Are you an introvert or an extrovert? On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool is here to chat about being an introverted mom.

I’m an extrovert, so we’re comparing what fills us up, what depletes us, and how we can find more calm, less guilt, and quiet joy in mothering– which I think is what we all long for, no matter our personality type.

Jamie Martin

Of course, we also talk books! Some of our favorite authors were introverts (Lucy Maud Montgomery, anyone?), and Jamie and I can’t help but talk about our favorite books whenever we get together.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How to find more calm and less guilt as a mama (yes please, right?)
  • The unique challenges that introvert and extrovert moms both face
  • Wisdom from some of your favorite authors (if your favorite authors happened to write books like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, that is)

I also answer a listener question about choosing books for very sensitive kids.

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  • 1:18   Family Book Clubs, drawing workshops and more
  • 3:03   Books for sensitive kids
  • 7:37 Introverted and extroverted motherhood 
  • 9:12 The personality spectrum 
  • 11:39 Where we need TLC 
  • 14:28 Specific challenges for introverts and extroverts
  • 15:23 Self-care versus self-improvement
  • 16:57 A change for the better
  • 20:17 Introverted authors
  • 26:21 Little House adventures
  • 28:40 Pre-ordering and bonuses
  • 31:47  Sarah’s favorite chapters
  • 33:57 ‘Books have been my counselors’
  • 35:52 Let the Kids Speak

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Quotes to remember:

This can change the way we interact with people, because it gives us a little more empathy. It helps us understand about others: this is the way you are made.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“When I get what I need, then I’m able to offer my best to my family. They get what they need, and then it all works.” – Jamie Martin

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Books from this episode:

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Episode 127
The Secret Garden
Understood Betsy
Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)
The Penderwicks
Pride and Prejudice
The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time
Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood
The Moffats
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden
The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics)
The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue
A Long Fatal Love Chase
The Blythes Are Quoted
The Road to Yesterday (L.M. Montgomery Books)
Sense and Sensibility
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

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