Episode 8: When They Won’t Listen – How to Gain Attention

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Frustrated and discouraged because your child won’t listen? Tune in for practical tips that you can use right now to help your child have open ears to hear and an open heart to obey. Be encouraged by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse, the host of today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “When They Won’t Listen – How to Gain Attention.


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And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 ESV)

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“Keep it simple. We have to be clear. We have to give short instructions. Sometimes we have to break down the task.” - Christine Weller Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show background photograph of child holding adult hand

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Today’s host, Christine Weller, is on staff at as well as The Canadian Schoolhouse. Have you visited The Canadian Schoolhouse site yet? Stop by for encouraging articles like these:   

Having fun with your kids is an excellent way to strengthen your relationship, and mixing in a little learning is a win-win situation! Have fun reading this article: “Using Games For Learning and Connection.”

Prayer, creativity, research, and a support team may all help you carry on your calling to homeschool. One mom shared “Reasons to Persevere Through the Homeschooling Journey.”

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“Give them your full attention. This helps them feel valued and listened to.” - Christine Weller Photograph of woman, man holding a child pointing

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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: 

  • 3/27/23: Episode 9—“Attending Homeschool Conventions: Is it Necessary?” hosted by Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 4/3/23: Episode 10—“What to do When Mom Is Exhausted” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 4/10/23: Episode 11—“The Socialization Myth Debunked” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse

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