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139: Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

This week, I'm talking about unschooling and friends.

  • Is it sometimes difficult for unschoolers to find kindred spirit friends because we're different?
  • What if our kids don't have many friends?
  • If someone doesn't want to be our friend, is there something wrong with us?
  • How do you become a cool kid?
  • Should we pretend to be someone we're not so that we'll be accepted and have friends?
  • Or is it better to be ourselves?
  • Do we need lots of friends in order to learn good communication skills and how to get on with other people? 
  • Or maybe some 'socialised' people who have no trouble talking don't actually have many communication skills?

Of course, some unschoolers may be part of big unschooling groups and have no trouble finding like-minded friends!

I'm also talking about

  • NaNoWriMo and friends
  • My unschooling book
  • How I stepped outside my comfort zone and had an exciting adventure!

 

Show Notes

 

Podcast

Episode 48: Do Unschoolers Mind Being Different

 

Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo

 

Video

Gemma-Rose (9) Talks about Novel Writing

 

Pam Laricchia's Podcast

Exploring Unschooling

 

Instagram

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138: Is Unschooling More Than a Method of Homeschooling?

This week, I'm discussing the question: Is unschooling a method of homeschooling? Or is there more to unschooling than that? Could it be a way of life?

I'm sharing and discussing a story, Why Unschooling Isn't Just Another Method of Homeschooling

I'm also talking about

  • the issue of unlimited screen time again
  • criticism and the power of love
  • how can we encourage kids to become the people they are meant to be?

 

Show Notes

 

Blog Post

Why Unschooling Isn't Just Another Method of Homeschooling

 

Podcast

Episode 70: Trust, Respect and Love Unconditionally

 

Article

 Unschooling 101 by Bridget Bentz Sider:

 

Instagram

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137: Guiding Our Kids by Radically Unschooling

This week, I'm returning to the topic of radical unschooling.

I'm sharing a story about junk food and poor hygiene and then discussing the following questions:

  • Is it okay if our kids make choices that are detrimental to their health and happiness?
  • Should we stand back and let kids make their own minds up about everything?
  • Or is it okay to guide them?
  • Do all parents influence their children in some way?
  • How do we guide our kids without forcing our values, beliefs and practices on them?
  • What's the difference between unschooling and unparenting?
  • Why do I think everyone should radically unschool?

 

I also share 

  • My bad haircut story
  • My Instagram news
  • An update about the unschooling book I'm writing

 

Show Notes

 

Blog post

Junk Food and Poor Hygiene: Is Radical Unschooling Wrong?

 

Podcast

Episode 109: Why You Should Consider Radical Unschooling

 

Books

The Crystal Tree by Imogen Elvis

Finish: Give Myself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

 

Instagram

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136: The Complicated Issue of Unlimited Screen Time

This week, I'm chatting about unlimited screen time. Is this a simple issue? If we let our unschooled kids have unlimited access to screens and trust them, will they learn to self-regulate their usage without any problems? Or is there more to discuss than that?

I'm sharing my story, Is It Really Okay to Let Unschooling Kids Have Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet?

And I'm discussing the questions:

  • Will kids learn to self-regulate their screen usage?
  • Do adults have trouble self-regulating?
  • Should we respect our kids’ choices?
  • Why do we fear letting go of control?
  • What is sensible screen behaviour?
  • Is the Internet really addictive?
  • Is making screen rules a responsible thing to do?
  • Or is there a better way to help kids self-regulate their usage?
  • Do we have to do more than just step back and give our kids complete freedom to do what they want?

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

Is It Really Okay to Let Unschooling Kids Have Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet?

My Unschool Unplanning Strewing Notebook

 

Podcast

Episode 105, Social Media, Internet Addiction, and Screen Time

 

Youtube

Sue Elvis

 

Instagram

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135: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling and More

This week, I'm talking about how unschooling can be approached in a gradual way.

I'm sharing a story: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling.

And discussing the following questions:

  • Is a gradual approach the best way for many families to begin unschooling?
  • Is mutual trust between parent and child essential?
  • Is it really okay if our kids spend all day in front of screens?
  • Why do some kids have trouble self-regulating their screen time?
  • Is it wrong if parents want their kids to exercise and go outside?
  • How can we encourage kids to leave their screens?

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

A Gradual Approach to Unschooling

Is It Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet

 

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