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It is very sad but true.
Unschooling itself isn’t even perfect. It doesn’t produce perfect children who will never make mistakes.
Even though we love, trust and respect, sometimes things go wrong. Children who do know right from wrong, choose to avert their eyes. They have free will. And there is nothing a parent can do about it…
Except to keep on loving and praying, and recognising this job of bringing up children isn’t ours alone.
Maybe one day those children will turn back in the right direction. They might be pulled back by their consciences, by memories of joyful, happy times, by the ties of belonging to a family who loves them unconditionally…
They might remember all that unschooling gave them.
When things go wrong we can be tempted to jump ship, change our minds, go searching for something else that might turn out to be perfect. But nothing is perfect: no mothering style, no method of homeschooling. We can’t bring up our children perfectly.
This is very sad but true.
So what do we do?
We continue to trust, respect, forgive and love unconditionally. I think that’s what we are all called to do. We continue to unschool.
Yes, this role isn’t ours alone, which is just as well because I could never come up with the perfect plan for my children’s lives. Only God can do that. All I can do is listen and do my best, accept and trust, be at peace and carry on.
So if you are looking for that perfect example of perfect unschooling, it isn’t here. All you’ll find on my blog are stories written by a mother, who makes mistakes, about her children who also make mistakes. Despite everything, we live an amazing life.
I want to share that with you. Do you want to follow along?
I hope so.
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The Angels of Abbey Creek: Great Family Fun for All Ages!
“… This is a dear and gentle book full of living characters and their delightful adventures. I know you’ll love it – only I warn you, be ready to read aloud or you’ll be in trouble too!…”
Thank you so much, Suzie!
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