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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Mar 24th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:25 pm

This week, I answer the following questions:

  • Is it important we know who we are?
  • Am I a perfectionist?
  • Is our self-image affected by other people's opinions and expectations?
  • Why didn't I fulfil my early gold star potential?
  • How can we help our kids become who they are meant to be?
  • Why did my daughter Sophie laugh when I told her the results of an IQ test I took?
  • What did our Authorised Person from the education department think of my Evernote homeschool records when she came for a recent registration visit?
  • Does my family have a secret identity?
  • What's my latest big project? Will you want to be involved?
  • Will there be an episode 91?

I hope you'll join me as I talk about these questions and lots more including giftedness, Evernote, and homeschool record-keeping. 

I haven't had time to write the show notes for this episode, but I will put them together very soon. Please check my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family in a day or so if you'd like to read them. 

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

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Feb 8th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 6:33 pm

This week, I talk about:

  • Adding joy to a powerless afternoon
  • Why sometimes it's good to leave our cameras at home when we go out
  • Social media again
  • Deciding whether our work is good or not
  • Allergic cats and daughters
  • A delicious gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free chocolate tart
  • How we sometimes need to put our families first and say no
  • Our unique back-to-school supplies
  • Buying what our kids need to further their passions
  • Unschoolers and planning
  • Listening to Jane Austen
  • Redwork embroidery
  • Shakespeare

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

And join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook Page.

 

My children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Feb 1st, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 11:26 am

This week, I'm talking about:

  • What mothers have to do even when the weather is very hot
  • The place of last resort
  • Children that don't seem to fit into the world
  • Earning coffee money
  • A trap door accident
  • Father and daughter time
  • Gym buddies
  • Video dance workouts
  • Encouraging kids to exercise
  • Forcing kids to do things
  • A perfect subscription for all the family
  • Christian running music
  • My Australia Day baby
  • An unschool science resource

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

Please join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook Page.

 

My children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Jan 25th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 7:27 pm

This week, I answer the following questions:

  • What is unschooling?
  • Why is unschooling different from other methods of homeschooling? Could it not be a method at all?
  • Should we make kids do things they don't want to do? Would that be good for them?
  • Is there such a thing as providing a too happy life for our kids? Should we get them used to the fact that life in the bigger world won't always be happy?
  • Are we easily distracted? Have most of us lost the ability to concentrate and do deep work?
  • Do we need social media? What if we have something we want to share with the world?
  • Can series such as Downton Abbey lead to some wonderful learning experiences?
  • Are quiet times valuable and even essential?
  • What is The Catholic Radical Unschool Cheese?
  • Can unschooling kids work hard?
  • Is a parent's attitude important when it comes to chores and other mundane tasks?
  • What have my children been doing recently?

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

Please visit my new blog The Catholic Radical Unschool Cheese.

 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

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Nov 21st, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 11:13 am

This week, I'm talking about multipotentiality. In particular, I ask the following questions:

  • Is it okay to have multiple interests, to pursue one thing, get bored and then move onto something else?
  • When are we finished with a topic? When people move quickly between interests do they lack perseverance and  commitment?
  • Should we encourage kids to focus on only one interest? Is this best for a future career? Or is okay to have multiple interests?
  • Is my family full of multipotentialites?
  • Are people who move continuously from one interest to another frustrating?
  • How does the way I'm wired affect my online life?

This is my last podcast for the year. I'm off to explore new thoughts and ideas. Thank you for supporting my podcast during 2016. I hope you'll listen again when I return after Christmas!

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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

 

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Nov 7th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:16 pm

This week, I share a story about the extraordinary ordinary things of life.

I talk about:
  • How we should live in the present moment
  • And not spoil it by worrying about possible future suffering
  • How each ordinary moment is made extraordinary by the power of love
  • How our unschooling lives are far from ordinary
I also share some big blog news. 

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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Oct 31st, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:01 pm

This week, I talk about:

  • How we can look at both school and unschooling with romantic eyes
  • Moving to a yurt or a farm or travelling around Australia in a campervan
  • Our experience on a 100-acre fish farm
  • What our kids need if they are to be world changers
  • The latest blog and Elvis news
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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Oct 24th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:27 pm

I'm trying something new this week: a shorter single topic episode. 

In ep 83, I talk about:

  • My ideas for future podcast episodes
  • How to strew paintings
  • How paintings can lead to all kinds of great conversations
  • Ferrets and how ours came to a crunchy end!
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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road', is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Oct 18th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:13 pm

This week, I discuss the following questions:

  • How can we become best friends with our spouses?
  • Can we be friends with our children?
  • Or can we be a parent or a friend but not both?
  • What should we do if our kids get into trouble?
  • What if we put effort into our relationships and we don't get the response we're hoping for?
  • Is unschooling just as much about a parent as it is about a child?
I also talk more about being daring and adventurous parents.

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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, The Angels of Gum Tree Road, is now on AmazonKindle, and Lulu

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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Oct 11th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 2:02 pm

This week, I talk about:

  • strengthening bonds between spouses
  • finding a balance between family life and work
  • how a parent's fears can hold back a child
  • how we need to be adventurous and daring parents
  • being silly as a family
  • some of the stories in my children's novel, 'The Angels of Gum Tree Road'
  • guest posting. Would you like to write an article for my blog?
  • essay writing. Do our kids need to practise essay writing just in case they want to go to university?
  • my new videos on my Youtube channel
  • and lots of other things!
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.

You can find my new videos on my Youtube channel, Sue Elvis.

My new children's novel, The Angels of Gum Tree Road, is now on Kindle and Lulu. Soon it will be available on Amazon too.

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 consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

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