About Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace and the host of the popular Homeschool Snapshots Podcast. She lives in the ​Deep ​South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.​ ​She puts her penchant for finding awesome resources and her gift for breaking big tasks into small manageable steps to work at Ed Snapshots, a helpful blog for homeschooling moms.

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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