Podcasts with a Purpose - Favorites for January 2017

Wednesday, January 11

I have been familiar with the idea of podcasts for a long time, but I honestly never listened to one until last year. I am someone who has always loved to read... whether it is books, magazines or blogs, the printed word has always been my preference. That all changed when I found it next to impossible to ever get any real reading done. And I know some people can read while they walk on a treadmill, but I am NOT one of them... so if I was going to keep up with life and also focus on being more active I definitely needed a new option.

I started out looking primarily for homeschool podcasts. That was what I needed to learn more about at the time, and I was desperately in need of some encouragement as a home educator! I found a few podcasts to try, and I realized that I really liked being able to even just hear other adult voices talking about relevant topics during my child-filled days! While I can't talk back (well, I guess I could but that would be a little nutty) it is almost like adding some adult conversation in to my day, since the podcasts I have chosen are all interviews or panels.

I confess I am someone who could often be found with the tv on at times during the day, just for the background noise. How refreshing to have an option where I can actually get something out of what I am listening to while I am doing things like folding laundry or washing dishes. It also fills the silence at times when I run out of things to talk to a 13-month-old about. I may or may not be found occasionally having "conversations" about Charlotte Mason educational theories with a cute little darling whose replies consist of baby gibberish now while building block towers for her to knock down.

So, while I am new to the whole podcast things, I was an instant fan once I started listening! I have found that there are some great homeschool podcasts out there, but I also have found many others that are not homeschool related that I really enjoy. I thought I would share some of my favorites here, since I can often be found asking for suggestions from different friends on instagram and facebook. The best choices are always ones someone else tells me they just love! Here are a few of mine:

  • Risen Motherhood - This one is my current favorite. I love how encouraging Laura and Emily are, and how they get me thinking very intentionally about my role as a mother. It is hard to choose a favorite episode, but I loved Ep. 35 - Putting Your Marriage First: giving him more than the leftovers.
  • The God Centered Mom Podcast - I love the variety of guests on this one, and if I had to pick a very favorite podcast episode listened to in 2016 it would have been her interview with Kirk Martin for Ep. 69 - Calmly Parenting the Strong-Willed Child.
  • At Home - This podcast is fun because there are up to 6 women all getting together to discuss different topics, which means lots of different viewpoints and some lively interaction. One of my favorites here was Promoting a Peaceful Marriage.
  • Cohesive Home Podcast - I haven't listened to this one quite as often, but I LOVED their episode on living seasonally!! Ep. 17 - Living Seasonally
  • The Mason Jar - This was the podcast that started it all for me! I love it when I need a reminder of why I homeschool and what I want our days to look like. It is hard to choose an episode to highlight, but hearing Cindy Rollins talk about her Morning Time was a game-changer for me, or at least the first of several! Q & A #1

What podcasts have you been listening to? I would love for you to leave me a link or two of episodes I should check out in the comments! 


  1. I need to check out that episode on living seasonally. It's something I've always had an interest in. :)

  2. I think I will dowload a few episodes and check these out!

  3. I listen to a few! My current go-tos are: Presidential, Happier, and Reply All. And This American Life! And Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

  4. I need to check out the At Home podcast! Sounds like a great thing to listen to for growth!

  5. Awesome...thanks for these suggestions!!

  6. The Moth, Ask Me Another, Another Round, Pop Rocket! for storytelling and pop culture

  7. Thank you so much for sharing about our podcast!!! Totally made our day. Please let us know if you have any topics you would like to hear from us in the future. - Melissa (Cohesive Home )

  8. I've very interested in the Living Seasonally segment from Cohesive Home. The one I listen to each week is Happier with Gretchen Rubin but I also love Side Hustle School.


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