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Motherhood is life-changing, joyful, and often messy - literally! Join Jenna Gibbons, straight from her barn, as she shares powerful ways to embrace the mess and thrive in motherhood and learning at home. This podcast will empower, educate, and provide the tools to succeed in motherhood and raise compassionate and confident lifelong learners. If you are ready to join a community of mothers ready for change, throw something comfy on, grab a mug of your favorite drink, and start listening!
 
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If you are a parent, chances are you have spent a lot of time wondering how, where, and when your child will be educated for the 2021-2022 school year. The question for many is which avenue to take, and many people confuse online school, remote learning, and homeschool with each other. In fact, many people think they are all the same thing. This ep…
 
We’ve been called. We have to be brave, bold, and strong for our little humans that God so graciously gave us. What an honor that was given to us by Him for a reason. What a responsibility that often feels way too big…but let’s remember that we were chosen for this by God…and we have to trust his judgement and his belief in us. Despite what we have…
 
Join me for this open and honest conversation we recorded in the fall about motherhood, loss, music, friendship, and chasing those dreams with Courtney Dashe and Morgan Leigh Garner of Hadley Park. As we raise our young kiddos, we continue to follow our dreams because we want our children to know.: "Mama had me and kept going. Mama was present AND …
 
“Reading aloud with our kids is indeed the best use of our time and energy as parents. It’s more important than just about anything else we can do.” -Sarah Mackenzie As I have started this homeschooling journey, I have tried to educate and read several books that were recommended to me. Two of those were Teaching from Rest and The Read Aloud Family…
 
I share our journey to this decision, how God guided us in this direction, why we as mamas/parents need to be involved in our children’s education, why we need to listen to what He tells us, and why we need to do what’s best for OUR family. Every situation is different. This is our story, and I hope it inspires you, motivates you, and encourages yo…
 
“Being actively involved in an experience, reflecting on the experience, conceptualizing the experience, and using what you have learned to make decisions and problem solve in order to apply new ideas gained from the experience.” - David Kolb Cooking with our kids does a number of things for them. It helps them establish math concepts, practice lan…
 
"In a recent study, 84% of parents agreed that family meals were important, but only 50% of family dinners were eaten together." Who gathers at your table? How often? Is it sacred time or time served distracted and disengaged? Today, we are talking all about the importance of gathering at the table with your family to share yummy food and connect a…
 
"About 19 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese — a record high, according to the latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/childhood-obesity-rates-hit-all-time-high-survey-finds.html https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html How can we chang…
 
As we start another school year with uncertainty, anxiousness, and a heavy amount of anxiety, let’s remember our role as mamas (parents) and what we can do for our kids at this moment in time. Let us offer our child solid ground, familiarity, and support while showing up for them every single day. Our support should be meaningful and intentional. W…
 
Check out these quick and easy ways to help your child stay strong and healthy: 1. Choose nutrient-dense foods 2. Teach healthy hygiene habits 3. Research and give supplements that are best for your family 4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle 5. Be Active Outside 6. Teach and model good manners ALSO...help your children establish good sleep habits from …
 
It was an honor to chat with my friend and fellow podcaster, Eric Egan, in this episode about speaking confidently and raising little humans. He is our first DADDY on The Whole Mama podcast and husband to my dear friend and previous podcast guest, Tricia! We talked all about overcoming anxiety, learning from our failures, and the important role fat…
 
One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to teach them to serve others. How can we teach our children to naturally offer to help others? Today I want to focus on something I heard while listening to a Christian radio station the other day. It was so profound that I had to share it and tie it into this episode because it fit so perfectly…
 
Today is all about how we can pour into ourselves. It is refreshing, it is revitalizing, and it is necessary. Motherhood sure offers us a rollercoaster of emotions. We willingly accept this responsibility with an open heart as it feels like a calling from God. A calling to bring new little people into this world and somehow raise and shape them int…
 
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter These days, it can often be challenging to instill a love of writing in our kiddos who are constantly bombarded by games, YouTube, movies, and shows. In fact, many kids (including my own) love to watch OTHER kids pl…
 
“Reports say 78% of moms say they put off taking care of their own health to care for family members.” Let’s think about this, if we move our self-care to the top of the priority list (and make it a non-negotiable item without feeling a sense of guilt for doing so), we are positioning ourselves to be a happier, healthier, and better mama overall fo…
 
"According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun." As we wrap up this month's focus on getting your kids outside…what if your kiddo doesn’t li…
 
Wow! This episode is so important for mamas with kiddos struggling with sleeping!!! Eva Klein is a wealth of knowledge! "Eva is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant and is the founder of My Sleeping Baby and the Sleep Bible program. Eva’s main goal is to help her clients establish healthy sleep habits for their children. After experiencing…
 
"Parenthood starts when you are ready to invest in something greater than yourself...your family." Join me for this episode as I chat with Emily Pardy, Founder and Counselor, of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee, as we talk about Ready Nest Counseling's incredible services for families, entrepreneurship, mental wellness, and embracing t…
 
There is an urgency…not to make more money or to get that next deal...the urgency here is that our kids are growing up in front of us every single day. It's the fact that our kids are only a newborn, toddler, 5 year old, middle schooler, and graduate once. We won't ever get this time back again. Many moms I talk to always feel busy, rarely enjoy be…
 
Are you tired of the hustle ALL THE TIME? Are you ready for a minute to yourself and your wellness both physically and mentally? Different Kinds of Massage: https://wellnessmama.com/127199/massage-therapy-benefits/ "Massage can range from light pressure to deep tissue (a lot of pressure) and there are many types of massage. No matter the type, mass…
 
How do your kiddos handle mental stress and anxiety? Do you all have a plan to mentally handle challenges that come along in life? As we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s talk about a few ways we can help our kids proactively nurture their mental health: 1. Gratitude Check 2. Imagery 3. Negative Thought Challenge 4. Talk Time 5. Overall …
 
Is anyone else just…exhausted? Irritable? You can tell when you get to that point when you need a break because the following starts to happen: -you feel like you are in the twilight zone -you have a VERY short fuse -everything and everyone irritates you -you want to be left alone…all the time -you start yelling WAY faster than you used to -You are…
 
Does your child know how to hold a book, turn the pages, point to words and pictures, or point to the front cover, back cover, spine, and title page of a book? “Concepts of print are a great predictor in a child's future success as a reader. Concepts of print influence a child's fluency and accuracy as a reader later in life.” Concepts of print is …
 
“Phonics instruction serves one purpose - to help readers figure out as quickly as possible the pronunciation of unknown words.” A solid foundation in phonics will set children up for success in all areas of their education and will help them to easily decode unfamiliar words. Phonics is the relationship between spoken sounds in a language and the …
 
"Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents." "The most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy and after birth are anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)." https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-family-and-parenting "Approximately 12 milli…
 
This is the last episode of this season - #50! Wow. Please email me at jenna@iamthewholemama.com with your favorite episode(s) since we launched last October! May - Mental Health Awareness Day Mental Health Statistics: "Youth mental health is worsening. 9.7% of youth in the U.S. have severe major depression, compared to 9.2% in last year’s dataset.…
 
"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience" (Romans 5:3). Generally, the saying goes that God gives you opportunities to test your patience and boy does He do it with a toddler! Many cite the verse I just read. However, why don’t we instead reflect not on asking for patience itself, but rather, in…
 
Only 35% of public school students read at or above the Proficient level, in Texas the average drops to only 25% (U.S. Department of Education, 2017) This data should make us all worry and want to take action. Our kids need us. The Whole Readers Course is based on the belief that the reading experience should be comprehensive not piecemeal! This co…
 
Been a year of growth, change, and putting myself out there. What about for you? It reminds me of when we decided to purchase our farm. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time. But, we did it, and this farm life has opened so many doors for us. If we hadn’t tried this, I would have always regretted it. "We must all suffer from one of two pa…
 
One 2019 study estimated that "children who are regularly read to in the 5 years leading up to kindergarten are exposed to 1.4 million more words than children who aren’t read to during those years." Wow! Let’s talk the benefits of babies, toddlers, and books!!! Reading to our children at an early age helps to develop the roots of language as their…
 
Are you struggling to find that minute to yourself? Are your littles constantly tugging or crawling on you? Or your high schooler has you up at night worrying? Do you just need a minute to yourself? This evening, it was crazy in the house with our boys. I could feel myself getting really anxious. I stepped outside on this incredible evening…it was …
 
Do animals really help us and our children? How can animals help us teach our children basic learning skills, life skills, and even how to help build their character? How do animals impact our children’s lives? "Most notably, animal-assisted intervention research has provided evidence of positive outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder …
 
Are your kids down to just 20 minutes or so of recess at school each day? Do they come home and immediately run to that video game or tablet? How often are they actually outside per week? Technology has drawn us more and more inside in front of a screen rather than outside in the fresh air. I think we have forgotten all of the amazing benefits that…
 
Can we all agree that motherhood is tough? Amazing? Drives you crazy? Makes you worry all the time? Pulls you in 15 million directions? Makes you have to remember everything so you don’t miss ANYTHING? Let me tell you…in this regard…motherhood reminds me a whole lot of owning a farm. I will explain why today AND start this new month in the farm mod…
 
It's all about how Minecraft can be educational with balance, healthy choices, and parent discretion. Join me as a I chat with my 5 year old son, Rowan, about his love for this game and how it can help your kiddos! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thewholemama)By Jenna Gibbons
 
After this episode, you'll be heading to both the bookstore and wine store to grab your next read and wine! I'll share my recommendations of wines and a paired book for mama when she needs good read AND a book for the kiddos when you have story time but also need to sip on something! Join me as we chat all about wine, stories, and more! Support the…
 
Do you know how many adults are illiterate in our country? What percent of children are proficient in reading? Why Kindergarten is so important? "More than 37 percent of fourth-graders are not reading at the basic level in their grade, and 26 percent of eighth-graders are not reading at their basic level. " "The Family Literacy Centers also predict…
 
I sat down with fellow mama, my sister-in-law, and dear friend, Meaghan Luby, to talk about all things mamahood, literacy at home with the kiddos, working from home during the pandemic as a book editor, and ways for mamas to stay well-read even when managing everything at home! Meaghan is a talented book editor in Chicago, hard-working wife and mam…
 
What are phonemes? What is phonemic awareness? Is it important? What is phonics? 1How can I help my child read these words? Is my child behind in reading? How do I know? "Help me, Jenna!" "Research has identified phonemic awareness and letter knowledge as the best two predictors of how well a child will learn to read during the first two years of s…
 
Do you struggle with finding peace mentally, physically, and emotionally each day? Or struggle with helping your children do the same? I have such a treat for you! I sat down and spent precious time with Whitney R. Simpson - author, deaconess, podcaster, retreat leader, spiritual director, AND yoga and meditation teacher. She also founded "Explorin…
 
Where do we begin when looking for books for our kids? There are SO many out there!!!! Here are three quick and easy things to consider when looking for the perfect book! Adding pieces of literature (whether fiction or non-fiction) to your child’s library is the perfect investment in his/her future. You are opening the door to new adventures, chara…
 
Oh that critical question…should we or shouldn't we? Are we ready or not? What’s the right decision? What if we make the wrong choice? Such a tricky decision isn’t it? So much pressure when choosing to have a second child (or third, fourth, etc.). Resources: https://www.verywellfamily.com/before-having-a-second-child-3129410 https://www.verywellfam…
 
When you think about your child’s learning this year…what do you think of? How do you feel? I would bet some of those feelings might include frustration with technology and schedules... guilt for being torn between work and helping with Zoom or school assignments…and overwhelm as to knowing how to help your kids with their learning and how to help …
 
Many of us work towards looking and feeling our best. Losing those extra inches...or fitting into that little dress...or lifting that next weight. What really motivates you to care for your body? As a Christian, do you look at your body as a gift that you must nurture and care for? Do you perceive your body as a way to glorify God for your life tha…
 
Are you worried about how to fit all of the pieces together to raise a wholesome and happy child? Are you stressed because you have zero time to spend teaching your kids healthy habits that they will carry into adulthood? First, Mama, surround yourself, your spouse, and your children within a space that inspires you, motivates you, and comforts you…
 
By five years of age, most of us have established our food and fitness preferences. Wow! With this in mind, if we are able to start our children with healthy habits at an early age by leading by example, we will set them up for success in leading a healthy lifestyle. 1. Look at Labels 2. Teach at the Grocery Store 3. Cook Together 4. Support Local …
 
"Your body is the vehicle to fulfill your purpose...honor it with whole foods, hydration, and movement." This episode is packed full of extremely important information about whole-food nutrition, hydration, intermittent fasting, macro nutrients, daily exercise, and personalized health goals! Kelly shares how to nurture your body through movement, h…
 
We all need a lot of love this year...especially our children! Check out these resources below for fun ideas: Activity #1: All the Things We Love About You - https://www.skiptomylou.org/heart-attack?fbclid=IwAR3jImIMQIXC-xZeGN-Rg74e5qLDapKoJ5o_jyaHmqA7HV6nd5_iSSQSPlc Activity #2: Homemade Valentine's Day Cards - https://homeschoolpreschool.net/home…
 
This month is all about how we, mamas, can fuel our body with nutrient-rich food, hydrate daily, exercise, and find mental and spiritual peace. Whether you have a newborn, 5 year old, or an 18 year old…we give ourselves fully to provide for our children…often at the cost of putting our own well-being aside. The thing is…at some point…we will reach …
 
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” "Studies are showing that many people who are in the millennial generation show fewer empathetic traits than people who were raised in the 70’s and 80’s. Resources mentioned in …
 
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