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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Feb 24th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 9:28 pm

In this week's episode, I talk about:

  • Celebrations and joy: Why should we celebrate the small everyday things in life?
  • Cake: Did I make my kids adopt a sugar-free diet? Do we no longer eat cake?
  • Perfection: Are we a perfect family? Do we need to be perfect if I'm sharing my family's experiences on the Internet?
  • Mistakes: If I do make mistakes, am I going to lead you astray? What if I tell you something that's wrong?
  • Christian unschooling: Are we an obnoxious religious family? Is unschooling not a very Christian thing to do?
  • Listening: How do we encourage kids to talk to us? How can we improve our listening skills?
  • Popularity: Do I want to be popular? 
I also tell my mean kids story, the one I forgot to talk about last week!

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

You can find my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.

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Feb 17th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 8:07 pm

In this week's episode, I talk about our busy week and the need for occasional catch-up days . 


I also tell a few stories about:

  • my girls' recent music video shoot
  • how I made a few Youtube interview videos
  • what we did with our inside cats while our house was being fumigated to get rid of fleas
  • recording and editing audio for a local radio show
  • my unique way of finding Valentine's Day gifts for my husband

I also ponder the questions:

  • How do we prevent sibling rivalry?
  • If we seem to have all the answers, is that discouraging to others? Are seemingly 'perfect' families off-putting?

In my introduction, I did say I was going to speak about 'mean kids', but I forgot. Maybe I'll tell you that story next week!


I hope you enjoy my podcasts. If you do, perhaps you can spread the word about unschooling by sharing my link!

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where you'll find the show notes.

You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon


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

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Feb 17th, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 5:28 pm

 In this week's podcast, I discuss the following questions:

  • Do I have all the unschooling answers?
  • How do we respond to unschooling critics?
  • Are labels important?
  • Can you call yourself an unschooler if you require maths but let the child choose the method?
  • When should we start strewing resources before our children? Should we wait until they develop a particular interest?
  • How do we translate natural learning experiences into the right educational language?
  • Do we need to be curious people?
  • How can we find lots of everyday learning to add to our records books?
  • When we've read all the Jane Austen novels, what can we read next?
I hope you'll listen to this week's episode!

You could visit my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.

And maybe you'd like to take a look at my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek

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Feb 3rd, 2016 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 11:14 pm

This week, I have lots to share. I seem to have regained my enthusiasm. (Thank you for last week's kind and encouraging comments!)

In this episode:
  • I share some of our unschooling story. Why did we start as unschoolers but then go in a different direction? How did we make our way back to unschooling?
  • I talk about obstacles that might be stopping people from unschooling
  • I discuss the question: Who can we trust when we're looking for unschooling info online? 
  • I tell a few family stories while pondering joy.
  • And I share lots of resources
Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where you'll find the show notes.
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon. (The Kindle version will be free from Fri 5th - Sun 7th February.)
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