HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast: Support for Homeschooling Parents

40 Episodes

By: Homeschooling with Jackie Do you want to homeschool your kids with confidence? Are you looking for more joy in homeschooling? You've come to the right place. Join families from more than 80 countries to learn more about homeschooling, parenting, education, and mindset. Our Monday episodes are all about your mindset, and each Wednesday, you'll learn more about homeschooling and parenting. Click the follow button so that you never miss an episode. Sign up for our free workshop, join our coaching program, and learn more about how we serve homeschooling parents. Visit our website... Keep reading for more info! ...

Creating a Habit of Gratitude: Mindset for You and Your Kids
Last Wednesday at 11:00 AM

Are you raising grateful children?

Have you created a habit of gratitude in your life?

In this episode, you'll get ideas about how to make gratitude a habit and how to help your children become more grateful too.

Blog, Podcast, Video.



First published on December 1, 2020.

Setting Boundaries
Last Monday at 11:00 AM

Do you ever struggle with setting boundaries?

In this podcast episode, you'll hear about setting boundaries with your children and your in-laws.  

Sometimes this can be difficult, but when you set limits kindly and firmly ahead of time, everybody can win.

THRIVE: Support for Homeschooling Parents

In this episode, I share a story about why I started homeschooling my kids and about some of the challenges I've had.

Then I help you understand how I am supporting and coaching homeschooling parents in my new online membership.

It's called THRIVE.

I hope that you'll join me because it's precisely what every homeschooling parent needs.  

You can learn more here...

Coming From Love & The Holidays

Are you feeling overwhelmed about the approaching holidays and all of the events that are coming up?

In this episode, we're talking about coming from a place of love, especially when setting boundaries with people you love.

Join our next workshop and learn more about how we serve homeschooling parents.

Homeschool Your Kids with Confidence Workshop!

In this episode, you'll learn about the 4-day online workshop that is coming up soon!

The host of this podcast, Jackie, will be leading this workshop.

Sign up today!


David Lee Csicsko Interview: Children's Book Illustrator and Artist

Have you thought about using children's books as a springboard for further education?

David Lee Csicsko is a world-renowned artist and children's book illustrator. 

In this interview, David shares his latest book, Science People. 

As a homeschooling parent, you could use this book to lead a homeschooling group or as part of your homeschool curriculum.

This is an interesting interview that will inspire you to embrace your children's strengths.


This interview with David Lee Csicsko was recorded on 2022.10.26.

The Power of Momentum

In this episode, you're going to feel inspired to "get going" so that you can get momentum on your side and get the results you want.

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Homeschooling Through the Holidays, Sick Kids, and Real Life

Do you ever feel like "real-life" is interrupting your homeschool plan?

Not only are there everyday things like grocery shopping and appointments, but there are holidays to work around, and kids who get sick.

Listen to this episode for some "real-life" suggestions...

How to Find Your Purpose In Life & Live With Passion and Excitement

Have you ever felt stuck?  How do you get past that feeling?

If you need help finding your purpose in life, then this episode is for you.

Learn how to live your life with passion and excitement.

When you can do this for yourself, then you are better able to help your children find a develop their life's purpose too.

Learn more...

An Awesome Free Online Parenting Conference: Coming Soon!

Do you want to learn more about positive parenting?

Are you curious about the latest research on child development?

If so, then the Happily Family Online Parenting Conference is for you!

Sign up and learn more about the world-renowned speakers who present at this event...

We Can Do Hard Things

If you want to grow, if you want to become a better version of yourself, then you have to do hard things.

Guess what?

Your kids need to do hard things too.

This podcast episode is all about doing the hard things that life sends your way AND doing hard things to challenge yourself.


THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way (audiobook)

If you've been thinking about homeschooling your kids, then this book is for you.

THINK HOMESCHOOL was written to help parents understand the pros and cons of homeschooling and decide if homeschooling is right for their family.



How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids (or change any behavior)

Have you found yourself yelling at your kids?

Is there some other habit or behavior that you'd like to change?

If so, this episode is for you.

You'll learn how to stop yelling or change a behavior.

If you want to sign up for a coaching session, you can do so at the link below.

Why You Need a Homeschool Philosophy & How to Create One for Your Family

Do you have a philosophy of homeschooling?  

I'm betting you said, "A what???  No!"

Don't worry, most people don't.  But if you do have a homeschooling philosophy, it can change the way you approach raising and educating your children.

Learn more in this episode!



Originally published September 8, 2021.

Updated March 2022.

Strategies to Help Your Child Transition Between Activities

Does your child struggle to go from one activity to the next? 

Have you ever felt like it's challenging to stop what you're doing and do what you know "should"be done next?

In this episode, you'll learn how to help your child and yourself transition between activities.  

In addition, if you or your child struggles to stay on task, you'll gain some insight on how to do this too.

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Free Online Painting Tutorials for Kids and Adults: Interview with Brenda Mullard (Replay)

Whether you're a mom who wants to learn how to paint or your kids want to begin painting, you're going to love Brenda Mullard, the founder of Visual Art Academy.

She's a long-time art teacher who offers free online painting lessons through her video tutorials.

Learn more and start watching her videos today!


First released on October 15, 2019.

Updated March 2022.


How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum: Interview #2 with Cathy Duffy

In our second interview with Cathy Duffy, we visit about how to choose the right homeschool curriculum for your kids.

Whether you are new to the world of homeschooling or you have been homeschooling your children for years, this discussion will help you think more deeply about the curricula you choose for your kids.

Listen to our first interview with Cathy Duffy, learn about her new book, and discover helpful information mentioned in this interview at...


Recorded 2022.09.21

Would You Hire Yourself?

If you were hiring someone to homeschool your kids and do your job, would you hire yourself?

Why or why not?

Listen to this episode and learn how to approach this question with curiosity rather than judgment so that you can move forward with a greater understanding of yourself.

Sign up for a coaching session and learn more about how we serve homeschool families.


ADHD Thrive Institute: Interview with with Dana Kay

After a pediatrician recommended a 4th ADHD medication for her five-year-old son, Dana Kay went on a mission to help treat her son's symptoms naturally.  

As a result, Dana Kay is now a Board Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner who helps other parents of ADHD children. 

Through her program, Dana Kay guides parents as they make natural and healthy food choices.  

Food sensitivities are common in kids who have ADHD, and a healthy diet can make a tremendous difference in their behavior.

Learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dana...

Just a Mom...

Have you ever felt like you're "Just a Mom?"

This feeling is one that many stay-at-home moms encounter.

If you need a pick-me-up, then this episode is for you because you are far more than just a mom.

Are You Dealing with Challenging Behaviors? Hear Natasha's Story...

Is your child or teen having meltdowns, anxiety, tantrums, or outbursts?  

Do you need help with a strong-willed, stubborn, or defiant kid?

Or just want to learn a few skills to up your parenting game.

Natasha's been learning from parenting expert and best-selling author Dayna Abraham for several years now.  

You can learn more about Dayna's next free workshop and course here...




First released 9/15/2021

Mom Gets Help with a Challenging Moment of Homeschooling: Life Coaching Session for Alyssa Wolff

Homeschool mom Alyssa Wolff brings a homeschool problem to her one-on-one coaching session with Jackie.

Every homeschool parent has challenging moments that they aren't sure how to deal with, and this is a moment you might relate to.

If you're a homeschool parent and have wondered how a life coaching session can help you, then this episode is for you.

Sign up for a one-on-one or small group coaching session today.

Listening to Your Kids with Intention

Do you listen to your children with intention?

Your kids may talk a lot, and as a parent, it can be easy to zone out sometimes.  

In this episode, you'll learn why it's so important to listen to your children in a purposeful way.

What is Education? Education vs School

Have you considered where your belief system around education, school, or homeschooling comes from?

Whether you went to public school, were homeschooled, or were educated in another way, your belief system about education was impacted by your own experiences.

In this brand-new episode, you'll take a step back to examine your thoughts so that you can educate your children with intention.


Free Life Coaching for Homeschool Parents (and other people too!)

Have you thought about signing up for a life coaching session?

Are you still wondering how a coaching session can help you?

In this episode, you'll learn more about life coaching and how to sign up for a coaching session.

While Jackie specializes in coaching homeschool parents, at this time, anybody 18 or over can sign up for a complimentary coaching session.

How to Homeschool Your Kids in the 2022-2023 School Year

This episode is your step-by-step guide to getting started with homeschooling your children.

In the link below, you'll discover an abundance of information that will be useful as you begin homeschooling your child.

To get helpful homeschooling and parenting tips, sign up here.

Growing Up Confident: Interview with Kim Restivo Lange

Have you ever felt lost as you try to help your child navigate their emotions?

Raising kids and helping them work through their emotions can be a challenge for any parent.

Kim Restivo Lange, therapist and  founder of Growing Up Confident, shares practical tips that you can apply today.

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First published on December 03, 2019 as episode 19.


Confidence vs Self-Confidence: How to Develop These Characteristics

Did you know there are differences between confidence and self-confidence?

In this episode, you'll learn how to develop each so that you and your kids can intentionally build more confidence and self-confidence.

You can learn more about our coaching programs here...

Positive Parenting with Sarah R Moore: Interview #2

Would you like to be a more playful parent?

Do you want to experience more JOY in parenting?

In this podcast episode, you'll learn about positive parenting tips and strategies.

Get your free mini-course from Sarah R Moore, the founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting...



Originally published June 29, 2021, as episode 102.


Worldschooling Interview with Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting Founder: Sarah R Moore

Have you ever thought about traveling while homeschooling your kids?

Learn how this homeschooling mom and her family have traveled the world while homeschooling their daughter.



First published on December 8, 2020, as episode #73.

What Other People Think of You is None of Your Business

Have you ever heard this phrase?

"What other people think of you is none of your business?"

In this podcast episode, we're talking about this concept and how to "have your own back."

Then, we'll relate it all to homeschooling.

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Interview with Homeschooling Parent and Life Coach Elle Tevebaugh

In this interview, we talk about homeschooling, parenting, and the importance of mindset.

Learn more about Elle at...

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Recorded 2022.07.11

Educational Opportunities are Everywhere

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we don't believe that education is limited to the classroom.  We see educational opportunities everywhere. 

When you embrace the opportunity that is all around you, learning becomes much more fun.


This was originally released on December 17, 2019.  It was updated on February 26, 2022. 

Episodes are sometimes reordered or replayed.

Know Your Why and Knowing Why It Matters

Whether you're homeschooling your kids or trying to accomplish something else in your life, your WHY matters.

When you know your why, and it's strong, that can help you get the results you want in your life.

Listen to the examples in this podcast episode and get inspired to identify your why as you strive to achieve any goal in your life.

Learn more about having a strong why...


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Backpack Sciences Curriculum and Lessons: Interview with Jackie Grundberg

Have you been looking for easy to use, good science curriculum for your kids?

Do you want to teach science more effectively?

In this episode, wildlife biologist and Montessori teacher Jackie Grundberg shares five strategies that you can use to enhance any science curriculum.  

Learn more about the Backpack Sciences curriculum and membership at the link below.

How to Plan for 3 Wins Each Day

Have you been feeling overwhelmed?

Are you getting the things done that are important to you?

In this podcast episode and blog post, you'll learn how to plan so that you accomplish the three most important things each day.


Different Methods of Homeschooling Your Kids

Did you know that there are many methods of homeschooling?


Most new homeschooling parents start out by doing "school-at-home."


While this might feel the most comfortable in the beginning, you'll find it helpful to understand many ways that parents educate their children from home.


Discover helpful information at…

How to Make a Decision: Decide if Homeschooling is Right for Your Family

Have you ever struggled with making a decision?

In this podcast episode, you'll learn a process that can help you make a decision about ANYTHING.

You can even use this method to decide if homeschooling is the right decision for your family.  This is the exact example that is used to illustrate this decision making process.

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Elephant Learning Math App and Curriculum for Kids: Interview with Aditya Nagrath

Is your child "behind" or struggling with math?

Elephant Learning math is designed to help kids "catch up."

In this interview with the founder, Aditya Nagrath, you'll pick up on some ideas that you can use with any curriculum.  

Learn more about Elephant Learning...

A Lesson From the Train and Jewel Concert

From concerts to everyday situations, we can take little lessons and apply them to other aspects of life.  

You can take this lesson, apply it to your own life, and teach your kids how they have power over their own thinking.