Friday Freewrite: TV Show

Friday Freewrite

You’ve been given the green light to create your own TV show. Describe what it would be about.

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Podcast: Meet Your Own Needs

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I am recording some of my Tea with Julie emails for the podcast for those of you who prefer to listen. These are messages of support for your life of parenting and educating, as well as taking good care of you. If you’d like to receive them, they are free. Sign up at

A family is an interdependent system—no one person can carry it alone. There must be give and take, support and nurture for each person, even if in uneven doses at times.

All you can do is become the healthiest version of you that you can be—taking care of your welfare so that you don’t wake up one day and “flip out.”

You’ll be given good advice: Be generous. Give. Share. Listen. Pay attention. Make adjustments. Become a partner to your kids, to your spouse. Forgive. Find the good, the true, the pure. Let go of petty resentments and high expectations.

But you also need to take care of you. Be sure that you, the care-giver, are being given care too—by someone, somehow, somewhere. It’s how you keep going.

When you hit your limits, you’ll get advice to give more. You’ll be told what the ideals are. You’ll be reminded of your original goals. You’ll try harder. We women are especially likely to take this advice to heart.

Just remember: in the trying (which is right and noble and good), stand up for you too. You matter as much to the whole system as all the people you love and serve freely every day.

Be good to you, no matter what that looks like. You get one life, too. It needs to be a good, peace-filled, lovely one. No Joan of Abeccas here. No Teresa of Calculadders allowed.

Show Notes

Self-care is essential to the happy functioning of your family.

Self-care is not, however, ensuring that everyone in your family is behaving according to your plans and standards so that you can finally have a rest.

Self-care happens in the middle of the muddle, when things are at their most stressful, when you feel the least capable of meeting your own expectations and hopes. That frazzled feeling? A flashing red warning light that you need to take a self-appointed time out.

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Growing Brave Writers Q & A

Growing Brave Writers


This is the official Q&A for Growing Brave Writers

What’s new in GBW?

 Glad you asked!

  • Coaching Guides written to YOU in each chapter
  • User-friendly Activities in each chapter laid out in step-by-step instructions
  • Assessment tools for each chapter
    • A Checklist for Self-Esteem (so you can feel good about what you get done)
    • A Word Bank to track scope and sequence requirements (if you have them)
    • A Narrative Sketch sample to help you write one for your student
  • A chapter called, How to Use GBW: with kids in schools & co-ops and across the curriculum
  • Beautiful design, wide margins for notes, and motivational quotes at the top of each chapter

Does GBW meet school standards for writing instruction?

You bet it does!

Growing Brave Writers was designed with much care to address the most important markers in learning to write. Our team consulted the most current research into writing instruction while also drawing on over 20 years of experience teaching students.

You can know that your students will become effective writers in any environment once they have worked through all the writing processes.

Over 100,000 students have used our methods!

Does GBW work with learning-challenged students?

Exceptionally well!

The beauty of this system is that it is tailored to the developmental stage of growth of each unique child (not grade level) including your children with language challenges. That means you can meet your child where they are without pushing them to be further along. Each practice is easily modified for any learner. 

Parents who have children with language delays or learning disabilities have found these methods to be absolutely liberating!

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What if I’m not good at writing?

You’re my favorites!

As you teach your child, you will heal your own poor relationship with writing. You may even discover a long-lost love of writing once you are set free from the memory of painful writing instruction in your youth.

Truly: if you are a blocked writer yourself, remember the method that failed you. Do not apply that method to your child! Try ours—it’s a completely different approach than schools take. And it works.

You’ll love these activities!

Can I use GBW with multiple kids at multiple ages?

You sure can!

In fact, that’s the beauty of this program. It’s designed for family use. Each activity can be easily modified up or down to adapt to your young writer. Not only that, each activity can be used again at the next stage of growth for greater and greater skill development.

How long does it take to work through GBW?

About one school year.

If you do each activity in a row, following the instructions, it will take about a single school year to work through the entire program. That said, these are activities and tools that are meant to be used until college! Growing Brave Writers is a program that will be a resource to you throughout the entirety of your children’s academic career. A fantastic investment!

What if I want a print copy?

I have great news for you!

Brave Writer has entered a partnership with The Homeschool Printing Company!

When you print with them, they give you a high-quality printed copy at a low price, and they put you at the front of the line for printing! (USA only) The link to our special print form with them is located at the order link below!

When does Growing Brave Writers publish?

July 15!

For those who preorder, you are invited to attend a FREE webinar with me on July 15

I’ll walk you through how to implement Growing Brave Writers right on the day it publishes.

Preorder Today

Thanks for all your questions!

Still have a few more? Email us at and our warm, eager-to-serve customer service team will reply to your particular situation.

Friday Freewrite: Bent Out of Shape

Friday Freewrite

The phrase “bent out of shape” means to be really upset. But what if our bodies actually twisted into different shapes for different emotions. Describe what that might be like!

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Podcast: The Courage to Change

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So many of you asked to hear my talk from the Wild+Free conference that I recorded it for the podcast! Here it is, as close to what I shared there as possible. “The Courage to Change”—exactly what we all need as we face this uncertain future. I’m here for it, and here for you.  xo Julie

It takes courage to change. The moment we make changes in our lives, we feel uncomfortable—maybe even afraid—about how those changes will impact our relationships. Certainty and predictability are comforting, even when that certainty can be a dreaded rush hour commute to work. Yet on the other side of change, we often feel relief.

Here’s what’s amazing about change: Not only do we have a right to change our minds, but we can change our attitudes and desires, too.

When we make changes in our lives, however, the people in our lives have to adapt to our changes too. That can cause disruption in the relationship. That’s what we’re going to talk about today on the Brave Writer podcast.

Show Notes

Whenever we make a decision that’s in alignment with our values, it may compete with the values or beliefs of others. As a result, we may wind up in conflict—often assuming the other person is wrong to question us. For some reason, each of believes that our beliefs deserve to be the right ones in the room. Even within relatively homogenous or like-minded groups, it’s difficult to get everyone on the same page. Disagreements crop up!

When we talk about the courage to think for ourselves or to change our minds, what we’re really asking is: how welcome is dissent, here, in this group?

Dissent is like chlorine in the pool. It purifies a strong ideological space. Dissent makes us reevaluate the sources of authority that we’ve relied on but perhaps haven’t evaluated critically.

When your child pushes back on a rule you have or an activity you planned, you could put your foot down and say, “Well, this is what we do and you’re going to do it!” But we want to raise independent thinkers—right? That includes thinking independently of people within the family unit.

  • Go down the rabbit hole with your child every now and then.
  • Get behind their dissenting voice.
  • See what it offers that has been overlooked.

By acknowledging dissent, we can use it as an opportunity to change, no matter how uncomfortable that might be.

If you’re looking to create a family of independent thinkers, who can stand on their own, and who have the courage to stand in the face of pressure, you have to begin at home. Look at dissent as an opportunity for critical thinking. Having the courage to change your mind means you get to change yours too.


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