Creativity

Sage Family Podcast 24: Creativity with Meg McElwee

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 24 and today I’m here with Meg McElwee talking about creativity. Meg is an aspiring gentle parent of three, former Montessori teacher, homeschooler, work-at-home fiber artist and lover of beauty and creativity in all forms. For the past twelve years, she has run her indie sewing pattern company, Sew Liberated, from her home . . . almost always surrounded by her beloved little ones. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventure at our local pioneer fort for a Christmas Regale festival. Follow along on […]

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Sage Family Podcast 23: Wardrobe with Zoë Kim

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 23 and today I’m here with Zoë Kim talking about wardrobes. Zoë is the author of Minimalism for Families and a simplicity coach at Raising Simple where she partners with women to tackle the challenges of a cluttered home and life. She loves to try new food, travel, and talk psychology. With her pragmatic and thoughtful approach, Zoë helps mothers find the best solutions to simplify their homes and lives. She lives outside of Atlanta with her 4 children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share […]

Liberation

Sage Family Podcast 22: Liberation with Akilah Richards

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 22 and today I’m here with Akilah Richards talking about liberation. Akilah is an unschooling podcaster, consultant, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work explores privilege and power in our relationships with children, and centers the voices of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) raising free people at raisingfreepeople.com. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our big adventure to Northern California and in particular our experience touring Alcatraz. Follow along on Instagram Highlights History: We share some historical context […]

Winter Refresh

Minimalist Wardrobe: Yearly Refresh

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“How often do you refresh your minimalist wardrobe and what does that look like for you?” It’s one of the most common questions I receive from people on the other side of the minimalist wardrobe transition, so I’m bringing you along as I move through my yearly refresh. When It feels most natural to us to flow in sync with the rhythms of nature. If you’ve taken the Bucket System class, you know I hold collaboration sessions with each child as we transition into each new season around responsibilities, learning, experiences, and challenges. If you’ve read Lighten the Mental Load, […]

Shoes

Minimalist Wardrobe: Shoes

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How many pairs of shoes do you own? The actual number is less important than your experience of this piece of your home and life. Do you stand in front of rows upon rows of shoes feeling overwhelmed every day? Do you have pairs that aren’t comfortable? That no longer meet your needs? That don’t reflect your preferences? Do you suffer from decision fatigue before you even step out to meet the world? The average woman owns 27 pairs. I own 6. And that is the exact right number for me. They serve me so well based on the 5 pillars […]

Unconditional Parenting

Sage Family Podcast 21: Unconditional Parenting with Alfie Kohn

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 21 and today I’m here with Alfie Kohn talking about unconditional parenting. Alfie is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993/2018), The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999), Unconditional Parenting (2005), The Homework Myth (2006), and The Myth of the Spoiled Child (2014). He has appeared twice on “Oprah,” as well as on “The Today Show” and many other TV and radio programs. He works with educators and parents across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in […]

Simple Kid Closet

Minimalist Kid’s Closet

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Want to improve your child’s emotional regulation and independence while reducing the amount of daily energy required of you? Simplify your kid’s closet! Emotional Regulation Your child’s bedroom should be their peaceful sanctuary. Think about it, children are often staring right into their closets as they try to fall asleep at night (which is why simplifying their closet can also improve their sleep) and it’s often the first thing they see when they wake (setting the tone for the day). Being in a cluttered and chaotic space is incredibly overwhelming, even and especially for children, who absorb their environment and […]

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Sage Family Podcast 20: Emotional Regulation with Azine Graff

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 20 and today I’m here with Dr. Azine Graff talking about emotional regulation. Azine is a mother, psychologist, and co-founder of Harmony in Parenting in LA. She is passionate about supporting parents and children in working through daily challenges through connection. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventures at the Issaqua Salmon Hatchery, South Sound Nature School, and Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Follow along on Instagram Highlights Brain Development: We give some context to this conversation by going over where a child’s […]

Neurodiversity

Sage Family Podcast 19: Neurodiversity with Debbie Reber

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 19 and today I’m here with Debbie Reber talking about neurodiversity. Debbie is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and online community for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her most recent book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, came out in June 2018. She currently lives with her son and husband in the Netherlands. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our big September adventure yurt camping on the […]

Judgment

Sage Family Podcast 18: Judgment with Tracy Gillett

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 18 and today I’m here with my friend Tracy Gillett talking about judgment. Tracy Gillett is a nature-obsessed, adventure-loving mama of one living in Vancouver, BC. She is the founder of Raised Good, a blog and community that strives to support and empower parents to trust and follow their instincts on a natural parenting path. She is the author of The Lost Art of Natural Parenting. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our road trip that culminated in horseback riding through the woods for Sky’s […]

Mental Load

Lighten the Mental Load

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You know that thing, where a phone is running hot and the battery is draining quickly, and they tell you to close the hundred programs you didn’t realize were always running in the background? That’s my brain. Except I can’t close the programs or my children die homeless, naked, and hungry. That phenomenon is known as the mental load. It’s the invisible work that makes up the position of Family CEO, because it entails all the management of being a CEO, without any of the pay or recognition. This is also the only CEO position filled almost exclusively by women. […]

Socialization

Sage Family Podcast 17: Socialization with Israel Butson

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 17 and today I’m here with my friend Israel Butson talking about socialization – the most common question we all get as homeschoolers. Israel is an unschooling dad on a mission to disrupt education and help build a fresh paradigm for a new generation of young learners. Writing and dabbling with his camera daily, you can catch him on his blog Stark Raving Dad, and follow him on Facebookand Instagram. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives with his wife and three children on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne. Support […]

Math

Sage Family Podcast 16: Math with Taylor Davis

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 16 and today I’m here with Taylor Davis talking about Math. Taylor is a former teacher turned passionate life learner, unschooling mama to 3 kids, and advocate for self-directed education.  She co-hosts the podcast, One Free Family, with her husband James. She is also a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and birth rights activist. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our tour of an Austrian chocolate factory. Follow along on Instagram Highlights School Math: We discuss the way math is taught in school and […]

Screens

Sage Family Podcast 15: Screens with Leah McDermott

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 15 and today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about screens. Leahis a former Master Educator and now unschooling mama of two who has made it her mission to help bring more natural elements to children’s everyday learning experiences through her business Your Natural Learner. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week We took a birthday trip to a farm on Orca’s Island it was breathtakingly beautiful. Highlights Misconceptions: What’s up with all the fear and shame? We break a lot of misconceptions down. Valuable Tool: […]

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Sage Family Podcast 14: Minimalism with Denaye Barahona

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 14 and today I’m here with Denaye Barahona Ph.D. talking about minimalism. Denaye is the voice behind Simple Families–a blog, podcast, and community that helps mothers thrive through simple living. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the magical forest theater where we hiked and saw Peter Pan with our friends. Highlights Minimalism: We share what minimalism really is and what it looks like for us. Parenting: I talk about how minimalism is a strong strand that is woven throughout […]

Simplifying the Sentimental

Simplifying the Sentimental

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I finally met my match on this minimalism journey: sentimental keepsakes. There’s a reason Marie Kondo saves this category for last. The hard part wasn’t letting go of things (which was easy) or even making the decisions of what to keep and what to release (which came quickly). The process of reliving the memories attached to every single object was psychologically exhausting. But here I stand (er, sit wrapped in a pastel rainbow afghan my mom made) on the other side victorious: 15 boxes pared down to 5, lighter and freer of the physical and emotional baggage. It all started with 1 storage closet […]

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Sage Family Podcast 13: Values with Becca Shern

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 13 and today I’m here with my friend Becca Shern talking about values. Bex is a mom, partner, Registered Dietitian, and creator of Minimal Wellness. Through minimalist principles she helps her family and clients find, navigate, and enjoy the simple path to optimal health. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the breathtakingly beautiful lake we jumped into when we veered off course and embraced nature’s playground and history. Highlights Inherited Values: We talk about the work of unpacking the values you unconsciously inherited values from […]

Sleep

Sage Family Podcast 12: Sleep with Melissa Lang Lytle

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Melissa Lang Lytle talking about sleep. I would consider myself to be a bit of a late bloomer and care deeply about finding ways to be more connected to both the physical and spiritual world. I’m a mama of three children and married to my best friend for almost 18 years! I gravitate towards people and ideas that cultivate authenticity, vulnerability, and groundedness. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the fun we had on my mom’s visit when we went to an […]

Nature

Sage Family Podcast 11: Nature with Nicolette Sowder

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Nicolette Sowder talking about nature. Nicolette is a nature-connected educator and founder of Wilder Child and Wildschooling. Her passion is to serve as companion and guide for those families, educators and care givers interested in nurturing and growing their relationship with nature. She is also the creator of The Kids Moon Club, a year-long lunar journey designed to guide and encourage families to sync up with moon time. Most days you can find her being led through her farm and forest by her two wildlings. Support the show on […]

Beauty

Sage Family Podcast 10: Beauty with Deena Barselah

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Deena Barselah talking about beauty. Deena is an Integrative Health Coach and Educator, a wife, a mom to three-year-old Zeke, and lives in Encinitas, CA.  Deena has overcome several chronic health struggles of her own and leans on simple, natural, and time-tested methods to care for herself and her family. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about a few adventures including indoor skydiving, the living computer museum, and a weekend trip that included a tulip farm, friendship, and a surprise […]