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122: My Unschooling Teenagers’ Typical Days

This week, I'm sharing my teenagers' typical unschooling days. I'm discussing the following questions:

 

Is there such a thing as a typical unschooling day?

Can we have too many resources? Do our kids sometimes get overwhelmed by too many possibilities?

Are documentaries and lifestyle TV series a good source of learning adventures?

What TV series have Gemma-Rose and I been enjoying recently?

Why did I initially reject this episode?

 

Show Notes

 

Podcast

Episode 110: An Interview with a Teenage Radical Unschooler

 

Sophie's Youtube Channel

Sophie Elvis

 

Sophie's Vlog Series

A Week in the Life of

 

Videos

Back in Time for Dinner

Further Back in Time for Dinner

Back in Time for the Weekend

The Secrets of Your Food

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

 

Website

Open Learn: Free learning from the Open University

 

 

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

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121: Kids, Needs, and Church

This week, I'm talking about:

 

The importance of trying to see the world through our kids' eyes

How we're not giving in to kids when we respond to their needs

How we should respond to the needs of our kids even if it's inconvenient or difficult

How making kids feel welcome at church isn't a matter of tolerating their crying during the service

Should we force unschooled kids to go to church? Why this might be the wrong question

The trials of aspiring authors

How we have to be brave and do things without worrying about the opinions of others

 

I'm also sharing some stories about:

 

Kangaroos and dogs and the late rising sun

A child who cried in a restaurant because he couldn't cope

 

A Note

When it comes to sharing our faith with our kids, I am talking from my own experience which may be different from yours. My husband Andy and I share a faith. We both go to church. When it comes to passing on our beliefs, I'm sure we have it easy compared to families where spouses have differing religious beliefs or levels of commitment.

 

Show Notes

 

Game-Making Website

Stencyl: Create Amazing Games Without Code

 

Blog Posts

The Wobbly Moments of Life

When A Child Can't Cope

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling.

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on this episode. Or just stop by to say hello.

 

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

 

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120: Unschooling and University: Learning from Our Own Experiences

This week, I'm sharing my husband Andy's and my university experiences, and what we learnt from them:

 

The Opportunity to Discover, the Freedom to Learn

My Dean's Medallist of a Husband

 

I discuss the following questions:

 

Can unschooled children study successfully at university?

What is the best motivation for successful learning?

Should unschooling teenagers be allowed to continue exploring their interests?

Or should we structure their education in the final years so that they are prepared for university?

Is it ever too late to follow our dreams?

Is it ever too late to learn new skills?

 

Something I didn't mention: If a child knows what she wants to do, making a plan in order to achieve that goal seems to be a sensible thing to do. My daughter Imogen made a plan for getting into university. And it was successful.

 

My Youtube Videos:

Imogen Talks About Unschooling

From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 1)

From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 2)

 

Unschooling and university is a big topic. I didn't cover all aspects of it in this podcast, but maybe I offered a few ideas we can discuss.

 

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

 

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119: When Unschooling Kids Reach the Teenage Years

This week, I'm talking about:

  • The progress of my unschooling book
  • How unschooling transforms families
  • Duty and love
  • Supporting young adults
  • How it's hard to admit mistakes and change what we're doing
  • How it's never too late to unschool
  • Possible reasons why there's a shortage of older unschooling bloggers
  • Why we don't need to make rules for our teenagers in order to keep them safe from the dangers of the world

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

 

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

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118: Dragon Mothers and Parenting Mistakes

 

This week, I'm talking about the times when we don't like who we are and the way we're parenting our kids. I answer the following questions:

  • How did I get the nickname The Dragon Mother?
  • How did I get on top of my quick-temper and become a more calm and patient mother?
  • Am I now a perfect mother or do I still make mistakes?
  • How did my first child cope with her inexperienced dragon mother? Was she irreversibly affected by my far-from-perfect parenting?
  • Do we actually need to be perfect parents?
  • Is the unschooling life perfect?

 

I also tell a lot of stories during this episode.

 

Show Notes

 

Blog posts

Confessions of a Former Quick-Tempered Mother

Memories of an Inexperienced Mother

An Unschooling Imposter

 

Imogen

Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis.

Facebook: Imogen Elvis

Instagram: Imogen Elvis

Imogen's Mad World music video

The Mad World behind-the-scenes video

 

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

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