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September 22, 2021  

189: The Important People in Our Lives

I'm back! Are you surprised? I am!

This week, I'm talking about:

  • How lack of control makes us feel helpless. Do controlled kids feel helpless? Does control lead to mental health issues?
  • If we want a society of responsible adults, do we need to listen to kids, give them freedom, and let them learn how to be responsible for themselves?
  • Difficult times, friends, and our unschooling community
  • How change can stretch us, and how we learn when we have an interest or a need
  • Video gaming and what I've learnt since I became a video gamer
  • My new children's novel, The Angels of Wallaby Way!
  • Perfectionism, and the fear of criticism, and Marco Polo video messages
  • The value of feedback, encouragement, and the most important people in our lives

Show Notes

Blog Post

What I discovered When I Became a Video Gamer

 

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

The Angels of Wallaby Way: available very soon!

My Amazon Author Page

 

Where You Can Find Me

Unschooling Community including Unschool Plus and Marco Polo

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

 

Thanks you for listening to this episode!

 

May 11, 2021  

188: It’s Not for Me!

This week, Imogen and I are discussing:

  • The value of casual work and lower profile jobs
  • How our kids can surprise us
  • Jobs and passions
  • Why we need to promote our work
  • How to answer critics and critique other people’s work
  • The importance of helping each other
  • Jane Austen, Sanditon and Bridgerton
  • Ageing
  • And other things!

 

Show Notes

 

Things we mention in this episode

This is Marketing: book by Seth Godin

The Illustrated Man: book by Ray Bradbury

Sanditon: miniseries adapted from Jane Austen's novel by Andrew Davies 

Sanditon: unfinished Jane Austen novel

Pride and Prejudice: 1995 miniseries adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's novel

Bridgerton: miniseries

Bridgerton: book by Julia Quinn

 

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

 

Where You Can Find Me

Unschooling Community

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Instagram

sue_elvis

 

Where You Can Find Imogen

Blog

Write.Rewrite.Read

Instagram

write.rewrite.read

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Books

The Crystal Tree

The Shattering Song

Frost Hands

 

Thank you for listening to this episode!

 

 

April 27, 2021  

187: The Problem With High Expectations and Control

This week, Imogen and I are talking about:

  • High expectations and control. Do they result in unhappy children? Do controlled kids look for distractions? Does limiting screen time result in an increased attraction for devices?
  • A novel that Imogen reviewed: Dear Hero
  • Inspiration and different ways of telling a story
  • How we can work together, share our skills, and help each other
  • The Catholic Homeschool Conference (I'm a speaker!)
  • News of two soon-to-be-produced unschooling podcasts

 

Show Notes

Things we mentioned in this episode:

 

Indistractible by Nir Eyal

Masterchef Australia 2021

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Dear Hero by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat

Illuminae Files Book Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Catholic Homeschool Conference

 

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

 

Where You Can Find Me

Unschooling Community

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Instagram

sue_elvis

 

Where You Can Find Imogen

Blog

Write.Rewrite.Read

Instagram

write.rewrite.read

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Books

The Crystal Tree

The Shattering Song

Frost Hands

 

Thank you for listening to this episode!

 

 

April 14, 2021  

186: Criticism, Reviews, and Paying it Forward

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This week, Imogen and I have a lively conversation about:

  • The highs and lows that affect our parenting, homeschooling and creative lives
  • Criticism: why do we let other people's opinions affect what we do? Whose opinions should we listen to? Why we shouldn't let criticism stop us from using our talents
  • Reviews: why we don't ask for many reviews
  • Writing about things we have never experienced
  • Paying it Forward: is free online stuff really free? 

We're also discussing some books and movies.

And we're telling stories about:

  • how to remove a dead tree
  • cockroaches
  • how I might have made a difference to the lives of the world's dogs
  • and many other things

 

Show Notes

Things we mention in this episode:

 

Tamworth

Botanic gardens and Marsupial Park

Country Music Festival

 

Gunnedah

Silo Art: Dorothea MacKellar and her poem, My Country

Water Tower Art: The Long Tan Battle of the Vietnam War

Silo Art at Barraba

 

Book

Show Your Work: Ten Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

 

Tin Tin comics and Netflix shows

 

Movies and Series

The Greatest Showman

Les Mis

Oklahoma

Hamilton

The Crown

The Chosen

 

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

 

Where You Can Find Me

Unschooling Community

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Instagram

sue_elvis

 

Where You Can Find Imogen

Blog

Write.Rewrite.Read

Instagram

write.rewrite.read

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Books

The Crystal Tree

The Shattering Song

Frost Hands

 

Thank you for listening to this episode!

 

 

March 30, 2021  

185: Social Media, Hooks, Distractions, and Books

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This week, Imogen and I are discussing:

  • Social media and video games: can we break the hooks that pull us in?
  • Books: is it okay to use someone else’s ideas and create something of our own?

In particular, we’re talking about the documentary, The Social Dilemma, and the books, Dust by Kara Swanson and The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell.

We’re also telling a few family stories.

 

Show Notes


Things we mention in this episode:

Indistractible and Hooked by Nir Eyal

The Social Dilemma on Netflix

Dust by Kara Swanson

The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Henry Lawson: poems and short stories

Bleak House and Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens

How to Train Your Dragon: movie and book

The Princess Bride: movie and book

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Jeff Wayne’s musical, The War of the Worlds

 

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

 

Where You Can Find Me

Unschooling Community

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Instagram

sue_elvis

 

Where You Can Find Imogen

Blog

Write.Rewrite.Read

Instagram

write.rewrite.read

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Books

The Crystal Tree

The Shattering Song

Frost Hands

 

Thank you for listening to this episode!

 

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