About Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill is the author of the brand new book, Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most.

Pam is the host of three popular homeschooling podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband, three (mostly) awesome kids, and a passel of family dogs.

Pam’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8-, 10- and 12-year-old)

Written by Pam Barnhill

I woke at 4:30.

No, I don’t do this every morning — not at all. But there are a number of mornings each month where I wake early, my thoughts whirling in my head, and I know it is futile to lie there and try to go back to sleep.

My first stop is the coffee pot and then I tiptoe upstairs and start to work. The thoughts won’t even let me have quiet time first thing.

My husband is the first to arrive. He is newly semi-retired and he cracks a joke about us being old and not able to sleep. He recently came home from his day-job to help me with the business and the kids. He still moonlights as a National Guard officer and that keeps our family hopping sometimes.

By the time the first boy stops in for a hug around 6:30 I am halfway through my to-do list for the day and feeling like a champ. If only I didn’t need sleep. Every day could be like this.

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5 things your kids need to hear you say


Written by Pam Barnhill of Ed Snapshots.

I just knew my daughter was lying to me. What I was hearing was so incredible I couldn’t believe she would even craft such a silly lie and expect me to believe it. Not too mention I was right in the middle of a workout, which always makes me extremely grumpy anyway.

I exploded at her — for lying, for interrupting me, for breaking my concentration on the stupid set of side lunges.

I sent her outside to play, but she tearfully explained as she went out the door. It took me about two minutes to realize I had misunderstood.  I fumed at myself for the rest of the workout, berating myself for flying off the handle about something inconsequential.

As soon as I was finished I sought her out to say I was sorry.

We talk a lot as homeschool moms. We will find ourselves explaining, questioning, making requests, giving commands, admonishing. In the midst of all that chatter, though, there are five things that our kids really need to hear us say.

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