HomeWise Podcast

(Podcast) HomeWise: Building Blocks for Discerning WomenWisdom is essential in building a strong family and home life. Women have innumerable people, projects, and loyalties competing for their time and attention. Proverbs tells us that, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” In this weekly podcast wife, mother of ten, and seasoned home educator, Kara Murphy looks to God’s word for wisdom that will help women build up their families instead of tear them down. This podcast is both an encouragement and a challenge to rise above the folly that marks our culture and be HomeWise!


HomeWise Episodes

Raising Teenage Girls

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Teenage daughter putting her head on her mom's shoulder. Parenting Teenage Girls

Parenting teenage girls is a difficult task when their peers and the culture are working against you at every turn. In this episode of HomeWise Kara and Steve talk about raising teenage daughters, how to keep their hearts, deal with modesty, and raise them up to be godly women.

Filed under Family, Parenting

Raising Young Girls

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Mom walking with young girl in a butterfly tutu.

How can you raise girls to be strong and feminine? Kara shares tips for parenting young girls: dealing with behavior problems when girls are young, cultivating modesty, watching out for emotional manipulation, and preparing them for womanhood.

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Raising Young Men (Teenage Boys)

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Bored teenage boy, leaning back in his chair.

Listen as Kara & Steve talk about parenting teenage boys. They talk about work, academics, protecting moral purity, moms & sons butting heads, teaching boys how to be men, and defying cultural norms by having great relationships with your teenagers.

Raising Boys

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Mom looking at two dirty boys. (Parenting Boys)

Boys are not girls and we shouldn’t parent them as if they are. In this episode Kara and Steve share some tips for parenting boys. Listen as they talk about how boys learn, spending time outside, getting dirty, online gaming, and raising boys that will put away boyhood and be men when they are grown.  

Filed under Parenting

Parenting in the Baby & Toddler Years

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Parenting in the Toddler & Baby Years (HomeWise podcast)

Mothers, do not grow weary in doing good. What you are doing, raising those little ones, although it doesn’t look like it is world-changing, it is very, very, very important. It’s a good work. Even though you get tired, don’t grow weary of it. Listen as Kara shares tips on parenting through the baby and toddler years.

Filed under Family, Parenting

Each Child is Unique

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Unique young girl with hat and big glasses.

As you look at your children, remember that God made them unique. He made them for a very specific purpose, that there are universal things we hold them to but that ultimately God gives us our children so that we can be sanctified and they can be sanctified.

Filed under Education, Family, Parenting

Time: Being With Your Children

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Boy helping his mom with the laundry.

What if you saw the time you spend mothering your children as discipleship instead of babysitting? Simply being with your children, day in and day out, is one of the most revolutionary things you can do with your time. It changes you and it changes your kids.

The Main Thing: What is a Woman’s Calling?

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What is the Main Thing for a woman? What is our main calling? Join Kara as she talks about some very specific things that women should be focusing on as our special and important calling. If you would like to submit your questions for Kara, you may do that on our contact form HERE.

Filed under Women

Confident Decision-Making

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Decision-making woman choosing between an apple and candy.

How many decisions do you make in a day? Hundreds? Thousands? The decision-making process can stop moms in their tracks. Don’t let indecision take over your day! Listen as Kara talks about making decisions about everything from what to wear in the morning, to how to teach your children.

Beating Discontentment

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Woman discontent with her breakfast. (HomeWise: Beating Discontentment)

One of the most difficult battles for stay-at-home moms is discontentment. The world is telling us our lives are not fulfilling. We must not believe them! Join Kara and Steve as they talk about contentment, personal fulfillment, and the wonderful, creative, difficult job of being a mom!

Setting Goals: Aim Small, Miss Small

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Setting Goals: Aim Small, Miss Small (HomeWise podcast)

Bypass the discouragement of impossible goals & start setting goals that are reachable. Consistently met small goals can add up to big progress for you and your family! When you aim for a man and miss, you miss the man but if you aim for a button on his shirt and miss, you’ll probably still hit the man. What are the small goals? I started out by getting dressed right away. Spending a few minutes streamlining and tidying the house a few times each day.

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Dealing with Distractions

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Distracted woman. "Dealing with Distractions" (HomeWise podcast)

Are you a distracted mommy? How can you keep distractions from taking over your days and keeping you from accomplishing what you set out to do? Listen in as Kara Murphy talks about dealing with the endless distractions that derail our best-laid plans for being HomeWise.

Filed under Family, Parenting, Women

Making Comparisons

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(Podcast) HomeWise: Building Blocks for Discerning Women

Our culture pushes us to judge ourselves against others, but this can be a dangerous habit. Join Kara and Steve Murphy as they talk about how you may be sabotaging your own family by making comparisons, and share some personal experience on how to break the comparison habit.

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Dealing with Insecurity

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(Podcast) HomeWise: Building Blocks for Discerning Women

One of the most damaging manifestations of fear in our lives is insecurity. Because we are fearful of the decisions we are making, we often act in insecurity. That is damaging to those around us, particularly to our children, but also to others as we interact with them. When we are fearful and insecure we become defensive, and instead of being able to proceed in faith, we are living in a state of constant defensiveness.

Defeating Fear

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(Podcast) HomeWise: Building Blocks for Discerning Women

Fear is one of those primary motivations that we often don’t recognize. I, as a young mom, never thought myself as a fearful person. I was not the “sterilize the pacifier when it hits the floor” kind of mom. For me, the biggest one was a fear of failure. I was very concerned that I would not succeed as a wife, as a mother, as especially a homeschooling mom. Another fear is a fear of rejection, whether it’s fear of the rejection of those who don’t agree with our perspective on how we’re raising our children. I think a lot. . .
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