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Jessica Smartt

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#60 Jessica Smartt [Let Them Be Kids]

Girls Talking Life

Did you know you can help save childhood, mama? We are continuing our series on parenting and family culture today with Jessica Smartt. She reminds us how important our jobs as moms really are. Even when it doesn’t feel important, we have gifts we can give our kids that will shape who they become. Jessica says, “we need to be gracious with ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we don’t work on the things that are worth doing.” And parenting our children well is one of those things! Jessica and I chat about her book, Let them Be Kids. We dive into why and how we can give our kids the gifts of adventure, boredom and more. Jessica says our kids are wired to need adventure and we can “either give it to them in a healthy way, or they’re going to want to go find it on their own, and the world offers them tons of options.” We talk about why they need the mental white space of boredom too. Jessica gives us permission to “back the bus up” on decisions we’ve already made about technology. She also shares about grit, work ethic and lessons learned from her kids’ pet sitting business. Jessica is a homeschooling mom of three who loves biking, breakfast food, and being the one in charge of a big fun event. She is the author of Memory-Making Mom and Let Them Be Kids.   MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Memory Making Mom Let Them Be Kids Sex, Jesus and the Conversations the Church Forgot by Mo Isom Allowance Chore System Summer Planning Guide   JESSICA’S FAVORITE 5 Sunless Tanner Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice Family Friendly TV Shows World of Where Art Hub for Kids   CONNECT WITH JESSICA Instagram | Facebook | Website   GIRLS TALKING LIFE COMMUNITY Did you know that there’s a Girls Talking Life community group on FB? It’s an extension of the podcast where we can connect and continue to grow even when we can’t be with our girlfriends. If you are looking for community, if you want join in the conversation after the show and encourage others as we all grow in our faith, jump in to this group! I’d love to see you there!Join the Community!


19 Apr 2021

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HS #283 How We Started Our Homeschool Co-op with Jessica Smartt

The Homeschool Solutions Show

Have you ever thought about starting your own homeschooling co-op? In this episode, Jessica shares the step-by-step of how she built a small homeschool community from the ground up. The episode discusses what kind of people you should think about including, the ideal size of a beginning group, her co-op’s daily schedule and curriculum, forming a community mission, and how they added extra events to enrich the community.


30 Mar 2021

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HS Episode #277 Keeping the Spark in Dreary, Depressing Indoor Days with Jessica Smartt

The Homeschool Solutions Show

Are you losing your creativity? Got the winter doldrums? Feeling depressed? This episode offers 10 very practical ideas for what to do with your family inside and also encourages parents who may feel down in the dumps.


16 Feb 2021

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Making memories during the holidays w/ Jessica Smartt

The Real Life Podcast

This week Alyssa chats with Jessica Smartt about her genius ways to make fun memories as a family during the holidays! PS Jessica's books are two of our family's absolute favorites! Get Let Them Be Kids here or Memory Making Mom here. LIQUID IV: Go to liquidiv.com and you can get 25% off of your order by using the promo code REAL at checkout POLICY GENIUS: if you’re one of the many people looking to buy life insurance right now, head to policygenius.com


6 Nov 2020

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055: Jessica Smartt - Intentional Parenting in a Noisy World

We Are Free

How do we create a Christ-centered home for our children without putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves as parents? Jessica Smartt encourages us to steer clear of technology; let boredom come without trying to entertain it away; and spend time and energy creating traditions and memories with our kids.


27 Oct 2020

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Walk It Out #133: Let Them Be Kids with Jessica Smartt

The Tricia Goyer Show

WIO #133: Let Them Be Kids with Jessica Smartt. Such a great interview with Jessica on our kids and letting them be kids. You're going to be inspired by this podcast!  For links and everything we chatted about in this episode, visit https://triciagoyer.com/133 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/walkitoutwithtriciagoyer/support


16 Oct 2020

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HS #258 Homeschool Organization, Kindergarten, Special Needs Families with Jessica Smartt

The Homeschool Solutions Show

Elizabeth Kidd offers her humor and practical tips on what supplies are absolutely essential, best curriculum for kindergarten, and how a child with Down’s Syndrome has been a gift to their family.


13 Oct 2020

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HS Episode #252 Identify Issues In The Homeschool Mother with Jessica Smartt and Rachel Jankovic

The Homeschool Solutions Show

Jessica talks with Rachel Jankovic about the success of her first book, Loving the Little Years, about her passion for women reading Scripture, and about why women need to understand their identity.


1 Sep 2020

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allmomdoes Podcast #135: Jessica Smartt - Let Them Be Kids

AllMomDoes Podcast with Julie Lyles Carr

We welcome Jessica Smartt to episode #135 of the allmomdoes Podcast to dig into the concept of how much time our kids need to play, do activities, school, etc. How do we know when we should give them more freedom? How do we know when they are ready for certain technology? Jessica is a great guide for helping us determine these things in our own households.


4 Aug 2020

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Ep. 64 Let them be Kids! Celebrating the Elementary years, with Jessica Smartt

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

Jessica Smartt, author, speaker, and mom to 3 elementary-age kids (2 boys, 1 girl) joins us today to talk about the joys and challenges of raising elementary-age boys. Jessica's new book, Let Them be Kids, is one of my favorite books of 2020, and we get to talk about some highlights of the book, as well as the magic, mischief, and madness of raising little boys. We also touch on some of the challenges parents of elementary kids face -- many of which fall under the category of technology.  I hope you can grab a cup of coffee (or strap on your tennis shoes) and feel like you're right there with Jessica and I as we have this chat.  Find more in show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast www.monicaswanson.com/episode-64. Thank you to Prep Dish -- this episode's sponsor!!  I love my weekly meal plans, and Prep Dish now offers meal plans in Gluten free, Paleo, and Keto varieties.  Go to www.prepdish.com/boymom to get TWO WEEKS free of Prep Dish and see if you aren't hooked, too!  Also be sure to leave a comment in show notes to be entered to win the end-of-July BUNDLE of SURFACE SUNSCREEN!  AND use CODE: BOY MOM to get 20% off everything on the surface sunscreen.com website!  


21 Jul 2020