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Why it’s Dangerous to Insist Our Kids Have the Same Opinions as Us

1 day ago

Why do many teenagers act differently in front of their parents and their friends? Do they adopt the cool behaviour of their friends, which might involve doing and saying things parents don’t agree with because they don’t have the confidence to be themselves? Maybe most teenagers don’t even know who they are. Could parents prevent their […]

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An Interview with a Teenage Radical Unschooler

1 week ago

Last week, in episode 109 of my unschooling podcast, I was chatting about radical unschooling. This week, I’m interviewing Sophie (16) who is a radical unschooler. If you’re unsure about this way of life, perhaps our conversation will reassure you that radical unschoolers aren’t wild and irresponsible! This is a very lively interview. I hope you […]

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Why You Should Consider Radical Unschooling

3 weeks ago

This week, in episode 109 of my unschooling podcast, I’m discussing radical unschooling. Do you unschool but don’t like the sound of radically unschooling? Maybe you’re convinced you’ll never do it? If so, I hope to change your mind! I’m pondering lots of questions including: How did we end up becoming radical unschoolers (when I said we’d never do this)? Are […]

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How Kids (and Adults) Learn

4 weeks ago

In this week’s podcast, episode 108, I’m telling some stories and chatting about how kids and adults learn: What is the best motivation for learning? Why do we persist using teaching methods that we know aren’t working? Why do we waste our time? Would more people unschool if there was no such thing as homeschool registration? What […]

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Is Unschooling for Everyone?

1 month ago

A note before you listen to this week’s episode: Episode 107 is only a conversation starter. I’m sure my thoughts are incomplete. Sometimes we have to work at jobs that we’d rather not do because we have families to support. My husband Andy was in this situation for many years so I understand how it might not seem possible […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Changes

1 month ago

This week, in episode 106 of my podcast, I’m talking about changes both in my online and offline lives. I’m sharing: Some further thoughts on kids, screen time and Internet usage The future of my unschooling blog and podcast A few resources More about learning from life Some family news including the fur coat story […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Why Becoming an Ex-Unschooling Blogger is a Bit Scary

1 month ago

I’m almost an ex-unschooling blogger. How does that feel? Scary. My blog has been a huge part of my life for many years and I’m wondering if I can survive without it. Can I get out from behind the unschooling label and do something that’s different but still valuable? Perhaps all my talents are wrapped […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Why This is the End of the Line for Me

2 months ago

This morning, I learnt something very important. It’s time to let my kids tell their own stories. Earlier today, we live streamed on my daughter Imogen’s Facebook page. We had a topic ready for discussion. We’d prepared our questions ahead of time. All was good. Except it wasn’t. Oh yes, we had a great conversation. […]

Family

What Do You Think About..? Chat with Us About All Kinds of Issues!

2 months ago

Would you like to chat live with me and my girls? Each week, we’re going to be discussing a topic that’s hopefully of interest to both young people and parents:   Possible topics clothes modesty fashion makeup exercise healthy eating body image friends social media communication skills careers and motherhood love movies books music role […]

Parenting

Is it Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet?

2 months ago

Perhaps you’ve been reading about unschooling and you like the idea, but there’s one thing that makes you feel uneasy: unlimited screen time. What if your child spends an excessive amount of time on their computers or phones? What if you feel they’re wasting their time? What if their screens seem to be causing them […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Social Media, Internet Addiction, and Screen Time

2 months ago

A week ago, I signed into Facebook for the last time. After a quick glance at my timeline and blog page, I headed to the settings so that I could delete my account. The deletion link was accompanied by some words of warning. Had I considered how important social media is? How will I connect […]

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Is the Internet Addictive or is There Another Reason Why I Waste Time Online?

2 months ago

I’ve announced I’m leaving Facebook. I could have slipped away quietly. It was tempting to do that. But I wanted to thank my friends for including me in their lives, taking an interest in mine, and being so kind and loving to me and my family over the past few years. Yes, Facebook hasn’t been all […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Disentangling Myself from the Internet

2 months ago

I’m lying in bed. Thoughts are running laps inside my head. Of course, I can’t sleep. I wonder if I should get up and write down what I’m thinking. Write the blog post that wants to be written. But I don’t push back the blankets and head for my computer: It’s cold. Instead, I continue […]

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How Do I Turn Unschooling Life into Homeschool Records?

2 months ago

Sometimes life is quiet. We can stay at home and relax.  There’s plenty of time to say such things as “Would you like to watch a Shakespeare play with me?” We read books and drink hot chocolate. We write and chat and work on our individual projects. And as we do all this, I add […]