Episode 33: When Mamas Cry

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Could you use a healthy way to deal with feeling frustrated and overwhelmed? Stephanie Morrison points moms in the right direction in Episode 33 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“When Mamas Cry.” Find out how to keep homeschooling—even when the tears come.


A Prayer for Homeschools

Here are portions of Stephanie’s prayer from today’s episode:

“. . . God, you’ve given us these emotions, and we thank You for that, and we thank You for how You’ve created us . . . Help us to spend time with You. Help us to pray with You, talk with You, open Your Word, and just hear what You have to say to us. Help us to keep a regular conversation going in our homes of You and of our faith . . . We are so blessed to be able to educate our kids at home. We thank You that You have called us, not just to You, as a Christian, as a follower, but You have called us to be parents that can truly enjoy living this education life with our kids. Thank you. We give You the glory for every good and perfect gift. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Connect with God’s Word 

  • “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
  • “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
  •  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) 

“I am weak. As a human. Where do I get my strength from? I get it from God.” —Stephanie Morrison

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

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Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

The Canadian Schoolhouse, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®, offers resources, support, and community for Canadian homeschoolers. The extensive site includes a search feature. Here are just a few articles related to today’s podcast topic: 

Connect with Today’s Host

Episode 33—“When Mamas Cry” was hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse. You can hear Stephanie host one episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show each month. If you would like to hear more from Stephanie, check out her previous episodes:

Episode 2—“What Is a Homeschool Dad’s Role?

Episode 7—“The Importance of Art and Music

Episode 11—“The Socialization Myth Debunked

Episode 15—“Help When Special Needs Are Hard

Episode 18—“Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards

Episode 20—“How Can We Celebrate the Homeschool Dad?

Episode 24—“Preparing for Life After High School

Episode 29—“Bible. . . More Than a School Subject

Connect with Homeschool College Directory & Resources 

You have kept them home, taught them well, and prepared them for life. The time is coming when your high schooler will graduate, spread his wings, and fly. The team that has walked beside you through the homeschooling years is ready to illuminate the path into post-secondary education. The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to offer Homeschool College Directory & Resources, filled with colleges vying for the attention of homeschoolers. Plus, discover invaluable articles specific to this stage of life and other helpful resources to keep your grad on the right path. 

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Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 9/18/23: Episode 34—“What Kind of Homeschooler Am I?” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse 
  • 9/25/23: Episode 35—“Generational Homeschooling / Second Generation Homeschoolers” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 10/2/23: Episode 36—“Is Internet Learning a Good Thing? What Are My Options?” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®

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