#094: Communication tips for teens

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Welcome! We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list does. Thank you for joining me. Last year I read a fascinating marriage book by John Gottman. His is not a Christian marriage book, but he does have a reputation as a researcher who can accurately, within minutes, predict divorce or not based on listening to a … Read More

#093: Character builders for mom & kids

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Welcome! We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list does. Thank you for joining me. If you homeschool, you probably put a lot of time and energy into pulling together your curriculum and resources. So often, though, the best lesson of the day is not the one learned in the lesson plan, but rather the one … Read More

#092: 5 ways to stay sane as a homeschool mom

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Welcome! I am Mystie Winckler, wife, homemaker, reader, writer, and classical homeschooling mother of 5. We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list. Thank you for joining me. Do you ever feel like you’re going to go crazy? Of course you do. We all do. What should we do when we feel that way? Are there … Read More

#091: 6 steps to reclaim home organization

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Welcome! We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list does. Thank you for joining me. Today’s episode is a fun one. Who doesn’t love a step-by-step program, right? The reality is that our organizational efforts will fall apart and suffer from entropy. That just means a time will come to jump in, pick up the pieces, … Read More

#090: Moms must muddle on.

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Welcome! We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list does. Thank you for joining me. Today’s episode is one to let you know you are not alone and pass on a bit of wisdom I knew from my own mom and also heard from Cindy Rollins: Life with toddlers just is a muddle. Roll with it; … Read More

#089: Why we need friends

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog. I’m Mystie Winckler, a homeschool graduate myself now homeschooling my 5 kids who span first grade to tenth grade. Homemaking and homeschooling was harder than I thought it’d be, so I write and speak to keep my own head in the game and I hope it helps you do the same, too. Today’s episode is a reminder that we are not alone, we are not each our own islands and we shouldn’t pretend … Read More

#088: 5 Ways to Love Our Kids

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we learn to walk more and more in fruitfulness and faithfulness in the midst of the mundane. I’m Mystie Winckler, homeschooling mother of 5 kids who are currently 15 to 6, and I write and speak so that I stay thoughtfully engaged in my family duties, learn to love what must be done, and organize my attitude – and I’m glad you’re joining me. My personality type – INTJ – is sometimes … Read More

#087: Novels are not a waste of time.

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog! This is the place where we give ourselves a quick pep talk, preferably while doing a quick chore or two. After all, we want to stay engaged and alert, learning and growing, in our roles at home and in the world. While working to increase our engagement & attention, we might be tempted to squeeze every last bit of productivity out of our day, to the detriment of our attitudes, our minds, and … Read More

#086: How to have a growth mindset

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where I share short, motivational pep talks I need to hear myself. Turns out homemaking, parenting, homeschooling is a harder gig than we anticipated, but here we are, determined to not grow weary in doing good but rather relying on the strength and grace of God to do our duty and even to stay cheerful. Thanks for joining me for this episode, where we will talk about a core concept and even a … Read More

#085: All God’s children

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog, where we practice managing our lives with fruitful, faithful resilience, overcoming distraction and discouragement, so we can glorify God in our work and our attitudes. Motherhood shifts our perspective on life. Today’s episode is a baby shower devotional I gave at my sister-in-law’s baby shower three years ago. In it I share good news, bad news, and good news about how we change when we become mothers. Let’s dig in. Original post: Mothers … Read More

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