This is an exciting episode for me. I have no idea how I missed the whole podcasting revolution when it was starting. Somehow I did. Yet, when my friend was talking about all the encouragement she received from listening to Pam Barnhill’s podcast, my eyes were officially opened to the world of podcasting. I’m so thrilled to have Pam on the show today. I’m a big believer in gleaning from others and tweaking what they do to work in your own family. Well, that is not only the advice that Pam is going to give today, but she’s just the person to glean from.
I’ve pretty much decided that I need to move next door to Pam, so I can check books out from her library. I hate to say it but I was ignorant to so many of the books that she mentioned. Upon looking them up, they all look so adorable. I think my younger kids would love them. Don’t get me wrong. We do a ton of reading…and have read several of the Hank the Cowdog books. However, I’m realizing that I haven’t been checking out some of the great books I used to get for my older boys.
I just know you are going to love this podcast and will learn so much from Pam and her incredible tips about how to create more structure and order to your morning time.
On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…
Pam shares about when her husband was deployed and how that changed how she approached things in her home. She also shares about the importance of asking for help.
In This Episode…
In this episode you are going to be inspired to take back your mornings. Whether you are a homeschool family or not, mornings set the tone for your entire day. Pam shares some incredible insight into how to add more structure to your mornings.
I hope you will be encouraged by this episode!
Highlights from This Show…
— My podcast episode with MacKenzie Monroe
— Pam’s podcast episode with Carol Joy Seid
— Carol’s DVD series that Pam mentions: Homeschool Made Simple
— I love all Pam had to say about remembering to have fun with her kids.
— Pam shares a fun tip from Mystie Winkler: Make a note to smile at your kids.
— I have a related post about having fun with your kids filled with tons of ideas HERE.
— Pam’s Your Morning Basket kit
— Minimum Viable Morning: How to find a few little things to work on and create habits that help your mornings run smoother. For moms who need extra help in the mornings.
— My Sanity Saver for Mom’s tips: Start your mornings off right.
— Morning Time is starting the day off at the table doing some school work together.
— Pam shares her best tips for creating routines and rituals in your day.
— Don’t forget to add music and praise into your morning time if it’s something your family enjoys.
— You can follow some of the rituals that your church uses in your home, too.
….Side note: I’m totally confessing that I didn’t know what “liturgical” was when Pam mentioned it. Just in case you might be unfamiliar with it, here’s what I found. Yes, I’m probably admitting my ignorance and may be the only person who wasn’t familiar with this term. (I’d heard it before, but couldn’t define it.)
— Ha! Flashback!! The Mandrel Sisters! Do you remember them?
— I loved hearing how she had a party for Shakespeare’s birthday. Ha! That’s so fun.
— My post about how I manage my home and homeschool while my husband travels.
Pam’s Simple Ways to Add Joy to Her “Week”
1) Bubble Bath (whenever possible) — Little treats for yourself.
2) Learning — Continuing to learn by reading or taking classes.
3) Worship –Finding regular time to worship.
Resources for Making Your Morning Smoother…
- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It’s a great way to keep in touch…and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
Words to Remember…
Here are a few fun quotes from this episode. Please feel free to “click to tweet” or share the images on social media.
- “I always feel better when my mornings are organized.” — Pam Barnhill
- “What are the basic little habits that you need to put in place for yourself so you can have the very best homeschool day?” — Pam Barnhill
- “Don’t forget to have fun with your kids.” — Pam Barnhill
- “Remember to smile at your kids, too.” — Pam Barnhill
- “Make it something that’s going to work for your family.” – Pam Barnhill
Connect with Pam…
Pam Barnhill has a heart for helping connect homeschool moms to practical solutions that will make a huge difference in their homeschool, their days, and the way they feel about teaching at home.
A former high school journalism teacher and yearbook professional, Pam has taught classes in her local school, organized and presented multi-day yearbook workshops, and presented at events like the Columbia Scholastic Press National Convention in New York.
Her website pambarnhill.com receives over 120,000 page views each month and is the home to three homeschooling podcasts with a combined total of almost a half-million downloads.
She has authored five homeschooling books including the popular Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace and Your Morning Basket: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty for Your Homeschool Day, a guide to implementing Morning Time in your homeschool.
Her practical solutions and ability to break big tasks into small, manageable steps while keeping it real, makes her a popular choice for events.
Pam lives with her husband Matt, three crazy kids, and two pugs in Alabama where she enjoys reading and watching football in her free time.
Thank you, Rend Collective for allowing me to use your incredible song “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength.”
(This podcast is by Kristi Clover. Discovered by e2 media network and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not e2 media network, and audio is streamed directly from their servers.)