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High School

Unschooling and University: Learning from Our Own Experiences

2 weeks ago

Years ago, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in botany. I did okay. I was awarded an honours degree. Eventually, I got a job in a science department of a university. But I also got nightmares. Recurring ones. They stem from the experience of having little control over my education. I went off […]

Parenting

When Rules for Teenagers Aren’t Necessary

2 weeks ago

More than a year ago, I followed a link (probably from Facebook) and arrived at a blog post about parenting teenagers. The homeschooling blogger said something like this: Responsible parenting involves making strict rules. Our teenagers will probably protest, but we have to stand firm (parenting isn’t about being popular) and enforce these rules because […]

Blog/podcast/write

What to Do When Unschooling Kids Reach the Teenage Years

2 weeks ago

Yesterday, I scrolled through my blog archive hoping to find some inspiration for a podcast. I went back through a year’s worth of posts before discovering two unpublished stories about teenagers. I decided to share them in this week’s podcast, episode 119. The first post is called What to Do When Unschooling Kids Reach the […]

Christian Unschooling

Dragon Mothers and Parenting Mistakes

4 weeks ago

In my last post, The Trouble With Being a Perfectionist, I wrote: Oh my, you should see my file of ‘failed’ podcasts. Yesterday, I added another one to the pile. “How did your podcast go, Mum?” my daughter Imogen asked me, and I replied, “It wasn’t quite right. It didn’t flow.” And with a sigh, […]

Blog/podcast/write

The Trouble With Being a Perfectionist

4 weeks ago

I’m a perfectionist. (Did you know that?) I spend hours writing each of my blog posts. And then when I’ve finally finished deleting, adding and substituting words, I often hit ‘draft’ instead of ‘publish’ because I’m still not quite satisfied with what I’ve written. And If I do publish a post, I often return at […]

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Christian Unschooling and Other Things

1 month ago

I made a new podcast episode! Yes, after an absence of a few weeks, I’m back. So where did I go? Nowhere in particular. I was just at home enjoying lots of slow summer days. Maybe I was feeling lazy. But yesterday, that changed. I suddenly felt like getting back to work. And so I […]

Christian Unschooling

An Impossible Adventure

1 month ago

I never thought I’d become a Catholic unschooler. An unschooler? Maybe. A Catholic? Oh no! At one time in my life, that seemed impossible. When Andy asked me to marry him, of course, I said yes. “But I’ll never become a Catholic,” I added. I had to make it clear. Just in case. What if […]

Christian Unschooling

Letting Go of Control

1 month ago

On Saturday evening, Jessie, Quinn’s sister, died. My son Callum’s Shar Pei/Great Dane puppy was bitten by a 2-metre-long brown snake. Her death wasn’t in The Plan. She should have lived for years. Instead, the Jessie stories have suddenly come to an end. They’ll be no more comparisons: “Is Jessie much bigger than Quinn? Send […]

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Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture

1 month ago

A few months ago, I wrote a post called Why This is the End of the Line for Me. I decided that I’d explored unschooling from every possible angle. What more could I write about? It was time for me to move onto other things. Let my kids tell their own unschooling stories and find […]

Blog/podcast/write

Is It Time to Unschool?

2 months ago

A new year. What’s ahead? More of the same? Or are you going to try a few new things in 2018? How about unschooling? If you’ve been sitting on the fence, thinking about it but not actually committing to this way of life, perhaps it’s the perfect time to let go and do it. Jumping […]

Evernote

How to Customise a Basic Evernote Planner

2 months ago

An Evernote Workshop (10) How did you get on with my last post? Did you try making an Evernote planner? If so, did you customise it? Did you add some icons or images? Perhaps you experimented with colours and fonts. I’ve been enjoying making some Evernote personal planners. I’ve been exploring icon websites. I even […]

Evernote

Creating Personal Planners Using Evernote

2 months ago

An Evernote Workshop (9) Are you busy making plans for 2018? Have you bought a personal planner to keep track of everything you want to achieve? Maybe you’re going to print one from an online template. Or will you create a planner using Evernote? Today, I’m going to share some easy ideas for making attractive […]

Evernote

Why It’s Important to Allow Kids to Follow Their Interests and Passions

2 months ago

After my recent series of short unschooling blog post story podcasts, I now have a longer episode. It’s jam-packed full of thoughts, ideas and news! In episode 116, I’m discussing the following questions: Does planning have any place in unschooling? Can we make attractive planners using Evernote? Will I continue my Evernote workshop series? How does […]

My Podcasts

Learning During a Crisis

3 months ago

In this week’s podcast, episode 115, I’m sharing and discussing two stories: Learning From Life and Homeschooling in a Crisis I’m talking about those times when we don’t need to strew because life is rich enough without any help from us. Maybe life is sometimes too rich. We might have a crisis to deal with that prevents us […]