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The Problem with “I Was Spanked and I’m Fine”

Before we begin, I’d like to remark that it is 2018 in the most information-saturated society in the history of the known world. I can’t believe we still need to have this conversation. However, new studies show that the more frequently children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents; experience anti-social [ keep reading ]

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Unschooling & Parenting Respectfully – Without Feeling Like a Martyr

Are you feeling curious about unschooling and whether it might work for your family? Wondering how to apply the principles of cooperative parenting with your kids? I’ve definitely been there! My oldest child is now 18, and we’ve been working toward mutually respectful and cooperative relationships for a long time. I first learned about gentle parenting [ keep reading ]

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Why I don’t owe you an explanation of my NO.

This article is also posted on theHomestead.Guru, under the title, Why You Should Say NO More Often and Give Fewer Fucks For many years, I thought that it was my responsibility, my duty, to deep-dive into the most terrible and baffling things, in some mad hope of understanding them in order to transmute them–to bring about [ keep reading ]

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Parents, Unschooling, and Emotional Healing

On sharing space with your parents, as an unschooling parent: For many years, even into adulthood, I was consumed by the desire to escape, to run away. I didn’t want my kids to have a close relationship with my parents. I didn’t feel like my parents and unschooling “got along” – they valued obedience and control, [ keep reading ]

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why there aren’t more lifelong unschoolers.

Where are the lifelong unschoolers? Why don’t we see more teen unschoolers?  What happens to all the unschooling communities, where the groups of little kids far outnumber the lifelong unschoolers in the group? If it works so well, why aren’t more people doing it for longer? Every fall, it seems that in the whirlwind that [ keep reading ]

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Why You Should Quit Punishing Your Kids

Gentle discipline. That sounds pretty progressive, right? Not spanking or hitting children IS still a pretty progressive concept in our society (unfortunately). In my opinion, it’s disheartening that we’re still not collectively as a culture at the place where hitting kids is just accepted as absurd, archaic, and wrong for any reason… But I digress. [ keep reading ]