Creating Book Clubs

In this episode of At Home, resident book lover Greta Eskridge talks about the magic of book clubs and how to create them. After a failed attempt to create a book club in her own childhood, Greta rejoices in the fact that her children take part in a beautiful book club now.
This episode is loaded with laughter, and you can’t help but feel the joy that book clubs bring to all us ladies. Its also chock full of all the details about the way we run book clubs in our home school groups, where we get our book recommendations, and even why it matters so much to have our kids read books together and then celebrate those books.
Besides book clubs for kids, we also spend some time discussing the wonder of book clubs for mamas. We specifically talk about the book club created by Jennifer Naraki, and all the richness it has brought into our lives.
We know this episode will leave you all kinds of excited to create a book club of your own, with your friends, your kids and their friends, or both! Because talking about books brings so much joy!

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Discussion Without Offense

In this episode of At Home, Rachel Reeves leads the ladies into the deep waters of having discussions without taking offense. Rachel did her home work and came armed with scripture and articles to share with us to help us better understand how to handle this sometimes spicy subject.
We talked about some of the things we could be offended or hurt by, and discuss ways to handle that. We also discussed the benefits that come from confrontation, and how it can even build unity if it is done in the right spirit.
And even though we laughed about it, we honestly wonder how to prepare our children for life in a world where college campus have safe rooms, just in case a student needs a place to flee and find safety when there is a lecture or discussion that would be offensive to him. We want our kids to be ready to defend their faith and beliefs, but to do so in a way that is respectful and loving. It is a challenge indeed.
Ultimately, that is what we came away with, that this topic can be a big challenge.
But that doesn’t mean we give up and never speak our minds.
Tune in and hear all we have to say.
We hope you’ll come away with lots to think about.
And not too much to be offended by.

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The Cultivated Mother

In this episode of At Home, Jennifer Naraki leads a thoughtful discussion on “me time”. We all admit to a desire for time to ourselves, to pursue the things we love, like reading, drinking coffee, and exercise. (Well, exercise for a couple of us, anyway. The others much prefer having a glass of wine)
But we also share our struggles with keeping our me time from becoming self centered and taking us away from our families.
According to statistics from a survey Naraki conducted, many of you are facing the same struggle–striving to find some sort of balance with taking care of ourselves while taking care of our family.
We didn’t come up with any definitive answers of how to find that balance, proving what a tough subject this really is.
But you’ll want to listen in, and hear our thoughts as we wade through it together.
And stay tuned to the very end when Naraki drops a little bit of Ice Cube and some scripture in a way only she can.
The At Home hosts are always keeping it interesting!

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Hands on Nature

In this episode of At Home, Brianne Buskey leads a spirited discussion on the value of getting kids out, and into, nature. We share lots of stories, some funny and others frustrating, of times our kids have been chastised for things like climbing trees, picking wild flowers, or collecting sticks.
We confess our struggle with the mindset that tells kids that they can look at nature but not touch.
We talk about how we manage teaching our kids respect for authority, but also allowing them to experience nature in the way we believe teaches them best. Because ultimately we all agree that getting our kids closely connected to nature is one of the best things we can give them. This episode will give you plenty to think about as well as practical advice for different ways to experience nature with your kids in a hands on way.

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Teaching Children Theology

In this episode of At Home, Jennifer Dees leads the discussion on one of her favorite subjects, theology.
Jen’s passion for all things theological shows, when she drops real life theology lingo.  She loves this stuff!
Jen helps us see the value of sharing the gospel with our kids in day to day life–when they’re young, as part of their school time, and when we’re out in nature.
We talked about what we do when our kids ask us theological questions we can’t answer, and we offered up own our practical ways to make the Bible, and our relationship with God come alive. This episode is chock full of great resources and we hope it will be a help and encouragement to you.

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Screen Time

In this episode of At Home,  Jennifer Naraki shares some eye opening statistics about screen time and helps us engage in an honest discussion about the positives and negatives of screen time. We talk about the struggles we have balancing screen time in our own homes, how we use technology for home schooling, and even share some light hearted ways screen time plays a role in building family memories. We hope this episode will give you some food for thought, as well as practical take aways for making the most out of technology.

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Raising Readers

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads a lively discussion about all things literary. There is mutiny afoot when Greta limits the number of favorite books each of the ladies gets to share during the podcast (so there are more listed in the show notes!). We also tell stories of when we all fell in love with reading, and how we make reading a priority for our children. This episode is full of fun and inspiration.

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Introducing Us

In this first episode of At Home, we are giving you the opportunity to get to know us a little better.  Kristin Rogers encourages us to share everything from how we all met,  to slightly embarrassing, little known facts about ourselves.  You’re sure to laugh along with us as you get a glimpse of our long standing friendships and the love we have for one another, our families, and Christ.

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