“Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children.” Billy Graham
I love to listen to podcasts.
Every Friday I help a local business with deliveries. I take my boys. The little one sleeps. The big one reads or plays, or sleeps. Sometimes we listen to an audiobook but mostly I listen to podcasts.
For me this is a central part of my Mother Culture.
What is Mother Culture? This is a new phrase for me, although the idea itself is not.
So often as Mothers we give and give and leave ourselves feeling burnt out and empty. We lose ourselves. Mother Culture is about feeding yourself. It’s about being inspired, growing and refreshing yourself.
Karen Andreola writes of Mother Culture having been inspired by the quote above (which she believes to be from Billy Graham) and Charlotte Mason herself.
“When a dedicated, hard-working home teacher takes part in Mother Culture she safeguards her enthusiasm. She will be better able to cope with her responsibilities. To take part in Mother Culture is to feed herself with the Word of God, with ideas from books, nature, art, music, etc., taking care to keep growing spiritually and mentally.” Karen Andreola
At this point in my life, Mother Culture looks like time with God, time to read good books, time to sew or shop and time to listen to podcasts.
My Favourite Podcasts
The first ones in this list are completely suitable for non-homeschooling families while the latter ones are more homeschool specific.
Sermons – I love to listen to sermons from my local church and also by John Piper and others.
Read Aloud Revival by Sarah Mackenzie – This is my absolute favourite podcast. I find every single episode so inspiring and can’t wait for the next one to be released. Sarah is a homeschooling mother of six but this podcast is perfect for ALL families. The episodes are long (approx. 40 minutes) but I am always left wanting more. Her guests are so inspiring and the episodes are very conversational and easy to listen to.
At Home with Sally by Sally Clarkson – Sally is a veteran homeschool mother with a ministry (Mom Heart) which seeks to encourage mothers. This podcast is just that. Words of encouragement for mothers. It’s simply delightful to listen to.
The Simple Show by Tsh Oxenerider – Tsh is a homeschooling mother who speaks of books, home and travel with her guests. The episodes are fairly long (approx. 40 minutes) and not all of them are relevant to me, but they are enjoyable and inspiring to listen to.
Simplified Organization by Mystie Winckler – Mystie is one of my favourite podcasters. She has so much worthwhile advice and some nuggets of absolute wisdom that blow me away. This podcast is about organising your attitudes and systems and, although Mystie is a homeschooling mother, this podcast is relevant to all mothers. Each episode is super short (approx. 5 minutes) so are great for when you’re hanging out the washing or stuck in a queue.
Cultivating the Lovely by MacKenzie Monroe – This is only a recent addition to my playlist but I have been enjoying it so far. MacKenzie’s aim is to inspire us in our God given roles as wives and mothers and to help us “fill up more in order to pour out.” A perfect Mother Culture podcast.
From here the podcasts are more homeschool specific
The Homeschool Sisters Podcast with Cait and Kara – This podcast is a chat between two friends who both homeschool. I love how real they are. They don’t claim to have everything worked out but share their struggles and reality with their audience with wonderful ideas and inspiration along the way.
The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast by Pam Barnhill – I have included all three of Pam’s podcasts in this list because they are all wonderful in different ways. I think this one is my favourite though. Each episode Pam interviews a different homeschooling family and gives you a little glimpse into their lives. I have found it especially helpful to listen to as a new homeschooler trying to find my feet in a sea of ideas.
The Homeschool Solutions Show by Pam Barnhill – This podcast is basically an audioblog but Pam has chosen her favourite homeschooling blog posts from across the web and they are read aloud by their authors. It’s great in two ways – firstly because she’s done the hard work of finding the best posts for you (there are a LOT of homeschooling blogs out there, especially in America) and secondly – because you can listen to them instead of reading them. So often when I find a good blog post I don’t have time to read it and then I forget to come back to it. This way is easier for me.
Your Morning Basket by Pam Barnhill – Pam says that this podcast is about bringing truth, beauty and goodness to your homeschool day. I wrote about our Morning Time here LINK!!! And I have found this podcast to be so inspiring in the process.
The Major Jar (CIRCE) by Cindy Rollins – This podcast is described as “all Charlotte Mason all the time.” Cindy talks about the details of a Charlotte Mason education with her guests and answers all the common questions in her Q&A episodes.
A Delectable Education by Liz Cottrill, Emily Kiser and Nicole Williams – These three mums discuss explanations Charlotte Mason’s principles and give examples of how those principles might be put into practice. If you are wondering about Charlotte Mason than this is a wonderful place to go for answers.
Schole Sisters by Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winckler and Pam Barnhill – Three of my favourites combine to provide us with this amazing podcast. The whole idea behind the podcast is for the “classical homeschooling mama who seeks to learn and grow while she’s helping her children learn and grow.” Basically they talk about homeschooling and Mother Culture under the umbrella term “schole.” The episodes are long (approx. 50 minutes to an hour) but very inspiring and fun to listen to. I laugh along with them.
The Simply Convivial Audioblog by Mystie Winckler – This is Mystie’s homeschooling blog turned podcast. She has so much wisdom to share and I love to listen to her ideas.
A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief by Julie Bogart – This is another recent addition to my playlist but I am enjoying listening to Julie’s words of wisdom in homeschooling and, especially, creating a lifestyle that encourages writing. Julie is one of those people who makes so much sense!
Do you listen to podcasts? What podcasts have you been enjoying lately? I would love to hear your recommendations (especially if you know a good Australian one!)