SR 836: Sanity Savers for Homeschool Moms – Kristi Clover, Part 1

“When I’m feeling stressed, it’s usually the Lord saying, ‘You’re trying to do this on your own, and you can’t.” ~ Kristi Clover

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Yvette Hampton sits down with Kristi Clover, a veteran homeschool mom of five and author. Kristi shares invaluable tips and “sanity savers” for homeschool moms, covering everything from morning routines to prayer and worship. Discover how to stay organized, manage your homeschooling day effectively, and keep your sanity intact. 

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Come back tomorrow and Thursday for the rest of this conversation with Kristi Clover.

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Discussion Questions:

1. What are some specific challenges homeschool moms face in balancing their multiple roles, as mentioned by Yvette and Kristi?

2. Kristi emphasized the importance of a morning routine. How does she suggest managing the mayhem of the mornings to ensure a smoother homeschooling day?

3. Kristi mentioned the concept of keeping “your knees dirty.” Why does she prioritize prayer, and how does it impact her approach to homeschooling and family life?

4. How does Kristi use timers and alarms to help manage her day effectively? Can you share any examples of how this might work in a typical day?

5. Kristi and Yvette discussed the importance of worship and listening to worship music. What role does worship play in maintaining sanity for homeschool moms?

6. Discuss how Kristi prepares for the next day the night before. What are some practical steps she takes, and how do they contribute to a better morning routine?

7. What is the significance of letting children see their parents engage in spiritual disciplines like prayer and Bible reading, according to Kristi?

8. Kristi suggests breaking down homeschool tasks into “independent work” and “mom work.” How can this strategy improve the efficiency of a homeschooling day?

9. How do Kristi’s routines and planning reflect her personality, and how does she adapt these routines to different situations or seasons of life?

10. Kristi talks about the importance of being prepared for potential interruptions in the day. How can having a plan B, C, or even D help homeschool moms stay flexible yet structured?

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I would definitely say like I I’ve changed the 
order of a few things because I think the number

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one sanity saver that everybody needs to know 
and that is to keep your knees dirty That’s The

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Power of prayer um we cannot do this in our own 
strength I think God purposely tries to give us

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more than we can handle so that we lean on him 
for his strength because we cannot do it on our

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own hey everyone this is eved Hampton welcome back 
to the school house rock podcast we are airing an

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episode this week and it is a replay from the 
Homegrown generation family Expo this was my

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session with Christy Clover and she talked about 
sanity savers for homeschool moms and this was

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such a good conference it was such a good session 
and I know you’re going to be encouraged by it as

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well so I hope you’ll enjoy this first part of my 
interview with her and then we’ll play the rest

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of it throughout the rest of the week but before 
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now enjoy part one of my interview with Christy 
Clover hey everyone this is Evette Hampton I am

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so glad to have you back with us for the 
Homegrown generation family Expo I’m here

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with my good friend Christy Clover if you guys 
are not familiar with Christy you are going to

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be so encouraged by this session because this 
is one that every homeschool mom needs needs to

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know about um as homeschool moms we have so many 
things being thrown at us at the same time we’re

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moms we’re wives we’re Homemakers we are you 
know we’re the paramedics in our home we’re all

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the things and it is really hard sometimes to 
balance all of it and so Christy to the rescue

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she’s here this um session to help us navigate 
through all of this so Christy welcome to the

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Expo I’m so glad to have you with us again you 
were with us for the last Expo as well um and

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so I’m excited to have you here tell us who you 
are thank you well I’m Christy Clover that’s so

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cute oh my goodness it is such a joy to be here um 
well but what’s to know I have been homeschooling

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for 15 years I have five kids um my oldest is 20 
and married which is just bizarre to say um but I

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have graduated too from our homeschool we’ve been 
homeschooling since my oldest was in first grade

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um so we have homeschooled for a long time now 
I’m just down to three in the house I can do this

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but my youngest is nine so we have 209 both 
graduated 14 in middle school then 11 and

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nine so I’m all the way down to third grade so I 
third grade and two graduated it’s just bizarre

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so basically I’ll be doing this for a long time so 
I’ll just keep coming back as much as you need me

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so yeah but it’s gonna go by so fast because it 
does oh how does that happen married I know I’m

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that Mom that I see people with their like little 
boys I’m like chairish this time they grow up they

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really do and I’m like oh my goodness like I 
remember those moms talking to me and I’m like

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sleep deprived going like what are you talking 
about woman yeah I know I’m I’m in those shoes so

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oh man it’s precious it’s just so precious it is 
tough it is tough um Christy you know when I think

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of people who are very well organized and who kind 
of have it together Christy Clover is the one that

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comes to mind in the world of homeschool moms at 
least I you’re laughing but you’re you know I’m

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right oh you have a gift my friend thank you thank 
you it’s so funny because it’s just at the same

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time I have days where I’m like if somebody saw my 
house right now they’ be like what are you talking

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about but that’s the thing is that it’s not it’s 
it’s something that I’ve learned systems and so

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it’s not like my house is perfect like I’ve just 
learned systems so yeah that’s that’s my secret

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there we go we’ve all learned it get systems 
done yeah well we’re gonna talk about systems

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because some of us like myself have a harder time 
with systems so here’s are you a type A do you

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consider yourself a type A personality Christie 
me yes I’m like are you asking the audience the

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audience should answer that you don’t want no um 
I don’t know I I think I have type A moments but

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then I can also be one of the like I’m also very 
relaxed and chill it kind of depends on how many

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things we have in our lives so right now we’re 
going through you know we have a lot going on

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right now in our family um I’m sharing with you in 
advance it’s one of the reasons why I’m not online

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that I’m taking care of a lot of things on um 
for my dad my Dad’s health is failing and so

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I’ve had to take on a lot of responsibility with 
that and so when life gets busy which it always

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does you know you you’re juggling and so I tend 
to get like in the throws of it a little taipe

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and then when we have slower times I’m like ah 
Let It Go it doesn’t matter right but yeah but

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because you’re a type A in you know in most ways 
it makes it easy when you can have somewhat of a

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mess to bring it all back together again right 
and so I I am admittedly and I’m unashamedly a

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type B and I wouldn’t say a B+ or a B minus I 
would just say straight up B like I I can be

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very very well organized but I can also be very 
very messy and um and it drives my husband crazy

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we have one room in our house that’s like my 
like just it’s like my big closet you know just

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throw it in there push it in there pretend like it 
doesn’t exist and close the door and no one will

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ever know and so every once in a while it gets 
to me and I’m like okay I got to get this under

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control but with homeschooling I know that can be 
so overwhelming because we have so many things we

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have the curriculum we have you know if we have 
more than one child who has a wardrobe you know

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we’ve got all the clothes and and the laundry and 
the clothes that they’re growing out of and the

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clothes there’s just so much stuff and then the 
groceries and all this stuff and it can make us

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crazy it absolutely can and so talk to us about 
sanity Sabers tell us how how can we pull it all

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together how can we keep our sanity as moms trying 
to juggle all of the things well I will say that I

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it’s funny because you know you can download My 
Sanity saers book and um but I would definitely

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say like I I’ve changed the order of a few things 
because I think the number one sanity saver that

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everybody needs to know and that is to keep your 
knees dirty That’s The Power of prayer um we

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cannot do this in our own strength I think God 
purposely tries to give us more than we can handle

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so that we lean on him for his for his strength 
because we cannot do it on our own so I would

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say that’s probably my number one tip is that um 
I find that when I’m starting to feel the stress

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I’m starting to feel like I’m losing my mind 
it’s usually when the Lord’s going hello you are

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trying to do this on your own and you can’t and 
so what I’ve really learned to do is just kind of

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hands off just offer it to him and I have to just 
pray and I kind of have a set you know some set

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scripture that I like to look over and um and all 
most of those tend to be like all about trusting

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the Lord like I have to trust the Lord I have to 
go to him offer to him just be like Lord I can’t

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do this um right now I don’t have the capacity so 
you’re gonna have to increase my time or you know

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do do something miraculous to pull it all together 
but I like to remind myself that you know whenever

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he has called me to something he equips me for it 
as well so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that

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he has called me to disciple my children and 
part of that discipleship is homeschooling so

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since I’ve been called to disciple and homeschool 
my children the children he has blessed me with I

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know that he is equipping me in the process as 
well and so oftentimes when I again when I’m

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getting overwhelmed I have to slow down and make 
time for my time to be in the word make time to

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pray and what I’m also finding that’s really 
important has started playing a role more and

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more for me is worship um sometimes I just have 
to flip on some worship music and just you know

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sing out and just praise him because I think 
that there really is a heart and an attitude

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change when we’re praising the Lord and when we’re 
worshiping him and yet there’s other times when I

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have to turn everything off like sometimes when 
I’m driving it’s great to have worship music on

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but sometimes I just need the quiet and just 
time to commune with him so it’s kind of this

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balance you kind of have to see where you’re at 
but I would say getting getting alone in his word

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is important again praying um just in the quiet 
finding ways to quiet um you know things that and

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that’s hard when you’ve got little kids um but you 
know there’s there’s all kinds of little T tricks

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and tips and how to do that like one of the things 
that I did when my kids were little to get time

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in the word is I would just leave my Bible open 
in the kitchen like our kitchen and family room

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are right next to each other I would leave it at 
the end of the island just wherever it was I was

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reading sometimes just to Psalms or Proverbs and 
that way when I’m walking over I can just kind of

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do a quick little like okay that’s right trust in 
the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own

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understanding you know like I’m like okay I I got 
this I can do this so um just you know using it

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like it is it’s it’s in the kitchen so I’m like it 
is food for my soul so there it is yeah but that’s

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Amy Smith I think I could be wrong um but she I 
remember her talking about how she actually set

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a timer a prayer timer like every couple hours 
throughout the day and it was just on her phone

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and every day it would just go off at certain 
times and she said because she got so busy in

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her day that she would forget to just stop and 
pray and after so many years her daughter just

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followed suit and started doing the same thing 
and I was like that’s amazing because we need to

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go to the Lord but sometimes we get so wrapped up 
in the busyness of the day that we forget you know

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or we just think I can’t like I don’t have time 
I don’t have time to get on my knees right now

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are you kidding I’ve got six loads of laundry 
piled up on the couch and so just having that

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reminder of stop what you’re doing take it to the 
Lord and then come back to it um because you know

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we’ll take a phone call in the middle of the day 
from a friend yeah and we’ll take time to talk to

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our friends so how often do we take time to talk 
to the Lord so I love that so much I love just

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starting out with prayer and praise and worship is 
amazing do you have specific worship I love asking

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this because I have my specific favorites um do 
you have favorites that you like to listen to when

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it comes to listening to worship goodness I kind 
of keep keep creating new playlists on my Spotify

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but yeah right now I I mean I love so many I’m 
trying to think um I couldn’t tell you like gosh

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I should like look on my phone tell you there’s a 
new ranchel Rachel Lampa and um Toby Mack song I

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think it’s um oh it’s something redeemed love um 
I think is the name of it that’s my favorite I’ll

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play it over and over again I’m just blanking on 
the title but no I just create a playlist and as

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I hear songs on the radio um I create a playlist 
and then we actually have like our older boys who

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also have Spotify my husband and I were always 
like oh I heard this song today it’s so good um

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so it’s a lot of times my worship music reflects 
on where I am and what I need to hear and what I

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need right now for me personally is I need the 
constant reminder that like oh my goodness my

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God loves me so much and so my heavenly father is 
there for me he is just pouring out his love into

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my heart I’ve been reading through like Romans 55 
which talks about that like how he pours out his

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love into our hearts and I just love that picture 
um so there’s so many just beautiful things and so

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my My Worship right now is really reflecting that 
it’s reflecting just the Lord’s love for me and

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how and how much he loves me so yeah which we need 
to be reminded of all the time you know we always

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tell our kids I love you I love you I love you 
at least we should be if you’re not saying that

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to your kids on a daily basis consistently you 
should be reminding them of that but we need to

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be reminded as moms as well like you said that God 
loves us he hears us he sees us he knows us and he

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loves us more than anything and so being able to 
just listen to worship music and worship along and

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worship the god of the Universe I it doesn’t get 
better than that and then doing that alongside of

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our kids um it’s just an incredible privilege that 
we have share yeah I share with people it’s really

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important to let your kids catch you in worship 
um I’ve been doing more um like Bible teaching

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lately than doing a lot of these and so um it’s 
been it I was actually just sharing that with our

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women’s group the other day is that it’s important 
to let our kids catch us in the word like you know

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slow down and you don’t have to have it cleaned 
up before they get up in the morning but let

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them catch you in the word because you want them 
to see the habit I remember when um one of our

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boys asked us we were talking about um Financial 
stewardship and um my husband was teaching on you

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know tithing and things like that and giving and 
they’re like do you tithe like you know that in

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our old church they would pass something along and 
we would just keep passing it and we’re like oh we

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do it online so like great like like oh we need 
to explain this because they don’t see it right

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yeah it’s like one of those that’s a tough one 
where you’re like you don’t really want them

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to see it it’s like the whole left hand right hand 
don’t let them know what you’re doing but I’m like

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oh yeah they like we want our kids to understand 
some of these you know biblical practices and

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these disciplines that we have but one of the most 
important things is to make sure they see us in

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the word and the beautiful thing is when your kids 
get to an age where you get to see that come back

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like the other night my daughter knew that I had 
had a really hard day my dad was having um a lot

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of health issues and it was just an emot it was a 
very emotional day day and that night I’m tucking

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her into bed and I’m hugging her she’s like Mommy 
she is my 11-year-old she’s like let me pray for

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you and she had the most beautiful prayer and it’s 
like then I’m like it was just so beautiful but

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it’s like when they see us taking the moment 
like I try to not that’s one thing I’m trying

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to get better at is not saying hey I’m gonna 
pray for you about that like I just pray over

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yeah either my kids or the person or like let’s 
just do it now like so why wait so yeah why wait

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yeah exactly I love it okay so so we’re talking 
about sanity Savers your first one is get your

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knees dirty yep where do you go from there from 
there honestly when it comes to homeschool family

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homeschool routine um my next one is managing your 
Mayhem in the mornings so you have to really like

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I feel like the better my morning is and the 
more structured my morning is the better our

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homeschool day flows and a lot of that honestly 
starts at night so I prepare the night before like

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you know if you know we I I use a whole system 
for homeschooling have a hes School Organization

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course but um what I try to do is just make sure 
that everything’s in line so like we’re tidying

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up the night before so when we get started in 
the day we’re not cleaning up yesterday’s work

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so we’re creating different habits around that um 
and trying to get the kids involved in creating

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habits but really just having a game plan for your 
morning like I’ll look at what we’re doing the

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next day the night before so I know kind of game 
plan like do I need to set an alarm for anything

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for the next day my okay that is one thing my 
phone has been my Saving Grace in all of my new

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habits I am constantly setting timers for things 
and I love that my timer will go off and it’ll

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say like you know time to prep for this or time 
to prep for that and so setting my timer and you

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can set them to happen you know every day or in a 
certain day or like if I have something happening

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like so this was different in my routine so I set 
an alarm last night to remind me to get on this

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call but and just being prepared and I think 
another key thing for the morning crazies is

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anticipating what could happen so do you have 
things that continuously pop up so do you have

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a baby that needs to take a nap so I’m planning 
around that for our day like we used to not even

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start homeschooling until baby was down for a nap 
so it was our chore time and breakfast time and

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things like that and now like I try to you know 
do different things like I’ll have a plan B so

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I enjoy trying to go for a walk or workout in the 
morning if that doesn’t happen then I have a plan

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B that’s gonna happen at two o’clock so I tried so 
that way the things that are important are still

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going to happen but I might have an a b or c plan 
that kind of goes with it but I find that again

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the the better my our evening routines are and my 
morning routines are the smoother my homeschool

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day goes so you have an actual plan laid out 
kind of like your well it’s in it’s in your

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mind but it’s also on your phone because you’ve 
got reminders um to that are set to remind you of

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the different things so it’s not so much like math 
it’s it’s more if there’s something odd so I have

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my reminders for it’s time to get cleaned up and 
head out the door for a Wana it’s time you know

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so those types of reminders that you’re not always 
running light like me right well not right for you

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but yeah but like I have to set and like and if I 
find like originally I set a time refer it’s time

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to walk out the door and now I’m like five minutes 
before you have five minutes to walk out the door

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because I’m like ah we’re not all in the car 
we don’t have shoes like so just and even like

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that’s something that you can prepare for too is 
like okay you’re going to walk out the door does

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everybody know where things are so even knowing 
where the things are you need to walk out the door

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with is really helpful which is all just you know 
I mean it kind of leads into like my Sandy saor

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number three is routines and so that’s part of 
the routine basis as well is kind of establishing

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Basics so I when we first started homeschooling oh 
I was a schedule girl I was like was it color oh

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totally right no it was it was just really scary 
I’m like how did you know oh because mine was too

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I just never actually lived by it it just looked 
really pretty on my refrigerator oh totally well

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in mine was like the perfect day I had scheduled 
out so 500 am I will wake up refreshed and I will

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go and I will work out for an hour and then 
I’ll have like my quiet time for an hour and

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then I will get my my shower and be all ready and 
the children’s will awake magically at the time

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that is on my schedule and it’s like none of that 
happens right none of that really happens because

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that’s not real life so I found that creating 
routines for time sections so whether you want

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to call it time blocking or whatever you want to 
call it it’s all very similar so I just kind of

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have like the before breakfast the after breakfast 
or you know you can have time like first section

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of the morning so like between sometimes I’ll 
do it by time so uh from 9 to 12 so what school

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things are we trying to get done between 9 and 
12 um and then a big thing for me and it kind of

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goes back to managing the morning Mayhem those the 
two sanity Savers working together is if we’re not

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getting to writing or we’re not getting to math 
or we’re not getting to certain subjects I move

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them forward in our day because I’m more likely 
to get to them first thing than I am to get to

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them later and I also like to break up my day as 
far as routine into and this is a big homeschool

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hack so make sure you’re listening this is what 
you right down if you’re new to homeschooling

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and that I’m like ready is that I break down all 
curriculum all of our stuff gets broken down into

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what my kids can do independently and what they 
need my help with so we have independent work and

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Mom work and all the mom related work gets done 
between 9 to 12 and so um and that is a big thing

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if you have multiple kids to be able to manage 
things is then you can have a kids work one kid

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working on Independent work while you’re working 
with Mom work on another one and then you’re doing

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your together stuff sure but that way if there’s 
stuff and you’ve got a kid who’s a doddler and not

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really getting through things then they can spend 
their afternoon I’m free but they can spend their

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afternoon doing those things because they were 
Doling and they didn’t get it done so um it is

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amazing how like things get done when Mom is 
like well we’re going to have to wait until

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tomorrow and they’re like I’m going to be behind 
I’m like well possibly I hope you’ve enjoyed this

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interview with Christy Clover from the Homegrown 
generation family Expo it’s not too late for you

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to register you can do that by going to Homegrown 
generation.com use the coupon code podcast to

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save 25% off of registration if you missed that 
conference you guys will be so encouraged by it

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we had so many great speakers and God was just 
so faithful um that week of the conference to

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bring encouragement um even beyond what I what I 
imagined that he would so check it out homegrown

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generation join us on Wednesday for part two of 
my interview with Christy Clover we’ll see you

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then laughing in the face of impostor syndrome 
and coming to you from the epicenter of manly

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overconfidence I’m your host gared Hampton 
and you are listening to the thinking dad

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even if we’re able to push the evildoers and the 
totalitarians back for another generation maybe

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if we work really hard maybe even two generations 
if they’ve got the Young people it’s over I often

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think about Daniel’s parents who you don’t 
hear anything about but they must have laid

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down a foundation for Daniel to be able to go into 
Babylon and not fall we’re in that very beginning

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part of the cycle for tough times we’ve been fat 
and happy we’ve been enjoying the you know we’re

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lazy because we enjoy so much Freedom we got all 
these blessings and why would you go do the hard

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work and so for a long time now decades we haven’t 
had to do the hard work we’ve been living on the

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fumes of previous generations pain the price and 
we got to raise the bar and say I’m willing to

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give more of my life that’s my time more of my 
money of course that’s our fortune and more of

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my sacred honor which is my reputation I’m willing 
to put it all on the line every single one of us

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has to be willing to do that join us for the 
first season of The Thinking dad at thinking

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d.net stop comparing um you are unique your kids 
are unique and as we’ve already talked about we

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are all going to have different strengths and 
we’re all going to have different weakness

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is and usually what we are showing the 
world is our strength um and that’s all

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fine and dandy but it’s okay like it’s we 
don’t have to you know because when I see

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you doing something amazing then I’m looking 
at my weakness I’m looking at your strength

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and I’m identifying my weakness in that moment 
and that’s what we do everywhere so if there

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is one thing that I really want to encourage 
people in is stop playing the comparison game

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