The Stay-at-Homeschooling Mom Podcast

The Stay-at-Homeschooling Mom Podcast

Join Mary Ellen Barrett and Ginny Seuffert, two leading speakers and writers on the topic of Catholic education, as they discuss ways in which Catholic parents can find success in their homeschooling journey.


April 17, 2024 37 mins

In an enlightening exchange, Mary Ellen and Ginny discuss the remarkable but often overlooked value of a Liberal Arts education. 


Michael Yost of Thomas More College joins our hosts today, revealing why a Liberal Arts education may be the wisest, most valuable choice your student could ever make. This conversation could change everything if college is in your family's future.


The Remarkable and Increasing Value of a Liberal...

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Let's All Keep Chickens!

Dalia Monterroso is the passionate author of "Let's All Keep Chickens! The Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World," and her enthusiasm for this homeschool-friendly topic is contagious.


She is a popular teacher on the basics of backyard chicken keeping. In today’s show, Dalia talks with Ginny and Mary Ellen about her book, which is gaining popular...

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Is your homeschooling experiencing the “End of the Winter Blues?” Are you frustrated that you and the kids have been cooped up way too long? Ginny and Mary Ellen have the tonic for that.

Their formula is simple, and their solutions are straightforward. Their insight, ideas, and effective routines will help you manage everything.


How to Homeschool and Not Lose Your Mind (PART II)

This is part two of our topic. If you missed one, l...

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Sometimes, homeschooling can feel like the most overwhelming, frustrating, impossible thing to do, especially at the end of winter. You and the kids have been stuck in the house, and the work seems never-ending. It just feels gloomy. We've all been there. 


But it's a new day, and Ginny and Mary Ellen are here with ideas and a plan that includes humor, smiles, and simple, effective methods to succeed with your family's...

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Are you considering homeschooling your child with special needs? Are you already in the trenches and feeling like you aren’t doing well? This show could be a lifesaver.

Mary Ellen has been there, and Ginny has a wealth of knowledge to bring to the subject. Let’s tackle the five things you need to know about homeschooling a child with special needs.


Five Things You Should Know About Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs

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December 20, 2023 29 mins

Sometimes, situations we might have avoided if given a choice are the greatest blessings. Today's guest has written an inspiring book about a little boy who brings joy to all who know him.

Today's podcast will touch your heart, bring a smile, and open a gift of unexpected proportions. Life-changing inspirations can come wrapped in unexpected ways. 


Super J and the Power of Love


Jennifer Nelson is a wi...

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For homeschooling moms seeking to advance in the spiritual life, the Church offers many opportunities, including the Rosary, Daily Mass, Spiritual Reading, and Liturgy of the Hours.

But as a homeschooling mom with limited time, how do you choose from among these excellent practices? In today's podcast, author and moral theologian Fr. Jeffrey Kirby is here to help you prioritize your choices to advance in your spiritual life.



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Music Appreciation

There is lots of music beyond Disney!

An excellent place to start is encouraging your children to listen to fine music.

One good thing about the World Wide Web is you can find excellent classical music. You can also find explanations of the various pieces if you are interested. 


Teaching music in the home (for the non-musical mom)

Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens): Various parts of the piece represe...

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Join Ginny and Mary Ellen in a lively, joyful discussion on the saints, our great friends and allies on our homeschooling journey. And as always, they share their experiences with their unique blend of humor, love, and practical advice. 

Prepare for dozens of examples from the saints to inspire and guide your homeschooling family in faith formation and education. - Welcome to the lesson book from our family of saints!



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Mary Ellen and Ginny introduce to Emily Malloy, whose floral design career began as an apprentice who swept petals and leaves off the floors of a rapidly growing floral shop in Philadelphia. 

She rose to manager and floral designer. Her work has appeared in Elle Décor, Green Wedding Shoes, the National Catholic Register, and the Ember Journal. Emily is the food and floral design editor at She and her husband liv...

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November 15, 2023 41 mins

Teaching and learning do not have to be dry and boring. In fact, for homeschoolers, it can be quite the opposite. We are free to expand our studies beyond the text and be creative.

Today, Ginny and Mary Ellen take us on a journey to a world of ways to expand your studies with lapbooking, notebooking, novels, videos, you know, the fun stuff. There's a treasure chest of resources for you and the kids. You're going to find som...

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Homeschooling with small children in the home will, at times, push you to the end of your patience. But these times will pass. 

For now, take a breath as Ginny and Mary Ellen discuss tips, insights, and lessons on turning trying times into life-shaping opportunities. Learn how to lighten your load while training the kids to be big helpers and prepare them to be better students and caring adults. You've got this.


Homeschool Ro...

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When talking about homeschooling, the elephant in the room is socialization. Naysayers insist that homeschooling isolates children, but the reality, as experienced homeschoolers and those who know them praise, is that their kids are the most socialized, as well as the most thoughtful and considerate kids around.

But how do you get there initially, or how can you improve things? Ginny and Mary Ellen have a fresh bouquet of ideas and...

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Fr. Ken Geraci, of the Fathers of Mercy, joins Ginny and Mary Ellen today and fills us in about his latest book, Spiritual Warfare and Divine Mercy, the Weapon for Our Times. Father is a friend of homeschoolers, having spoken at many of our conferences.


Father is an engaging speaker with a gift for converting complex spiritual matters into simple, understandable lessons. And our hosts take advantage of Father’s gift for plain spe...

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Teaching our children to set priorities, complete assignments on time, and achieve their goals are essential life skills we must teach them. After all, no child is born knowing how to manage their time effectively. 


Ginny and Mary Ellen discuss why mastering these skills can be challenging for homeschoolers. But, as expected, our hosts have a plentitude of practical solutions, literally dozens of methods, to teach homeschoolers t...

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In today's podcast, Ginny and Mary Ellen talk with Kimberly Begg about her new book Unbreakable, Saints Who Inspired Saints to Moral Courage. Kimberly describes her work, published by TAN, and its unique perspective of not just telling the typical saint story but also the saint behind the saint.


Kimberly explains the importance of knowing how and why other saints inspired each saint, how these stories develop moral courage, a...

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Meet Arlena Brown, a Seton Mom with four kids who found stability in times of change and chaos through homeschooling. Lena is a Traditional Roman Catholic wife of 14 years to her husband, Robert, and mother of four children ranging from 2 to 13 years old.

The Browns had three children in elementary school when the pandemic occurred. They discovered homeschooling amid layoffs, relocations, and other changes and chaos. Lena shares wi...

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Today, we are pleased to speak with an experienced homeschooling mom in the Philippines, Therese Habana, fondly known as Mommy T., to her homeschooling community.

In this warm, engaging discussion, you’ll learn along with Ginny and Mary Ellen as “Mommy T.” details the Filipino homeschool environment and culture and how she got started. She also shares her experience utilizing “Partner Centers” and explains homeschooling accreditati...

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September 20, 2023 43 mins

**The following podcast contains information on homeschooling and the law. The content provided in this podcast is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice, consultation, or representation. For specific information about the law where you live, we suggest you contact the Home School Legal Defense Association, a local homeschooling support group, or a qualified attorney.**<...

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You want to start but wonder how much homeschooling will cost? The wait is over, Mary Ellen and Ginny share the cost, the budget, and how to maximize your benefits. 

Learn about different homeschooling styles, where to find free placement tests and samples, budgeting tips and tricks, and much more. And as always, you're guaranteed to smile with their humorous yet practical, common-sense approach. 


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