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Family

Are We Living a Second Best Kind of Unschooling Life?

Sometimes I wonder: Are we living a second best kind of unschooling life? Perhaps we should move to a farm or a large property. We could grow organic vegetables, have chooks, a goat, and even a donkey. Maybe we could get a milking cow. And what about a horse? We could ride bikes, go off-grid, […]

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Creative Arts

How to Start a Great Art Conversation

On Monday, I plug my mic into my computer, open Audacity, hit ‘record’, and start to talk.  For 40 minutes, I discuss a current unschooling topic. Along the way, I share some family news. Before I know it, I have a new podcast episode to upload to Podbean. Episode 82 is done. And it’s only […]

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Family

How NOT to Be Your Child’s Worst Nightmare

Have you ever seen this meme? I am not your friend I am your parent I will stalk you I will flip out on you Lecture Drive you insane Be your worst nightmare and Hunt you down when needed Because I love you. Every time I see these words in my Facebook feed, I feel […]

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Family

Are You a Daring and Adventurous Parent?

Last week, my husband Andy and I took our four youngest girls away on holiday. We spent a few days at a salt water lake, swimming, kayaking and making sandcastles. Two of my girls are young adults, but they were just as keen to make sandcastles as their younger siblings. “Will they ever grow up?” […]

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Family

Radical Unschooling

Are you thinking about radical unschooling? Maybe you see the benefits of educational unschooling and now you’re thinking about letting unschooling spill over into all aspects of life. What do you do next? Perhaps you say to your kids, “We’re going to try radical unschooling. From now on you’re free to choose when you go […]

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Evernote

Learning from Life, Record-Keeping, and Strewing

Last week, life was very busy. And even though there was no time for such things as ‘school’, we had a week jam-packed with learning. By the time Friday rolled around, I had an equally jam-packed unschool records book. Yes, notes were spilling out of my Evernote notebook, and our heads were buzzing with all the […]

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Evernote

Go Out There and Make a Difference!

Do you ever compare yourself to someone else who’s doing similar work to you? Do you feel discouraged if they seem to be more successful than you? Perhaps you feel like giving up. Why bother? Well, don’t give up. You have a unique voice. So do I. So does everyone. No one can do things […]

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Family

Young Adult Unschoolers, Dreams, Love and Marriage

The other evening, my husband Andy said, “What’s Imogen doing these days?” Imogen is our 21-year-old daughter. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree last November. Since then she has been pursuing her passions. “She’s been working on her novels,” I replied, “and we told you about her music videos. Have you seen them?” Andy hadn’t […]

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Family

Listening to Kids

The other day I interviewed my 14-year-old daughter, Sophie: I wanted to hear her opinions about perfect families, mistakes and listening to kids. It was only later when I watched the finished video, I realised I’d made a big mistake: I’d done more talking than listening, especially in the first few minutes. Yes, I’m not […]

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Family

Busy Days and Catch-Up Days

  Do you ever have weeks where you find yourself racing through your days trying to keep up? We’re having one of those weeks right at the moment. Usually, we get up early each day. We work our way through our morning routine, and then we are free to enjoy all those empty hours stretching […]

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English

Responding to Unschooling and Other Critics

Earlier this week, I got involved in a long and involved conversation on Facebook. I don’t usually do this, but this time, I didn’t have a choice. The discussion began on my timeline. It was rather a heated debate: There was more than one opinion. So I’ve been thinking: How do we respond when someone […]

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Family

What’s Stopping You From Unschooling?

I’m sure there are many people investigating unschooling. But not everyone who considers unschooling will actually decide to give it a go. Why’s that? What holds people back? Do they like the sound of some aspects of unschooling but aren’t sure about others? In this week’s podcast, I talk about the things that could be […]

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My Podcasts

Fan Mail and Lots of Unschooling Thoughts

This morning I felt very discouraged. Perhaps it was the result of being overtired. I don’t know. It’s strange how grey the world looks when we’re tired. Earlier today, nothing excited me. I didn’t want to blog or podcast. Sharing unschooling didn’t seem important. All I wanted to do was close my computer and forget […]

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My Podcasts

Our Typical Unschooling Mornings

This post follows on from Why Some Kids Are Willing to Help With the Chores. I’ve been thinking about how our life does look rather conventional. What makes our life… different from any structured homeschoolers’ life? Is it any different? How do we tell if someone is unschooling or not? We don’t stay up really late […]

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My Podcasts

Why Some Kids Are Willing to Help with the Chores

I said that I have to be a good example if I want my children to help me get the house organised each morning… I have to jump out of bed and go out there and dive into the chores. I have to be willing to help so that my children are willing to help […]

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Family

Our Unschooling Morning Routine

Just before Christmas, Karen asked me if I could write about our typical unschooling days.  I spoke about this topic in a podcast a few months ago, so I thought I’d share some of what I said in a short series of posts. Today, I’m starting with our morning routine. Routine? That doesn’t sound very […]

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My Podcasts

How to Podcast: Editing an Episode

This is Part 3 of my How-to-Podcast series. The first post was How to Podcast: What You Need. The second one was How to Podcast: Recording an Episode. Today, I’m going to talk about editing. So you’ve recorded your first podcast episode. I bet you can’t wait to hear what it sounds like. Plug in […]

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My Podcasts

How to Podcast: Recording an Episode

This is Part 2 of  my How-to-Podcast series. Have you read Part 1? It’s called How to Podcast: What You Need. Have you got all your podcasting equipment? Are you ready to make your first episode? Let’s go! 1. Plan the episode Without a plan, you might end up rambling, or maybe you’ll forget certain […]

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My Podcasts

How to Podcast: What You Need

The other day, my daughter Sophie and I were talking about how people probably think we’re very strange. We’re a very strange unschooling family, different from everybody else. And Sophie said, “Mum, people would think you’re even stranger if they knew that every week you spend an hour in your bedroom talking to yourself.” That […]

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Blog/podcast/write

Big Blogging Plans for 2016!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas. Perhaps you’re still celebrating. We are. Our Christmas tree is still in the corner of the family room. Cards are dangling from strings looped across our living room window. And we haven’t finished working our way through the Christmas food. Oh my! It seems to be never-ending. It’s […]

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Blog/podcast/write

One Way My Blog Might Be Useful

I’ve always wanted my blog to be useful. Telling family stories is all very well, but I’d like to do more. Sometimes I visit other blogs and see all kinds of fantastic things that will help homeschoolers do things better. Some bloggers design great looking printables to give away. Others share ideas for unit studies […]

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