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January 28, 2015  

21: Being Honest: Talking about Mistakes and Perfection

Am I a perfect mother and unschooler? This week I discuss this question, and also:
  • If it is necessary for us to be good examples for our unschooling children, must we be perfect?
  • Or is there something far more important than perfection?
  • Why is unconditional love so powerful?
  • Do some bloggers appear to be perfect?
  • Are there times when we should be open and honest, even if it means revealing our mistakes?
  • Do I ever have bad days?
  • Why did I used to be called 'The Dragon Mother'?
  • Does homeschooling have to be difficult or is there another way?
  • Am I a ‘real’ podcaster?
  • Should I be podcasting when I make so many mistakes?
  • And will my podcasts improve? Will they ever be perfect?

    If you'd like to hear my daughter Sophie's (13) thoughts on mistakes, love and forgiveness, please listen to the end. You'll find an extra recording segment just before my final signing off.

    You can find the program notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

    Music: Frammenti, by Andrea Carri(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) I faded in and faded out a few bars of this music to use between podcast segments.

January 22, 2015  

20: (More) Apologies

This week I talk about apologies, and the importance of good titles. I also answer these questions...


  • Have I written any blog posts which have misled readers?
  • Have any readers found themselves reading my rather radical ideas by mistake?
  • Why is my family glad we run up and down hills regularly?
  • Why are the Jenolan Caves so spectacular?
  • How many times can I say the word 'spectacular' in one podcast?
  • Why did the bride cut two holes into a shower curtain and then step into them?
  • Why might I have to go abseiling?
  • Why are stories better than text books?
  • What is one way of igniting a new passion?
  • What is our latest family passion?
  • Am I any good at taking photos underground?
  • What is my latest video about?
  • Did I win my recent copyright disputes with Youtube?
  • What treasure am I hoping listeners will discover if they listen to my podcast?
  • And finally... What am I apologising for?
You can find the program notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.
Featured music (which has been modified by fading in and fading out): By Grace by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)
January 14, 2015  

19: Keeping Teenagers Safe from the Dangers of the World

This week, I interview my daughters Imogen (20) and Charlotte (17), and ask them for their opinions on keeping children safe from the dangers of the world. We talk about inappropriate books, computer usage, movies, emails etc. while discussing the following points:


  • Is the world a dangerous place for young people?
  • Is spying on a child justified?
  • Does policing children's activities really keep them safe?
  • Could it damage child/parent relationships?
  • Is there another way of keeping children safe?
  • Can children be trusted to make the right decisions?
  • How do they know what is appropriate and inappropriate?
  • Am I irresponsible? Do I just let my kids do whatever they want? Or is there more to it than that?
The program notes, including links to a few blog posts I've written on this subject, can be found on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. I hope you'll visit!
Featured music: By Grace by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)


January 7, 2015  

18: Resolutions, Reading, Writing and Coarse Language

This week, I ponder these questions...


  • What happens when we remain open to new experiences?
  • Do I have any good tips for anyone who has resolved to get fit?
  • What has running got to do with encouraging children to write?
  • Are there advantages to reading many books, on the same subject, by different authors?
  • Can I recommend some interesting novels to read?
  • What do I mean by the words 'multi-directional learning'?
  • Why am I feeling very excited about writing?
  • Can I pronounce the word, 'tomatometer' or does my tongue get all twisted up? 
  • What do I always do after reading a good book? 
  • Should we steer our children only towards books that portray the good?
  • Should parents preview every book a child wants to read?
  • Is there a danger with banning books?
  • Can some ‘wrong’ books actually be right?
  • Can punctuation rules sometimes be broken?
  • Is there a place for quick and easy reads? 
  • What if kids only want to read easy books with little literary value?
  • And do I say 'Cartload of Hay' instead of 'Cartload of Clay'? 

If you listen (to the end!) you'll also discover I tried a new podcast feature for the first time.


The program notes can be found on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family. Lots of links to related books, movies, blog posts etc!


Featured music: Sunny Morning Exercise Club by Origami Repetika(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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