Green background with the words: Please know there is nothing wrong with you. Not even a little bit. You are incredible and strong and bright....You are so many things, but not one part of you is broken - Court Alice Thatcher

Autistic, not broken

Autism “professionals” tell me you need a lot of help and intervention. NOW, before the window closes. They say. They meet you and talk of deficits. They check boxes and tally scores. I disagree. You are not a thing in need of fixing. They are really missing out, these people who cannot see how perfectly […]

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Unschooling Surprise

I’m unschooling and it’s beautiful. I said it. I feel guilty about saying this. Life for us, is so different to most people that it feels like Im being smug about enjoying it. I don’t even know why I don’t allow myself permission to say “We unschool and we love it” when others discuss school […]

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5 reasons we love unschooling

It is just over a year since we withdrew our eldest child from formal education because the stress was intolerable for him. I was tentative about our decision. As a successful ‘product’ of formal education, I had never considered homeschooling, let alone the child-lead unschooling adventure we have embarked on. But we did it because we had […]

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Parenting, Unschooling, and Control.

Much of what is considered (in a mainstream sense) as ‘normal’ or ‘good’ or ‘effective’ parenting or education; is based upon control. I identify as a peaceful parent in an unschooling home, and as such I have rejected most of these ideas. In essence, the embracing of unschooling and/or respectful kinds of parenting, means the letting go […]