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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Culture Shock

Not long ago I had been battling anger, frustration and sadness at being on the outer. I have been exasperated that people can’t just accept my family, our choices and our life as being different. Insulted by the need to question our lives, when I don’t question theirs. The reason why I was so hurt, […]

Being free. Why we choose to homeschool our Autistic son.

Trigger Warning: Content includes references to abuse of children in schools, restrictive practices, restraint and seclusion The image of a little boy in a cage in an Australian school has been seared in to my mind this week. This UN World Autism Awareness Day (Autism Acceptance Day in our family) an inexcusable abuse of the […]

Learning to Exhale

I have been holding my breath since the day my eldest son was born; holding my breath and running. In fact, my whole family has been running headfirst at the world. It’s how we’ve always done things – working, volunteering, careers we love, a business, house, three children, friends and family. Every day for four […]