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The Charlotte Mason Show | A Homeschool Podcast

Oct 31, 2022

Calm, curiosity, compassion, clarity, creativity, confidence, courage, and connection. In this episode, Michelle Brownell dives into the mindsets that are so important for parents to understand and embrance when it comes to homeschooling their children.  Embracing these eight essential mindsets will not only impact the way you interact with your children, but it will also change the way you care for yourself.  Join Julie and Michelle for this conversation packed with valuable information on mental health, family relationships, and home education.  


Michelle is a wife, mother, home educator, consultant, and speaker. She has been supporting parents for more than ten years in the social, emotional and academic areas of development. She is currently the homeschool specialist for Bright & Quirky, an international online community for parents with kids who are twice-exceptional. She is the founder of Homeschool Essentials Plus, an online support community for parents home educating their children. She loves bringing in the latest information on parenting, education and mental health to parents who are home educating their kids.

As a speaker and consultant Michelle shares from the heart of her own challenges raising strong willed and differently wired kids and how becoming resilient and an expert in her own children helps them thrive and learn. She is passionate about encouraging, empowering, and equipping parents to advocate for and connect with their children through their homeschool journey.

She helps homeschool parents go from a place of overwhelm, burn out and stress to a place of clarity on what matters most in their family, confidence and calm & connection with their child. You can connect her at

She lives in Florida with her husband of 27 years. Together they parent and homeschool their two children, ages 16 and 14, who they adopted at birth. She enjoys reading, family bike rides on the trails, tinkering in the garden and traveling in their RV.


Julie H. Ross believes that every child needs a feast of living ideas to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a former school teacher, curriculum coordinator, and assistant director of a homeschool academy, Julie has worked with hundreds of students and parents over the past 20 years. She has also been homeschooling her own five children for over a decade. Julie developed the Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast, to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to provide a rich and abundant educational feast full of books, beauty, and Biblical truth. Julie lives in South Carolina. When she’s not busy homeschooling, reading children’s books, hiking, or writing curriculum, you can find her taking a nap.


Homeschool Essentials Plus - an online support community for parents to help start and sustain the homeschool journey


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