Unschooling When You’re Not Okay

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on continuing to unschool when you’re not okay – through depression, grief, and other emotional upheaval. I started writing this nearly ten years ago, reflecting on a time 5+ years before that…when I was deeply apathetic and miserable, and not yet aware that I was experiencing psychological abuse from those… Continue reading Unschooling When You’re Not Okay

Advice for New, Worried Homeschoolers from a Longtime Unschooler

I realize that there’s loads of public school parents freaking out right now because of school cancellations – thinking their kids will fall behind if they don’t keep up with worksheets and reading texts and lesson plans until school-as-normal resumes. So if your kids are unexpectedly home with you for the unforeseeable future, here’s my… Continue reading Advice for New, Worried Homeschoolers from a Longtime Unschooler

Food Freedom? On Allowing Your Kids to Eat Whatever They Want

This article was originally posted on TheHomestead.Guru Unschooling goes beyond education and learning–it bleeds over into every area of your life, eventually. So what does it look like to be unschooling food? For many unschoolers, unschooling food means exactly what it sounds like: kids are given the freedom to eat whatever they want. Many of… Continue reading Food Freedom? On Allowing Your Kids to Eat Whatever They Want

“I’ll be my child’s ONLY teacher!” Are you sure that’s a good thing?

Unschooling is not for everyone, and it can take a LONG time to get it. Like, years. It’s not something you can read a book and some blogs and go, OK, I got it! For me, unschooling has been an inseparable part of my approach to parenting, as well as part of my self-healing process… Continue reading “I’ll be my child’s ONLY teacher!” Are you sure that’s a good thing?

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

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… Continue reading Unschooling & Parenting Respectfully – Without Feeling Like a Martyr

Inspiring the Peaceful Mother – An Interview

This interview was originally published in March 2014 as part of the lovely Olga Dossa’s “Inspiring Peace” series on being an empowered, joyful and peaceful mother.  Olga Dossa:  What was the catalyst that inspired you into mothering the way that you do? Krystal Trammell:  I became a mother when I was just 18, and my… Continue reading Inspiring the Peaceful Mother – An Interview

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,… Continue reading Parents, Unschooling, and Emotional Healing

What Do Unschoolers Believe? Unschooling, Defined.

Unschooling, defined? How we’re different: Unschoolers believe similar broad concepts about the nature of children and of learning, that set us slightly apart from other people. There are plenty of unschoolers who may disagree on some of the finer points, but the core beliefs are, in my opinion, fairly common ground: Unschoolers believe strongly in… Continue reading What Do Unschoolers Believe? Unschooling, Defined.

Unschooling: Writing your first paper EVER for Graduation

Recently, my oldest son wrote something–for basically the second time in his life. He’s 18, and ready to graduate this month. We made up a list together, tweaked several times, about what we both felt made up a well-rounded and useful list of experiences, accomplishments, things to read, and so on. Writing has never been… Continue reading Unschooling: Writing your first paper EVER for Graduation