Can I be Real With You? (Podcast 257)

October 25th, 2021

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)

 

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Husbands - How to Support Your Homeschooling Wife (Podcast 256)

October 22nd, 2021

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)

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Husbands - Protecting Your Wife From Fear (Podcast 255)

October 18th, 2021

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)

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Are All High School Courses Necessary? (Podcast 254)

October 15th, 2021

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)

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Homeschooling a Struggling Learner Through High School (Podcast 253)

October 11th, 2021

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:

 

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)

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Homeschooling with Confidence When Teaching a Struggling Learner (Podcast 252)

October 8th, 2021

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:

 

(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)

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Letting Go of the Counterfeit - Story of the Pearl Necklace (Podcast 251)

October 4th, 2021

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!)

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Tips for Reducing Anxiety (Podcast 250)

September 30th, 2021

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!)

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Encouraging Teens/Forcing Learning/Using Fewer Words (Podcast 249)

September 27th, 2021

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!)

 

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Slow Down for the Sake of the Children (Podcast 248)

September 24th, 2021

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!)

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