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These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Their love for the Gospel will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

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When Mom Loses Control Of Her Mouth – HIRL Episode 55

Spicy words? Uncontrolled tongues? What do you do when Mom is the one to lose control of her mouth and damages the ones she loves with sharp words? One of our faithful HIRLers called in asking us to answer these questions, so we dove right in. Join us as we open up about our own struggles with losing our temper with our kids. What do we do when we lose control of our mouth and unleashes on those around us. This is a transparent episode about a difficult topic we have not conquered in our own home. Join us! Timeline 1:02 – Introduction 10:24 – Listener Call-In 12:09 – Spicy Words Show Notes Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Music clips used on this show: “Scheming Weasel” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post When Mom Loses Control Of Her Mouth – HIRL Episode 55 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

25mins

15 Jun 2015

Rank #1

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I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Homeschool Conventions – HIRL Episode 43

What comes to mind when you think of homeschool conventions? Most people either love them or hate them! In the span of a few days at a homeschooling convention, you can easily get overwhelmed by the huge vender halls and rows upon rows of curriculum choices. The workshops span topics all over the homeschooling spectrum, not to mention discussions about parenting, marriage and general life. On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Fletch and Kendra are talking homeschool conventions, considering both the pros and cons of attending one. You’ll might find that many of the points made echo with you, and you also might be surprised to discover ways in which you are able to minster or be ministered to at your nearest homeschool convention. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. “Whiskey on the Mississippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The post I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Homeschool Conventions – HIRL Episode 43 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

52mins

16 Mar 2015

Rank #2

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Unrealistic Expectations – HIRL Episode 103

Join us for this week’s episode as we chat with Kathy Lee, mom of many and co-author of The Homegrown Preschooler. Kathy is a child development specialist who has homeschooled and raised kids and now speaks all over the country to parents (often with several of her kids in tow!) We discuss the growing trend of high academic expectations at younger ages, play-based preschool, and developing relationships with our young kids and teens that last well into their adulthood. EPISODE TIMELINE 3:10 Fluff – Chocolate Labs and Newsies!  12:28 Unrealistic Expectations – Part 1 Kathy Lee 30:25 Unrealistic Expectations – Part 2 Kathy Lee 42:23 The show is over. Goodbye! SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: The Homegrown Preschooler KathyHLee.com – personal blog Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website Fletch Twitter Kendra Twitter Previous Episodes Mentioned: All of them Music clips used on this episode: Three Little Birds/Bob Marley – Buy it now on iTunes Seize the Day/Newsies – Buy it now on iTunes SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades. The post Unrealistic Expectations – HIRL Episode 103 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

46mins

16 May 2016

Rank #3

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Why The Rise In African American Homeschooling, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 52

Last month, Fletch read an interesting article in The Washington Post called, Racism in Schools is Pushing More Black Families to Homeschool Their Children. The title alone was enough to get him interested, but in the article the writer discussed why there has been such a sharp rise in African American Homeschooling. We thought this was a good discussion to have with our listeners, so we pursued the author for an interview.Dr. Ama Mazama, professor of African American Studies at Temple University and homeschooling parent, joins us for an important discussion. In our interview, Professor Mazama discusses her research and shares with us why she believes there has been a distinct rise in homeschooling among black families.You will want to listen to this interview and join us as we explore the questions and challenges that this discussion creates.Timeline 3:00 – Introduction 9:30 – Interview Part 1 35:20 – Interview Part 2Show Notes Dr. Mazama’s BiographyRacism in Schools is Pushing More Black Families to Homeschool Their Children.Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.Music clips used on this show:“Night Cave” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.The post Why The Rise In African American Homeschooling, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 52 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

54mins

25 May 2015

Rank #4

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The Real Marriage Podcast – HIRL Episode 48

As homeschoolers, many of us do a great job taking care of our children, their schoolwork and all of their curriculum, but often we miss taking care of our own marriages. That is where Barrett and Jenifer Johnson come in. We know the Johnsons from their ministry at I.N.F.O for Families and their past visits on the HomeschoolingIRL podcast. Now we are happy to introduce you to their new adventure, The Real Marriage Podcast. We think you are going to love it! You might remember Episode 13, when we spoke with Barrett about his very popular internet article: How To Raise A Pagan In A Christian Household. Then they joined us again on Episode 16 when we discussed the topic: How to Talk To Your Kids About Sex! On this episode, we pull the Johnsons back into our studio, but this time we turn the tables and ask them all about their new podcast and learn all about The Real Marriage Podcast. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) The post The Real Marriage Podcast – HIRL Episode 48 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

23mins

20 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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When Your Homeschool Owns You – HIRL Replay

When Cindy West reached out to us and asked to talk about something she’s seeing in the homeschool community at large, we jumped at the opportunity. And it’s this: Some homeschoolers feel they must adhere so closely to a particular homeschool philosophy that they have lost all their homeschool joy. Essentially, their homeschools are owning them. So what’s the remedy? Tune in to “When Your Homeschool Owns You” to find out! SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: Cindy West can be found here: Our Journey Westward. Get Social With Us: Follow Fletch/Kendra: Fletch Twitter Kendra Twitter Follow the Studio Dogs: Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Veritas Press! We’d like to thank our sponsor, Veritas Press and their app, The Phonics Museum! The Phonics Museum is the only complete reading app that will teach your child to read in record speed. Taking a “tools of learning” approach, the app helps establish a strong foundation of reading for children through a complete commitment to a phonics approach. Vintage Homeschool Moms is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try The Phonics Museum for two weeks FREE. To redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first two weeks free! LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. The post When Your Homeschool Owns You – HIRL Replay appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

28mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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Best of HIRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I’ll Tell You Its Flaws

On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra discuss what it’s like when your homeschool student abandons your family’s faith and lifestyle. How can this happen in a Christian home where you have created a sheltered homeschool environment? Christian homeschooling is designed to protect our kids. Shouldn’t our children turn out perfect? To answer that question, we interview a young man who has done that very thing, but here is the best part: after being raised in a rigid environment which he ultimately rejected, he is still a huge proponent of  home education and thinks his mom is one of the best teachers around! Homeschooling parents, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We may challenge you to rethink about how you listen to your kids, how to look for and complement their strengths, but mostly we will remind all of us how important it is to just point them to Jesus. We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows! FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting. LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com Visit here to learn more. The post Best of HIRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I’ll Tell You Its Flaws appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

55mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Spiritual Abuse, Part 2 – HIRL Episode 90

On last week’s episode, we sat down with Dale and Jonalyn Fincher from Soulation/Freedom Builders to begin an important discussion on the topic of spiritual abuse. We just scratched the surface of the discussion by talking about how homeschoolers are prime targets for “movements.” On this episode, we continue the conversation, but we focus on the practical issues surrounding the topic of spiritual abuse. During our interview, we not only define what spiritual abuse is, but we warn the listener how to look for the “red flags” of abuse in any movement or organization. We finish our discussion talking about how to escape an abusive situation and what you should do as you begin to heal from abuse. EPISODE TIMELINE 1:30 Fluff Time 7:17 Introduction to the podcast 9:20 Interview Part 1: Dale/Jonalyn Fincher 35:16 Interview Part 2:Dale/Jonalyn Fincher 51:39 Wrapping up the show SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: What’s the Big Deal About Spiritual Abuse (and What You Can Do About It) – 50% off with the code Home50 Previous Episodes Mentioned: Spiritual Abuse, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 89 Music clips used on this episode: My Soul Knows – Zimmerman – Buy it on iTunes Here On The Road Again – Willie Nelson – Buy it on iTunes Here Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash – Buy it on iTunes Here SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades The post Spiritual Abuse, Part 2 – HIRL Episode 90 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

56mins

15 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Rebroadcast – Losing Our Religion – HIRL Episode 87

The HomeschoolingIRL team is taking a break between seasons to prepare and produce new shows. In the meantime, we are rebroadcasting our most popular and most downloaded episodes. On this week’s episode, we are replaying our 2nd most downloaded episode. This is our story. It is very personal, but very important to share. We discuss how our family of 8 kids went from living the “perfect homeschool life” to one that learned to rely daily on the grace of God and the love of Jesus. Step right up and meet Fletch and Kendra – co-captains in a family of hope shifters. Join us again for another look at how we escaped religion for a life int he gospel. EPISODE TIMELINE 1:25 Introduction to the podcast 2:34 Rebroadcast: Losing Our Religion 55:41 WrapUp. SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: None Previous Episodes Mentioned: None Music clips used on this episode: None SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades The post Rebroadcast – Losing Our Religion – HIRL Episode 87 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

1hr

25 Jan 2016

Rank #9

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Is “Me Time” Necessary? – HIRL Episode 91

Do you ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in your life to take care of yourself? In the midst of your life do you fail to remember to do the things you want to do? Do the demands of parenting and homeschooling make you feel guilty if you take time for yourself? We think this is an important discussion to have out loud. Join Fletch and Kendra on this episode of HomeschoolingIRL as we welcome Dr. Melanie Wilson, Christian psychologist and homeschooling mom of 6, into the studio to chat about “me time”. We discuss whether or not taking time for ourselves is practical, and doable, and we share a lot of laughs along the way! EPISODE TIMELINE 2:35 Fluff Time 8:57 Introduction to the podcast 10:54 Interview Part 1: Dr. Melanie Wilson 28:01 Interview Part 2: Dr. Melanie Wilson 43:04 Wrapping up the show SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: The Homeschool Sanity Show – Dr. Melanie Wilson’s podcast Previous Episodes Mentioned: Depression – HIRL Episode 60 Music clips used on this episode: All By Myself- Eric Carmen – Buy it on iTunes Here We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Eric Burdon – Buy it on iTunes Here SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades The post Is “Me Time” Necessary? – HIRL Episode 91 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

47mins

22 Feb 2016

Rank #10

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Raising Adults – HIRL Episode 73

When is the right time to start giving your kids freedom in the area of their finances? At what age should they have a checking account? What about a credit card? And when should we trust them with the internet, social media, and a smart phone? Hal and Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men and podcasters right here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, have parented their teens and young adults with the belief that they are raising adults, not kids. For them, walking alongside their children with the end goal in mind answers some of those tough questions about when to open the world up to their kids. We think you’ll have a lot to chew on as we discuss raising adults on this lively episode of Homeschooling in Real Life. EPISODE TIMELINE 2:38 – Introduction 13:56 – Hal and Melanie Young, Part 1 26:20 -Hal and Melanie Young, Part 2 SHOW NOTES: Music used on this episode: “Dub Feral” Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSOR: HEDUA, PUBLISHERS OF DEAR MAGAZINE Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press play below Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post Raising Adults – HIRL Episode 73 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

41mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Ask Us Anything You Want, Again – HIRL Episode 40

Fletch and Kendra are back in the hot-seat for another round of questions. On this 40th episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, we are answering questions from our listening audience again. Questions we tackle in this episode include: What do you do with the college kids that live in your home and interrupt your homeschool life? Any advice for incorporating an adoptive child into your homeschool family? Plus a follow-up question from Episode 36 where a homeschool mom asks about making the more difficult subjects more fun! Please join us! Go grab your spouse, sit down, and listen along as we answer your questions on this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life – To Go! Show Notes Steve Donahue – Homeschool Hope How Pursuing Your Gifts Impacts Your Kids You Never Stop Being a Parent Timeline 4:58 – Question 1/Stacy – College kids 8:20 – Question 2/Erika – Adoption 10:55 – Question 3/Jenny – Teaching the tough subjects 13:00 – Question 4/Carmen – Idol of college education 18:44 – Question 5/Ally – Dad and Mom on same page 21:00 – Question 6/Lori – Large homeschool family pride Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post Ask Us Anything You Want, Again – HIRL Episode 40 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

28mins

23 Feb 2015

Rank #12

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Spread Too Thin – HIRL Episode 77

This is our final installment in our mini-series of episodes called: Surviving the Holidays. This episode is all about being spread too thin during the holidays. We begin the discussion talking about the unique aspect that holidays can bring to a homeschooling mom. You are already dealing with a full plate and often the holiday season is just one more thing. Next, if we are being really honest, we will admit that the holidays are pre-designed to stress out moms, because everything falls on their shoulders. Lastly, what about “mom guilt” during the holidays? We continue and conclude this episode with a discussion about how to redeem the Christmas holidays and some practical suggestions on keeping yourself from becoming spread to thin. Tune in and don’t miss this one. EPISODE TIMELINE :56 – Introduction 8:55 – 3 Reasons We Are Spread Too Thin, Part 1 13:59 – 3 Reasons We Are Spread Too Thin, Part 2 23:00 – Redeeming Christmas/Practical Suggestions 35:26 – Concluding thoughts SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: Previous Episodes Mentioned: Episode 8 – Homeschooling with Exchange Students Episode 30 – I Love Homeschooling, But My Kids Are With Me All The Time Episode 41 – Some Dads Have All The Fun Music clips used on this episode: None SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSOR: HEDUA, PUBLISHERS OF DEAR MAGAZINE Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press play below Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post Spread Too Thin – HIRL Episode 77 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

38mins

16 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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Stocking Stuffer – HIRL Episode 82

Are you stuck in holiday traffic? Are you locking yourself in the bathroom at your family get-together to avoid Crazy Uncle Larry? Are you sick of hearing Christmas music? This quick episode is just for you! Merry Christmas HIRLers! Join Fletch and Kendra on this short and fun episode as we share some Christmas laughs with you. You might find out a few things that you didn’t know about Fletch and Kendra. (No, she really doesn’t like Italian Christmas music!) Find out more facts as we play a quick round of “Q and A with K and A.” Then see if you agree as we comment on your answers to our Facebook questions like “What Christmas song drives you nuts?” We each have goodies to lock into the HIRLer’s Treasure Chest and then join us as we finish the podcast with a Christmas edition of “Would you rather…” This episode is meant to be light hearted, but it also gives you a chance to take a private peek at your two hosts. Join us as we celebrate Christmas week on this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life. EPISODE TIMELINE 1:23 – Introduction 3:27 – Q and A with K and A 13:45 – HIRLer’s Treasure Chest 17:41 – Would You Rather…? (Christmas Edition) 20:17 – Merry Christmas SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: Hope Shifting – by Jim Applegate Previous Episodes Mentioned: Why the Rise In African-American Homeschooling – Episode 54 Music clips used on this episode: Wonderful Christmas Time- Paul McCartney – Go buy it on iTunes Last Christmas – Wham! – Go buy it on iTunes Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley – Go buy it on iTunes Baby It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin – Go buy it on iTunes 12 Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby – Go buy it on iTunes All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey – Go buy it on iTunes Christmas Song – Chipmunks – Go buy it on iTunes Carole of the Bells – John Williams – Go buy it on iTunes Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy – Go buy it on iTunes Christmas Shoes – Newsong – Go buy it on iTunes Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen – Go buy it on iTunes Dominic the Donkey – Lou Monte – Go buy it on iTunes SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSOR: HEDUA, PUBLISHERS OF DEAR MAGAZINE Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post Stocking Stuffer – HIRL Episode 82 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

22mins

21 Dec 2015

Rank #14

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The Homeschool Budget – HIRL Episode 97

The Homeschool Budget is part one of a series of three podcast episodes dealing with the topic of financial fear. With a family of 8 kids, Fletch and Kendra know that homeschooling can get expensive. On this episode, they share tips and tricks they have used over the years to save money and homeschool well within a budget. Along the way, they talk about homeschooling within and out of the charter school system. EPISODE TIMELINE :51 Fluff Time (Hollywood, Head Shots, Whip and Nae Nae) 9:34 Part 1 – Old homeschooler advice for new homeschoolers 20:00 Part 2 – Suggestions to homeschool in budget 35:30 Part 3 – Charter schools 45:50 Wrapping up the show, What’s Coming up next? SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: The Wired Homeschool – Homeschooling with Netflix M.I.T. iTunes University KHAN Academy HOOPLA – Free audio/video through the local library Homeschool Creations Betty The Surf Dog Twitter Feed – Home of Betty the Surf Dog Fletch Twitter Kendra Twitter Previous Episodes Mentioned: Music clips used on this episode: Watch Me – Buy it on iTunes Here SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades The post The Homeschool Budget – HIRL Episode 97 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

49mins

4 Apr 2016

Rank #15

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I Love Homeschooling But My Kids Are With Me All the Time

On this episode of the HomeschoolingIRL podcast, Fletch and Kendra begin a new series called, “I Love Homeschooling But…” and discuss the topic of having your kids with you All. The. Time. We really do love this aspect of homeschooling, and many of us want to spend the best hours of our kids’ days with them. But the reality is, there are days when we feel as if we’re all breathing down each other’s necks, and that can be difficult to navigate with grace. Joining Fletch and Kendra in the studio is HomeschoolingIRL listener, Angela Hoffman, from HomeschoolInnovation.com. After a frustrating day of homeschooling and tweeting with Kendra, we thought it would be real and very current to have her on the episode with us. Episode Timeline 3:50 Studio discussion part 1. 19:00 Fletch and Kendra spend time with Angela Hoffman 29:42 Studio discussion part 2. 43:27 HIRLers Treasure Chest —— For the rest of the year, we will be running a “Best of” series of the Homeschooling IRL episodes. Many of these episodes were earlier episodes that you might have missed. Enjoy! Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more. The post I Love Homeschooling But My Kids Are With Me All the Time appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

47mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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I Love Homeschooling But My Kids Are With Me All the Time – HIRL Episode 30

On this episode of the HomeschoolingIRL podcast, Fletch and Kendra begin a new series called, “I Love Homeschooling But…” and discuss the topic of having your kids with you All. The. Time. We really do love this aspect of homeschooling, and many of us want to spend the best hours of our kids’ days with them. But the reality is, there are days when we feel as if we’re all breathing down each other’s necks, and that can be difficult to navigate with grace. Joining Fletch and Kendra in the studio is HomeschoolingIRL listener, Angela Hoffman, from HomeschoolInnovation.com. After a frustrating day of homeschooling and tweeting with Kendra, we thought it would be real and very current to have her on the episode with us. Episode Timeline 3:50 Studio discussion part 1. 19:00 Fletch and Kendra spend time with Angela Hoffman 29:42 Studio discussion part 2. 43:27 HIRLers Treasure Chest Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post I Love Homeschooling But My Kids Are With Me All the Time – HIRL Episode 30 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

48mins

10 Nov 2014

Rank #17

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How To Deal With Homeschool Burnout – Special Replay

This is our second stab at the topic of homeschool burnout. Back in Episode 39, we interviewed four homeschool moms and discussed the topic: I Love Homeschooling, But I’m Totally Burned Out.  On that episode we verified that homeschooling moms burn out often and regularly. Our listener Anna, wrote in and asked if we would expand the topic a little more. “I’m just having a really hard time figuring out how to carve out some (consistent) space in our life for me to recharge my batteries, and I’d love to know how other moms manage to do that.”  Anna, this episode is just for you! We decided to hit this topic alone. We are not strangers to burnout. In fact, we are in the middle of our own homeschool/homeschooling/homeschoolers burnout as we sat down to record this show. Our listeners get a front row seat as we discuss honestly how we are choosing to work through our own burnout. Tune in as we offer practical advice to both mom and dad as we answer the question about how to deal with homeschool burnout. Timeline 1:53– Introduction 8:00 – Letter #1 – Jennifer, Binge Listener/Fluff Lover 10:37 – Letter #2 – Heather, Hope Shifting 16:00 – Homeschool Burnout – Segment 1/Practical Response 31:58 – Homeschool Burnout – Segment 2/”Me” Time 41:30 – Homeschool Burnout – Segment 3/Fletcher Burnout Music clips used on this show: “Slow Down'” Keb’ Mo’ (Buy It Here On iTunes) Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new DVD release, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas! Visit  here to learn more. The post How To Deal With Homeschool Burnout – Special Replay appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

48mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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Extracurricular Overkill – HIRL Episode 96

When is enough too much? On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, Fletch and Kendra answer a letter from a listener who is wondering how to filter extracurricular activities into your homeschool. When should you say yes? When should you say no? We invite good friends Nate and Ali Miller into the studio to talk through the topic of extracurricular overkill. Listen in as we discuss how they made the decision to pull back from gymnastics, swimming, baseball, and choir in their family of three pre-teens. We hope you are encouraged by this discussion of choosing extracurricular activities in your homeschool family. EPISODE TIMELINE 2:11 Fluff Time (Holy week, small pencils and Casey Kasem) 9:28 Extracurricular Overkill Part 1 19:00 Extracurricular Overkill Part 2 29:00 Letters from listeners 33:38 Wrapping up the show, What’s Coming up next? SHOW NOTES: Recommended Resources: Joann Kraft – Just Too Busy Betty The Surf Dog Twitter Feed – Home of Betty the Surf Dog Fletch Twitter Kendra Twitter Previous Episodes Mentioned: Music clips used on this episode: Breathe In Breathe Out Move On – Buy it on iTunes Here SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life?  Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show! Thank you! ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman LISTEN HERE Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below. Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades The post Extracurricular Overkill – HIRL Episode 96 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

43mins

28 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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Teens And Social Media – HIRL Episode 72

We are beyond the days of speculating about whether social media will last. Instead social media continues to morph and reinvent itself into new platforms with new target audiences. Whether it focuses on 140 characters of shared data or photos or just modified chatting with friends, social media is invasive. Are you wondering how to navigate the virtual worlds of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat with your teenagers? One of our HIRLers wrote in and asked us to tackle the topic of teenagers and social media, so we did what we do best. We sat down and had an open and honest discussion with our own teenagers. We don’t do things perfectly and we face the same challenges as you do in your homeschools. We even have regrets. Won’t you join us on this podcast as we get real with our kids and let you peek into the conversation with us? More than ever, we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think. This is a great discussion and we think you will love it. EPISODE TIMELINE 1:00 – Introduction 8:49 – Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 1 14:49 –Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 2 21:35 – Teens and Social Media Discussion Part 3 30:24 – Concluding Thoughts with Fletch and Kendra SHOW NOTES: Fletch loves his dog and he loves social media. Follow the adventures of Betty the Surf Dog: Instagram Twitter Facebook SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is: Follow this link to our iTunes page. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page. First things first – click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone. Next – click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!). Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock! WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL? You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below. Listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your phone, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION. ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS: Please visit our sponsor: HEDUA, creators of Dear Magazine Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life. The post Teens And Social Media – HIRL Episode 72 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

36mins

12 Oct 2015

Rank #20