parenting

Where have they gone?

Where have they gone?

    Normally, I would rise to the sounds of my family waking up. I have just spent three weeks without them. I wake up right now and the flat is empty. I walk down the corridor to the kitchen to make myself tea and it is so quiet. I wait for the ‘Good Morning’ […]

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When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

  We pack the car to go on a family trip, our girls need to go back to the library to renew books. The library is a new thing we haven’t been in English speaking countries for a while, now we are, the library is exciting. Our son says ‘I don’t have a book for […]

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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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A Parent’s Guide on how to make your children love reading. (Don’t)

A Parent’s Guide on how to make your children love reading. (Don’t)

    The first thing I would say is don’t make children love reading, you can’t. Support their natural inspiration and drive to learn to read because they are curious and they want to. Some ideas on how to inspire children to read Read them stories, if they want you to. Let them as far […]

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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 3

How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 3

Get Connected. If you are totally overwhelmed with homeschooling or unschooling, connect up with others. I hear this a lot from Mums who are isolated and who are not in connection with other people. I think community is so very important, even if you are physically a long way from any one else. Use the […]

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How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 2

How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 2

Be nice to  yourself. This applies to everybody. If I am not nice to myself as a mother I am not really nice to anyone else around me. So this means listening to what I need to do for myself. So this can  be anything as simple as making time to jump into a candlelit […]

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How to Look After Yourself as a homeschooling/unschooling Mum. No 1

How to Look After Yourself as a homeschooling/unschooling Mum. No 1

This is a post I am writing in seven parts, so my aim is to do one a day for a week, as a reminder to myself as well as to other homeschooling/unschooling Mums who are out there doing their best to raise their kids at home. It isn’t always easy, so here is day […]

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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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Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

  My husband tells me that according to a book that he has just read that monkeys raise their young not always knowing who is who, they look after each child like it was their child. That years ago before the age of agriculture patriarchy didn’t exist and that the need for one’s own child […]

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