Over the last couple of weeks, many schools have been releasing their plans for fall, and not surprisingly, it’s all the parents in our social media feed are talking about. We recently featured a post about things to consider if you’re thinking about homeschooling this fall by our Editor Kate Etue that was so popular with our readers that we decided to talk about it on our Spawned Parenting Podcast.

On this episode, Liz interviews Kristen (a former homeschooler) to get her thoughts on making this difficult decision. We hope you find it helpful as you navigate these challenging times, parents.

You can listen right now to this episode, then make sure you’re subscribed on Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen) so you never miss an episode. (And PS: while you’re there, subscribe to our new podcast Out Tech Your Kids).

Photo by Andrew Ebrahim on Unsplash

Topics from the show 

– The difference between homeschooling a second grader versus say a high schooler.

– What kind of time and energy commitment are we talking about?

– What sort of teaching background or education do parents need to have?

– Is homeschooling even an option for parents who need to work? (Don’t miss this fantastic piece by Deb Perelman on this topic).

– What roles do partners and spouses play in homeschooling?

And a whole lot more!

About our sponsor: Cisco’s GPS: The Series

The animated online series teaching kids critical thinking skills, teamwork, collaboration, and action for social good | GPS: Global Problem Solvers (sponsor)

If you want to raise kids who are critical thinkers, you’ll want to check out GPS: The Series, a new animated series from today’s sponsor Cisco, which features a diverse team of teenage superheroes from around the globe (that’s the GPS), each representing a different skill set. But what’s cool is that they’re not fighting vampires or racing around to other planets. They’re more like regular, relatable smart kids who are taking on real-world social, economic, and environmental problems we face globally, and encouraging your kids to do the same.

It’s more than an animated series, it’s actually part of a complete educational program created by Cisco, and available free online to students, parents and educators. It’s designed especially to help kids learn to innovate as a technologist in an increasingly digital world, think like an entrepreneur, and act as a social change agent to bring more good to the world.

Watch GPS: The Series through with your kids today, through this link


About our sponsor: Breyers CarbSmart

Breyer's CarbSmart frozen treats come in tubs and delicious bars in flavors like almond, mint, and caramel swirl, each with only 3-5 net g carbs per serving! | sponsor

Frozen treats + Rom coms. They’re a match made right in your freezer! If you don’t yet know about Breyers CarbSmart from America’s #1 ice cream brand, you’ll want to. It’s a truly delicious line of sweet frozen treats with just 3 to 5 grams net carbs per serving, all under 150 calories, and they’re even a good source of fiber.

CarbSmart is available in the tubs we love for DIY sundaes which we’re eating a lot of these days, as well as bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter.  Plus, Breyers has partnered with American farmers to ensure all their treats are made with 100% grade A milk and cream.

Find Breyers CarbSmart at all major retailers, from Target to Kroger, even Amazon Pantry.

Our Cool Picks of the Week 

Baby Yoda face mask

KristenBaby Yoda face masks. How cute are these?

Liz – Please please read up on The HEROES Act which Congress passed to help devote emergency funds to support teachers and public education. You can call, text, or send a letter to your Senator to ask them to bring it to a vote and pass this bill ASAP! Resistbot is a terrific tool that makes it easy to contact your elected MOC.