SR 838: Sanity Savers: Prioritizing Family for Homeschool Success, Kristi Clover, Part 3

“Homeschooling is a lifestyle encompassing all aspects of teaching and learning.” ~ Kristi Clover

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Join Yvette Hampton and Kristi Clover on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast, as they dive into sanity savers for homeschool moms. Discover practical tips to maintain balance, find your identity in Christ, and foster encouragement through community. Kristi shares valuable insights on meal planning, personal time, and prioritizing fun in your homeschool journey. Don’t miss out on their discussion about flexible homeschooling structures and addressing educational milestones. 

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Discussion Questions:

1. Kristi Clover mentions the importance of recognizing lies and remembering one’s identity in Christ. How can this perspective shift impact a homeschool mom’s daily routine and mindset?

2. In what ways can surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals aid in the homeschooling journey and family discipleship?

3. Kristi suggests meal planning as a key sanity saver. Can you share some strategies or tips that have worked for you in meal planning?

4. Making time for oneself is considered crucial in maintaining sanity. What are some activities or practices you employ to ensure you have personal time amidst a busy homeschooling schedule?

5. The episode discusses recognizing when children are ready for different educational milestones. How can parents effectively gauge their children’s readiness for new topics or skills?

6. Kristi and Yvette talk about the significance of extracurricular activities and family time. How do you currently balance extracurricular activities with quality family time?

7. The importance of letting go of stress-inducing activities is emphasized. Can you identify any activities in your schedule that may need reevaluation for the well-being of your family?

8. Kristi shared her experience adapting homeschooling while caretaking for her father. Have you encountered similar challenges, and how did you adapt your homeschooling structure to meet those circumstances?

9. Kristi and Yvette stress the importance of flexibility in homeschooling. Can you give an example of a time when being flexible led to a positive outcome in your homeschooling experience?

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Kristi Clover:
That’s where I’m calling in for backup.

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I’m calling in for reinforcements. Is that when I 
have these seasons like this, you know, I have to

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have backup plans because otherwise, I mean, our 
homeschooled year is definitely getting hijacked

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by all of this. Between caretaking and family 
things, it’s like, I guess the biggest thing

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I’m giving myself grace. You know, we’ll make it 
up. It’s not like this is going to last forever.

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Yvette Hampton:
Hey, everyone,

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this is Yvette Hampton. Welcome back to the 
schoolhouse rocked podcast. I am so glad you are

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back with me today for part three of my interview 
with christy Clover from the homegrown generation

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Family expo. This was a great interview I had 
with christy. She’s talking about sanity savers

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for homeschool moms, and it’s something that 
every homeschool mom needs to listen to. She

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just gives some great tips for how to just keep 
our heads together. Before we get back into it,

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I want to say thank you to our 
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Yvette Hampton:
Every child has a

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children through each of their academic subjects. 
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available for your students. Now enjoy this 
last part of my interview with Kristi Clover.

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Kristi Clover:

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Take off all of the junk the enemy 
is trying to throw at you to make

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you feel like you’re a bad mom. You need to 
step away from that and just call it out,

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an all out lie. And just remember who you are 
in Christ. And that is what you’re called to do.

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Yvette Hampton:
Amen. Amen.

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Kristi Clover:
Sorry. Like, forget this.

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Yvette Hampton:
No, I love it. And surround yourself

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with other like minded people who believe the same 
thing, who will encourage you in this journey of

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family, discipleship, and homeschooling. It’s 
so important. Oh, my goodness. Such good stuff,

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Kristi. All right, let’s get to the last. What 
do you have? One or two more, and then we’ve got

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a couple of questions that we can answer. And if 
you guys have more questions, comment and just put

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question at the beginning of it so that we’ll 
know it’s a question and we’ll try to get to.

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Kristi Clover:
I know I’m looking

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at someone over on the side. Okay, so, 
number six is meal planning. Honestly,

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at the end of the day, when you’re done with 
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you have to have a game plan. For meal planning. 
This is where I wish my meal planning course was

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prepared, but it’s not. Speaking of like, to dos 
and all that stuff. I’m like, I’ve been planning

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to put out a home, a meal planning course 
for, like, five years, and it’s not there.

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Yvette Hampton:
It’s all good

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because you’ve been taking care 
of your family, right, right.

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Kristi Clover:
But, yeah, like, use your crock pot. Use

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your instapot. If you’re an Instapot person, you 
know, make a meal plan. Do freezer meals. Like,

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one of my big hacks is that I tend to, when we 
have busy seasons, I make two meals at once. So I

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make one in the pot where I’m cooking everything, 
and I put one in the freezer bag and it goes in

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the freezer. So that way, during busy seasons, 
I pull it out and we’ve got meals prepared. So

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it’s helpful when it comes to not only your 
sanity, but it’s helpful for your health.

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Kristi Clover:
It’s also helpful

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for your finances when you’re cooking and 
eating at home, but it’s really helpful for

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just those busy seasons. Yeah, so I’m big on 
meal planning. I’m, like, looking at my notes.

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Yvette Hampton:
Yeah.

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Kristi Clover:
And the next one that I

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would say number seven, and I actually have eight. 
So I have. So number is seven is making time for

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mom time. It’s really easy to get lost in the 
world of homeschooling as a mom. So as a mom,

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it’s important to get time, whether it’s finding 
a hobby or spending time with friends or just kind

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of going. I mean, for me, sometimes I just 
need to go for a walk on my own. And I laugh

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because the kids are like, can we come? And 
I’m like, not today. Tomorrow, but not today.

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Kristi Clover:
Mommy just needs a little bit of space to, like,

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finish my thoughts. But it’s really important 
not to get lost in the realm of mothering. And

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so sometimes just getting out, making time for 
your spouse is important, too, remembering that

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if you’re married, your spouse as well, you’re a 
wife. Or if you’re a dad watching, you’re a dad,

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you’re a husband. And we have these roles that 
God’s given us, and we have to make sure that

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we’re not putting aside, like, we talked about 
prioritizing. You need to prioritize. If you’re

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married, your marriage is a priority over your 
kids, over homeschooling. Like, that’s the order.

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Kristi Clover:
So that’s where it’s really important,

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because, again, our kids are watching. So making 
time for yourself and utilizing your kids quiet

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times or their nap times is really important. And 
then my last sanity saver is to have fun. Fun is

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something that we think it’s going to happen 
spontaneously. You know, you start your day,

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we’re homeschooling. We’re gonna have fun. And 
you’re like, I’m exhausted. It’s not happening.

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Kristi Clover:
And I would much rather not do

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that craft because I need a little break, so. But, 
you know, maybe finding a day where today is gonna

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be our craft day. Today is gonna be our field 
trip day. Today is going to be a day that we’re

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gonna go outside. We’re gonna go do homeschool 
on the trampoline, you know, out. You know,

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just get outside, change things up. And I always 
tell people that when you have. When you’re

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feeling burned out, adding fun, like, take a 
day off, you’ll be okay taking a day off or a.

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Yvette Hampton:
Week, if you need to, or a month if you need to.

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Kristi Clover:
Totally go have

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some fun. It’ll rejuvenate you. 
It’ll rejuvenate your kids. It’ll

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rejuvenate everybody. So it’s really, 
really important to prioritize fun.

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Yvette Hampton:
Yep, yep. Love it. Oh,

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so much good stuff. Well, you guys, you’ll 
be excited to know because I know some of

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you are taking notes, like me. But for those 
who are maybe not taking notes, Kristi has

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her sanity savers free download that you can get 
at christy clover.com. right? Is that the right.

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Kristi Clover:
Clover.com. and if

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you do forward slash sanity, there it is. So you 
can sign up, and I’ll send you a digital copy.

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Yvette Hampton:
Yeah. And it’s awesome.

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I downloaded it the other day, and I was sifting 
through it, and I was like, there’s so much good

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stuff in here, so you guys can. Can definitely 
do that. Kristi, let’s answer some questions

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here. I love watching these questions pop up. 
Can you see them over on the slide, Kristi?

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Kristi Clover:
I can. I can. I’m like, oh, that’s amazing.

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Yvette Hampton:
And if you guys have more

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questions, just put a q in the front and 
we’ll see. So let’s see. Lauren is asking,

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what is your favorite homeschool book to 
read if you’re new to homeschooling? Oh,

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I love that. Both Kristi and I, and then 
also, Kristi, what’s your favorite simple

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curriculum that’s working for your nine 
year old? So I’ll let you answer first.

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Kristi Clover:
Okay. As far as

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books that I love, we actually really 
do. Like, when I’m. This sounds funny,

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but when I’m looking for a way to, like, kind 
of take a break from too much curriculum,

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we love the ywam. Series of missionary stories. 
So I’m like, we did not. John Mueller. George.

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Yvette Hampton:
George.

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Kristi Clover:
George Mueller.

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Yvette Hampton:
Which one is it?

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Kristi Clover:
George Mueller. You know,

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there’s so many great ones, but missionary 
stories are one of my, like, my fallbacks,

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my tried and true fallbacks, because you can do 
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figure out who they’re ministering to. 
You can do a history lesson around the

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time you can do all these different things. So 
sometimes when I need a break, that’s honestly,

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we kind of do a unit study. So as far as a simple 
curriculum unit study, sometimes I just kind of

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fall back on a unit study. I’m like, this is 
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So I’ve done about every curriculum out there 
practically where I’m familiar with them all.

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Kristi Clover:
We are Hodgepodge homeschool family. So,

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like, my 14 year old is doing sunlight for his 
history and bible. My girls are only doing the

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sunlight readers right now, whereas we’re using 
knot grass for history, and we’re doing America

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the beautiful right now with my girls. That’s 
for history. That’s a fun one. We use master

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books for science. We’ve used apologia in 
the past. So there’s so many great things.

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Kristi Clover:
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the timing of it and how much you want to throw 
yourself in, I think. Oh, and we use my favorite

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iew. We use Iew for our writing and for grammar. 
And, yeah, we love Iew. And honestly, my kids

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think Andrew Pudois is just the greatest ever. 
And so we use all the students, the student ones,

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this structure and style. And I let Andrew teach 
my kids, and he does, and they love him. And it’s

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been fun kind of doing things with Iew because my 
older kids have met him and gotten to know him.

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Kristi Clover:
So it’s like bragging.

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Yvette Hampton:
Say he lives about

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five minutes from me. He’s the 
reason why we live in Oklahoma.

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So he’s part of this conference. 
He’s going to be speaking tomorrow.

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Kristi Clover:
Oh, yeah. I have so many

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funny conference stories with Andrew because 
homeschool speaker at conferences, we have

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all these funny things. And I remember running 
into this one mom, and she, she turned to me,

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not realizing I was speaking. And she’s like, just 
tell my husband. Like, if Andrew Dua is speaking,

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like he’s the one you want to go listen to. 
I’m like, look, I am going to be teaching this

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session, and so is Andrew. Go to Andrew. 
You want to hear whatever he has to say?

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Yvette Hampton:
Oh, my goodness,

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yes. He is great. So, okay. So I love 
that question. My favorite homeschool

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books. Favorite homeschooling books, 
if you’re new to homeschooling. And I,

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I’m thinking you’re talking also about, 
like, how to get started homeschooling.

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Kristi Clover:
Yeah.

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Yvette Hampton:
Ok. So my favorites for

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those are Durenda Wilson has two books that 
are really, really good, and we’re actually

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doing a bonus session with her next Tuesday. 
So she, she was traveling and wasn’t able to

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make it this week. But I was like, Dorenda, 
we need your encouragement. So she’s coming on

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with us next Tuesday. She gets her own solo bonus 
session that will be live. But her two books are,

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one’s called the Unhurried homeschooler, and 
the other is the four hour school day. Both

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of those are, they’re small, short, 
easy reads, and those are fantastic

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to just encourage you and just help you to 
understand, like, you don’t have to do it all.

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Yvette Hampton:
You don’t have to do all the things that

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you think you need to do, and you definitely don’t 
have to homeschool for 7 hours a day. For goodness

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sakes. Don’t do that. You’ll make yourself crazy. 
You’ll make your kids crazy. Don’t do that. Now,

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that doesn’t mean it can’t stretch out that long 
if you’re working with different kids, you know,

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you do what works best for your family, but your 
children should not be sitting at a table or a

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desk for seven straight hours being schooled, 
that is nonsense. So don’t do that to them.

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Yvette Hampton:
Even public schools

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don’t do that. There’s a whole thing behind that. 
But they don’t spend that much time schooling.

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They’re just at school for that long. But a lot 
of moms bring that idea home and they think,

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oh, my kids are in public school 7 hours, 
so they need to be schooling at home for

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7 hours. That’s not how it works. So anyway, 
take it easy. But those two books are great.

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Yvette Hampton:
Again, it’s the unhurried

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homeschooler and the four hour school day, both 
by Dorinda Wilson. And then my other favorite

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book that I really like is this one is called 
everything you need to know about homeschooling,

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a comprehensive, easy to use guide. It’s 
comprehensive, easy to use guide for the

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journey from early learning through graduation. 
And this is almost like a homeschool encyclopedia

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dictionary. And it’s by Leanne Garfias. If Garritt 
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to pop that up in the notes. This is an excellent 
resource because she kind of goes through all the

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different learning styles, teaching styles, 
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Yvette Hampton:
It is a great, amazing.

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Kristi Clover:
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Yvette Hampton:
But, Kristi, I know that you also have

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some books on homeschooling, so tell us what yours 
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Kristi Clover:
I’m like, oh, yeah, that’s right.

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Yvette Hampton:
I know you’re not going to

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promote yourself. I’ll do it for you. 
So talk about the books that you’ve got.

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Kristi Clover:
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a book called Homeschool Basics, and we really 
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do to encourage moms? So, like, chapter one is 
our newbie. Gold is what we call it. It has got,

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like, your best, like, chunked in best advice from 
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you know, like, how to get started, how 
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the best in your kids. And so that’s a book. And 
it was so fun working with Tricia on that book,

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but that’s really our heart. And it’s fun 
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Kristi Clover:
So that’s an excellent book.

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Yvette Hampton:
It’s so good. It’s

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easy to read and so resourceful. I love that one.

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Kristi Clover:
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Yvette Hampton:
And we like, I love your mom book, too.

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Kristi Clover:
Oh, thank you. I’m like, where is

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it? It’s okay. So my other book is for your home. 
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And that is where I really try to share with you 
all of my crazy systems that I use. I break all of

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the rules. Like, Martha Stewart would be like, no, 
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Kristi Clover:
But you know what done is, for me, the

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right way to get it done. If it’s done, it’s done. 
I don’t care the process. So I have all kinds of

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hacks in that book because, honestly, part of 
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makes it really hard to manage your homeschool and 
your home because now we have two roles. I always

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just think it was funny because when I was a stay 
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a stay at home mom. And you throw in the word 
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Like, suddenly it’s like, so. But doing both is 
tough. And so that’s why I try to share as many of

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the hacks that I have learned through the years of 
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some of them work because when I’m online, I’m 
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up and running, which I haven’t in a couple 
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Kristi Clover:
And so both homeschool basics and mom,

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master organizer of mayhem are kind of my 
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Yvette Hampton:
So yeah, and those you

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can get off of her website as well. 
If you go to christyclover.com dot.

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Kristi Clover:
There’s a homestore there, too.

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Yvette Hampton:
Yeah, you have a lot of great

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stuff. Have you tried CTCMath yet with your child? 
Here’s a testimonial from another happy homeschool

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mom, Amber said, I’m absolutely thrilled with 
CTCMath. It’s a rare find that I’ve used with

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my children for more than five years now. I have 
six children using CTCMath, and each child has

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found it easy to navigate and very applicable. 
Thank you so much for all that you are doing

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in providing quality math lessons for my children. 
If you’re looking for a great online math program,

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visit ctcmath.com. That’s ctcmath. Are you 
looking for a homeschool curriculum that goes

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beyond textbooks and truly engages your children 
in the joy of learning? Apologia’s award winning

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curriculum is written by homeschool parents 
to specifically meet your needs and captivate

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your students with hands on activities and 
experiments that make learning unforgettable.

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Yvette Hampton:
With an easy to follow,

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open and go format, Apologia takes the 
stress out of planning and provides a

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simple roadmap that can easily be tailored 
to your family needs. Explore live classes

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or self paced courses designed to 
accommodate every student’s unique

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learning style, elevate your child’s 
education, spark their curiosity,

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and nurture a lifelong love for learning with 
Apologia. Discover Apologia today apologia.com.

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Yvette Hampton:
Okay, let’s grab

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the next question. It’s from Rebecca, 
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our time? I prioritize music lessons over 
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music is a blessing over a temporary 
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Kristi Clover:
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completely up to you. So yeah, Rebecca, I would 
prey on that one. Like, you know, what does,

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what giftings do you see in your kids? Like, 
we, my husband was a high school and college

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basketball player. He had a full ride scholarship 
to Pepperdine. So sports were important to us for

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a season. But quite frankly, like we kind 
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the light bulb going off in my husband’s head when 
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you know, team that my boys were a part of, and 
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they’re probably not going to play in college, and 
they’re probably not. I mean, like, so why are we

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throwing all this time and energy into something? 
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and desire and passion, and it’s something where 
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Kristi Clover:
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then that’s great. But I would really encourage 
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your kids. Like, you know, what is it? That would 
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Like, we love music in our house. I mean, all 
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I’m sorry, my oldest is my home right now. 
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Kristi Clover:
He’s taught himself guitar,

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and he’s helping the lead worship now in 
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learning the ukulele. And so we love music. Like, 
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so music is big for me, so it’s 
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it’s gotta be. It’s up to you. So I would 
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Yvette Hampton:
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it totally depends on the family, you know? 
And even when you look at schools, you’ve

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got Stem schools, and then you’ve got schools 
for kids who are interested in the arts. Every

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child in every family is different. We are not a 
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my husband is actually an amazing musician. 
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you know, we’ve not been set in one place where 
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Yvette Hampton:
And so traveling has been our thing. Like,

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we travel a lot, and we love to travel, so that’s 
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I would say. Whatever doesn’t separate your 
family. If it’s an extra that separates your

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family, I would probably think twice about it. If 
it’s got everybody in the family going different

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directions different nights of the week, then 
I would maybe reconsider what you’re doing,

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um, because you want your family to be 
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Yvette Hampton:
We know lots of families

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who, like. Like, they’re soccer families, and they 
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they travel together, they go to games together. 
And if that’s what. What brings your family

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together and is your common bond, then praise God 
for that. So I would say go for that. And, yes,

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like Kristi said, just pray about it and see, um, 
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Yvette Hampton:
Okay, let’s jump into

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another question. This one’s from 
Tricia. She says, how have you

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adapted your homeschool structure or 
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Kristi Clover:
Ooh, for my caretaking for my dad,

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I’m guessing that’s a great question. Cause we’ve 
had so many. Like, when I get a call from his area

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code, I never know, what is it gonna be? Is he 
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is it? Is it a caretaker? Is it all the. Cause he 
doesn’t live in town? So sometimes I have to step

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away from whatever we’re doing, and sometimes our 
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finishing the next day. That’s where I’m tag 
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was, is that I committed to women’s ministry this 
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my Wednesday mornings, I had already planned to 
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out with homeschooling. So I would say that, 
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Kristi Clover:
I’m calling in for

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reinforcements. Is that when I have these seasons 
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because otherwise, I mean, our homeschooled year 
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but at the same time, and we have two family 
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and then we have a Texas wedding next week for my 
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it’s like, you know, and that’s, I guess, the 
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we’ll make it up. It’s not like this 
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I try to remind myself in this season, 
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my kids are watching, and they see that I am. 
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Kristi Clover:
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the highs and the lows of it, and they 
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how to encourage. They’re learning how to love 
differently, because not everyone’s caretaking for

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people. I’ve had seasons where I’ve had to help 
with health crisis with my mom, who I’m very close

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to. And this is a season where I’m caretaking for 
my dad, who I have never really been very close

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to. They. They’re getting to see, like, what that 
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Kristi Clover:
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like, that’s what I have to remind 
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this is what homeschooling is like, my kids seeing 
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calling in backup. My mother in law has helped, 
my husband has helped, and we do things at night,

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so we rotate things around. Yeah, we’ll 
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Yvette Hampton:
Yeah, yeah. It’s

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one of the beauties of homeschooling.

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Kristi Clover:
Oh, yeah. All right.

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Yvette Hampton:
We are just about out of time.

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Kristi Clover:
I know.

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Yvette Hampton:
I’m like, sorry,

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but no, that’s okay. I want to try to get to. 
I think we have two more questions, so we’ll

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try to answer these quickly. Samantha asked, 
if your child is struggling through a lesson,

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when do you switch over to a plan b? How do 
you balance maintaining a love of learning

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and being able to do hard or sometimes 
boring things? Ooh, that’s a good question.

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Kristi Clover:
That’s a really good question. That one you

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can take in every single direction. I would say 
number one, when I’m evaluating whether or not to

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ditch a curriculum, I’m number one figuring out, 
like, is it that they’re stuck on what it is? So,

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like, math is an example. Sometimes my kids are 
just really, like, they’re stuck. There’s tears,

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there’s, you know, frustration over we’re 
not getting this concept. And I’m like,

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maybe we need to take a step back and drill math 
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that they don’t know their math facts well 
enough. So a lot of times with curriculum,

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I’m trying to see, like, is it actually the 
curriculum or is it something else? Like.

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Kristi Clover:
And so that’s where I always encourage

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people. Take a break and move backwards a little 
bit or just pause and really master what it is

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that you’re needing to understand, and then it’s 
easier. So if it’s something where you’re just

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trying to push them forward because it’s like, 
darn it, you’re supposed to be on lesson three or,

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like, less than twelve week, that doesn’t help. 
So be okay with pausing and helping them to learn

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the concept. Because I tell you, once they 
learn it, then they can actually go faster,

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and they’ll move fast. They’ll, they’ll catch up, 
and they’ll, they’ll get it. But if we keep trying

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to shove the next chapter at them, it doesn’t 
matter what the curriculum is. And sometimes,

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like, the joke in, like, the homeschool community, 
it’s always, like, the third curriculum that you

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try is the one that works, because it’s, 
like, around that time, like, they’ve been

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reintroduced to the same thing so many times that 
their brains are like, oh, yeah, no, I get it.

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Yvette Hampton:
Love it. Okay. Lori asked,

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what age did you start homeschooling your 
little ones? I would say an answer to that,

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because here’s the thing, Lori. Homeschooling 
is life. It’s a lifestyle. It’s what you do day

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to day. It’s not just the curriculum. 
It’s teaching your kids everything.

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Yvette Hampton:
It’s pointing them to Jesus and everything.

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It’s teaching them how to tie their shoes and how 
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I mean, it’s all kind of encompassed. And so 
you’re teaching them from the day they’re born,

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you are homeschooling them academically if you’re 
wanting to know when to start teaching them how to

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read and how to write when they’re ready. And you 
will know when they’re ready. You will know when

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they’re ready to start reading because they’re 
going to sit down with you and they’re going to

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try to start reading a book, and you’re going to 
know when they’re ready to start writing because

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they’re going to start writing. I remember my 
youngest, she wrote her name on a Valentine card,

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and I didn’t even know she knew how to spell 
her name. I didn’t know she knew how to write.

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Yvette Hampton:
And I was like, you just wrote your name.

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I mean, but she had seen it and someone else had 
written it, so she just copied it. And I was like,

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okay, well, I guess she’s ready to start 
writing. She was like, three, maybe. Wow. And

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so I was like, okay, this is what we’re going 
to do now. So you’ll know. Just be a student

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of your child, and like Kristi said earlier, 
be a student of your child, and you’ll know.

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Yvette Hampton:
And every child’s

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different. That goes back to the comparison 
thing. Don’t compare one child to another,

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because all of your kids are going to be ready for 
different things at different ages. I. You know,

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they may not be ready for math until they’re in 
third or fourth grade. And I mean that. And then

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once they’re ready for it, they’ll soar. But if 
you’re trying to shove math facts and concepts

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into the brain of a child that’s not ready, 
you’re just going to be met with frustration.

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Yvette Hampton:
So if it’s frustrating for them,

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that doesn’t mean they don’t do hard things. 
But if it’s bringing them to tears every day,

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back off and then reintroduce it maybe a couple 
months down the road or maybe even into the next

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year, depending on their maturity level. So 
that’s what I would say on that. And then one

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last question. We are totally out of time, but 
we’re going to answer it anyway. Claire asked,

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how important are extracurricular activities 
for kids, sports, music, etcetera,

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and how to manage those in a large family, 
which we kind of already talked about that.

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Do you want to answer that one really quickly? How 
important are these extracurricular activities?

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Kristi Clover:
I mean, like,

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important. You know, when it comes 
to homeschooling, it’s just, again,

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it comes down to what you guys have prayed 
through, what season you’re in. Can you manage

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it? So we’ve had seasons where we’re very small, 
focused. But I liked one thing to mention earlier

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that I wanted to make sure I pointed out, when 
we were in our basketball season, my husband was

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coaching two of our boys. We had three of our 
seven people involved in one thing. So it was

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a family thing. And so it’s really important. I 
think what you said was so important is don’t.

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Kristi Clover:
What I have seen

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a breakdown of family is when you’ve got kids in 
different sports, they’re all traveling. You know,

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families are going in ten different directions. 
You want to make sure that you have this time as

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a family. So it really is. It’s up to you. 
It’s up to you and your husband, you know,

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and you and the Lord, like, pray about 
it. I really can’t stress how important

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it is to pray about those things. 
And I do have to just mention Holly.

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Kristi Clover:
Thank you.

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Yvette Hampton:
So I didn’t see what she said,

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but, yes, absolutely. Pray. Pray on that. And I 
will say, too, Claire, if it’s something that is

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causing you stress, if it’s causing any stress 
in your family, between you and your husband,

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between you and your kids, let it go. And that 
doesn’t mean it has to be let go forever. Maybe

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you can pick it back up next year, but maybe 
you’re in a season of something where it’s

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just. Maybe you’ve got a baby at home, and it’s 
just too hard to load the baby up in the car

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every time to take your child to soccer practice, 
let it go for a year and then start back up again

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next year if it seems like a better time to do 
that. So, yeah, do what’s best for your family.

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Yvette Hampton:
Do and keep it simple. I mean,

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Kristi talked about that earlier. Just 
simplifying things. You don’t have to

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do everything. I know it seems on Facebook 
and Instagram and everywhere, like everyone,

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all the other moms are doing all the things. 
Trust me, they’re not. Yeah. And it’s okay.

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Yvette Hampton:
You do what works best for your family. So we

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are out of time. Oh, Kristi, thank you so much for 
your wisdom this week. You guys, again, check out

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Kristi clover.com. you can download your sanity 
savers for moms. It’s a free download on there.

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And check out her books as well. Kristi, it’s 
been such a pleasure to have you with us today.

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Yvette Hampton:
Thank you for your

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wisdom and just for being with 
us. It’s so much fun. Thank you.

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Kristi Clover:
You’re so great being part of this.

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Yvette Hampton:
Yeah, it’s been a fun day so far. And you guys,

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thank you so much for watching. I am so blessed 
to know that you are on the other side of this

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camera and I love seeing all the comments pop up. 
It is so much fun getting to interact with you.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week as we’ve done 
this replay of my interview with Kristi Clover

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from the 2023 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. 
And again, it is not too late for you to register

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for that conference. It is an online conference, 
and once you register, you have lifetime access to

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watch every session that we did that week. And you 
have access to the 2020 conference we did as well.

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Yvette Hampton:
It is a wealth of knowledge,

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information, and encouragement that you are 
sure to enjoy. Use the coupon code PODCAST

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to save 25% off of registration. Again, go 
to HomegrownGeneration.com dot. Thanks for

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joining us this week, and we’ll see you back 
here next week with another fantastic guest.

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Garritt Hampton:
Laughing in the face

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of imposter syndrome and coming to you from the 
epicenter of manly overconfidence. I’m your host,

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Garritt Hampton, and you are 
listening to the Thinking Dad.

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Alex Newman:
Even if we’re able to

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push the evildoers and the totalitarians back for 
another generation, maybe if we work really hard,

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maybe even two generations, if they’ve 
got the young people, it’s over.

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Wil Addison:
I often think about Daniel’s parents

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who you don’t hear anything about, but they must 
have laid down the foundation for Daniel to be

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able to go into Babylon and not fall. We’re in 
that very beginning part of the cycle for tough ti

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Rick Green:
We’ve been fat and happy.

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We’ve been enjoying the, you know, we’re lazy 
because we enjoy so much freedom. We got all these

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blessings and why would you go do the hard work? 
And so for a long time now, decades we haven’t

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had to do the hard work. We’ve been living on the 
fumes of previous generations paying the christ

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and we got to raise the bar and say, I’m willing 
to give more of my life. That’s my time, more

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of my money. Of course, that’s our fortune and 
more of my sacred honor, which is my reputation.

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I’m willing to put it all on the line. Every 
single one of us has to be willing to do that.

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Garritt Hampton:
Join us for the

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first season of the thinking dad@thinkingdad.net.

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