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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast | Season 1 Episode Guide
Cait and Kara are two homeschooling moms doing this homeschooling thing out right beside you. On this podcast, we talk about real life homeschooling, books, caffeine addiction and surviving and thriving through these wonderful years.
We don’t have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.
So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s hang out … Do people still say that?
The Homeschool Sisters Podcast Season 1 Episode Guide
Here is a list of all the episodes from season one of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.
Episode 1: WE’RE OUT OF BREAD: HOMESCHOOL OVERWHELM
In this first episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm.
As homeschooling moms, it can be a challenge to balance everything! From homeschooling to laundry to dinner to self-care, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and overextended.
But not to worry, we’ve got some ideas! From brain dumps and bullet journaling to Cait’s Year of Nope, your sisters are on your side. (But out of bread, because life.)
Episode 2: WHAT’S THAT NOISE! SUMMER SURVIVAL STRATEGIES
The transition to summer can be a tricky one. Finding a rhythm that works for all members of your family is no small feat. As a homeschool mom who has been running full throttle all year long, you need a break. But is a break even possible? While you fantasize about ice cream sandwiches and leisurely summer reading on the front porch, your children might be craving more structure and routine.
So, how do you strike a balance? How can you achieve a memorable summer without feeling completely exhausted when September rolls around? Cait and Kara are struggling alongside you. In this episode, the sisters talk summer survival and trying to find the sweet spot when it comes to how much to do, and when to pack up your beach ball and just go home. From fireworks and parades to summer book clubs and pool-phobia, the sisters will help you feel better about doing summer your way.
Episode 3: I WANT A MILKSHAKE: WHEN DAD WORKS A LOT
In this episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like when dad works or travels a lot.
It can be stressful to be the only adult on duty, 24/7. Bedtime becomes more challenging, washing machines break, and the last thing you want to think about is dinner.
Cait and Kara have been there, too, and they have some survival strategies to help you through it. From games to fantastic audiobooks to dinner picnics, we’ve got you covered!
Cait and Kara want to send a huge hug to all the single mamas out there who rock solo-parenting day in and day out. If you know a single mama, ask her kids over for a playdate so that she can get lost in a bookstore, savor a silent moment, and enjoy her coffee steaming hot!
Episode 4: Worry is like a car alarm: Homeschooling Worriers
Let’s face it: Who can focus on math with a mind full of worries? In this episode, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like to homeschool little worriers.
Are you parenting a World-Class Worrier? Do you have a child who asks BIG questions in the middle of the night? Are you homeschooling a child who struggles with fears? Please know that you are not alone. Your sisters are in the trenches with you and in this episode, they share tips, tricks, and resources to try with your little worriers.
Episode 5: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL: GETTING STARTED WITH HOMESCHOOLING
In episode 5, Cait and Kara reflect on the early years of homeschooling. They share tips and tricks for those just starting down this path, and impart their favorite piece of advice- that you DO NOT have to do it all, especially your first year. Listen as they chat about deschooling, finding your tribe, and how your house will never be the same, but in a really awesome way. Do not worry if this is your first year. Your sisters have got you covered!
Episode 6: JUST BECAUSE IT’S DIFFERENT, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S LESS: CHATTING WITH SHAWNA WINGERT
In this episode, the sisters chat with one of their most favorite people: Shawna Wingert. Shawna is a writer, speaker, author, and homeschool mom to two amazing boys with special needs. Do you ever feel like your homeschool doesn’t or can’t look like the homeschool next door, or the family at church or co-op, or even all the families on the internet? Shawna joins the sisters to remind you that it’s OK and that just because you have to do things a little differently, that doesn’t mean what you are doing is less.
Episode 7: FALL HAUL: HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES WE’RE LOVING
The sisters have been getting lots of questions about planning for the fall. In this episode, Cait and Kara share all of the resources that they are excited about using in the upcoming year. And, with five children and an age range of 5-12 between them, you’re not going to want to miss what they have to say!
Episode 8: WHERE’S MY ZEN: HOMESCHOOLING AND EXERCISE
When you become a mom, things change. Exercise isn’t what it used to be… and your body isn’t what it used to be. Things change and that luxurious gym you belonged to decades ago is a thing of the past. Exercise feels out of reach. You find yourself doing yoga in the living room over a laundry basket, desperately searching for your zen. Or, you have a child by your side, commenting on the yoga faces you are making… or pretending to be your spin instructor…
… and sometimes, you might find yourself afraid to go biking at all! It’s hard enough to make the space for exercise as a mom, but when you add homeschooling to the mix things get even trickier!
Episode 9: START SMALL: RHYTHMS AND ROUTINES
One of the most common questions the sisters get is about rhythms and routines. How to start one? How to resume one after a break? What about when your rhythm or routine is just NOT working? Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!
Episode 10: AWESOME ADULTS: HOW TO RAISE THEM; HOW TO BE ONE, WITH JULIE BOGART
The sisters are chatting with Julie Bogart! In this episode, we talk “Awesome Adulting” with Brave Writer creator and owner, Julie Bogart. How do we honor our kids’ unique personalities and help them pursue their dreams? How do we hold on to our own dreams in the busyness of homeschooling and parenting? Julie’s here with her signature support for all of us in the trenches, and it’s wonderful.
Episode 11: GAMESCHOOLING: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Cait is a game-master, Kara wants to be, but things keep getting in the way… like directions. So in today’s episode, Cait shares amazing ideas for adding more games to your days, for both learning and fun. The sisters talk favorite games old and new, games for certain subjects like science and math, why it’s OK to NOT love a game even if everyone else does, and the many, many lessons kids can learn from growing up playing. So join us as we roll the dice, spin the wheel, and share easy tips for incorporating more games into your homeschool- such a fun way to learn together!
Episode 12: KEEP IT CLASSY: THE SISTERS’ GUIDE TO DEALING WITH HOMESCHOOL DOUBTERS
It’s never easy when someone questions you about something as close to your heart as homeschooling. So in this episode, the sisters address how to handle homeschool doubters. What can you say when you first make the decision to homeschool? Is it worth it to argue? Will arguments even work? And what about the upcoming holidays- exactly what do you say when between bites of green bean casserole, your uncle leans across the table and tells you that you are ruining your kids’ lives? (It happens, sisters- and here’s what you can do.)
Episode 13: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ALL THE THINGS: A SPECIAL HOLIDAY EPISODE WITH MELISSA CAMARA WILKINS
The holidays are here and if, like us, you are feeling just a *little* behind, grab a giant cup of coffee or tea and curl up with this episode! The sisters are joined by Melissa Camara Wilkins, mama of six, writer, homeschooler, and the sisters’ favorite resource for living simply and authentically.
Listen as Melissa shares two questions she asks herself and her family each season to bring joy instead of overwhelm, and as Melissa, Cait, and Kara share their favorite EASY traditions.
Don’t freak out sisters- you’ve got this season!
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