Stories of an Unschooling Family

I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources.

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Aug 31st, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:34 pm
This week, I discuss these questions:
  • Is radical unschooling about allowing kids to do whatever they like?
  • But if we stand back and give our kids that kind of freedom, will life become chaotic and unproductive?
  • Could radical unschooling require an active rather than a passive response from parents?
  • And how did our family become radical unschoolers?
I also share some family news, some local history, and a few resources. 

You can find the show notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

Join me in The Not So Proper Unschoolers Facebook Group,

and my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook Page.

My new children's novel, The Angels of Gum Tree Road, is now on Kindle.

Podcast music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please share the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Aug 22nd, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 5:44 pm
This week, amongst other things, I discuss the following questions:

  • Does working together strengthen family bonds? What about doing hard things together?
  • Is it okay to support our young adult children as they pursue their dreams?
  • How can we turn real life into homeschool records notes?
  • Do we sometimes overlook opportunities for making notes? And do we miss opportunities for strewing?
I had some technical problems with this episode. I apologise for the poor audio quality. Hopefully, I will sort everything out before I record the next episode!

You can find the show notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

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Aug 15th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 2:02 pm

This week, I answer the following questions:

  • Where have I been for the past few weeks? What have I been doing? Where am I going?
  • Am I making a difference? Are you? Should we encourage our kids to go out there and make a difference?
  • Will kids learn something if they have a need?
  • What new Evernote feature am I excited about?
And lots more!

You can find the show notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

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Jul 4th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 3:18 pm

This week, I'm talking about my podcasts, blog, and videos. What are listeners/readers/viewers looking for? Is what I'm producing helpful?

In an attempt to answer these questions, I ponder my ten most popular blog posts ever. Are the unschooling ideas and principles, contained within them, what people want to know about? 

My top ten list includes posts about:

  • chores
  • getting kids to do 'school' work
  • parenting mistakes
  • 'proper' unschooling
  • unschool record keeping
  • resources and strewing
  • unschooling misconceptions
I'm wondering: What about you? Do these topics interest you? Or do you listen to my podcast for a different reason? Perhaps you're not searching for information. Could it be you're just looking for friendship with a like-minded family? 

I hope you'll listen to this week's episode and then stop by (if you have time) with some feedback.

I'm taking a short break while my husband is home on holiday. I'll be back in a couple of weeks with another episode!

In the meantime, you can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love you to join us! 

Thank you for listening. If you enjoy my podcast, perhaps you can share the link to help spread the word about unschooling!

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Jun 27th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 9:30 am
This week, I talk about our unschooling days:
  • Is there such a thing as a typical unschooling day?
  • Do our days change over time?
  • Is it time to share a new typical day?
Along the way, I chat about things related to our days:
  • How can we share our beliefs (Catholic or otherwise) with our kids?
  • Do I force my kids to say family prayers and go to church?
  • Does the Church force me to attend Mass?
  • Do my girls exercise because I make them?
  • Do I ever follow my girls' good example?
  • Can we strew verbally?
  • Do sibling relationships change over time?
  • Does position in the family affect relationships?
You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love you to join us! 

Thank you for listening! If you enjoy my podcast, perhaps you can share the link to help spread the word about unschooling!

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Jun 20th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 2:47 pm

Today, my 21-year-old daughter Imogen joins me to talk about siblings, writing, and music.

  • Is it possible for siblings to teach siblings?
  • What special challenges are involved?
  • What benefits are there to siblings sharing their talents?
  • Can siblings work together on a single project? Is it possible to make everyone feel part of the team?
  • Imogen talks about the piano and singing lessons she gives to her younger sisters. 
  • We chat about her last music video which features her three younger sisters who all sang as well as helped make the video.
  • We talk about writing and the upcoming Camp NaNowriMo event. Is it too late to join in? Do you need a novel plan before signing up?
  • Imogen tells us about the Writing Circle Meetings she, Sophie and Gemma-Rose have each week. 
  • And how she'd like to turn these meetings into a formal online course to help and inspire other young writers.
You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love to have you on my team! 
You can find Imogen on Youtube and Facebook, and on her blog Gossiping with Dragons.

Thank you for listening! If you enjoy my podcast, perhaps you can share the link to help spread the word about unschooling!

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Jun 15th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 8:08 pm

This week, I discuss the following questions:

  • Should we condemn people, including children, who are having a bad day? Or can we help them?
  • Do adults need to play?
  • What about teenagers? 
  • What happens if we don't play?
  • Is it okay for kids to spend all day playing?
  • Do kids need time to play without a parent's involvement?
  • What are the benefits of play?
  • What are the best toys?
  • Should we let kids play games that involve risk?
  • Are our kids in danger of losing their childhoods?
  • Why am I very glad I let my kids play?
  • Should parents be daring and adventurous?
  • How can we increase our enjoyment when playing with our kids?
I also talk about Facebook.

You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love to have you on my team!  

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Jun 6th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:59 pm

This week, my 21-year-old daughter, Imogen, joins me. We explore a lot of questions including:

  • Do children's talents need the right environment in order to be discovered? 
  • How can parents create that environment? 
  • How can we support a child's talents?
  • Should we be worried if a teenager doesn't know what she wants to do as a future career?
  • Do we put too many pressures on teenagers?
  • How can we help children who seem to have no interests?
  • What if children don't want to do anything but watch TV?
  • What if they don't want to do anything but play?
  • Is play valuable? How has it helped Imogen as a musician and writer?
  • Do parents feel pressured to offer their kids impressive learning experiences? Do they feel pressured to show others that their kids are doing impressive things? Are we all too competitive?
  • How did we cope with multi-aged kids, including babies and toddlers, while homeschooling?
You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love to have you on my team! 
You can find Imogen on Youtube and Facebook.  
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May 30th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 8:57 pm

This week,

I talk about:
  • ageing, appearance and associated insecurities
  • video making
  • Facebook
  • Livestreaming
  • resources which might spark off some new learning experiences if life is a bit quiet

I also ponder a few unschooling questions such as:

  • Are some kids so resourceful they have no need of basic skills?
You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love to have you on my team! 
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May 16th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:23 pm

This week:

  • I talk about tired days: do we plough on when we are overtired, trying to do all we normally do? Should we slow down? Ask for help? How do our tired days affect our children? And how does our attitude affect how we feel about being tired?
  • I ponder the many different definitions of the word 'unschooling' and 'radical unschooling'. Are any of them an adequate description of unschooling? What ingredient do I feel is essential for unschooling? Does it need to be included in any definition, especially when we're talking about radical unschooling?
  • I share some thoughts about chores
  • I revisit podcast 70, clarifying a point my daughter Sophie and I talked about last week. Is it ever okay to talk about our concerns about our children? What conditions do we feel are necessary if we do this?
  • I share my latest projects: my newsletter and my first it's-not-a-periscope. What is an it's-not-a-periscope? I explain in this podcast or you could hop over to my Youtube channel to find out!
  • Lastly, I talk about the positive aspects of being tired. Yes, there are some!
Thank you for listening!

You can find me on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, please do. I'd love to have you on my team! 


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