Can’t wait to connect with you LIVE here in October!

Chatting about intentional parenting and inspired homeschooling each Thursday on Periscope!


Hey friends.  It’s been a while since I wrote in this space, hasn’t it?  I spent all of August pretty much unplugged and resting.  I think I need to do that more often.  In this season, it was much needed.  And now that October is here, I’ll be  slipping back into a blogging routine and sharing life with you.

While I enjoy sharing with you here in this space, I love getting to talk to y’all personally best of all.  And since I can’t invite you all over for a chat and I can only travel to speak at a few conferences per year, I wanted to try Periscope, the new live-broadcasting phone ap! Have you tried it yet?  I’ve decided to “scope” once or twice a week in October and see if this is a good fit for me.

Live on Periscope: Thursdays at 2:00pm, Central Time

I’ll be hopping on at 2pm, Central time each Thursday.  I’m hoping to add another Periscope time.  If you have days and times that you’d really like to chat, let me know.  I’m fairly open except for mornings (primo homeschooling time) and Tuesday afternoons.

My first reaction to this ap was, “yuk.”  I try to be mindful of my time and make sure I’m investing it wisely. I’ve seen some “scopes” now that are both helpful and inspiring and then others that seemed like a waste of time or just not for me.  That’s why I’m taking October to experiment and see if this would be a good fit for me AND for you. My goal is to keep them short and sweet at about 15-20 minutes so we can get back to our primary roles of raising these kids God has given to us.

So here’s a bit about today’s topic:

Homeschooling with Toddlers in Tow

Homeschooling when you have babies and toddlers in the home can present some unique challenges and opportunities.  There are certainly days where we consider surviving quite an accomplishment. Today, I’m going to be chatting about the concept of keeping our toddlers close without losing our minds.  It provides beautiful opportunities and if we embrace that perspective we can turn our attempts to merely survive into opportunities to thrive.

ETA: Oh my word.  That was hilarious…  There is nothing like trying to talk about homeschooling in the midst of crazy when your little one decides to skip naptime and come join the Periscope party.  The icing on the cake called “real life” was her meltdown at the end.  Thankfully, I had lots of props on hand to keep her occupied.  You can catch the replay for 24 hours on Periscope or go watch over at

Future Periscope topics:

I’m working on putting together some topics to cover.  If you have any burning questions about homeschooling, parenting, etc, let me know and I’ll add it to the docket!

Here are some upcoming topics that I’ll be covering:

  • Homeschool Myths We Believe: If We Homeschool our Kids Will…
  • 4 Tips for Growing in Patience as a Parent
  • 4 Easy Ways to Incorporate More Movement into Your Homeschool Day
  • How I Lesson Plan {my goal is raising independent, motivated learners}

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the free ap for your Android or iPhone. If you don’t have a smart phone, there is also an option to watch live online
  2. You can find me by searching for my name.  My Periscope handle is @HeatherHaupt.
  3. Announcements are sent out for live broadcasts via an alert on your phone (you can disable this if you don’t want alerts), via Twitter, (including a link to watch online)or if you know I’m going to be on, you can simply go to
  4. INTERACT!  I think this can be one of the coolest features.  You have the opportunity to add your comments and questions and I see them in real time.  Plus, you can interact with others via the comments as well.
  5. HEARTS! If you like what a broadcaster is saying, you can give encouragement by tapping your screen and giving them some hearts.  When Greta watches, she LOVES to just sit and tap the screen. :)
  6. 24-Hour time frame.  Periscope keeps each of my broadcasts up for 24 hours.  If you didn’t get a chance to watch in that period of time, you can simply head over to to watch old broadcasts.  My very first Periscope that I did last week on overcoming perfectionism is over there in all 3 of its very imperfect parts… (Oh, God has an incredible sense of humor.)


That’s it for now, friends.  I’ll be sharing more in the next week or two about some changes you’ll be seeing around here!

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A time to step back, to go deep, to rest…

There's a time to rest, to still the noise, to listen...

A time to rest, a time to still the noise, a time to listen…

There is a time for everything under the sun, and God has made it abundantly clear that this is a season to embrace going deep – with the Lord, with my husband, and with my children.  It is a season to still the noise, a season to rest.  I’ve felt this need for a while.  Some ongoing health issues make this break vital. I laugh when I think about how I keep saying, “But God…” and He faithfully brings reminder after reminder to rest in Him and to step back from the online world.

My job: listen and obey.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be going “dark” for the most part.  I’ll be logging on twice a week to mail out orders of my book and new preschool cards. But other than that, we’ll be settling into our new routine for this upcoming semester, reading, relaxing and just “being”.  I’m excited.  This is about as close to a sabbatical as a mama of 4 can get and I’m taking it!

So what does this mean for the blog?  I have so much I want to say, so many ideas swirling.  I’ll be back.  I’m praying about what that will look like.  I’m intrigued by the idea of podcasting or maybe sharing more videos.  What I love more than anything is when I get to interact with you all in REAL LIFE and not just through the written word or social media.  I’d appreciate your prayers and if you have specific things you’d like to see me address, let me know.

For those of you in the south or up in Minnesota, I’ll be travelling to Birmingham, Alabama to speak at the Refresh Homeschool Retreat in February and up north to Duluth for the MACHE Homeschool Conference in April!  I look forward to seeing some of you there!

“My plan” {ha! I’m learning to hold my ideas lightly these days.} is to take August to step back from all online engagement and then inch back into interacting on Instagram or Facebook in September.  As long as the Lord doesn’t direct otherwise, I hope to be back sharing in this space in October.  1

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite posts from the archives!

A collection of articles on living cultivated lives as we integrate faith and learning into everyday living.

Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting Means Raising Daniels

Intentional Parenting Means Setting Goals with the End in Mind

Intentional Parenting Means Setting {Bite-Sized} Goals

10 Adventure Books that Inspire a Boy’s Faith

A Time to Hold, A Time to Let Go

A Frugal Approach to Building Biblical Literacy

Read Thru the Bible as a Family


Inspired Learning

10 Ways We Cultivate Learning

10 Books that Inspire a Lifestyle of Learning

What Does a Typical Homeschool Day Look Like

Home if Where It Starts: Our Classroom, Our Mindset

How We Utilize Brain Breaks in our Homeschool

I’m Not Patient Enough to Homeschool… And That’s OK

Homeschooling: Why Socialization Matters

How to Support Your Wife in Homeschooling

When Curiosity Hijacks Your Day, Run With It!

Preschool Learning Resource Page

Satan, Burping, and Reading Readiness

Created to Create: Finding Our Inner Artist


For those who have asked, we are settling in well in our new Texas home!  We surprised the boys last week with a trip to the Cowboys stadium.  The highlight was getting to play football on the field.  I think they could have stayed all day…  We are loving the big trees and living in a little red brick house that is so very different from Arizona.  We are looking forward to fall and putting down roots as we continue to seek out and build relationships with friends here in our new city!

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Intentional Parenting Means Raising Daniels


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A Time to Hold and a Time to Let Go


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Rainy Day Art and the good/bad of moving…


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An Easter Devotional for You {COUPON CODE ALERT}

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