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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. […]

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Today I Saw Thomas

2 weeks ago

I’m taking a day’s break from editing and posting about my unschooling book because my mind is elsewhere. You see, it’s our son Thomas’ birthday. This morning, the girls and I visited the cemetery. When we arrived, we saw people preparing for a burial. A grave was open. There were chairs arranged in the shade ready […]

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Unschoolers and Schooly Type Subjects

2 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (8) Yesterday, I was writing about what unschooling can look like. Unschoolers and Schooly Type Subjects When you read my story, What Unschooling Is All About, did you notice that my girls are learning about such things as writing, Renoir, Shakespeare, and the solar system? These are topics that can be found in […]

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Unschooling: What It’s All About

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (7) In my last unschooling book post, Unschooling: What It Is and What It’s Not, I said that parents can’t just stand back and expect their kids to get on with the business of learning all by themselves. We have to get involved. But how do we do this? I could […]

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Unschooling : What It Is and What It’s Not

3 weeks ago

  My Unschooling Book Series (6) What Unschooling Is Of course, a book about unschooling needs to include a definition of unschooling. This is obvious, I know! However, I’m having trouble writing a good description. Maybe I could say: Unschooling can be defined as allowing children the freedom to learn, in their own way and […]

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Overcoming the Temptation to Doubt

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (5) Self-doubt is a terrible thing. It holds us back, preventing us from using our talents to do things that could be very good. Yesterday, I doubted. Kind friends stopped by to reassure me. And today, I’m not worrying about what other people might think. If I publish a book and […]

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What Gives Me the Right to Write about Unschooling?

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (4) I have doubts. What gives me the right to write an unschooling book? Because my family is a perfect example of unschooling? It’s obvious, isn’t it? You’ve seen the beautiful photos and heard all the amazing stories. Do as I do and you can’t go wrong. But what if I […]

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About Me: A Former Dragon Mother

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (3) I’m blogging parts of my unschooling book as I edit the draft version. After I’ve set the tone for the book, I want to introduce myself and my family just in case readers aren’t familiar with my blog or podcast. About Me: It’s time to introduce myself. You already know I’m […]

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An Unschooling Conversation Between Friends

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (2) This is the second post in my unschooling book blogging challenge. During November, I’m sharing excerpts from my book as I write and edit it. Of course, this isn’t the final draft. Words might change. And I’m not going to be sharing everything I write. Just bits and pieces. Today, […]

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My Unschooling Book Blogging Challenge

3 weeks ago

My Unschooling Book Series (1) My Unschooling Book Problem Did you hear the story about how I’m writing an unschooling book? Is it fiction? A tall tale? Fantasy, perhaps? A wild, impossible imagining? A very long time ago, I set out to turn this blog into a book. Several times since then, I’ve said, You […]

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It Begins with a Question

4 weeks ago

Gemma-Rose and I gaze upon the flowers. They’re pretty, bright, colourful, showy. A gorgeous backdrop for a photo. We raise our cameras. Cameras down. We look around. There’s a Chinese gentleman. He’s standing in a garden bed erecting a parasol. We ask a question: Why? The man smiles. His eyes sparkle. Words tumble from his mouth: […]

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Perfect

4 weeks ago

I raise my camera to my eye and frame my daughter Sophie within the viewfinder. She grins before raising her own camera. I almost protest and say, “Hey, I look terrible! Don’t take any photos of me!” But I don’t. A mother and a daughter out on a picnic, enjoying each other’s company. Joy rises […]

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

1 month 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 […]