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Should Parents Be In Charge Because They Have Experience and Wisdom?

22 hours ago

  My Unschooling Book Series (21) I’ve been writing about trust. But are kids really trustworthy? Perhaps we need to discuss this question because trust is fundamental to unschooling. If we doubt we can trust our children, how can we unschool successfully? Again, I’m going to share some thoughts which may need reorganising and expanding if […]

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Babies and Toddlers and Unschooling

2 days ago

My Unschooling Book Series (20) This morning, I’ve been working on an article about unschooling and babies and toddlers. And although I’ve spent a few hours writing and playing around with my words, I haven’t got anything polished to publish as a post. But I can share a thought or two… When we were homeschooling […]

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Unconditional Love: An Essential Ingredient of Unschooling

3 days ago

My Unschooling Book Series (19) I’m always talking about unconditional love: Trust, Respect, and Love Unconditionally. I’ve written or told lots of stories showing how love works within a family. In each one, I’ve shared a thought or two about why unconditional love is so important. What I’d like to do today, is try and […]

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Life After Facebook

4 days ago

My Unschooling Book Series (18) Several months ago, I deleted my Facebook account despite Facebook warning me not to. I’d miss it, I was told. How was I going to keep up with all the important people in my life without it? Social media is essential in today’s world, you know. But I ignored this […]

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How Unschooling Isn’t About Doing Whatever We Like

5 days ago

My Unschooling Book Series (17) I don’t want to spend too much time online today – it’s Sunday and I want to relax with my family – so I’m sharing a quick thought instead of a longer post: Unschooling isn’t about doing whatever we like. Instead, it’s about choosing to do what is right. From […]

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Should Unschooled Kids Live Balanced Lives?

6 days ago

My Unschooling Book Series (16) Although the topic of balance often surfaces in unschooling conversations, I haven’t written anything about it in my unschooling book. Or maybe I have if we’re talking about balance in terms of what our kids learn and how long they spend on one activity. But can balance mean more than […]

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Trust and Unschooling

1 week ago

My Unschooling Book Series (15) I have already written some stories on the topic of trust that I can include in my book. However, I want to write something extra: What trust is, why it’s important and how we build up trust. So today, I jotted down some thoughts which I might be able to […]

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Should Kids Finish Everything They Start?

1 week ago

My Unschooling Book Series (14) It’s the end of a busy day. And I’m tired. I haven’t yet written today’s unschooling book post. To be honest, I don’t want to think about unschooling right at this moment. What I really want to do is pour myself a glass of wine, and relax while reading a […]

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Approaching Unschooling From Different Directions

1 week ago

  My Unschooling Book Series (13) Today, I’m sharing a few thoughts about starting unschooling which I hope to expand and polish up. I know a lot of parents research unschooling before deciding that they’re going to give it a go with their families. Do they announce this intention to their children? “We’re going to […]

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Changing Our Ideas About Unschooling

1 week ago

My Unschooling Book Series (12) This morning, while I was reading through the draft version of my unschooling book, I came across a few transcripts from various podcast episodes. They gave me a new idea. Could I use some of my podcast content in my book? I don’t want to publish transcripts because spoken words […]

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Are We Incomplete Without Our Passions and Interests?

2 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (11) Editing my unschooling book is a fairly straightforward task. I’ve done all the basic work because I have a first draft manuscript. All I have to do is play around with the wording, eliminate excess content, rearrange sections, and make everything flow in a logical way. Well, that’s what I thought. […]

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Unlearning What We’ve Learnt About Education

2 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (10) I’ve got stuck. The words aren’t flowing and I’m tempted to give up. However, I’m pushing on hoping inspiration will strike. I have no shortage of things I want to write about. But what’s the best way to say things? I wrote: There is no doubt that our kids will […]

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Admitting Defeat

2 weeks ago

I wake. Is it nearly morning? Will the sun be rising soon? I suspect not. And it doesn’t because it’s only 2 am. I lie in my bed for an hour and then another. Eventually, I push back the quilt. I’m getting up. I head to the kitchen where I make some tea. My day has […]

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The Truth About Our Unschooling Journey

2 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (9) The other day, I was talking about how, when we first started unschooling, I failed to take an active role. Instead of strewing and sharing learning with our children, I stood back, thinking I couldn’t get involved because I’d interfere with the natural learning process. What I wrote is true. […]