May 6, 2022

That Mountain Life

On this 10th episode of the Let 'em go Barefoot podcast, I interview Erich Leidums, a dad of three, an outdoor enthusiast, and the creator of the highly entertaining and fun-loving family adventure channel, That Mountain Life.

Erich's approach to parenting and education are born from a space of trust and believing things will work out. It is both a peaceful and powerful lens to view the world.

We talk about his early life experiences, how he and and his family got to this point in their lives, what it's like to be a full-time digital creator now, and so much more. 

He offers rich insight and great advice for adding more risk into your children's lives, which builds their confidence, all while having a blast together.

Look for That Mountain Life on YouTube, Instagram, and Tiktok:


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Sue Patterson likely needs no introduction because she has been involved in the homeschooling and unschooling community for over 2 decades.

With three grown children and one grandchild, she sits in that wonderful space of reflection and can offer us her unique perspective and insight. Sue is candid about the fears she had about homeschooling, including worrying about what other people would think.

I so enjoyed talking to Sue and taking in her wisdom and humor. I have a feeling you will, too.

Where to find Sue and the various things we talked about:

Unschooling Mom2Mom website: Http://

Sue’s Membership Group - Creating Confidence


Homeschooled Teens: 75 Young People Speak about Their Lives Without School



Unschooling Guide: Technology

Social Media, all things Unschooling Mom2Mom:

Stay connected with Sue through her email list filled with unschooling resources:


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April 8, 2022

Making Mindfulness Fun

Putting together these episodes is an activity that truly brings me joy and for the next hour, I believe you will feel joy as you listen to my guest, Isabelle Robledo talk about her life experiences and her passion for helping others get to know themselves.

When Isabelle reached out to me about coming on the show, I did not think twice.

I follow her on Instagram @makingmindfulnessfun and love the content she shares…plus it is wonderful to watch how self-directed education plays out in the later teen years.  

Isabelle beams with enthusiasm for life and excitement for the work she does. It is impossible not to be positively affected by her and swept up in her orbit.

We talk about what mindfulness is, what it is not, and how it can benefit us.

We dig into Enneagrams and how to use them to support and guide us on our journey.

If you’re like me and enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of our personalities and exploring what makes us tick, you will love this chat.

Find more Isabelle here:


Free Enneagram Cheatsheets

Coaching with Isabelle

Free Birth Chart Workbook



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March 25, 2022

Conscious Parenting

Have you thought about where your ideas and beliefs about parenting come from?

Have you considered that the relationships we have with others is primarily a nervous system experience?

In this conversation, I talk to Erica who is a conscious parenting coach. She explains the road she takes to get here, including the anxiety and reactivity that were part of parenting her first born. I imagine many of us can relate to the nervousness and worry that comes with parenting our first child. And while we do not want it to be that way, we get stuck in patterns and unconscious behaviors.

Erica’s "aha" moment came when she found Dr. Shefali’s work on conscious parenting and heard her say, “Parenting is not about raising our children, its about raising ourselves.”

Ultimately, that is the goal of Erica’s work…to help parents connect to their own stories and then build relationships with their children through healing, trust, and harmony.

Where to find Erica:

Instagram: @erica_kesilman and on Facebook:


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March 11, 2022

Deschooling Dinnertime

According to Deena, a Holistic and Integrative Health Coach, we all have a food story.  

However, many of us have not brought this story forward.

We may not even realize why we have certain attitudes about food or

how particular beliefs around health and eating have influenced us.

In this episode, Deena and I discuss many ideas and beliefs around food including personal stories that have impacted our relationship with nutrition and food over the years

But also, how we can bring peace, joy, and beauty into our homes and meals

While minimizing struggle and challenges.


Find more great tips, guides, and support from Deena here:

and over on Instagram @deenabarselah


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February 11, 2022

Wild and Free

I am thrilled to have Nicolette of Mamas Roots are Showing on the podcast again. You were first introduced to her in the second episode, “When Did you Know”.

Today, however, we cover A LOT more ground.

Growing up as a 4th generation farming family, being close to the land is 2nd nature to Nicolette, so naturally, we talk about farming and gardening, our own connections to nature, and raising children outdoors.

We also talk about creating community, what it means to be a peaceful parent, the importance of addressing our own triggers and childhood wounds so we can be more mindful in how we interact with our kids, plus so much more.

You can find Nicolette's blog here:  Mama's Roots are Showing (

Her podcast is on Apple or Spotify 

and on Instagram @ mamas.roots.are.showing


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January 28, 2022

Book Led Learning

In this episode, I talk all things books with Nicole who is the creator of the Instagram page, Book Led Learning. We discuss what it looks like to create a culture of reading within your family, being open to our children choosing the books that speak to them versus controlling their choices, and how books not only connect us to knowledge and information, but to one another.

We touch on the differences in when children read and how they interact with books, incorporating fiction and non-fiction, the beauty of audiobooks, book parties, and being willing to read books again and again to your young children.

Nicole offers great suggestions for books parents can read, too, and shares some things you may not know about her.

We briefly talk about their journey to homeschooling but you can hear a more in-depth discussion on my second episode, “When Did You Know” where Nicole was one of the five moms who shared her story.


Kid’s Books mentioned:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Elephant and Piggie series

Life of Fred

Who Was biography series

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

Basher Science (ages 6-9)

Recommended Parent Reading:

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson


January 14, 2022

Flex, Evolve, Support

On this 3rd episode of the Let 'em go Barefoot podcast, I have a conversation with Robyn Roberston, the creator of the Honey! I'm Homeschooling the Kids podcast and community. Robyn and I talk about flexibility, how we evolve as parents as our children grow and change, and the power of supporting our kids, ourselves, and receiving community support. Plus, you get to hear about a special interest of Robyn's that may surprise you! 

Find all the wonderful ways to connect with Robyn below:

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November 1, 2021

When Did You Know?

This 2nd episode of the Let 'em go Barefoot podcast is a compilation of stories from five mothers across the United States and Canada answering the question, "When did you know the traditional schooling model was not right for your family?" 

Several moms have a background in education, including teaching in public schools, but as you will hear, their teaching experience does not make them feel more qualified to homeschool. If anything, it encouraged them to take the leap because of what they witnessed in the classroom setting. 

Each mother brings much to the table with their insights and experiences of living and learning with their children. To hear more from each family, links are below to follow along. (In order of appearance.) 

Nicolette on Instagram @mamas.roots.are.showing

Holly on Instagram @innershiftcoaching & on the web at

Erin on Instagram @ever.learning  & on the web at

Nicole on Instagram @book.led.learning

Heesun on Instagram @mozeyingalong

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August 31, 2021

Let Shifts Happen

In this first episode of the Let 'em go Barefoot podcast, I have a conversation with my son about his experiences as a (mostly) lifelong unschooler. We discuss common misconceptions about self-directed education and reflect on his K-12 learning journey. He offers insights on parenting and education that drive home the importance of a parent's presence and respect for each child's unique unfolding. We also have a little fun at the end with a few questions of "Would You Rather?" and he ends with some great advice for parents, whether you homeschool or not.

Blog post referenced:

Misconceptions about Self-directed Education - Let 'em go Barefoot (


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