Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling: Chatting with Alicia Hutchinson

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Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling: Chatting with Alicia Hutchinson

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Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling

 

Are you a blogger, or working mama? Or, are you just curious how the business of blogging works behind the scenes?

The sisters are joined this week by one of their very favorite bloggers and owner of the Learning Well Community, Alicia Hutchinson!

Listen in as they chat about the myth of “balance,” and how Alicia and the sisters tackle homeschooling, work, parenting and homemaking without losing their minds.

Plus, learn why you shouldn’t blog for money. At least, not at first!

If you’re a working mama or interested in working from home, this episode is a great place to start!

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Queries and Quandaries: What You’re Asking The Sisters [Part 1]

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Queries and Quandaries: What You’re Asking The Sisters [Part 1]

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Queries and Quandaries: What You're Asking The Sisters [Part 1] | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

The sisters are answering your questions in this episode- from dads who distract (often with plans that are more fun!), to testing, to weekly homeschool planning.

They also chat about homeschooling kids with special needs and how organizational systems save their bacon. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and listen in as Cait and Kara share their ideas.

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Screens- Monsters or Manageable? with Mary from Not Before 7

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Screens: Monsters or Manageable? with Mary

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Screens- Monsters or Manageable? with Mary from Not Before 7 | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they’re phoning a friend- The amazing Mary Wilson from Not Before 7!

Mary has a great strategy in her home and she has found peace with this topic, so you’re going to love hearing what she has to say.

Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much How do you find balance between “learning” screen time and “play” screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable?

And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that?

There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It’s like a deep breath for worried parents!

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Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling

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Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling

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Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling {Episode 17} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Is it normal for your homeschooler to have strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects? How much should you worry about keeping your child at grade level? Is there a way to know what your child “should” be learning?

This week, the homeschool sisters dive into these questions and offer up some thoughts about the “standards,” plus how to keep from worrying all the time.

They chat about kid quirks, dealing with state requirements, grandma doubts and dad concerns. And mostly, they remind you that all kids naturally develop on their own timelines, so don’t fret- you’ve got this!

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Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!

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Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!

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Ladies' Holiday:  Hold On To Your Hat!

Cait and Kara have been joking about this episode for months and finally made it happen. Warning: This episode might not be appropriate for tiny children, sensitive spouses, grandparents, pastors… Also, there is some giggling.

Because the sisters are getting REAL about being a woman, and how that can affect homeschooling. From cramps to PMS to whether or not being bloated and angry should earn you a sick day from co-op, the gals hope you’ll be able to relate to this episode.

And that you don’t run away screaming.

Because there are 16 other episodes where they don’t mention this stuff.

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It’s a Nor’Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

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It’s a Nor’Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

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It's a Nor'Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

In this episode, the sisters are answering YOUR questions! Cait and Kara get such great questions from you all, so they’re addressing several of them, from finding your tribe, to keeping homeschooling legal, to chores! They even share some ideas for other podcasts. Also, Cait is caught in a Nor’Easter, so Kara sends her a Saint Bernard with a barrel full of tequila. Snow margaritas! Pop the gals in your ears, and let’s have some fun!

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The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump

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the longest-shortest month: surviving the February slump

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The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Oh, February. It’s a short month, but for homeschoolers, it can feel like it drags for about 2 years. But don’t worry, mamas- Cait and Kara have you covered.

In this episode, the sisters talk about how February is basically like homeschool PMS, “the husband shuffle,” lazy unit studies, and a ton of fun resources including one that Cait terms “math dessert!” Plus, the gals spill the beans about their MASSIVE February giveaway.

So don’t worry, homeschool mamas- February is notoriously hard, but you’ve got this, sister!

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Winter Homeschooling: Letting Go, Making Space, and Getting Cozy

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WINTER HOMESCHOOLING: LETTING GO, MAKING SPACE, AND GETTING COZY

Winter Homeschooling: Letting Go, Making Space, and Getting Cozy

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The sisters are talking winter (homeschool) survival in the first episode of Season 2! Listen in to their intentions for the new year (it has a bad word in it, you guys!), how they are keeping a Christmas Break feeling in their homeschools, and ways to bring hygge, or togetherness and coziness to your everyday.

Feeling overwhelmed already by short, dark days? The sisters are back, baby, and they’ve got some ideas to make winter feel joyful and warm, even when it’s really darn cold outside!

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You Don’t Have to Do All the Things: A special holiday episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins

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You Don't Have to Do All the Things: A special holiday episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins {Episode 13} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

You Don’t Have to Do All the Things: A special holiday episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins

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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.

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Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to Dealing with Homeschool Doubters

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Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to dealing with homeschool doubters

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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.)

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