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Episode 121. Homeschooling with Confidence with Durenda Wilson

Episode 121

No good decision is made from fear.

This is a lively conversation! It’s basically a couple of long-time homeschoolers getting together to talk homeschool and share a wealth of information and passion with each other and you.

Durenda Wilson is an interpreter of the heart. She understands what mamas think, feel, and worry about then shares insight with us in such a way that not only do we feel resourced but we feel equipped to move forward with confidence in our motherhood. We’ll be specifically talking about homeschool topics today but you’ll see that her ideas translate into motherhood in general. So whether you homeschool or not, there is something in this episode for you!

Durenda’s Bio: With more than twenty-five years of home education experience, Durenda Wilson is a trusted voice and resource at homeschooling conventions and on The Durenda Wilson Podcast. ### Zondervan is a HarperCollins Company and part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Zondervan is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian communications. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit Durenda and her husband, Darryl, have eight kids and six grandbabies (with more on the way). As an author and speaker, her greatest joy is helping moms discover God’s grace—and with it the courage to put their full trust in him, moving forward in faith and confidence.

In this episode, Durenda & I talk about:

  • How homeschooling is one of the best decisions we have made for our families
  • Her new book The 4 Hour Homeschool Day
  • An overview of what homeschool looks like
  • How Durenda puts into words what is already in the hearts of moms and parents
  • Who came up with the title of her book…spoiler alert, it wasn’t Durenda
  • Parental discernment
  • Homeschooling at the preschool level
  • Education revolves around life, not life around school
  • Take your kids back and establish a solid family life
  • Sibling relationships
  • Being careful that we aren’t being lazy
  • The differences between boys and girls and how that plays into our family dynamics, relationships, and homeschool
  • Feeling resourced as moms
  • How to opt out of cultural messaging for moms
  • Establishing healthy habits
  • Understanding that we will be parents of adults more than we are parents of young children
  • Helping your kids understand why you’re doing what you’re doing
  • Respectful parenting
  • How long it takes to homeschool during the day
  • Remembering that our kids are a blessing every single day
  • What does it mean that our kids are a blessing (even when they are giving us grief)
  • Realizing when we needs breaks as moms
  • Recognizing when sometimes the problem is that we have a stinky attitude
  • Kids are our ultimate teachers
  • How valuing our kids creates a healthy homelife
  • The exception not the rule
  • Not giving up our hobbies and interests as moms
  • Noting differences in our kids and how that influences how we approach homeschool
  • Allowing our kids to conquer what they need to conquer…allowing the struggle so they can conquer
  • How someone in the homeschool community wouldn’t endorse her book because Durenda mentions the difference between boys and girls
  • Working with “what is” because it’s beautiful
  • Letting our kids know they are valued
  • When do you put on your teacher hat in homeschool and when do you put on your mom hat? Answer: we only wear our mom hats
  • Nurturing our kids through watching and listening
  • When our kids resist our teachings or instructions in homeschool
  • No good decision is made from fear
  • Identifying when we’re having a hard moment vs a character lesson
  • Getting feedback from our kids
  • Get curious and stay curious about your kids
  • Durenda’s vote of confidence for all homeschool families
  • Get Durenda’s book at:

Durenda’s Links: Website, Facebook, and Instagram

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