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Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,relationships,Unschooling,zen

Airing Dirty Laundry: Lessons Learned

I’ve been thinking about my maternal grandma a lot over the last couple of days. I don’t know why, but I’m always influenced by my thoughts. She’s alive and well, last I heard, and the phrase, “Don’t air your dirty laundry,” comes to mind every time I think of her. She was a fan of […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,Toastmasters,Unschooling,video,words,zen

Rules vs. Principles–VIDEO

One of my favorite things to talk about is Unschooling. I feel that it is the single most life-changing decision that I’ve ever made. Becoming an unschooling family has broadened my life in more ways than I could ever say. Because of this, I speak at homeschooing and unschooling conferences. I love sharing my experiences […]

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Topics: books,empowerment,fiction,mindful parenting,money,relationships,sleep,Unschooling,words,writing,zen

Are writers more compassionate parents? 20 IDEAS TO HAVE PEACEFUL NIGHTS WITH CHILDREN

As I discuss characters and their unchangeable traits with other authors, I’m often surprised at how much these people believe that their character “has a right to be his/her own self without interference from others”. To me, this is the heart of good parenting. Our children are born to us as complete and whole humans […]

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Topics: 20 Questions,education,empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,photographs,relationships,Unschooling

Answering Questions About Unschooling

My family was recently interviewed about our unschooling lifestyle. While I didn’t answer all the questions exactly like I do below, nor were the same questions asked, I thought you might enjoy reading some answers to questions that have been asked of me and my family lately. Q: What is Unschooling? A: Unschooling is a […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,Unschooling

Unschooling: It’s what we DO, rather than what we DON’T DO.

When people find out that my family considers ourselves to be Radical Unschoolers, they almost always become confused and then angry–in that order. The confusion comes when they hear the definition of “radical unschooling”. I state, calmly and succinctly, that it means living without school, artificial rules, or others’ definitions of what we should or […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,relationships,zen

Only YOU Can Stop the “Respect Your Elders” Negative Cycle

“Respect your elders.” “Honor your mother and father.” Many “elders” commonly tout these phrases to “disrespectful” youngers, yet they never model respectfulness themselves. Want your children to respect you? Then model respectfulness. If you believe you are being “dissed” by your children, stop and ask yourself why you believe this.  Ask yourself what you might […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,games,homeschooling,mindful parenting,photographs,relationships,sleep,top ten,Unschooling,words

Top 10: Reasons Why I’m Glad We Unschool

This is similar to my “Top 10: Reasons Why I’m THANKFUL We Discovered Unschooling“, but different and current.  In no particular order: SMILES; Happy children learn more than unhappy children.  When was the last time your child declared that something was “the best ever” or “I love my life” or “this is so cool” or […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,relationships,Unschooling,vegan,words

Are older lives valued more than younger lives?

I’ve noticed that in our society, older lives are more valued than the youngest ones. Everyone is expected to be deferential and respectful of the elderly (no matter how they treat other people, nor how important they are to a situation).  Yet, children are often ignored and treated rudely.  When I go shopping, I almost […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,environmentalism,favorites,homeschooling,mindful parenting,party,relationships,sleep,Unschooling,vegan,vegetarian,words,writing,zen

12; Twelve; A WHOLE Dozen

My oldest child turns twelve today.  As birthdays and anniversaries often do, I’ve been contemplating the years and what they’ve meant to me.  It’s true what they say about a parent with young children: The days are long, but the years are short. There are full days that felt like years, and lately, the years […]

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Topics: empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,Unschooling,words

“You Have Two Legs” and Other Rude Comments to Children

There is something about the “new school year” that seems to bring out the worst in schooled parent-child relationships. Everywhere I go, I’m hearing really mean comments to kids. Sure I haven’t seen or heard the whole story, but I often have seen the set-up to the rude comments and in almost every single case, […]

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