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105: Social Media, Internet Addiction, and Screen Time

 

 

This week, I'm pondering:

  • Real life: Is my offline life being affected by my online activities?
  • Facebook: Do we need to be on social media?
  • The Internet: Is it addictive? Why do many adults have trouble using it in a sensible way? Does the Internet fulfil needs we're not really aware of?
  • Deep Work: Does the Internet affect our ability to concentrate and do valuable work?
  • Our children: Do we worry about our kids spending lots of time online because of our own experiences? Will all our kids be able to handle unlimited access to the Internet?

 

I also share some news of a new series of Facebook Livestreamed videos that might be of interest to parents and teenage girls.

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where you might find some show notes to go with this episode.

You might find me on Instagram at sueelvis

You'll find my daughter Imogen on her Facebook page, Imogen Elvis. If you're interested in the FB Livestreamed videos, you might like to 'like' Imogen's page to keep up with the latest news.

Thank you for listening to this episode. 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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104: How Do I Turn Unschooling Life into Homeschool Records?

 

This week, I chat about some recent events in our lives and how I turned them into notes for my Evernote homeschool records book.

Along the way, I share lots of news and discuss the questions:

  • Should we give pocket money to our unschooling kids?
  • Should we buy our kids what they need to further their passions?
  • Should we expect our adult children to be part of our lives?
  • What will I speak about when I do my first Facebook Live?
  • Did I finish Camp NaNoWriMo? Do I now have a first draft of my unschooling book?
  • Why do I appear twice in Feedspot's list of their Top 50 Blogs and Websites for Unschoolers and Their Parents?

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

You could also join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

I'm on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

Thank you for listening. 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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103: Podcasting Breaks and Unschooling Books

I'm taking a short podcasting break while I work on my unschooling book. I hope you'll watch out for a new episode in a few weeks' time.

 

In the meantime, you might find some 'teasers' from my book on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family .

You'll find any news on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

And you might find me on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

Thank you for listening. I hope to be back very soon!

 

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

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102: Sharing Our Values and Beliefs with Our Unschooled Children

This week, I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Is it okay to share our beliefs with our kids? Or should we try not to influence them but leave them to make up their own minds without any input from us?
  • If we do want to pass on our beliefs and values, how should we do this?
  • Normally, unschoolers don't make rules, but is it okay to make rules about issues that are of great importance to us?

 

I also talk about:

  • The real Sue
  • Our online friends who are going to become real life friends
  • The new addition to our family
  • My new Facebook group, Unschooling Collaborators
  • And some other family news

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

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

And I'm on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

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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101: Adult Peer Pressure, Clothes, Rules and Compassion

 

This week, I'm talking about:

  • Communication skills: Are we good communicators? Why is it important that we know how to communicate? What about our kids? How do they deal with people in the bigger world who fail to treat them with the respect and politeness they have come to expect?
  • Adult peer pressure: Do we sometimes make decisions based on our friends' opinions rather than our families' needs? If we do this, do we put our relationships with our kids at risk?
  • Rules: Do we need to make rules? Or are they ineffective? Do rules set us up for battles with our kids? 
  • Jeggings: Is it okay for a mother as old as me to wear them? And are my jeggings fitting more comfortable after a month of our great weight loss adventure?

 

As I talk, I share a few stories including one that was hard to write. 

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

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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