Stories of an Unschooling Family

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76: Another Typical Unschooling Day

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.
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75: Unschooling Siblings Working Together

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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74: Is Play Important for Both Adults and Kids?

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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73: Helping a Child Discover Her Talents

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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