Unschooling Chores

My Unschooled children have never had chores. We have never had charts hanging on our fridge with certain household tasks for them to take care of with stickers as rewards. Yet, Devin, Tiff, Ivy and Orion all help with the housework because they truly want to. How is this possible? For one, when I clean and do the little tasks that … [Read more...]

Love It Forward: Extending Radical Unschooling Philosophy

As I prepare for traveling to Texas and then Australia for speaking gigs this fall, I am remembering a flight that my family took back from England where I was the keynote speaker at the first ever Unschooling conference in London.On the flight home there was a mother traveling alone with two kids who were sitting next to us. Being such a … [Read more...]

Don’t Kill Your TV! An Unschoolers Thoughts on Media

I was recently watching television with my son Devin who is a Radical Unschooler. We were watching the program, Anthony Bourdain: No  Reservations, together as we often do late at night when my other children are asleep. Devin and I share a love of travel and while watching together my heart began to pound excitedly as Anthony Bourdain … [Read more...]

Unschooling Food Freedom

It might shock some people that my children can choose whatever they want from the supermarket, just like I do. Our financial limits vary from month to month, but within our budget, they have the freedom to choose what they want for snacks and meals. They will very often take their own cart and just go off and shop themselves. I love this … [Read more...]

Obedience – At What Cost?

I was reading our local news paper today and was shocked to read about a man driving around our area trying to lure kids into his car. It is so scary for the people that live here. You can hear people whispering about it everywhere you go in town. I was in the grocery store the other day getting my cart. A little boy, maybe eighteen … [Read more...]