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My Soul Is Crying For Change (Episode 188)

 Change is inevitable in our lives…yet it can be scary and overwhelming. How are you navigating change? In your home, your work…your life? Sometimes we’re navigating change that is unwanted or unexpected, like the weather or, let’s say, 2020 as a whole.  But then again, sometimes the changes are those aches and pains of unrest, resentment,

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Is Schooling Like Religion? (Episode 185)

How do you navigate the muddy post-covid waters of the educational world? How has homeschooling become like religion, nuanced and personal while also trying to be labeled and identified?In this post and episode, we hash out three big questions about unschooling and share a bit more about why de-schooling is so, so important. With kids in

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Creating Sexual Legacy – How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 3 (Episode 184)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult. The daunting thing? Intentional or not, we are creating a sexual legacy our

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Moon-Cycle Wisdom – How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 2 (Episode 183)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult.  This week, I sat down with Jessica Connelly of Moon Daughters and we talked

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How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 1 (Episode 182)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult.  *This is the first in a 3-part podcast series on “The Birds and the

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Dust Off Your Goals (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Melissa Nicholson. Melissa is a single mama, working full-time as a professional writer, raising four children still at home, missing two who have flown the nest, and spoiling one perfect grandchild. You can follow her on her own blog at www.apronsheelsandyogapants.com It’s Time To Dust Off Your GoalsI like

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Shaking Off The Dirt with Michael Arterberry (Episode 181)

This week is another podcast interview complete with video! The summarized transcript is below, along with being able to listen and/or watch. No matter what is best for you, I have you covered, and you can be inspired along with me as I interview my guest, Michael Arterberry.Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now

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What’s Your Word? (Episode 180)

Do you do a word of the year? Maybe it’s a phrase or mantra. Or maybe, you’re feeling all the pressure to have that perfect word of the year and you have no clue! Is it even important to have? I”ll say this – your mantra, phrase or word of the year is not the

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Picture of Santa Claus drawn by 13-year-old Clara Logsdon

The Wonderful Truth About Santa (Episode 178)

It’s the week of Christmas, I know Santa is on the minds of many children all over the world! How do you navigate the truth about Santa in your home? When do you actually tell your children the truth about Santa?  Not only do I share about a great little children’s book I read with my children,

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Family Culture, Boundaries and More with Jodi Chaffee (Episode 174)

Every family has a culture…whether by design, or by default. I have a special guest with me this week who is an expert in talking about family culture, creating healthy boundaries, and navigating our families with love, grace, and intention. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and sit down for a minute – this

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Food Battle Part 2: Sugar and Restaurants! (Episode 170)

Last week the Mama Says Namaste podcast covered the family food battle at home…but what about going out to eat at restaurants, or the sugar overload that comes, especially around the holidays?What is the purpose of food for the family? Is it beyond sustenance?It’s an important question to ask yourself in this process.Listen to this

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The Family Food Battle (Episode 169)

I was talking to my brother this week and he was asking for some new ideas for meals to make in their home. And, it sent Nathan and me on a tangent of ideas that could help not only him, but others as well. If food for the family is a challenge in your home,

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3 Steps For A Family Team (Episode 168)

Are you trying to keep afloat in a child-centered home? When you think of your family, do you consider them a team, all working together, or everyone beating to the rhythm of their own drum? Can you actually support individualism while establishing yourself as a family team?can you move from a child-centered home to a

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How Do I Bond With My Child? (Episode 167)

It is here – our first of the “Ask Me Anything” podcasts! This week we address the question, “How do I bond with my child?” as well as share some quick advice for people dealing with quarantine and/or small spaces at this time.How do I bond with my Child? First, I meet them where they

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Juliet Talks Feelings: Wisdom from an 8-year-old (Episode 165)

This week our youngest daughter, Juliet, turns 8 years old. I asked her what we should talk about on the podcast this week, and she wanted to share how she personally has learned to navigate the ups and downs of her emotions. We’ve talked about how to communicate effectively, both in how to talk to others,

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How To Recharge Beyond Vacation (Episode 164)

 How do you recharge on a regular basis…or, do you just cram it all in to that 2-week vacation and hope that’ll cover it?  We’ve talked about how to communicate effectively, both in how to talk to others, and how to listen well. Do you make space to recharge in your life, or just hope you will

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The Secret To Active Listening (Episode 163)

 We’ve been focusing in on having a connected conversation with our children – and beyond – and this episode is all about active listening. We don’t always naturally listen well, and the art of active listening is a practice and habit you can create. Active Listening requires setting down the agenda and truly wanting to hear.Listen

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It’s Not About The Strawberry Ice Cream (Episode 162)

You want a connected conversation with your children; they just like strawberry ice cream, end of story. So where do you go from there? Building on last weeks’ theme of having a connected conversation with our children, we elaborate a bit more this week on how to do this…especially when you’re dealing with short attention spans

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How Do I Talk To My Kids? (And Beyond) Episode 161

How do you talk to your children? Do you talk with them…to them, or at them? Yes, having a connected conversation has some specific protocols – three, to be exact. How to have a connected conversation…in your home, and beyond. Special thanks to Jodey Smith for helping me with my new podcast intro! Listen to this

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5 Tips To Focus For Frazzled Families (Episode 160)

The school year is looming and, more than anything else, what I’m seeing are some seriously frazzled families! My heart goes out to the teachers trying to navigate their own homes, their classrooms, and now an online version as well. So how can you find any focus for frazzled families? As we move forward with whatever

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How Can I Get My Kids To Respect…and LIKE Me? (Episode 159)

Ah, respect. We know our children should be respectful, but how in the world do you get them to show it? There are many types of parenting styles out there, and we all have our different approaches. However, beyond the approach or style you use, the bigger deal is the connection. We may be parents,

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Learning at Home The Socratic Way – Special Guest Samantha Jansky (Episode 158)

I’ve been fascinated by the Socratic method of learning for a long time, and it’s been a natural thing to raise our children including this form of questioning. However, that’s not always the norm. Sometimes parents fall down the hole of simply narrating life to their children, or not engaging in dialogue with them. Yes the

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Trading Peer Pressure for “Productive Influence” (Episode 157)

Peer pressure can definitely get a bad reputation. Typically what comes to mind is shaming, force, and negativity. However…sometimes a little peer pressure can be a good thing. Maybe it’s more about our approach that makes all the difference. Instead of “Peer Pressure,” What could be a “productive influence” in your life?Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google

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Real Talk With 2 Homeschooling Mamas (Episode 156)

Sometimes it’s really helpful to hear what a day looks like in a homeschooling family. And, honestly, it looks like a million different things, depending on the family, and even depending on the day! On the podcast episode here, I sat down with my dear friend Sarrah Lombardo and talked to her about her own homeschooling

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What to do about SCHOOL in 2020 (Episode 155)

At the top of many parent’s minds right now is what the heck to do about school for their children for this fall semester. The pandemic of 2020 has rocked us all in so many ways, and now, as we’re embarking upon a new school year…what is this going to look like for you?Functional Education

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Why Are Snakes In Our House? (Episode 154)

If you’ve been following our family Instagram, you’ve seen how snakes have entered our lives in a big way. As part of our unschooling journey with the girls, we’ve opened the door to those things which delight them, and, in the case of my eldest daughter, Clara, that means we’ve learned a lot about snakes! Functional Education

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Over Commitment: How (and why) to Say NO! (Episode 151)

Do you struggle with over commitment and saying no? This podcast episode is for you – on how to not over commit, why you should say no, and what it allows you to say YES to. When you say no to something, are you aware it always means yes to something else?Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google

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The Steps For Emotional Resilience (Episode 150)

The term “emotional resilience” refers to the ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. It’s that ability to “bounce back” or make it through adversity, and is a critical component of having a growth mindset. So how do you foster emotional resilience in your home, and ensure all emotions are processed in a positive

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Letting Go Of The Agenda…and Managing Expectations (Episode 148)

Managing expectations and agendas can be hard, especially when we get stuck if they don’t go our way. What Nathan and I have learned is that, if we flip the script on what we’re truly seeking, we’re able to not only think forward, but also go with the flow. Unspoken Expectations Lead to loads of resentmentListen

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Making Decisions As A Family (Episode 147)

Making decisions as a family can always be tricky, especially the bigger the family (and the more opinions) you have to navigate! In this week’s podcast episode, Nathan and I share about three big family decisions we’ve navigated through in our own home, and what tips we can share with you for handling decisions in

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