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Why Whole Life Unschooling?

Note: I’m so happy to have Sylvia Toyama as a featured writer here at An Unschooling Life. In this, her first article, she talks about her family and why they chose whole life unschooling, and what that means. Anyone who has spent any time at all exploring unschooling, likely knows there’s a variety of ways people define unschooling. The labels vary, depending on how far from mainstream methods a family has moved....

20/20: Stupid in America

Update: Sorry! The video was pulled from youtube. I’ll try and ind a replacement. Tags: free thought, homeschoolers, learning, learning without school, limits and rules, natural desire, preconceived notions, public school system, unschooling encouragement Related posts The Animal School (4) Why Whole Life Unschooling? (5) What Is Unschooling? (5) Unschooling My Children (4) My Five Best Ho

Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

Every parent would happily give up ever scolding, punishing or threatening if she only knew how to ensure that her toddler/child/teen would thrive and act responsibly without such painful measures. Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort is the answer to this universal wish. It is not about gentle ways to control a child, but about a way of being and of understanding a child so she/he can be the best of...

Naomi Aldort

When we (here at this blog or on the unschooling lists) discuss extending the principles of unschooling into other area’s of our lives with our children, Naomi Aldort’s message is very helpful. Naomi does not teach parents how to “get kids to be/do…” but rather how to be with children so that they are free to be their own magnificent selves. Parents say that what they get out of Naomi’s...

Nurturing Your Teenager’s Soul

10 clear and practical principles for giving teens a much-needed moral and spiritual compass: Nurturing Your Teenagers Soul: A Practical Guide to Raising a Kind, Honorable, Compassionate Teen by Mimi Doe At a time when teens face overwhelming issues-the hazards of substance abuse, issues of sexuality, the stress of high school, the importance of getting into a good college-it’s no wonder that these years often become a...

Getting Rid Of Arbitrary Limits

My parenting style went through a lot of changes from the time we adopted our children to when we started unschooling. A lot of it stemmed from the fact that my children (I’m speaking about my two daughters only, not my son) have changed and my parenting needed to reflect those changes. During the first year of unschooling (in 2004) we let go of a lot of “rules” and “limits” and replaced it with...