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March 24, 2016  

64: The Joy and Love of Living an Unschooling Way of Life

This week, I answer these questions: 

  • What was it like recording Imogen's latest music video with an unexpected audience?
  • If we are experiencing dark and difficult times, is there hope? Will joy return to our days?
  • Isn't it wonderful watching kids working with confidence and skill?
  • Why would an unschooling teenager choose to go to school? (We ponder, but maybe we don't have all the answers because we're not unschooling teenagers who want to go to school!)
I also talk about
  • the joy of living an unschooling way of life
  • our recent videos
  • zombies and running
  • a few resources
  • the joy of living in the moment
  • how I'm going to cope when time moves on and I'm no longer living life as it is today
  • how we all need a feeling of belonging
You can find the show notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family


Please take a look at Imogen's latest music video, Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen



Thank you for listening, and Happy Easter!


March 17, 2016  

63: Wasting Time Watching Too Many Movies?

This week:

I talk about movies: 
  • Are movies educational? 
  • If a child watches lots of movies, won't she be missing out on other things? 
  • Can we tempt our kids away from the screen? 
  • And how can we turn movies into notes for our homeschool records book?
  • Can we use websites designed for traditional homeschooling/schooling in an unschooly way?
  • Is there such a thing as too many resources?
  • I share a story about kids and joy.
  • Should I be embarrassed by my early podcasts which are far from perfect?
  • Should I get upset when I think about my mothering mistakes?
I also share lots of resources.

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

Podcast Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

March 10, 2016  

62: Young Adult Unschoolers, Dreams, Love and Marriage

My young adult daughter Imogen joins me for this episode.


We talk about:



  • Do parents need to continue trusting their young adult children while they are pursuing their dreams?
  • Imogen tells us about her dream of becoming a successful online musician.
  • She shares her thoughts on a classical musical education. Is she glad she worked her way through the exam system?
  • Imogen describes how she and her sisters record the music, and then film and put together their music videos.
  • What is the best way to learn? Do we need to ignore the possibility of criticism and get out there and learn on the go?
  • Imogen shares her thoughts on marriage, love, and children, and how these relate to her own career dreams.
  • Is it important for children to see mothers using their talents?
  • Was Jane Austen a modern woman ahead of her time?
  • We talk about Imogen's latest music video, a frightening moment with a huge kangaroo, and how a team of kids can do fantastic things.











You can find the show notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.
You can find my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.



March 5, 2016  

61: Maths, Chores, and Thanking Our Kids

This week, I discuss the following questions:
  • Why do little kids love doing chores but older ones don't?
  • Should we thank our kids more often?
  • Should we avoid talking to people about their grief? Perhaps it's better not to upset them?
  • What's wrong with a lot of real life maths resources (in my opinion!)?
I also share some maths and geography resources including games, videos, podcasts and websites.
You can find the show notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.
You can find my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.
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