How to Talk to Your Child About Making Decisions

If I told you an 8 year old is perfectly capable of making her own decisions about what to learn, what would you think? I've gotta be nuts, right?  It's crazy to give a child that much control, right?  Unschooling is educational neglect, right? A child that young is...

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A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Unschooling

The relationship between relaxed, eclectic homeschooling and unschooling is interesting.  A lot of families, myself included, come to unschooling through relaxed, eclectic homeschooling.  As you relax more and more, straying further and further away from the sort of...

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A “No Drama” Manifesto for Homeschool Groups

I've lost count of the number of different homeschool groups I have been a part of over the past 13 years. Christian groups and secular groups.  Groups that only meet for a park playdate, and groups that offer co-ops and field trips.  The one constant among all of the...

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To School Or Not To School: Why It Is A Question

On the surface, it seems absurd to even contemplate “not schooling”. Most of us spent most of our childhoods inside of classroom walls with teachers and textbooks. There’s a growing movement of people who are actually questioning the very idea of schooling…and here’s why.

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It’s an Easy Out

Here we are at the third and final of three posts about one objection to life learning.  In the first post, the objection is that I am a lazy parent.  I'm setting my kids up to fail was covered in the second post.  And finally, we have reached the "easy out". Someone...

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How to Eliminate the Clutter on Your Calendar

My calendar was packed.  Each person in my family had his or her own color for scheduled commitments, and I'm telling you, my calendar looked like a coloring book.  Each square was loaded with colorful scribbles that sent me this way and that way, ferrying children...

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Get In The Damn Photo!

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know all of your excuses...because I've used them all too.  We hate the way we look in photos.  We think we look too fat.  We hate that double chin or the acne we shouldn't still have as adults.  Blah, blah, blah.  So, we hide behind the camera....

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10 Ways to be a Happier Homeschooling Family

Ever had a day when Mount Fold-Me and Mount File-Me both erupt...all over your couch and coffee table? The left-over cheese and enchilada sauce have crusted nicely on last night's dinner dishes.  Six books and four DVDs are all four days overdue at the library.  Your...

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