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”

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.

Rethinking TV-free: Why I don’t censor television-watching

Earlier today, I was watching Disney channel with my kids, and we got to talking about childism in action on that channel. In particular, the show Good Luck Charlie. It’s about a “big” family (four kids), but the parents are self-absorbed, hapless idiots and they are constantly making comments that indicate that they would rather… Continue reading Rethinking TV-free: Why I don’t censor television-watching