Episode 4: Surviving Winter Depression

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Surviving Winter Depression on background of candle holder

In seasons of discouragement or winter depression, turn to God as the provider of comfort and encouragement. Deborah Wuehler, homeschooling mother of eight and senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, hosts Episode 4 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Surviving Winter Depression.” The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine publisher Gena Suarez adds a reminder: “Eyes up, Mama.”

DWuehler with children


Connect with God’s Word 

Turn to Matthew 6—it is full of provision! The Lord’s Prayer is also found in Matthew 6:

“After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. 

Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

For more encouragement on surviving winter depression and on homeschooling, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

  • Oh, winter. Your kids are restless, and school days seem to drag on with no end in sight. This article called “Midyear Perseverance: 4 Tips” may be just what you need this time of year. 
  • Do you have a homeschool mission statement to cling to during tough times? “A Mission Statement for Difficult Days” tells how to craft yours. 
  • Do you ever feel like giving up in your homeschooling journey? In “10 Tips to Persevere through Your Homeschool Yearyou’ll learn ways to persevere no matter what trials you may be facing. 
  • Because you homeschool, anytime your children have questions about God or a desire to talk about Him they can. As you carry on in this good work of homeschooling, Gena Suarez cheers you on with this “Hey, Mama!” column.
  • Why worry needlessly about our parenting skills when God already has us covered? Take inspiration from “God’s Grace Covers Our Doubts.”

“Everything that happens out of our control is under His control.” - Deborah Wuehler on background of candle

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It’s the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download at the App Store today! 

Connect with 

An enormous homeschooling community is standing by to help. is one such resource of support—it is the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. We can help show you how to start homeschooling and help you along the way. members can find tools to make the homeschooling journey easier, such as schedule builders, report card creators, a scope and sequence, and special needs help. Streamline your household tasks with organization tips, monthly menus, and whole foods cooking. Receive encouragement through Bible studies, parenting articles, and homeschooling tips from veteran homeschoolers. Watch marriage-enrichment studies through our video resources. Come explore your options with today! 

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse 

The Canadian division of The Old Schoolhouse® was started in 2018 to offer support and resources on homeschooling specific to Canadian families. With content in subjects such as geography, history, cooking, and general family life, The Canadian Schoolhouse encourages families in their homeschooling journey in various ways. Check it out today!

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It is brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Each week, The Homeschool Minute focuses on the same topic covered in the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast and includes perspectives from a handful of writers. This week, in The Homeschool Minute (arriving in email inboxes on 2/22/23), you’ll find more encouragement for surviving winter depression. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter. 

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

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

  • 2/27/23: Episode 5—“STEM and Science Fairs” hosted by Heather Vogler and Sheila Charvolotti of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 3/6/23: Episode 6—“Teen Rebels and Prodigals” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 3/13/23: Episode 7—“The Importance of Art and Music” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We’d love to hear from you at

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