Durenda has had the privilege of encouraging moms on several occasions:
The Busy Mom Podcast
Durenda also has her own podcast (found on iTunes and SoundCloud):
Here are Durenda’s current workshops along with descriptions:
*Unhurried Homeschooling: Why We Need to Slow Down
In world that is moving at warp speed it’s easy to forget that kids are still kids. Their needs haven’t changed: they need time to explore and experiment with the real world around them, to absorb life through all their senses, to process their thoughts at their own pace. All of these are crucial in laying a firm foundation for higher learning, but this TAKES TIME. Learn why this is so important and how to protect and defend your kids’ childhood.
*Lies Homeschool Moms Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free
Are you worried that you aren’t doing enough? Do your days feel more like an exercise in futility? Do you feel like you may be losing the heart of your children? Is this homeschooling thing not looking anything like you expected? Find out the two biggest lies that are foundational to almost all of our mistakes as homeschool moms!
*Homeschooling Through a Crisis
There’s not a homeschooling family out there who won’t face some sort of crisis during their home educating years. It can be tempting to believe that those experiences are a detriment to our “school” days when, in fact, they can be the most fruitful times for our families in the big scheme of things. Whether your crisis is a move, job change, death, or illness, God has a good plan for your family. Help gain eyes to see the blessings God has for you while homeschooling through a crisis.
*The Three Most Important Components in Raising Life Long Learners
We’ve all heard how important it is to raise life long learners. But what does that look like? How do we encourage our kids to love learning while still doing what we feel like needs to be done?
*Learning to Trust Your Instincts as a Homeschooling Parent
We are bombarded with Pinterest, FaceBook and Instagram ideas on how to educate, raise, discipline, feed, and clothe our kids. But how will we really KNOW what’s best for our kids? How can we have peace about what we are doing at home? Find out some very do able ways to gain wisdom so that you can fulfill the purposes that GOD has for your family.
*Nurturing Sibling Relationships
As homeschooling parents we have a unique opportunity to nurture sibling relationships among our children just by nature of the fact that our kids typically spend so much time together. Find out why it’s so important to nurture sibling relationships as well as practical ways to do that!
*Homeschooling Boys: What Do They Really Need?
Out of our eight kids, five are boys. We have graduated 3 of them so far. As homeschooling moms we can find teaching our boys extra challenging because…well…they can be VERY different from us. However, God knew what He was doing when He knit them together AND when He chose to make us their moms. Find out some of the most effective tools to engage your boys in their education and enjoy these years with them to the fullest!
*Why you don’t need to know everything in order to give your kids a great education
Have you ever wondered how in the world you can cover everything in order to give your kids a great education? What if you aren’t particularly good at math or writing? Guess what? It doesn’t really matter. In this workshop Durenda and one of her adult children who was homeschooled from the beginning, share some valuable perspective that comes from being many years down the homeschooling road!
If you are interested in having Durenda speak at an event or want more information, please fill out the Contact Form and she will get back to you very soon!
“We loved Durenda! She is a natural encourager with a gracious, humble demeanor. When we asked attendees what they appreciated about Durenda, they shared their gratitude for her warm, steady presence and the easy-to-implement ideas she incorporated into her workshops. Durenda not only shared solid content but modeled how to nurture unhurried hearts at home–a gift to our event!” -Cheryl Bastian, Books and Beyond Mid-Year Conference
“Our homeschool support group was truly blessed to have Durenda and Darryl share with us about learning to trust God’s leading as parents. Their practical words of wisdom encouraged all of us to experience God’s freedom as we follow Him in our parenting and homeschooling rather than comparing ourselves to everyone else. As parents of a large family they had lots of great stories to tell, too! They both have servants’ hearts and graciously answered many questions after their talk. We definitely recommend them as speakers!” -Marilyn W for REACH East
Feedback from attendees:
“Durenda was amazing! Especially the session on homeschooling through a crisis.”
“Loved that the sibling workshop had lots of practical tips and ways to implement.”