiah 55:11) I have a guest with me today who is a homeschool mom and has a passion for reading the scripture over our kids. Emily tells her story about how she came to write 3 sweet little books that can be used to help us speak life over our kids! Listen in for some great encouragement! Ways to connect with Emily and her books: Link to all the places to purchase books:  https://www.generationclaimed.com/order FB: https://m.facebook.com/GenerationClaimed/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/generationclaimed/   (If you have read and enjoyed The Four Hour School Day, please leave a review with your favorite book-seller! This helps let other moms know about it as well! If you haven't read it, please go to durendawilson.com to check it out!)
7/4/202128 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why We Homeschool Year-Round (Podcast 224)

I love the freedom that homeschooling affords and today I’m sharing why we opted to do school year-round. (Hint: it’s not as intense as it sounds!) We love the benefits of schooling year-round and I share many of them in this podcast. The one I forgot to mention was that while doing our “lighter” version of school in the summer, I often found it helpful to have a child focus on an area of weakness that we may have struggled to work on the rest of the year. If your family chooses not to school year-round and it's working for you, keep doing it!  I always say, "If it's not broken, don't fix it!" but you may just find some encouraging ideas here! (If you have read and enjoyed The Four Hour School Day, please leave a review on Amazon or with your favorite book-seller! If you haven't and want to know more, go to durendawilson.com)
7/1/202118 minutes, 24 seconds
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Homeschooling - Freedom From What Others Think (Podcast 223)

One of the greatest challenges in choosing to homeschool is the struggle with being concerned about what others think. We want others to believe that we are doing right by our kids. We want our decisions to be respected and that is a natural desire because we were made for community. The problem comes when we place man's opinion above God's. The Bible calls it the "fear of man" vs the "fear of God". Listen in for some encouragement from God's word and to find out what fearing God above man might look like.   (This is the last day you can receive my free devotional when you pre-order The Four Hour School Day)
6/27/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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Growing Confidence - Homeschooling 4-6th Grade Q&A (Podcast 222)

Last week I did another FB/IG live and this time I was answering questions about homeschooling in the middle years (4th-6th grade) as I share from my book, The Four Hour School Day! It's an exciting time as in this season our kids are finding their footing when it comes to schoolwork and preparing for the jr. high and high school years.  Listen in as we cover questions like: Did you do classes at this age? I’m concerned for my middle schooler with writing. Should I use a curriculum? What kinds of social activities or events did your middle schoolers participate in while you homeschooled? Can you recommend some activities that your family did to help middle schoolers interact with other homeschoolers? Should these events be parent-led or child-led? And more!! (Please check out The Four Hour School Day at durendawilson.com)  
6/25/202141 minutes, 8 seconds
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Homeschooling - Be the Parent (Podcast 221)

The main biblical commands that God gives children are to obey and honor their parents, to follow their parent's instructions, and learn from their wisdom. That’s because children need to be able to trust their parents to establish biblical boundaries for them while they are learning to walk in wisdom. This is faith at its core: trusting when you may not understand or see. I always told my kids that honoring and obeying their parents was how they please God and they had to trust that God was leading us as we led them. This is also why there is much more in the scriptures that speak to the parents about being very careful to pass on God’s word and ways to our children, not provoke them to anger, train them, etc. Part of creating a home learning environment where kids thrive is being faithful to discipline them.  Be the parent! Resources mentioned in the podcast:   Parenting with Ginger Podcast Don’t Make Me Count to Three and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That by Ginger Hubbard   Parenting by Paul David Tripp    Please be sure to check out The Four Hour School Day at durendawilson.com
6/20/202117 minutes, 28 seconds
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Nurturing Seedlings - The Early Years Q&A (Podcast 220)

Today I'm answering questions from moms about the early educational years (K-3) based on a few of the principles in my new book, The Four Hour School Day! I answer questions like: How can I best teach a highly active 1st grader? What tools would you recommend to have on hand for a kindergartener? How can I do history and science together with my 1st and 4th graders? This was a FB/IG Live and it's loaded with encouragement to simplify! Don't forget to check out my new book, The Four Hour School Day, available at durendawilson.com  
6/19/202135 minutes, 42 seconds
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Homeschooling - The Practical Benefits (Podcast 219)

Sometimes it’s wise to take the time to think through the practical circumstances surrounding our school choices.  Today I’m sharing a few simple, yet important things to consider when it comes to homeschooling and how they might compare to a traditional classroom setting. There are more benefits to home education than one might realize. There are several things we often don't consider and yet they can make a huge difference in making learning happen more easily and happily!   Please check out The Four Hour School Day at durendawilson.com  
6/14/202131 minutes, 53 seconds
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Homeschooling - Parents, You Can Do This (Podcast 218)

Homeschooling: Parents You Can Do This! Never in the history of homeschooling have we had so many resources to help us, but many parents are still hesitant because they don’t feel “qualified”. Today I’m sharing some of the many reasons I believe many parents are qualified, they just don’t realize it.  Listen in for encouragement whether you are simply considering homeschooling or already are and could use a dose of truthful affirmation! Please check out The Four Hour School Day on durendawilson.com   famoushomeschoolers.net
6/11/202128 minutes, 6 seconds
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Warrior Parents (Podcast 217)

Many parents are scared right now. They are frightened for their children and their future and wondering how in the world they can best prepare them. What's happening right now is not a surprise to God and I can assure you that He has made you and your children for such a time as this. In fact, He has been intentional in doing so. But as parents, we need to remember and embrace our God-given role.  Listen in for some bold encouragement in this short podcast!   Please don't forget to check out The Four Hour School Day at durendawilson.com!
6/7/202123 minutes, 37 seconds
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Homeschooling - What About Socialization (Podcast 216)

In our 25+ years of homeschooling, the question about socialization is the most commonly asked one.  Today I'm sharing why I don't actually think it's a very legitimate question and certainly not something that most homeschoolers should be fretting about!  (The Four Hour School Day is now available for pre-order at durendawilson.com)
6/4/202114 minutes, 47 seconds
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Homeschooling - Parents Matter! (Podcast 215)

The role of parents is marginalized in our culture. This downplay of our very influential and crucial role in our kids' lives by society directly oppose God’s plan for the family.   As parents, you have the privilege and the responsibility to make all decisions concerning your children, including their education.   For the first time, I am reading a small portion of my new book, The Four Hour School Day!    Please share this podcast with your friends and anyone you know who may be considering homeschooling!   Go to durendawilson.com to check out my new book!
5/31/202125 minutes
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Mentoring Moments - Sibling Conflict (Podcast 214)

When we decided to homeschool, I don't think most of us realized how much time we would spend dealing with kids who are bickering and fighting.  It can be easy to lose hope and feel like we are failing. Today I want to talk about what's really happening in terms of opportunity when it comes to sibling relationships! Not only is there hope, but there are also some major benefits in taking the time to deal with sibling conflict! Listen in to get some hindsight perspective from someone who's been there and is now on the other side! (I misquoted the scripture-it was 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18, 1 Corinthians :) ) durendawilson.com
5/27/202118 minutes, 38 seconds
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Mentoring Moments - Your Husband Your Covering (Podcast 213)

It can be easy to bristle at the thought of our husbands being our covering, or even that we need one. Our husbands have a God-ordained role in our lives and it’s a beautiful thing! We can save ourselves so much grief by dialing in on biblical roles graciously given by God for our good!   durendawilson.com
5/23/202119 minutes, 2 seconds
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Unhurried Grace: Finding Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty Pt. 3 (Podcast 212)

I have said this over and over again:  it's crucial to know that God is sovereign, but if we don't believe He is good as well, we're sunk. If we believe He is powerful but not good, we have no hope. So the enemy works overtime trying to convince us that God is not good. He knows the power of fully trusting in the power of God AND the goodness of God. Listen in as we zero in on the hope we have in the fact that God is both sovereign and good! durendawilson.com