Creating a Warm & Rich Homeschooling Environment with Dotty Christensen

Brave Writer Podcast Brave Shift S3E2 Dotty Christensen

I am thrilled to introduce you to my long-time friend and homeschool mentor, Dotty Christensen. I call her “the magic maker.” I learned more about enchanting a childhood from Dotty than anyone else in my life. She “agreed” to be interviewed for the podcast after spending the day taking my headshots (she’s a photographer too!). I sorta kinda maybe tricked her into it! We got talking and I yelled: “Stop! I need to record this!”

Dotty shares about homeschooling her three (now grown) children, how she created a nurturing space for family life and learning, and the way her family learning adventure led her into her post-homeschooling career. I can’t do it justice in a summary—you’ll just have to listen!

Brave Writer Podcast S3E2 Dotty Christensen

Dotty with Jacob 1992 (left) and 2006 (right)

Dotty and I met in Morocco in 1984. She served mint tea and homemade cookies, and her toddlers were running around in fairy wings and face paint. Her home was a swirl of activity, color, and invitation. All I knew: I wanted that for my family!

Her family followed ours to California in the early 1990s where we homeschooled together daily for five years. Then, my family followed her family to Ohio in 1999. Our shared love of home, coziness, art, and learning have sustained our friendship and enriched it all these years.

I can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Friday Freewrite: Shapeshifter

Friday Freewrite Shapeshifter

You’re a shapeshifter but you can only change your shape once a year. For 12 months you get stuck as a mouse in the king’s kitchen. What is that like?

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YouTube Thursday: Making Money as a Mom and a Homeschooler

YouTube Thursday Making Money as a Mom and a Homeschooler

For this YouTube Thursday, let’s talk about how to make money while still being a homeschool mother (or father!).

In this video:

  • How to pursue your dreams while still homeschooling
  • Sharing how to develop a work lifestyle as a parent and a home educator
  • Feeling okay with earning money while you educate
  • How to monetize your already existent skills
  • Awesome adulthood and parenthood
  • How to balance homeschool with money making ventures through creating structure
  • Why you should keep your toe in your career field

As well as the four keys to earning money while homeschooling.

Making Money as a Mom and a Homeschooler


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Brave Writer Podcast: Season 3 is here with Susan Wise Bauer!

Brave Writer Podcast Season 3 Episode 1 with Susan Wise Bauer

It’s with great pleasure that I share with you the dynamic conversation I had with Susan Wise Bauer (beloved author and notable educator). Susan talks about her own homeschooled childhood, her experience home educating her children, and her thoughts on the homeschool culture and how it’s changed over the decades.


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Susan is frank, down-to-earth, and articulate about what it takes to be a homeschooler. She offers support and strategies for a satisfying healthy homeschool.

She has a Ph.D. in history, has written more than 20 books (such as The Well-Trained Mind and The Story of the World series, and is considered an expert on classical education. Her own journey as homeschooled student to home educating parent to homeschool movement thought leader makes her uniquely qualified to comment on the homeschooling culture and its future.

I’m happy to welcome Susan to the Brave Writer podcast! Enjoy!

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Brave Writer Season 3 Podcast


Friday Freewrite: Superhero

Friday Freewrite Superhero

You find out your best friend is secretly a superhero. What do you do?

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