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Step Back and Give Them Freedom

Step Back and Give Them Freedom

    ‘Please put your shoes on’ were the words that came out of my mouth, we were about to walk to the beach. My son in his pyjama trousers, bare footed, free spirited. There are days when I just want him to put his shoes on, it is simple. But the shoe less days […]

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Unschooling or Mainstream Education?

Unschooling or Mainstream Education?

      Imagine a child supported by an adult who assists them in their journey whilst they follow their dreams and passions. It is kind of like this… ‘I am not going to tell you what to do, when or how to do it, neither am I going to expect results from you. If […]

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How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 4

How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 4

Enjoy What You Have. Sometimes, having one or both parents at home means that your finances can run extremely low, I am particularly feeling this today! Resources can totally deplete and this can be stressful. Make use of what you have, this sounds simple but it is true I think that the less I have […]

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The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

    Simply put, if you talk to them with respect, they flourish.   I don’t want to go for a long walk. Yes but you have to. Why. Because I said so.   If you said that to me you might piss me off.   Finish everything that is on your plate.   That […]

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Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Pretty much all of europe and most of the rest of the world has heard of the recent Brexit vote by the UK.   Over the last few days and weeks myself and Lehla have been focussed on this vote and what it might mean for us and what it also tells us about the […]

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Teachers, We Need to Talk about the Children.

Teachers, We Need to Talk about the Children.

I come from a family of teachers, I have been an unofficial teacher myself in many ways, including a spell of homeschooling my own children. Now I find myself to be an unschooling parent but if you were a teacher and I was at your side before the kids enter the room this would happen. […]

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Unschooling, Community and Choosing to say Yes

Unschooling, Community and Choosing to say Yes

  Fourteen children of varying ages troupe around here, sometimes together, sometimes in small groups. They are shoe-less school-less the sun is out and so are they. Their parents are all doing different things, some working, one making a cake, another on a business call, someone else is writing.  You are not allowed to walk […]

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Can kids learn more when the parents are not getting in their way?

Can kids learn more when the parents are not getting in their way?

  When we recently went to the Unschooling/homeschooling event in Italy I was slightly frustrated as I knew that there was going to be a market and we did not have our car. It is a long story. We had a tiny car that the mechanic lent us, so there was no space to put […]

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18 things I learnt from the S-COOL HOMESCHOOLING/UNSCHOOLING BIGGEST MEETING EVER IN ITALY.

18 things I learnt from the S-COOL HOMESCHOOLING/UNSCHOOLING BIGGEST MEETING EVER IN ITALY.

Our mechanic crashed our car prior to going to this unschooling/homeschooling event. Yes, you read that right. So the five of us were left with a very small 4 seater car which belonged to the garage. It wasn’t great. But we got there. The girls took the train with Ant and I drove with Jahli. Things don’t always […]

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